When James Bond actor Pierce Brosnan married Keely Shaye Smith, the two kept it classy like 007 would with a six-tier carrot wedding cake fashioned after Jack and Jacqueline Kennedy’s cake. The cake designed by Little Venice Cake Company included an elegant hand-piped fleur-de-lis design around each tier. The $2,430 or more wedding cake was displayed on a topiary tablecloth illustrated with gardenias, orange blossoms, white roses, and stephanotis. To add even more luxury, Keely’s mother crystallized edible flowers to give the cake a dew-like aura.
This couple went crazy for chocolate in their 2002 wedding, where Paul McCartney and Heather Mills treated their guests to a four-tier chocolate cake. The Beatles star gave the people what they wanted with the $4,500 chocolate confection that was reportedly made by Choccywoccydoodah of Brighton. Sounds like a song.
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s recent nuptials spanned days and countries, so an embellished wedding cake was to be expected of the reality TV mega star and the “rap god.” It took three people to carry the giant, multi-tiered cake with a price tag of about £4,000 (about $6,685). The seven-tier seven-foot-tall cake was all white cake with fruit layers covered in white frosting. Kimye will have leftover cake for days.
The union of the big two actors merited a big cake. Sylvia Weinstock created a ten-tier vanilla and buttercream wedding cake for Michael Douglass and Catherine Zeta Jones’ nuptials. The $7,000 cake was so large that the top two tiers had to be removed just to get it through the doors. The sugared flower-adorned cake reached a lofty six feet tall.
Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky were gluten-free before it was cool. Their 2010 wedding cake made of vanilla sponge cake was created with a gluten-free flour blend, layers of chocolate mousse and covered in vanilla fondant, and measured in at four feet tall with nine tiers. The $11,000 wedding cake weighed almost 500 pounds and was lavishly decorated with 1,000 sugar flowers in the shape of roses, calla lilies, and orchids.
Their over-the- top wedding was a television spectacle, so of course Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries needed an extreme wedding cake to match. The $20,000, eight-foot-tall cake by Patrick Hansen tipped the scale at an astounding 600 pounds. The tiers alternated between black and white, simple in comparison to their larger-than-life wedding. The massive chocolate-chip marble cake was decorated with buttercream frosting. The cake leftovers probably lasted longer than their 72-day marriage.
Comedian Eddie Murphy and model Nicole Mitchell went above and beyond on their lavish multi-tiered wedding cake. At $25,000 in 1993, you can only imagine the decadent details of their cake. According to pictures, the ornate cake was beautifully decorated with a multitude of flowers. That’s a whole lot of cake.
Basketball legend Michael Jordan and Yvette Prieto spared no expense on their wedding, which rang in at a cool $10 million, and their cake was no exception. The all-white, seven-layer white rum wedding cake designed by Edda’s Cake Designs was covered in white fondant and sugar crystals, and was adorned with crystal brooches. To top it all off, the couples' monogram was displayed on the top layer.
Royal icons Princess Diana and Prince Charles hosted a memorable wedding in 1981, spending over $40,000 on just the cake. The princess could not just have one wedding cake; the matrimonial day included 27 wedding cakes and a five-foot-tall main cake that supposedly took 14 weeks to prepare. The wedding cake, designed by David Avery of the Royal Naval Cookery School, was decorated with roses, lilies of the valley, and orchids, along with the Prince’s family’s royal coat of arms. Of course a duplicate was made, just in case. P.S., $40,000 then is worth over $100,000 now!
Nothing is good enough for “The Donald,” but perhaps his extravagant orange Grand Marnier chiffon wedding cake celebrating his marriage to Melania Knauss was just the ticket. The seven-tiered confection was five feet high, 200 pounds, 32 inches in diameter, covered with 3,000 white icing roses, and filled with Grand Marnier buttercream. The cake took two months for pastry chef Cedric Barbaret to create. On top of all that, wedding guests were treated to individual cakes filled with chocolate truffle and decorated with a single rose on top. Donald Trump is always “thinking big.”
What is a royal wedding without a royal wedding cake? Prince William and Kate Middleton definitely went all out for their magnificent wedding with an eight-tiered fruit cake with white icing and 900 sugar paste flowers ringing in at a royal $80,000. Designed by Fiona Cairns, the elegant cake included 17 different kinds of symbolic flowers. Displayed on the seventh tier, the English rose, Scottish thistle, Welsh daffodil, and Irish shamrock represented the home nations. On the sixth tier were the elaborately scrolled initials of the couple encircled by sugar lily of the valley flowers, symbolizing sweetness and humility. And we’ll never be royals.