A slice of the eight-tiered royal wedding cake at Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding is heading to an online auction on May 3 and those interested in royal memorabilia are already coveting the sweet treat.
Created by Fiona Cairns, who specializes in creating customized cakes, the royal wedding cake took five weeks to decorate and featured eight tiers with icing, cream and 900 sugar-paste flowers. According to Cairns, Middleton instructed her to implement 17 foliage and booms on the cake, because they are often referred to as “the language of flowers”. The base of the cake included ivy leaves, symbolizing marriage and the bottom three tiers featured lavender, daisies and Sweet William.
On May 3, a slice of the famous wedding cake will be available at an online auction, wrapped in its original paper and presented in a sophisticated tin, measuring 5.5 inches long.
PFC Auctions will start the bidding on May 3 for the wedding cake slice at $162 and the auction will close on May 24. Those interested in royal memorabilia can also bid for the original order of service, which is a 16-page wedding booklet that includes hymns, prayers, a blessing and vows.
Cairns cakes are sold in Harrods, Selfridges and Waitrose. She was contacted by St. James’s Palace in February prior to the wedding and asked if she would make the royal wedding cake. After finishing the cake, Cairns, 56, said, “The picture gallery has high ceilings and is an imposing room so I wanted the cake to have presence but not to be imposing and I think it worked. Catherine did not want it to be seven feet tall, she didn’t want it to be towering and thin, and I think we succeeded. I could not believe I finished it in time but we were all really pleased with it. I worked at the palace for two days before the wedding, setting it up with my team. The hardest part was transporting the cakes from Leicestershire to the palace — we were worried they would get damaged — then we had to assemble them. It was tough work but I really enjoyed it. It’s been an extraordinary commission.”
Another piece of royal wedding cake was once put up for auction back in 2008 – a piece from Prince William’s mother, Princess Diana’s wedding cake, which sold for $1,611.