Johannesburg - If you've watched Four Weddings SA on Lifetime (DStv 131) then you know some couples just love extravagant and outrageous wedding ceremonies.
For some, the wedding cake has to shine just as brightly as the bride’s ring. After all, the wedding cake is often the focal piece for which the entire colour scheme and theme of the reception is based.
Some couples choose a cake that is over three metres high, some decorate their cake with thousands of exotic flowers and some even choose to add dazzling diamonds to their confectionery masterpiece.
These wedding cakes are the four most expensive to date:
4. A royal masterpiece!
Days before the royal couple exchanged vows, cake designer Fiona Cairns was working to transport the cake from her bakery and then assemble it in Buckingham Palace. When completed the architecturally inspired masterpiece consisted of eight tiers of fruitcake that were covered in cream and white icing.
A variety of 17 different kinds of flowers, each with its own symbolic meaning, were elegantly replicated into a sugar-paste flower and then added to the cake. English rose, Scottish thistle, Welsh daffodil, and Irish shamrock to feature the home nations were displayed on the seventh tier.
Just below, on the sixth tier was a scrolling artistic display of the couple’s initials surrounded by sugar-pasted lily of the valley flowers to symbolize sweetness and humility. When completed, the cake was adorned with a total of 900 sugar-pasted florals and placed in the picture gallery of Buckingham Palace to await the royal couple’s cutting of the wedding cake. The bill, a cool R1.1m.
3. A bejewelled confection
In 2010, the Dallas Bridal Fair displayed a nine tiered masterpiece that was created by Dallas’ Delicious Cake in conjunction with the Dallas Gold and Silver Exchange. Covered in ivory fondant and detailed with scrolling lines of silver ‘lustre dust’, the cake weighed over 72kgs. Strings of diamonds were draped along the nine tiers and as a final touch large diamonds and sapphires were placed along the base of the cake. In total the cake was decorated in 1 200 carats of diamonds and sapphires. With a total price of R18m the cake served 320 people at about R43 000 a slice!
2. Shine bright like a diamond
The Luxury Bridal Show in Beverly Hills, California displayed a cake created by cake designer Nahid Parsa of La Patisserie Artistique. Thick creamy white frosting covered the top of the cake and heavy ivory fondant covered the lower tiers. The middle tiers were coated with satin like ruffles and pastel flowers and the lowest contained small gold flakes. But what made this wedding cake a million dollar confectionery masterpiece were the large diamonds elegantly placed from top to bottom. While this wedding cake was visually stunning, what it tasted like is still a mystery. The guests of the bridal show were not able to eat, or even come close to the cake as it was surrounded by six armed guards. Final cost R276m.
1. Diamonds are a girl’s best friend
Created by Cake, a bakery in Chester, England, the world’s most expensive wedding cake was valued at a whopping R728m! The edible masterpiece was on display at the National Gay Wedding Show in Liverpool in March 2013, and consisted of eight tiers of white fondant icing, adorned with 4 000 diamonds. After the event concluded the guests were able to eat the sparking masterpiece. Sans diamonds of course!
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