Tiered Marie Antoinette’s Cake: The Nuts and Bolts

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Bake and Decorate

By Fiona Cairns

Published 2011

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You can both make and freeze the unadorned cakes and prepare the lavender sugar a month in advance if you want to get ahead. Thin cake boards are only to assemble the cakes, so use any board you have. Cake drums support each tier, so must be bought for the purpose.


For the Cakes

  • 1 × 20 cm diameter, 7.5cm deep, round tin
  • 2 × 25 cm diameter, 7.5cm deep, round tins
  • 3 ×


You need to make 3 cakes, as the 2 larger cakes, sandwiched together, form the bottom tier. Follow the instructions for making the Orange Drizzle Cake, baking the 1 smaller, deeper cake for 40-45 minutes and the 2 larger, shallower cakes for just 35-40 minutes.

Tip the icing sugar into a food processor and add the lavender. Process until very fine, the