Kensington Palace revealed on Tuesday that the couple has chosen a local baker who takes a more modern approach with seasonal and organic ingredients — a big change from the traditional tiered fruit cakes typically favored by royal weddings.
“For their wedding cake, Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle have chosen pastry chef Claire Ptak, owner of London-based culinary gem Violet Bakery,” the Palace shared in a statement. “Prince Harry and Ms. Markle have asked Claire to create a lemon elderflower cake that will incorporate the bright flavors of spring. It will be covered with buttercream and decorated with fresh flowers.”
Ptak was raised and did her pastry chef training in California before moving to London and starting her business in a market stall on Broadway Market. There’s no doubting that the suggestion to go with Violet Bakery was initially made by Markle — she previously interviewed Chef Ptak for her former lifestyle blog The Tig, which was shut down in April 2017.
Ptak often shares her artistic baked-good creations on her bakery’s Instagram account, and she took to the platform to share the royal wedding news with her followers. “Kinda excited to announce this one!! Violet has been chosen to make the wedding cake for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle,” she shared. “They both share so many of the same values regarding food provenance, sustainability, seasonality and of course, flavor!”
It’s unfortunate that Markle deleted all of her social media recently, because these vibrant, whimsical cakes would look incredible on her Instagram. Guess we’ll have to wait until the big day on May 19!
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