Kate and Wil­liam’s dou­ble dose of wed­ding cake

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FOR their wed­ding next month Prince Wil­liam and Kate Mid­dle­ton aren’t just hav­ing their cake and eat­ing it – they’re hav­ing two.

The cou­ple said yes­ter­day t hey had de­cided on a ‘ ‘ multi-t i ered t ra­di­tional fruit cake’’ with a flo­ral de­sign, fol­lowed by a chocolate bis­cuit cake that was one of Wil­liam’s child­hood favourites.

The main cake, which will take cen­tre stage at the Buck­ing­ham Palace re­cep­tion on April 29, will be made by celebrity cake maker Fiona Cairns who counts for­mer Bea­tle Paul McCart­ney and r ock­ers Pink Floyd among her clients. Cairns said Mid­dle­ton, 29, had played a key role in designing the cake.

‘‘ She has guided us right from the be­gin­ning and has quite strong ideas,’’ said Cairns, who started her busi­ness at her kitchen ta­ble a quar­ter of a cen­tury ago in Le­ices­ter­shire, cen­tral Eng­land.

‘ ‘ That makes i t much eas­ier than a bride who has ab­so­lutely no idea whatso- ever, which has hap­pened in the past. But she knew very much what she wanted and she brought us mood boards and told us what in­flu­ences she would like us to use on the cake.’’ The cake will be dec­o­rated us­ing cream and white ic­ing with a ‘ ‘ strong Bri­tish flo­ral theme’’. It will con­tain dried f r uit s will al so fea­ture Wil­liam and Kate’s new ci­pher, thought to fea­ture the cou­ple’s en­twined ini­tials, which will be of­fi­cially re­leased on their wed­ding day.

CRE­ATIVE: Celebrity cake de­signer Fiona Cairns

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