Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle have once again shown just how much they are unwilling to follow past conventions by opting for an east London bakery to make a lemon elderflower cake for their wedding in May, Kensington Palace confirmed.
Harry and former American actress Markle who will marry at Windsor Castle on 19 May picked Californian Claire Ptak, who runs Violet Bakery, to bake the cake which will be a departure from the traditional tiered fruit cake served to guests.
“Prince Harry and Ms. Markle have asked Claire to create a lemon elderflower cake that will incorporate the bright flavours of spring,” the palace said in the statement. “It will be covered with buttercream and decorated with fresh flowers.”
Ptak’s signature ingredient is buttercream which adorns many of the wedding cakes she has shared on Instagram. Also featuring strongly are colourful fresh flowers and fruits.
She said: “Kinda excited to announce this one!! 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, flavour!”
In 2011, Prince William and Kate Middleton chose a traditional eight-tier design created by Fiona Cairns. The fruit cake was covered in white icing and decorated with sugar flowers.
Ptak does not have any previous links to the royal family and worked at Chez Panisse in Berkeley under chef Alice Waters before moving to London. She started her own business by cooking at home and selling cakes at a stall on east London’s Broadway Market. She later set up Violet Bakery in 2010.
Markle had previously interviewed Ptak for her defunct food and lifestyle website The Tig, which she ran for three years before it closed last year as public interest in her relationship with Harry grew. Ptak was also said to have impressed the couple with her strong emphasis on seasonal and organic ingredients alongside her deft use of flavour.