Prince Harry and Meghan made headlines by saying they're opting for a banana-based wedding cake.
In the world of weddings, few get as much attention as those featuring members of the British royal family. As a result, since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their engagement, every detail has become headline-worthy, even seemingly small things like the flavor of the wedding cake. Turns out, as we speculated last week, the British media is reporting that the banana-loving couple plans to celebrate with “the first royal wedding cake made from bananas,” as an unnamed source told the Telegraph. Needless to say, the news has been music to the ears of banana giant Dole, and now, the company is offering up their “top banana” executive chef to craft the best possible banana-based wedding cake.
In an announcement yesterday, Dole stated that Mark Allison – the brand’s director of culinary nutrition at the Dole Nutrition Institute and a man “widely regarded as a leading authority on cooking and baking with fresh fruits and vegetables, especially bananas” – is willing to personally bake “the world’s most spectacular banana wedding cake” for the royal couple.
Allison added that he feels especially qualified because he is, in fact, British, a native of Wales. “As a lifelong fruits and vegetables ambassador, and a U.K. resident, designing a banana cake worthy of Prince Henry of Wales and the future Duchess Meghan Markle represents a higher calling, both personally and professionally,” said Allison. “We’d be representing not only the thousands of Dole employees and family farmers but the hundreds of millions of banana lovers worldwide.”
Regardless of whether the royals take Dole up on its offer (it’s probably safe to bet they won’t), the fruit brand plans to ride this wave of positive banana press. The company says it plans to track the lead up to the wedding in May 2018 with “a series of congratulatory banana memes inspired by Markle sharing a photo of two bananas embracing each other in October 2016.” The first such meme landed on Twitter on Monday, and let’s just say it’s a bit bananas…