An Indian touch to Britain's Royal Wedding

Prince William-Kate
London, April 27: The Royal wedding cake described as "very romantic" is being given the finishing touches in a luxury cakes company led by an Indian-origin entrepreneur and his British wife.

Kishore Patel, 57, is the managing director of the Leicestershire-based Fiona Cairns Ltd., which is known for making cakes for the luxury market.

Hailing from Baroda, Patel is the husband of Fiona Cairns, 55, who has earned a reputation in luxury baking after being trained as a pastry chef.

Patel told PTI unassumingly: "It started as a hobby, a very common hobby, nothing unusual, but then we unlocked the potential and grew. Today we have nearly 90 people working in our company".

The design and details of the wedding cake ordered by Prince William and Kate Middleton remain a secret until April 29, the wedding day. Patel said he will wear "traditional English dress" at the wedding.

The company prides itself on being creative and besides providing cakes for seasonal celebrations ensures its fabulous handmade cakes reflect current trends. Fiona's treats have attracted celebrities such as Sir Paul McCartney and U2's Bono.

The company now supplies more than 750,000 cakes (mostly fairy cakes) a year to shops including Fortnum

Fiona said, "It's multi-tiered, doesn't have colour it's cream and white (icing) and it's a traditional cake but also quite delicate and modern, all the tiers will have a different theme. I can't tell you what the recipe is exactly, but the brandy is very important, we always soak our fruits overnight to plump up the fruits."

She said, "There is the bridal rose which symbolises happiness, the oak and acorn which is an architectural detail around the room where the cake will be symbolises strength and endurance. There is a lily of the valley which symbolises sweetness and humility and ivy leaves which symbolise marriage." Fiona would be assisted by a team that includes two workers of Indian origin.


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