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Check Out the Royal Wedding Cake

Celebrity News Apr. 29, 2011 AT 1:03PM
Check Out the Royal Wedding Cake Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Ready for dessert?

The first photos of Prince William and Duchess Kate's wedding cake have been released -- and it looks yummy!

William, 28, and Kate, 29, chose a traditional multitiered fruitcake with cream and white piping designed by prestigious British baker Fiona Cairns.

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Beginning in February, Cairns worked closely with the couple in secret on the concoction.

"Catherine wanted a traditional wedding cake with a modern twist," Cairns told Us Weekly. To that end, Cairns and her team used "scroll work, lattice work, intricate piping techniques, sugar flowers" to decorate the treat.

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"We've used Catherine's list of the 'language of flowers'," Cairns added. "The 'language of flowers' is something that was used in Victorian times to express, in a coded way, emotions that couldn't easily or openly be expressed in words but [could be] conveyed in flowers. So all the flowers have meanings."

For example, the bridal rose symbolizes happiness, ivy leaves marriage, and "Sweet William" flowers, which represent gallantry.

Like any engaged couple, William and Kate tested several different flavors.

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"We sent over samples of different fruitcake types and they picked their favorites and commented," she said.

Adds an insider, Catherine loved the design. "When Catherine saw the first sketches, she clapped. She is so excited. It's something she has always dreamed of."

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What if there's a cake disaster before it's time for dessert? Cairns' team has prepped a duplicate cake just in case there's any damage during transit.

Commemorate Will & Kate’s big day with our Us Collectors Edition: Royal Wedding with all the photos, anecdotes and details of the wedding. Available for pre-order now and on sale May 6.

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