Hazel Grove’s Royal Wedding Cake-Maker
Liz Davidson, from Classic Celebration Cakes in Hazel Grove has been baking wedding cakes for the Royal family since 1963. In fact, the company have made no fewer than five cakes for the Royals to date, starting with Princess Alexandra’s in 1963, with perhaps the most famous and magical being that of Charles and Diana.
It all began in 1963 when my father, Andrew, and his colleague Ronnie Adams created a cake for Princess Alexandra’s wedding,’ says Liz. It was an intricate design that stood over seven feet high and was iced in traditional royal icing,’ she adds. In fact, the cake was so large that it had to be assembled in St James’ Palace.
But, unsurprisingly it was Charles and Diana’s that won the prize for most lavish cake. After all, you’d need an astonishing feat of confectionary genius to match Princess Di’s Emmanuel wedding dress complete with 25 foot train.
‘Of all the cakes my father and I have produced, the most elaborate was that of Prince Charles,’ admits Liz. ‘It was incredibly detailed; the colour matched Princess Diana’s dress, detailed plaques were all piped and painted by hand, and individually handmade sugar flowers of the four countries that represent the British Isles were added to the top tier’.
It’s important to add that the official Royal wedding cakes are usually made by one of the three services that the member of the Royal family represents, the Army, Navy or Royal Air Force. However, Charles and Diana had a staggering 23 wedding cakes, and Andrew and Sarah Ferguson had 18. The creations by CC Cakes certainly stand out from the crowd.
‘When we create cakes for the Royal family we first contact the house to see if they will accept our gift, then we set about creating the ideas,’ says Liz. ‘We will use the Royal crests on the cakes, or add the couple’s interest. In the case of Prince Andrew we added hand-painted designs of his helicopters in reflection of his time in service with the Royal Air Force.
‘You could say that all our customers have a taste of royalty, as our cakes are all made from the same secret recipe that we used in the royal wedding cakes,’ she says.
Classic Celebration Cakes, Hazel Grove: 0161 482 9049, www.cccakes.co.uk