Hungry? Royal wedding cake slice on auction block
How much would you pay for a slice of cake that is a year old?
Do we hear $1,600? Higher?
This, of course, is no ordinary cake. It’s a piece from Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding and it’s “in fine condition” according to PFC Auctions, which puts it up for bids beginning Thursday.
It’s the first slice of their eight-tiered wedding cake to go to auction, neatly packaged and with a compliments card and the 16-page Order of Service from Westminster Abbey which includes the vows, hymns, prayers and Blessing from the Wedding.
The 3-foot fruitcake was designed by Fiona Carins (with cake, right) and took five weeks to make. Covered in cream and white icing and decorated with up to 900 delicate sugar-paste flowers, it was divided up among the 650 people invited to the post-wedding reception at Buckingham Palace on April 29, 2011.
It’s not the first piece of royal wedding cake to go to auction. A piece of wedding cake from the 1981 Diana-Charles nuptials sold for about $1,800 in 2008. That union, ultimately doomed, is represented again at this auction with the wedding scrapbook from the co-designer of Princess Diana’s dress, Elizabeth Emanuel (minimum bid: $3,200).
The future Queen had her cake designed by McVitie and Price, the biscuit company which would later create desserts for Will and Kate's reception.
The four-tiered cake, make from ingredients supplied by the Australian Girl Guides, stood 9 feet tall and weighed 500 pounds. It was even decorated with scenes from the couple's lives. One of the layers was saved for the christening of Prince Charles in 1948 and another was given to Australia in appreciation of their contribution.
It's not the type of cake you want to use just any old knife on, either. When it came time for the grand first slice, it was cut using Philip's sword.