Wedding ceremonies are no joke to celebrities around the world and they take it very seriously. There is no lack of extravagance when it comes to this. From designer wedding gowns to ornate flower arrangements, the weddings of the wealthy are filled with extreme spending. Held at the most exotic locations in the world and the finest food served by acclaimed chefs, these lavish expenses come with a price tag – and a large one on that.
For some celebrities, the wedding cake has to shine just as brightly as the bride’s ring, as it is more than just a sweet treat. It has to compliment the entire color scheme and theme of the reception AND look beautiful, elegant and unique. Some couples choose a cake that is over ten feet tall, some adorn their wedding cake with thousands of flowers, some choose bright colors, and some choose to add dazzling diamonds to their confectionery masterpieces. And, with every decoration and glittering piece of jewellery added, the price goes up.
These wedding cakes are the most expensive on our list.
Michael Douglas and Katherine Zeta-Jones celebrated their marriage at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. Taking center stage was the 10-tier vanilla and buttercream wedding cake. Created by Sylvia Weinstock, who has been deemed the ‘Leonard da Vinci of wedding cakes,’ the massive cake was so large that its top two tiers had to be removed just so that it could fit through the ballroom doors. When fully constructed the cake was six feet tall and adorned with thousands of edible sugar flowers.
Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky’s wedding cake was made of a gluten-free flour blend and the vanilla sponge cake was layered with dark chocolate mousse. Standing at 4 feet tall, the cake consisted of nine tiers all covered in vanilla fondant. Each tier was then decorated with a variety of roses, calla lilies, and orchids. In total there were approximately 1,000 sugar flowers and the cake weighed a massive 500 pounds.
- $20, 000
Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries made sure that the wedding cake looked almost as glamorous as Kim did. The eight foot tall cake was created by cake designer Patrick Hansen. Weighing in at nearly 600 pounds, the chocolate-chip marble cake was decorated with butter cream frosting. While the height of the cake was extravagant, the colors of the cake were not. The tiers alternated between black and white, giving the wedding cake a simplistic modern feel. In the end, the cake was far too large to cut and sheet cakes were cut and served to the guests.
This elegant and bling-filled wedding cake for the movie Sex and the City 2 was made with over 4,000 individual crystals provided to Ron Be-Israel, the highly acclaimed cake designer of New York, from Swarovski. He and his team set into creating a wedding cake that was over the top and mimicked ‘frozen water’ and the reflection of light. The cake was assembled into five tiers from which delicate strands of Swarovski crystals were hung and then it was placed on top of a custom acrylic stand, bringing the cake’s total height to 6 feet 4 inches. The sparkling masterpiece served 485 guest and took over 450 hours to create.
Prince Charles and Lady Diana’s 1981 wedding was highlighted by a grand cake reaching five feet high. Designed by David Avery of the Royal Naval Cookery School, the wedding cake was decorated with roses, lilies of the valley and orchids along with Prince Charles and his family’s royal coat of arms.
Also costing approximately $40,000 was Liza Minnelli and David Gest’s wedding cake which was black and white with red accents and stood 12-tires high. There were sterling silver leafed stripes along the twelve tiers as well as red and purple sugar roses.
The Royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton had an architecturally inspired masterpiece which consisted of eight tiers of fruitcake that were covered in cream and white icing. A variety of 17 different kinds of flowers, each with its own symbolic meaning, were elegantly replicated into a sugar-paste flower and then added to the cake. English rose, Scottish thistle, Welsh daffodil, and Irish shamrock to feature the home nations were displayed on the seventh tier. Just below, on the sixth tier was a scrolling artistic display of the couple’s initials surrounded by sugar-pasted lily of the valley flowers to symbolize sweetness and humility.
- $1.3 Million
In 2010, the Dallas Bridal Fair added their own luster to a wedding cake on display. Covered in ivory fondant and detailed with scrolling lines of silver ‘luster dust’, the cake weighed over 160 pounds. Strings of diamonds were draped along the nine tiers and as a final touch large diamonds and sapphires were placed along the base of the cake. In total the cake was decorated in 1,200 carats of diamonds and sapphires. With a total price of $1.3 million the cake served 320 people. That’s about $3,125 a slice!
- $20 Million
The Luxury Bridal Show in Beverly Hills, California held the number one spot for housing the most expensive wedding cake back in 2006. The cake was created by cake designer Nahid Parsa of La Patisserie Artistique. What makes this wedding cake a million dollar confectionery masterpiece are the large diamonds that are elegantly placed from top to bottom. The guests of the Beverly Hills Luxury Bridal Show were not able to eat, or even come close to the cake as it was surrounded by six armed guards.
- $52.7 Million
Created by Cake, a bakery in Chester, England, the world’s most expensive wedding cake is valued at a whopping $52.7 million! The edible masterpiece was on display at the National Gay Wedding Show in Liverpool and it consisted of eight tiers of white fondant icing. A little bit of sparkle was added with 4,000 diamonds. The sparkling gems were given by Russell and Case of Liverpool, England. After the event concluded the guests of the National Gay Wedding Show were able to eat the sparking masterpiece.
Paying for these edible masterpieces is not a piece of cake!