5 Outrageous Celebrity Wedding Cakes

E!E!When it comes to weddings, celebrities truly know how to throw an extravagant party. The celebrations often include elaborate dinner banquets, catered to the taste of the couple, and an over-the-top theme for the festivities. But wedding cakes are often the most outrageous element of the party, and are designed and decorated to be the central attraction of the evening.

Intricate detailing on each towering tier, new cake architecture, and imaginative color schemes (like hot red, as at the nuptials of Eva Longoria and Tony Parker) are all different ways to make a wedding cake stand out, and celebrity brides and grooms have embraced the task of making their cakes unique and awe-inducing.

Choosing a bakery to make a memorable wedding cake is a big decision for any wedding, and celebrities certainly have an A-list selection to choose from. Favorite cake designers include New York's Sylvia Weinstock, Napa, Calif.'s Perfect Endings bakery, and Hansen's Cakes in Los Angeles, all of which have produced many magnificent creations.

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Some pretty outrageous cakes also come from some of the most unexpected celebrities, as with Marcia Cross and Tom Mahoney's wedding masterpiece and Mariska Hargitay and Peter Hermann's carnival-inspired towering confection. And although some celebrities opted for a more traditional approach to their big day's dessert, they are nevertheless as grand as expected. Many of the cakes on our list match the couple's personalities to a tee, like Liza Minnelli and David Gest's towering multi-colored cake, for example.

The most over-the-top as well as the most classic cakes, however, come from the royal family in England. Whether it's Lady Diana Spencer and Prince Charles' ornate cake from the Royal Naval Cookery School in 1981, or Prince William and Kate Middleton's must-see cake of the year in 2011, the English royalty really know how to have their cake and eat it, too.

1) Liza Minnelli and David Gest

In 2002, Liza Minnelli and David Gest tied the knot at the Marble Collegiate Church in New York City. Their extravagant wedding included a 60-piece orchestra and A-list musician attendees like maid-of-honor Elizabeth Taylor, as well as friends Michael Jackson, Tony Bennett, and Natalie Cole.

Their $40,000 towering Sylvia Weinstock cake was art nouveau-inspired, featuring white, black, and red accents, along with sterling-silver-leafed stripes. Red and purple sugar roses with green leaves adorned the entire 12-tier wedding cake that was filled with chocolate buttercream.

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2) Eva Longoria and Tony Parker

In 2007, Eva Longoria married French NBA star Tony Parker in an opulent ceremony in Paris. Their extravagant red wedding cake was created by Perfect Endings bakery in Napa, Calif., and reportedly cost $40,000 after they had it shipped from California to France on a first-class plane ticket.

The five-tier cake was filled with raspberry preserves and white buttercream. In an In Style Weddings feature, design details were revealed: The cake was covered in 1,200 bright red sugar roses, large red and gold bows at the base (a traditional French inclusion), and a quilted pattern adorned the entire confection.

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3) Christina Aguilera and Jordan Bratman

In 2005, Christina Aguilera and Jordan Bratman were married in a $2 million wedding celebration at the Staglin Family Vineyard in Napa, Calif. Perfect Endings bakery created a five-tier white chocolate cake for the occasion that was decorated with abundant hot pink roses and white flowers, as well as white fondant ribbons cascading down the sides of each modern tier. The cake matched the wedding's winter-themed décor of white roses, silver, and crystals. The couple later divorced in 2011.

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4) Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries (pictured above)

Although their marriage didn't last, Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries certainly knew how to throw a lavish wedding party. Their chocolate chip black-and-white cake was ordered from Hansen's Cakes in Los Angeles, and towered at 6 feet tall. The eight octagonal tiers alternated in flavors between marble cake and chocolate buttercream with white chocolate chips and vanilla cake with chocolate chip filling. Their cake was estimated at $10,000, and was inspired by the royal wedding earlier that year.

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5) Prince William and Kate Middleton

On April 29, 2011, Prince William and Kate Middleton tied the knot, and the celebration was the biggest event of the year. Two cakes were made for the occasion: a main wedding cake and a groom's cake (an American tradition), commissioned to celebrity British cake maker Fiona Cairns (who has also designed cakes for Bono and Paul McCartney) and British cookie-makers McVitie's, respectively.

In an interview with CNN, Cairns talked about the Duchess of Cambridge's input on the cake design: "I've been very much learning from her… For example, the bridal rose symbolizes happiness, the oak and the acorn symbolize endurance... and we have a long list. We haven't made Sweet William yet but we will." The chosen flavor for the eight-tiered cake was a traditional British fruit cake that was decorated with hundreds of white sugar flowers and reportedly cost $80,000.

The groom's cake was made of 1,700 classic tea cookies and used around 37 pounds of chocolate - not surprising, considering the 600 guests that it needed to serve.

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- Victoria Barton, The Daily Meal