Kate and Will's wedding cake (top), an eight-tier design by Fiona Cairns, was comprised of 17 individual fruit cakes—12 of which were used to form a multi-tiered base. According to the BBC, Fiona was commissioned to create the design about two months ago; when Kate met with her to discuss the design, she brought inspiration boards and requested specific varieties of flowers to be fashioned from sugar, including English roses, Scottish thistles, Welsh daffodils, and Irish shamrock. The result was a stunning confection featuring nearly 900 handmade sugar-paste flowers in 17 different varieties; one tier featured Kate and Will's new cipher—the couple's entwined initials—fashioned from icing. The cake was also decorated with a garland around the middle tier, designed to match the architectural garlands featured in Buckingham Palace's Picture Gallery, where the reception was held.
A second dessert (bottom) was also served: William's favorite chocolate-cookie cake, made by McVitie's Cake Company according to a royal family recipe; the cake contained 35 pounds of chocolate and 1,700 McVitie's Rich Tea biscuits. (You can find a similar recipe on epicurious.com.)
Photo: Courtesy of The British Monarchy's Flickr