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Will and Kate's cake: 7 dream designs from top cake makers

If you were to create Kate Middleton and Prince William's wedding cake, what would it look like? The Globe and Mail asked cake makers from across Canada (and beyond) to dream big for the big day.

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Theresa Lanziner of Cake Tease, Vancouver This five-tiered wedding cake design was inspired by both and Prince William's family history and the simplicity of Kate Middleton's style and grace. All five tiers are separated with various white, gum paste flowers, including roses, magnolias, lily of the valley and stephanotis. The top, middle and bottom tiers stand slightly taller than the others and are designed with Kate's engagement ring in mind. Clear sugar gems, replicating diamonds, and silver piping work surround sapphire-blue sugar gems around these tiers. The centre tier also includes the first initials of the couple. Sapphire blue draping finishes the remaining tiers and each drape is topped with a small sugar gem and silver piping. The cake itself rests on a traditional silver cake stand to compliment the small silver piping details on the cake. A small silver chalice tops the cake filled with cascading sugar flowers.

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Lisa Leavitt of Sugar Shack Cakes, Calgary I read on the royal website that daffodils are now in bloom at Westminster Abbey. I feel the flowers represent a fresh start to a new life the couple will enjoy together. When I watched the couple during an interview, it was very clear that they both value family very much. The third and fifth tiers would be constructed from individual cylinder-type cakes that would be tied together with ribbon. This represents a tight, close-knit family that I'm sure the royal couple will create. The round cake on top represents love as a whole. It seems clear that this young couple is very much in love (though it seemed they were not allowed to hold hands during the interview). I feel the cake should be kept simple and clean as this young couple seems so uniquely modern and easy-going and not from the stereotypical "stuffy" royal cloth.

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Liz Stevenson, pastry chef of Rivington Grill, Dubai I've gone for a really simple, elegant cake with a cross-hatch and bead pattern using white roses (Diana's favourite) as opposed to white lilies, which are apparently Kate's favourite. In my research, I've found Kate will supposedly use all organic, fair-trade ingredients. While a traditional English wedding cake uses fruitcake, modern English brides opt for no fruitcake at all, or for fruitcake on the top layer, which is what I've imagined. I've included five different layers, each with different flavours – whilst marrying a prince, why not mix it up? – so from the top: traditional fruitcake with lashings of brandy for Uncle Philip; dark chocolate and hazelnut; banana and custard (Harry and Wills), marmalade and almond (Auntie Anne); and lemon and white chocolate. It is rumoured that the Queen hates sweets, so I have not considered her in the imagining of the cake. She will most likely go for cheese and biscuits, in my mind.

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Klara Johnson of Klara Johnson's School of Confectionery and Pastry Art, Cambridge, Ont I did some research on royal wedding cakes, and the most recent ones seemed to be quite traditional. And I think Kate is traditional. If you look at the way she dresses, her style is very elegant. So I decided to go with traditional styles of decorating, dating back to Victorian times, but then putting an element of contemporary in it, in terms of the skirting on the third tier down. And in behind the flowers, I have some fondant striping. I did the traditional icing on the bottom because it's a lot heavier. A traditional fruit cake would probably make up the most of it, and then maybe we would throw in something light and airy and summery, like maybe a nice white cake with strawberries and whipping cream.

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Alexandria Pellegrino of Cake Opera Co., Toronto This royal wedding cake was inspired by a room styled in the Belle Epoque period in Buckingham Palace. It would be made in a very pale, moss-green fondant and the bas relief architectural mouldings would be created from gum paste and painted in 24-karat edible gold. The urn topper, the feminine figure at its base and the cherubs throughout the cake would be sculpted by hand from gum paste and applied to the cake using royal icing. The centre tier depicts a salon-style "mirror" made from melted sugar poured and cast as tiles. Moss-green fresh flowers, including green roses, hydrangeas and chrysanthemums, would cover the entire base and cascade from the sugar topper. While Kate Middleton is clearly a fashion-forward woman, the cake still feels like a regal wedding cake.

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Deb Turner of Cakes Galore, Sooke, B.C. As the cake is to be displayed in a large venue, the champagne tiers can also reach for the sky. Using seven tiers, I have presented a mix of styles: clean, straight lines adorn the top and sixth tier, finished with a row of triangles and pearls at the bases. The second tier is for William and Kate, with an entwined monogram wrapped around the sides. The royal tier has William's coat of arms and would include family crests in white royal icing and fondant work. Strands of curling myrtle branches wind around the fifth tier as a nod to tradition. I've used shades of white, cream and gold with hints of green [and] a feminine bouquet at the cake top with smaller florals encircling the first and fifth tier bases, and finally a generous profusion of blooms encircling the entire cake base.

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Alyson Fuller of Baker Street, Toronto The first layer of this eight-layer cake would be a creme brulee cheesecake forming a grand base. Layer two is a black-and-white "chandeliered" cake stand. Layer three would be a white chocolate mousse cake with replicas of Kate's engagement ring that offer a nod to Princess Diana. Layer four would be made of lemon cake, a classic flavour. This has gorgeous peacock feathers, reflective of the royal women's hats and, especially, Kate's style. The fifth layer would be red velvet cake, the elegance of rich red displaying the Union Jack. Layer Six is a carrot cake finished with velvety cream cheese icing studded with pearls. Layer seven is sticky toffee pudding cheesecake (Kate's favourite dessert is apparently sticky toffee pudding) in the shape of the queen's crown. The final layer is a double mocha, representing the king's crown.

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