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William, Kate's royal wedding cakes' designs 'revealed'

world Updated: Apr 20, 2011 19:41 IST

Prince William and his fiancee Kate Middleton have chosen a traditional multilayered fruit cake with a floral design for their royal wedding next month, along with an alternative cake made from rich tea biscuits.

The official wedding cake is to be made by Fiona Cairns, a businesswoman who has gone from kitchen table baking to selling her creations to the country's best-known stores, The Daily Telegraph reported.

Kate Middleton has produced detailed plans for the cake, which will form the centrepiece of the Buckingham Palace wedding reception.

The cake will be decorated with William and Kate's new cipher - thought to feature the couple's entwined initials - which will be officially released on their wedding day, the newspaper said.

Another theme will be the four flowers of the home nations - English rose, Scottish thistle, Welsh daffodil and Irish shamrock.

Cairns, 56, was contacted by William's office in February and asked if she would make the couple's wedding cake, which she agreed to do. "It's multi-tiered, doesn't have colour - it's cream and white icing - and it's a traditional cake but also quite delicate and modern, all the tiers will have a different theme."

But Prince William has also requested an alternative treat - a McVities chocolate biscuit cake which was one of his favourites as a young boy.

Paul Courtney, the firm's cake design and development head chef, said he was proud to have the task of making it for William. "It's an unbaked cake and it will be made in a test bakery where we develop new products as our factory lines are too big. It will have dark chocolate, to give it a really nice flavour, and use rich tea biscuits," he said.