Pastry chef Claire Ptak, who runs Violet Cakes in Hackney, east London, will make the couple's lemon and elderflower wedding cake. Prince Harry and
Pastry chef Claire Ptak, who runs Violet Cakes in Hackney, east London, will make the couple’s lemon and elderflower wedding cake.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding cake will be made by the owner of a hipster bakery in Hackney.
Kensington Palace said Ms Markle and Prince Harry chose American Claire Ptak to create their wedding cake, which will be lemon and elderflower.
They asked Ms Ptak to incorporate the “bright flavours of spring” for their 19 May wedding.
Ms Markle previously interviewed Ms Ptak for her lifestyle website thetig.com, which she shut down when her relationship with Prince Harry was confirmed.
Ms Ptak was brought up in California and previously worked for Alice Waters at Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California.
She moved to Britain and opened her own business, running a market stall in Broadway Market, east London, before opening her own organic bakery in 2010.
The lemon and elderflower cake will be covered in buttercream and decorated with fresh flowers.
Kensington Palace said Harry and Ms Markle were “very much looking forward to sharing this cake with their wedding guests”.
Ms Ptak said: “I can’t tell you how delighted I am to be chosen to make Prince Harry and Ms Markle’s wedding cake. Knowing that they really share the same values as I do about food provenance, sustainability, seasonality and most importantly flavour, makes this the most exciting event to be a part of.”
Mini cupcakes at Ms Ptak’s bakery start at £1.50, and her wedding cakes are priced on request.
On her website, Ms Ptak states: “For weddings, we recommend either our vanilla, chocolate, carrot, lemon or coconut cream cake finished with super deluxe satiny Swiss meringue buttercream icing covering the top and sides of a tiered cake.
“The cake can then be decorated with a crown of icing pearls on top and along the base and fresh flowers. We work with a local florist to match the flowers to your event.”
The baker also runs a podcast project where she interviews women she admires, and past episode guests include Alice Levine and Thomasina Miers.
Prince William and Catherine’s cake for the 2011 wedding was made by Fiona Cairns, and was a more traditional fruit cake, with the couple understood to have kept one of the eight tiers for the christening of their first child.
Ms Cairns told Hello magazine that Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, had a lot of input into the cake, with the lace design from her wedding dress added, as well as her choice of flowers and leaves.