In celebration of the 2011 Royal Wedding, Visit London, London’s Tourism Bureau has created a 4ft medieval wedding cake replicating the steeple and spire of St Bride’s Church, London. The famous landmark known as ‘The Cathedral of Fleet Street’ provided the inspiration for the traditional tiered wedding cake used across the world today.
Royal cake maker; Sophisticake created the cake for Visit London to highlight London’s unique heritage as well as in celebration of Prince William and Kate Middleton wedding on April 29th 2011.
The origin of the traditional tiered wedding cake dates back to 18th Century London. Visit London says the story began with Thomas Rich, a baker’s apprentice from Ludgate Hill, who fell in love with his boss’s daughter and soon asked for her hand in marriage. Rich wanted to surprise his new bride by creating something spectacular for her on their wedding day and found inspiration from the steeple of St Bride’s Church.
The multi tiered wedding cake he created, based on the structure of the steeple and spire, and was the first of its kind. It proved to be such a popular hit that it paved the way for future wedding cakes, and remains a firm favorite to this day for brides and grooms across the world.
Jacqueline French, spokesperson, Visit London adds: “London offers an incredibly rich culture, something that appeals to visitors from around the world and lesser-known stories, like that of Thomas Rich and his St Bride’s wedding cake, really bring the history to life across the capital.”
Dawn Blunden from Sophisticake, who also created the wedding cake for HRH Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall comments,
“I was thrilled to be asked to bake this St Bride’s replica cake in celebration of the forthcoming Royal Wedding and bring it here to London. Only in London can you really feel a part of this historic moment. The cake took over 200 hours to create and for real authenticity I followed a medieval recipe. By using pounds upon pounds of spices such as mace, nutmeg and cloves I was able to stay true to the cake’s original 18th Century origins and hopefully make something Thomas Rich would have been proud of. In total, I used a startling 200 eggs, 120lb dried fruit and 18lb butter!”
The ‘St Bride’s Wedding Cake’ can be seen on a rooftop overlooking the church itself so that, for the first time, the cake and “inspiration” can share the London skyline. After the wedding the cake will be donated to St Bride’s Church to share with its parish and support their charitable causes.