Because we're deeply committed to chronicling every intimate detail of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding planning, we feel obligated to share the news of their wedding cake flavor. Per the official Kensington Palace Twitter account, the couple has foregone tradition once again, opting for a lemon elderflower cake prepared by the London-based pastry chef Claire Ptak, instead of the classic British fruitcake. For reference, Prince William and Kate Middleton had an eight-tier fruit cake for their 2011 wedding (which took five weeks to make). Here's the official announcement tweet:
"Prince Harry and Ms. Markle have asked Claire to create a lemon elderflower cake that will incorporate the bright flavours of spring. It will be covered with buttercream and decorated with fresh flowers," continues the twitter stream. Chef Ptak focuses on using seasonal and organic ingredients in her American-style cakes, brownies, and pastries, sold at her London-based bakery, Violet Cakes. "Prince Harry and Ms. Markle are looking forward to sharing the cake with guests at their wedding at Windsor Castle on May 19th."
Markle previously interviewed Chef Ptak for her former lifestyle website The Tig, suggesting that the two may be friends, or at the very least, professional acquaintances. Ptak confirmed the exciting news on her own Instagram account, sharing a photo of herself with the caption, "Violet has been chosen to make the wedding cake for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. They both share so many of the same values regarding food provenance, sustainability, seasonality, and of course, flavor!"
Check out a few of Chef Ptak's stunning cakes below to get an idea of what guests will be enjoying at the wedding.
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