Our two-year journey to restore the royal wedding cake is now complete!
It was a journey which began in July 2015 with a phone call to The British Sugarcraft Guild national office from the ‘keeper of the Peek Frean museum’. It ended with The British Sugarcraft Guild Queen’s Cake Committee and its National Administrator at the museum for the final assembly, during the week commencing 23rd October.
The impressive six tier cake was finally completed and assembled in October 2017, just in time for the celebrations of the royal couple’s platinum anniversary. You can find out more below and click on the images to enlarge and read descriptions.
A brief history:
In 1947, Peek Frean made one of the wedding cakes for the then Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip.
At the time the company made a full size replica of the cake which was proudly displayed in the reception of Peek Frean’s headquarters in Bermondsey for 30+ years, and subsequently at a museum following the closure of the company in the late 1980’s.
During a change over of premises in 2015, vandals gained access to the museum and destroyed the replica cake. What remained of the cake was then moved to the current museum site and The British Sugarcraft Guild came to the rescue.
The restoration process:
Guild members took detailed measurements and photographs of what remained of the six tiers, making careful note of the original techniques and materials used in the creation of the historic 70-year-old cake.
This aspect of the project perfectly illustrates how modern technology and a traditional craft can work in harmony to recreate a beautiful historic work of sugar art. Likewise, all the templates for the detailed piping work were no longer available, so Guild members drew new templates using the measurements and photographs that had been taken.
These detailed instructions and the original tier of the cake were passed out to six of the UK regions of The British Sugarcraft Guild and workshops arranged enabling as many of the Guild’s members as possible to take part in this historic project. View the photos and videos of these workshops on our facebook page.
The original solid silver top ornament of the cake was in The Royal Collection and they kindly allowed the exquisite figure of St George and the Dragon to be laser scanned so a replica could be made. This was proudly placed on the cake top during the final assembly by a representative of WMG at Warwick.
Standing at over six feet tall, the newly completed cake is housed in a bespoke wood and glass case made by a local cabinet maker in Bermondsey. The beautiful simplicity of the showcase compliments the elaborately piped decoration of the cake perfectly.
The replica Queen’s Wedding cake was unveiled at the Peek Frean Museum in Bermondsey during late November 2017 in the presence of the sponsors and other invited guests.
With thanks to our project sponsors
Sponsorship for the project was sought from specialist suppliers who provided materials to help the BSG recreate this unique replica cake. The British Sugarcraft Guild is grateful for the tremendous support it has received from WMG at Warwick University, Renshaw, FPC Sugarcraft, Dummies Direct, Doric Cakecrafts, Bako Northwestern, Sugar City and Insignia Signs.
The husband of one of our Guild’s members, whose hobby is wood turning, even stepped in to make the precision dowels that support the cake tiers.
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For further information about this project and the BSG, please contact:
For information about the Peek Frean Museum or to arrange a visit, contact:
Gary Magold, Keeper of the Peek Frean Museum – Email: firstname.lastname@example.org