Prince William and Kate Middleton will be serving two wedding cakes to guests tomorrow afternoon at their Buckingham Palace reception. The first is a traditional British fruit cake, made by cake designer and pastry chef Fiona Cairns. At Kate’s request, it will have a floral theme, Cairns told Abc.com. Kate sent the chef a list of 17 flowers that symbolize love, marriage and happiness to be included on the cake. “There’s even a Sweet William,” Cairns said.
The second cake, specially requested by Prince William, is a McVitie’s chocolate biscuit cake. The unbaked cake by McVitie’s, made to a secret Royal Family recipe, was a childhood favorite of the prince’s.
Buckingham Palace sent the recipe to chefs at McVitie’s, who will make a wedding-sized confection including 1,700 biscuits and nearly 40 pounds of chocolate. The company has refused to release the recipe. However, you can find the recipe—or one similar—in Eating Royally: Recipes & Remembrances from a Palace Kitchen, by Darren McGrady, and in the Chicago Tribune.