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Royal Wedding Cake By Mail

Royal Wedding Cake

William and Catherine's wedding cake

Here’s a new reason to check the mailbox every day: wedding cake in the mail.

Apparently, it is a tradition in the British Royal Family to mail pieces of wedding cake to people who were unable to be invited to the wedding itself.

The cake, which is usually a dense fruitcake to ensure that it has a long shelf-life, is sliced into slivers and placed in cake boxes specially made for the purpose.

The tradition dates back to at least 1840 and Queen Victoria’s wedding cake.

Queen Victoria Wedding PartySince Queen Victoria – and her husband, Albert – were related to many of the most influential heads of state around the world, it would have been very important personally and diplomatically that each of them receive a slice of cake in recognition of their connection.

However, for as long as the Royal Family has mailed their wedding cake, there have been instances of wedding cake mail theft. So if you think there’s any chance that a slice is still on its way to your home, make sure you don’t let it linger in your mailbox!

Here is a photo of a preserved piece of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s wedding cake from 1840 – making it more than 170 years old!

Piece of Queen Victoria's wedding cake

Piece of Queen Victoria's wedding cake

If you’re still interested in trying the “official royal fruitcake,” here’s a recipe from the cake designer and baker who created Prince William and Catherine Middleton’s wedding cake, Fiona Cairns.


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Royal Wedding Food Takes the Cake

wedding cakeYou don’t have to score an invitation to the British royal wedding to be able to eat festive food.

Thanks to global entrepreneurship, Americans can join the British and many others around the world in celebrating the happiness of Prince William and Kate (Catherine) Middleton by hoisting a donut, digging into an ice cream cake, or partaking in one of the world’s most expensive (and creepy) pizzas.┬áCheck out the slideshow below for peeks at each of the royal-themed treats.

Dunkin Donuts led the way with their Royal Wedding donut. This week only, April 24-29, you can get an 89-cent taste of their homage to the royal wedding. But don’t get too excited. Since there are no Dunkin Donuts in England it’s not like William and Kate will be ditching the fruit cake for donuts.

Baskin Robbins jumped on board and also unveiled a wedding-inspired treat. The Royal Wedding ice cream cake will be available in April and May so you may want to hurry; these cakes won’t last much longer than a Shamrock Shake.

Papa John’s dubious contribution to wedding food is a one-of-a-kind pizza made to look like the royal couple. The bride is made out of cheese and mushrooms and the groom is depicted using the artful arrangement of salami. But this one is limited to residents of the United Kingdom, so American pizza lovers are out of luck.

Silliness aside, the actual royal wedding cake is being made by Fiona Cairns. It will be a multi-tiered fruit cake, which is traditional for English weddings, and it will include symbols representing England, Ireland, Wales, and Scotland as well as items representing Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Prince William is also requesting a cookie cake made using “biscuits,” or cookies from the McVitie’s company. Betty Crocker’s got a recipe you can try. The good news is that it will require far fewer cookies than the actual royal wedding cake, which will use 1,700 tea biscuits and more than 37 pounds of chocolate.

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