The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, 2018
As mentioned, Meghan and Harry went with the untraditional choice that is lemon and elderflower. Royal wedding cakes are generally fruit-forward, so the floral-y addition was unexpected. Also different was the presentation: Instead of a massive, cleanly-iced monster, the cake — made by Violet Cakes’s Claire Ptak — was unstacked and roughly finished, which makes it all the more Pinterest-worthy, tbh.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, 2011
Will and Kate went a bit more typically royal, in terms of cake-type things. Their two cake flavors were … fruit (albeit covered with cream, white icing, and edible flowers) and chocolate biscuit. It was made by “master cake designer” Fiona Cairns of Fiona Cairns Ltd.
Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles, 2005
There are no pictures of the final product that was Charles and Camilla’s wedding cake, but it was, indeed, a fruitcake, and it was made by the delightful woman you see here: Etta Richardson. Per Etta, this was exactly the kind of cake served at the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall’s reception.
Prince Charles and Princess Diana, 1981
These two reportedly served 27 (!) cakes at their wedding. Twenty-seven cakes! This bad boy was the showstopper, though, and it was a 5-foot-tall — wait for it — fruitcake.
Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips, 1973
Fruitcake! F-R-U-I-T-C-A-K-E! A 5-foot-six-inch fruitcake! (That’s how tall Anne was on her wedding day, if you must know the significance.)
Princess Margaret and Antony Armstrong-Jones, 1960
This (fruit)cake came in at a measly 150 pounds and had both her family’s and her and Tony’s new coat of arms paneled onto the sides. Psh!
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, 1947
Alright, a queen’s wedding cake is an entirely different story. Sure, it was a fruitcake, but it was a 9-foot-tall, 500 pound fruit cake. A cake of that size served more than 2,000 people. All this despite the fact that Lil and Phil were married just after the end of World War II, meaning most of their wedding plans were made with rations in mind.