€100,000 Quinn Wedding Cake!
Sylvia Weinstock baked the staggeringly expensive cake in her New York bakery, packed it into 20 boxes and flew it to Ireland for Ciara Quinn’s wedding to the solicitor Niall McPartland at a lavish reception for 200 people in Cavan in 2007. Ms Weinstock and her team of assistants reassembled the tiers into a towering six-foot mass of tiered layers surrounded by cascading edible flowers.
The wedding cake — believed to be the most expensive to ever grace an Irish wedding table — harked back to the vast wealth of the Quinn family, who now claim they don’t have enough money to pay their legal bills.
It appears the family did not always foot their own wedding bills, either. As disclosed in the Sunday Independent last weekend, the cost of the wedding cake was charged to a subsidiary of the Quinn Group, even though her father’s business was worth an estimated €4.6bn at the time. Another of Quinn’s daughters, Aoife, also had the cost of her wedding billed to the family companies.