Are those the sounds of wedding bells I hear? Across the pond Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are finishing up final touches of their royal wedding. Last time we checked in on the couple, a close source had leaked that everyone would be going bananas over their cake. That’s right, it was speculated that the wedding cake was going to be banana-flavored.
It’s been a few months and the couple has been shopping around for wedding cakes in London, finally deciding on the perfect cake for the exciting event. Kensington Palace announced on March 20th that the couple requested a light lemon elderflower cake topped with buttercream and fresh flowers for the royal wedding.
Meet the Baker
Preparing Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding cake is none other than pastry chef Claire Ptak, owner of East London-based Violet Cakes. The author of The Violet Bakery Cookbook first met Meghan when she was interviewing Claire for her lifestyle website, The Tig.
Like Ms. Markle, pastry chef Claire Ptak is a California native. Before moving to England to open her bakery, Clair worked as a pastry chef under esteemed chef Alice Waters at Chez Panisse.
Ptak’s bakery, Violet, is all about baking for the seasons. According to the menu, all of the bakery’s flour, milk, cream and eggs are all from local farms. Each season brings a new flavor combination, “Spring brings Elderflowers, gooseberries, rhubarb and Alphonso Mango icings” Violet states.
Ptak is know for her use of organic ingredients and food provenance in all of her baked goods and the royal couple agrees with her passion. The lemon elderflower cake will excel in simplicity and seasonality. Wedding guests and the royal family can expect to eat a cake which relies on the natural sweetness of ingredients rather than refined sugar. The cake will be topped with a sweet buttercream and adorned with fresh flowers.
While it’s not a banana cake (or even a traditional fruit cake) we are more than excited to get a peek once the big day arrives.