Monday, February 28, 2011

Marriott Hotel's pastry chef to re-create Princess Diana wedding cake (Update)

Posted By on Mon, Feb 28, 2011 at 4:24 PM

click to enlarge One of the wedding  cakes created for the 1981 royal wedding
  • One of the wedding cakes created for the 1981 royal wedding

Update: There won't be just one display re-creation -- historically accurate, but inedible -- of the most famous of the wedding cakes created for the 1981 wedding of Prince Charles and the future Princess Diana, but two of them going on exhibition in Kansas City this month. The update follows the original post.

Right on the heels of last evening's four-Oscar collection of awards for The King's Speech comes the news that Gus Ruiz, the pastry chef for the Kansas City Downtown Marriott Hotel, will keep the momentum going for all things British by re-creating the wedding cake -- one of them, anyway -- made for the nuptials in 1981 of Prince Charles and Princess Diana.


The faux cake -- which will look like the famous one created by

the late Belgian pastry chef S.G. Sender -- will be on display in Union

Station during the run of the exhibition Diana: A Celebration at Union Station from Friday, March 4, through June 12.

At least we think, here in Fat City, that the Ruiz cake will be modeled after the S.G. Sender cake because it was long considered the "official" cake of the ceremony; there were actually 27 cakes baked for the reception. A shriveled-up slice from one of the cakes sold at an auction for $290 last month in New Zealand.

Rick Hughey, spokesman for the hotel, says the showy faux cake will be exhibited in Union Station during the run of the Diana exhibition, and if anyone wants to actually taste the cake, the coffee shop in the downtown Marriott Hotel, Lilly's Restaurant, will be serving freshly baked slices made from the original recipe for the cake through June 12.

Update: The Marriott Hotel's Food and Beverage Director Steve Cole says pastry chef Gus Ruiz will be creating replica "cakes" for both Union Station and the lobby of the downtown Marrott Hotel during the run of Diana: A Celebration exhibition.

Beginning this Friday, Lilly's Restaurant will be offering slices of the fondant-covered cake as a dessert special. "It's really a fruit cake," Cole says, "made with pineapple, apple, walnuts and other things, all covered with the rolled fondant."


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