05/02/2012

Hungry? Royal wedding cake slice on auction block

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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.

Royal wedding cakeOnline bids start at 100 pounds ($160) and the British auction house expects “worldwide interest” before the bids are closed on May 24. Estimates are bidding will top 1,000 pounds (about $1,600).

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).

Liz cakeNeither the Chuck-Di nor the Will-Kate cakes match the towering majesty of the royal wedding cake of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip in 1947 (right).

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.

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ZERO. All british 'subjects' should get a slice for free because they already paid for it.

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