Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank‘s wedding cake has been described by Kensington Palace as “a traditional cake, with a modern feel,” and on Thursday (Oct. 11) fans got a glimpse of the process behind making the red velvet and chocolate confection. Photos of cake designer Sophie Cabot in the kitchens of Buckingham Palace on Wednesday show the artistic baker mixing eggs, flour, red colouring and garnishes that include berries, leaves and flowers to make what is sure to be a show-stopping dessert.
The actual baking may have been underway just this week, but the sugar flowers that will decorate the cake were started back in July. This is where Sophie is quite the artist, and she’s been tasked with covering the cake in ivy – a nod to the couple’s Kensington Palace home, Ivy Cottage. Inspired by the “rich colours of autumn,” the finished product will use at least 53 packs of unsalted butter, 33 pounds of organic flour, up to 400 eggs and 44 pounds of sugar. It will feature five tiers, three made from red velvet cake and two from chocolate sponge, covered in buttercream and white frosting.
The couple was connected with Sophie through Eugenie’s dad, Prince Andrew, as she participated in his Pitch@Palace program. The “honoured” designer gave some insight into her meetings with the princess and her longtime love Jack while chatting with reporters on Wednesday. “The couple were very relaxed, very comfortable. I got the feeling the cake was something they were very excited about. It was a fun meeting as well because I don’t think it’s every day you have a meeting about cake and you get to try cake.”
She also revealed how much seasonality factored into the couple’s choice, as it did in the lemon and elderflower confection selected by her cousin Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in the spring. “They were very excited about having red velvet, during the tastings red velvet and chocolate came out top. It’s a lovely thing to have at this time of year as well – it’s a nice rich cake. Not one cake is ever the same and this was extra because of the time of year and they wanted to keep it so seasonal – it was a real joy.”
Princess Eugenie and Jack will wed at St George’s Chapel on Friday (Oct. 12) in front of 850 family members and friends. Following their ceremony, they’ll take a short carriage ride down High Street and Park Street before attending a luncheon hosted by the Queen. That night, they’ll let loose at the 28-year-old’s family home, Royal Lodge, where an evening reception will be held.
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