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The Secret history of the Wedding Cake

Stand-up buffet, sit-down supper; British, American, mid-Atlantic: there’s a lot of speculation surrounding the food that guests might expect at the wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry this month. One thing’s for sure: there’ll be a wedding cake, and in cakey matters the royal family have always set the fashion for the nation. Dr Annie Gray investigates the history of this centrepiece confection

Cake has been associated with celebration since at least medieval times. Back then, the cakes were actually more like glorified breads: yeasted, fruited and spiced, they were expensive, huge and screamed luxury.

It was under the Tudors that the ‘bride cake’ was first eaten at weddings (the same fortified bread that cropped up at all celebrations).

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Enjoy a bank holiday bonanza with the May issue of delicious. – there's the ultimate rainproof picnic, global dishes from Ravinder Bhogal and a crayfish feast from Gill Meller. With new recipe ideas for pesto and asapargus, a Cornish crab rarebit and herby saddle of lamb, spring has truly sprung. After the strong comes the sweet – three bakes fit for a Royal wedding, an insanely good rhubarb, lime and ginger custard tart, and Nutella doughnuts. That’s why delicious. is the UK’s best food magazine.