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Icing on the cake for local baker
From Standard Freeholder, by Melissa Di Costanzo. June 20, 2011
WILLIAMSTOWN – When Anne Donkers first saw online photos of the now-Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding cake, she had no idea she’d be making a replica of that very same cake.
Donkers, who is the owner of Williamstown-based Sweet Indulgences, is crafting a cake fit for a prince and his new bride. The cake will be served at Ottawa’s Lord Elgin Hotel on July 1 to passing people and possibly even William and Catherine, themselves.
“I’m hoping they do stop by (to sample the cake),” says Donkers.
Donkers’ cake will be a replica of the eight-tier masterpiece that was served on April 29. She will be including the couple’s first initials, as well as embroidery patterns, on her version of the cake.
“It’s not exactly (going to be the same). It has to have my flair,” she says. “It’s going to be very similar to their cake. It was a gorgeous cake.”
Donkers says her cake will be a five-tiered “big endeavor:” she’ll be constructing it herself. Each tier will feature a different flavour and the cake will also contain 30 or 40 hand-crafted, cream-coloured roses and intricate detailing. She estimates it will take three days to construct it in its entirety.
“It’s a little nerve-wracking, but it’s a lot of fun,” she says. “I’ve been developing as soon as I’ve found out. I’m changing my mind probably every day. It has to be practical, too, in a sense that they’re going to be serving it.”
Donkers says she found out she was selected to make the cake for the hotel roughly a month ago.
“I asked my daughter three times for the purchase order,” she says, with a laugh. “Needless to say, I was surprised.”
While she’s not a royal fanatic, Donkers did rise early to catch the April 29 nuptials. She says her grandmother was a royal watcher, and Donkers remembers thumbing through books and magazine clippings.
“I absolutely loved to see it,” she says. “Of course, I was very interested in the cake. I didn’t get up at 3 a.m., but I was baking a cake at 5 a.m., so I turned it on.”
Her business has been running since November, and Donkers says the royal replica cake will be the biggest of her cake-baking career to date.
“I’m very excited,” she says. “This is definitely the largest undertaking.”