A royal wedding is fast approaching, and the soon-to-be newlyweds have gotten one of the most important details out of the way. Kensington Palace announced on Tuesday that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have chosen chef Claire Ptak of London’s Violet Bakery to make their wedding cake.
The Huffington Post reports that the cake will not be the traditional fruit cake that royal weddings are known for. Instead, the couple has chosen a lemon and elderflower cake with buttercream frosting. With their wedding being on May 19, the couple has asked the chef to incorporate spring flavors into their cake. Keeping with the spring theme, the cake will be decorated with fresh flowers.
Markle is familiar with Ptak, having interviewed her in the past for her lifestyle website, The Tig. Markle shut down her website after her engagement to Prince Harry was announced. She also deactivated all of her social media accounts and only uses the royal’s social media accounts to make announcements.
Ptak is a California native like Markle, and she believes in using only fresh, organic ingredients in her baked goods. Prior to opening her own bakery, Ptak worked at Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California. Upon moving to Britain, she operated a market stall at the Broadway Market in east London.
Like Ptak, the royal couple believes in food sustainability and using organic ingredients. While their main wedding cake may be non-traditional, there’s still a chance that the groom’s cake will be more in line with what royal weddings are known for. Prince William had a chocolate biscuit cake, which is rumored to be a favorite of Queen Elizabeth’s.
Ptak is said to be delighted that the royal couple has chosen her to make their wedding cake and is looking forward to being part of this exciting event.