Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s wedding day is quickly approaching (May 19th!) and the world can’t help but keep their eyes peeled for details on what is sure be the most prominent wedding of the year.
This morning, Kensington Palace announced that the pair have confirmed who will be creating their wedding cake (which is sure to be a work of art) and it’s none other than London-based pastry chef, Claire Ptak.
For their wedding cake Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle have chosen pastry chef Claire Ptak, owner of the London-based bakery @violetcakeslondon. The couple 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🍰 Claire Ptak, who was raised in California, focuses on using seasonal and organic ingredients in her cakes. Ms. Markle previously interviewed Chef Ptak for her lifestyle website The Tig. Prince Harry and Ms. Markle are looking forward to sharing the cake with guests at their wedding at Windsor Castle on May 19th. 📸PA
On the surface, this choice may seem cookie-cutter, after all, royal couples have assigned British chefs to make their wedding cakes before. Ptak, however, is slightly different. Raised in California (like Meghan), Ptak moved to London after working as an employee for Alice Waters at Chez Panisse in Berkeley. After gaining experience at an array of shops in London, Ptak eventually opened her own bakery, Violet Cakes, in 2010.
Additionally, in a pleasantly surprising twist, Ptak and Markle have met before, when Markle interviewed Ptak for her former lifestyle website, The Tig.
However, hiring an American-trained baker is not all that’s different. Along with revealing the royal pastry maker, the Palace also released a description of the cake-to-be.
“Prince Harry and Ms. Markle have asked Claire to create a lemon elderflower cake that will incorporate the bright flavours of spring,” the Palace announced. “It will be covered with buttercream and decorated with fresh flowers.” That’s right, no fruit cake for these royals.
Ptak is known for her signature buttercream icing and the use of seasonal and organic ingredients in her cakes.
Though buttercream cakes are a contemporary wedding trend this year, Prince Harry and Markle’s choice deviates from traditional royal wedding cakes. Past nuptials have been celebrated with multi-tiered, white embellished fruit cakes, like Prince William and Kate Middleton’s official wedding cake in 2011.
“Prince Harry and Ms. Markle are looking forward to sharing the cake with guests at their wedding at Windsor Castle on May 19th,” said Kensington Palace, in their official Twitter statement.
Traditional or not, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s wedding day is something you sure don’t want to miss — it will be history after all.