McVitie’s Royal wedding cake designer creates ‘Jaffa Wedding Cake’ for superfan bride and groom
- McVitie’s Jaffa Wedding Cake created by Paul Courtney – designer of Prince William’s ‘Groom’s Cake’ for his wedding
- Almost 1,000 Jaffa Cakes used in making three-tiered wedding cake
- Lucky couple found love over mutual love of Jaffa Cakes on first date 11 years ago
A Jaffa Cakes loving bride and groom stunned guests at their wedding by celebrating with a one-of-a-kind three-tiered Jaffa Wedding Cake, created by McVitie’s.
Designed by Paul Courtney, McVitie’s Culinary Innovation Manager and creator of Prince William’s ‘Groom’s Cake’ at his wedding, the Jaffa Wedding Cake was an impressive three-tiered Jaffa inspired sponge, covered by almost 1,000 original Jaffa Cakes which took 12 hours to make.
Tristan and Maria Weedon, from Waltham Cross, married on the 11th November at Pendley Manor in Tring, and were approached by McVitie’s after commenting on a Facebook post about how much they love its famous zesty treats.
Newlywed Tristan Weedon, 36, a Contracts Manager, said: “We’ve both always been big fans of Jaffa Cakes and having this Jaffa Wedding Cake created for us was amazing. Our family and friends loved it and it was such a talking point.
“Our original wedding plan fell apart when our venue went into administration, and we hadn’t even had time to sort a cake out. When McVitie’s approached us and offered to create our wedding cake, it was perfect timing – we’re over the moon that they helped save our day!”
The couple estimate that they have enjoyed almost 4,000 of their favourite zesty treats together since sharing one on their first date.
Maria Weedon, 37, a nurse at a hospital in London, said: “Jaffa Cakes have been involved in our relationship ever since Tristan bought them along to our first date and I couldn’t stop laughing! We still have mini competitions to see who can eat around them the closest – leaving just the orange bit – and always get McVitie’s Jaffa Poles for each other at Christmas. Being big fans of Jaffa Cakes we loved being able to incorporate something so fun and unique into our special day.”
Paul Courtney said of the experience “Making Tristan and Maria’s wedding cake has been one of my favourite projects to date at McVitie’s – We even included Jaffa Cakes that were handpicked by them both before the big day at our factory in Manchester. Within the space of a month, we designed, tested and created the cake so that Tristan and Maria were able to have a truly bespoke creation for their big day, and I’m delighted that it went down so well.”Paul Courtney created Prince William’s ‘Groom’s Cake’ for his 2011 wedding to Kate Middleton. A childhood favourite of Prince William, the chocolate fridge cake was made using 1,700 McVitie’s Rich Tea biscuits. McVitie’s has also made many of the wedding and christening cakes for members of the Royal Family through the years since the marriage of George V to Queen Mary in 1893 – it also baked the official cake for HM The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh’s diamond wedding anniversary. Paul was assisted in creating the cake by Mark Schomberg, Development Chef, at McVitie’s.
Kerry Owens, McVitie’s Brand Director said: “McVitie’s Jaffa Cakes have been a family favourite for generations, and we’re always looking for new ways to create special moments for our consumers. We would like to say a big thanks to Paul Courtney in creating this fantastic cake and for helping make this couple’s dream a reality. We were delighted to hear about how important McVitie’s Jaffa Cakes are to Maria and Tristan and are so pleased that we were able to help make their special day that little bit sweeter.”
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