Wedding Cake at the Other Royal Wedding

With less than 2 days to go for Monaco’s Prince Albert to take wedding vows with South African commoner Charlene Wittstock, preparations for the wedding have reached fever pitch. The wedding is scheduled for July 1st and 2nd, which have been declared public holidays in Monaco. The Palace gates will remain open to enable about 3 500 guests to be seated for the ceremony and the event will be broadcast on giant screens.

After the religious ceremony, the newly weds will host a meal for their guests prepared by Alain Ducasse, a Michelin-starred chef at the Monte-Carlo's Hotel de Paris.

The sumptuous fare will feature Mediterranean cuisine as well as South African in honor of the bride and will be washed down with Perrier Jouet champagne. Although the menu is still a secret, it is known that it will consist of four courses including wedding cake and the palace chef, Christian Garcia, is preparing a surprise for the bride.

The wedding cake

Albert and Charlene’s wedding cake has to be truly exceptional to match up to Prince Rainier and Princess Grace’s wedding cake was a culinary masterpiece. There were six tiers in all, making it taller than both bride and groom. The first level was decorated with three-dimensional replicas of Monaco's pink palace carved from sugar. Each of the other layers held scenes from Monaco's history crafted gently into the sides, and between the fourth and fifth layers, the Monegasque crest was duplicated in red and white spun sugar. The top held two cherubs standing upon clouds of filigreed icing, with a replica of the crown of Monaco suspended above their heads.

Prince Albert has been deeply involved in environmental causes and the menu is likely to be healthy and organic in source. Prince Albert is rumored to have instructed the chef to use local produce particularly those sourced within a 6 km radius of Monaco. The vegetables used in the menu will be those grown in the Royal vegetable gardens. The Prince and future Princess are health conscious Sportspersons and are attached to simple and healthy food.

The 500 privileged guests including royal families and diplomats can enjoy food based on fish caught in the area of Monaco, Italy and vegetables from the family estate of Grimaldi, Rocagel an aperitif that was a favorite of Princess Grace is likely to be on the menu. This dish, called the barbaguian, is made of dough stuffed with Swiss chard, spinach, leeks, with marjoram, chervil and ricotta. Chef Alain Ducasse said there are likely to be several desserts made from milk from Monegasque cows. The accent is on fresh food- The vegetables are likely to be harvested 6 hours before the meal while fish will be freshly caught and cooked. Monaco is sparing no efforts to give their guests wedding feast to remember.


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