The English Fruitcake
The Royal wedding showcased some of the best traditions in English Weddings. Traditional English Fruitcake is an essential part of the celebration. Made with raisins, cherries, marzipan and ground almonds, it has a special place in the life of the people. The top layer of the cake, called the christening cake, is reserved for the baptism of the first child of the couple.
William and Kate's fruitcake was an eight tiered fantasy designed by cake designer, Fiona Cairns. Decorated with intricate details like piping, flowers and leaves it was unique and different, though it did continue the tradition. The Royal Icing that covers the cake gets it name from the rich icing that is used over the fruitcake for royal weddings. The icing seals in the freshness of the cake.
The fruitcake is accompanied by another cake, what is known as the groom's cake, this was originally a fruitcake too, but most likely now this will be a chocolate cake. Prince William had the McVitie cake company, who have baked cakes for Royal Weddings and christenings since the marriage of King George V and Queen Mary in 1893, to bake a special chocolate biscuit cake from a Royal Family recipe.
Another beautiful Victorian custom is the ribbon pull. Ribbon are tied to different charms and the baker places these between layers of cake as it being baked. Before the bride and groom share the cake, each bridesmaid pulls out a charm that spells her future. This adds to the fun of the moment, while giving a slice of happiness to the young girls.