I read with interest the news that guests at Prince Louis’ recent christening were served slices of cake from Wills and Kate’s wedding seven years ago. Granted, their cake was a fruitcake, which has alcohol in it so that it keeps better than a standard American wedding cake. But it started me down a wormhole in which I discovered that some people bid on old slices of cake from royal weddings, as in this auction last month that featured slices from the nuptials of Charles and Diana, Andrew and Fergie, and Charles and Camilla, all going for hundreds, if not thousands of dollars. The auction house’s CEO stressed, though: “They’re not edible.” Few of us have attended actual royal weddings (my wedding dress was $50 off the rack at Nordstrom), but many people partake in their own version of this royal ritual: saving the top layer of the wedding cake to pull out a year later for the first anniversary (if the couple makes it that far… fingers … [Read more...] about Is it safe to save your wedding cake for future anniversaries?
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The Supreme Court ruled Monday in favor of a Christian baker in Colorado who refused to create a wedding cake for a same-sex couple, citing religious beliefs. In 2012, Charlie Craig and Dave Mullins went into Masterpiece Cakeshop, owned by baker Jack Phillips, and asked him to create a wedding cake for them. As that state did not honor same-sex marriage at the time, the pair intended to get married in Massachusetts and then throw a reception back in their home of Colorado. Although Phillips, a devout Christian, said he would make a birthday cake or even a shower cake for the pair, he refused to fulfill the wedding cake request. Craig and Mullins investigated and found that they were not the first same-sex pair the bakery had denied. The Supreme Court decision states that the pair then filed a discrimination complaint against the bakery, which opened up an investigation with the Colorado Civil Rights Division. The case was argued in December 2017, and was just ruled on, with the court … [Read more...] about Supreme Court sides with baker who refused to make same-sex wedding cake
On Monday, the Supreme Court sided with a Colorado baker who had refused to create a cake for a gay couple. In Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, a case that saw LGTBQ rights chafe against claims of religious freedom, the court ruled that the state of Colorado violated the baker’s rights under the Free Exercise Clause. Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the 7-2 majority opinion. In it, he argued that while “few persons who have seen a beautiful wedding cake might have thought of its creation as an exercise of protected speech,” that the cake was an example of such speech. Kennedy was joined in the majority by Justices Roberts, Breyer, Alito, Kagan, Gorsuch and Thomas. Justices Ginsburg and Sotomayor dissented. The origins of the case date to 2012, when the newly engaged couple David Mullins and Charlie Craig visited Masterpiece Cakeshop, owned by Jack Phillips. Phillips turned the couple down, saying that creating a cake for a same-sex wedding was a … [Read more...] about Supreme Court Sides With Baker in Same-Sex Wedding Cake Case
A Colin the Caterpillar cake is a classic, a Marks & Spencer's staple beloved by everybody and frequently found at birthday parties for the young and old. But what if we were a way to make the classic cake even better? Well there is, and that's supersize it. Luckily M&S are answering our prayers and have decided to sell a colossal 2kg version of the cake for £40. The huge cake should feed 40 people and is available to order here , but will be ready in seven days. The website describe the cake as, 'Colin has just got even bigger! A giant chocolate sponge roll filled with chocolate buttercream, covered in milk chocolate with a decorated white chocolate face and sugar coated milk chocolate beans finished with a personalised leaf decoration.' He can even be iced with a message of your choice. If you're planning on throwing a big summer party, you couldn't go wrong with a mega-Colin. Bit too much food? You can pick up some mini Colin's here for £12 , or the … [Read more...] about M&S are selling a Colin the Caterpillar cake the size of a small baby
The Cliveden House Hotel has long been a firm favourite with those after a luxury staycation thanks to its grandiose interiors and picturesque surroundings. Nestled in the heart of National Trust's Cliveden Estate , it has everything you could want for a countryside retreat, offering up a spa, beautiful suites, and a host of fine dining restaurants. Therefore it's no wonder that Meghan Markle is opting to stay at the hotel the night before her wedding with Prince Harry . After all, the five-star country house has everything the royal-to-be could need from huge suites with dressing rooms that are ideal for getting ready, to the spa and gardens where she can unwind and stave off those pre-wedding nerves that any bride would get. Meghan won't be the first famous face to stay at Cliveden, joining an impressive line-up of guests including Winston Churchill, Charlie Chaplin and the Queen Mother. A stay at the Cliveden House Hotel doesn't come cheap - prices start from £495 per … [Read more...] about Inside beautiful Cliveden House where Meghan Markle’s staying before the wedding