By Rebecca Omastiak
While a wedding cake is typically a sweet finale to a fine meal, it also has an important purpose. A wedding cake symbolizes a newly formed union and the hope for a joyful and successful marriage.
As time has passed, wedding cakes have become more elaborate and detailed as a reflection of the wedding celebration. Top cake decorators express this sentiment in a form of flattery: to create a cake identical to the one featured in Prince Charles and Princess Diana's wedding.
The original wedding cake, created by chef David Avery of the Royal Naval Cookery School, stood more than five feet tall. The chef decorated the cake with the the royal coat of arms, the couple's initials, and roses, lilies of the valley, and orchids.
Cake decorators from the Upper Midwest Bankers Association compete Sunday, Feb. 5, in the Mall of America's rotunda to most accurately replicate the royal wedding cake. The competition's winner receives $500 and a chance to display the cake at the Diana: A Celebration exhibit.
Now where is that cake cutter?