Everything You Need to Know About Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Wedding Cake
Important announcement, everyone: There are just 60 days left until Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding. That means that the official news hub of the royal family, Kensington Palace, is slowly starting to leak out information about the much-anticipated nuptials. Today’s tidbit is all about the wedding cake. And like much in this public portion of their relationship, it seems as though the couple are once again breaking with tradition.
First of all, Markle is expected to give a speech at her own wedding, likely thanking the Queen, and the rest of the royal family, for their support during her whirlwind courtship of Prince Harry. Markle was also permitted to attend Christmas service at Sandringham with her future in-laws, a privilege usually only extended to spouses, not engaged couples (for instance, Kate Middleton was not allowed to join Prince William until after they were married). When it comes to their cake, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have opted to brazenly break another royal tradition: They won’t serve fruitcake.
The privilege of baking the cake will go to Claire Ptak, as CNN reports, of Violet Cakes in London. The couple asked Ptak to create a “lemon elderflower cake that will incorporate the bright flavours of spring.” The cake will be decorated with buttercream frosting and flowers, a specialty of Ptak’s. Markle is already familiar with the baker’s work—she interviewed her for her lifestyle blog The Tig. Ptak has also chatted with Food & Wine about some of her favorite recipes for scones, cheese-and-ale pie, and fudgy brownies.
“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,” Ptak said in a statement released by Kensington Palace.
The move isn't entirely without precedent: At his wedding, Prince William requested a so-called groom’s cake, or a cake made from chocolate biscuits, however it was served in addition to a more traditional fruitcake.
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