Kensington Palace has released the first look at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s elaborate wedding cake.
The couple have eschewed tradition and opted for a lemon and elderflower cake over a fruit cake.
It’s being made by American pastry chef Claire Ptak, who is now based in London.
A new video, released by Kensington Palace, shows Claire working on the cake at Buckingham Palace and explaining the ingredients and flavour combinations.
She said: “We’ve been so lucky to work at Buckingham Palace to bake the cake and ice the cakes.”
“The cake is made up of lemon sponge. It has an elderflower syrup drizzle on the sponge and it has an Amalfi lemon curd and then a Swiss meringue buttercream with elderflower.”
Claire said she’ll assemble the cake in-situ at Windsor Castle, where the wedding takes place, on Saturday, with the decorative flowers being added at the last moment.
Explaining how the cake tastes, she said: “Where the buttercream is sweet, the lemon curd is very tart, so you get a really lovely thing happening when you take a bite, which is to get all of those flavours and sensations.”
She added: “Hopefully it’s perfectly balanced!”
The cake contains 200 Amalfi lemons, 500 organic eggs from Suffolk, 20kgs of butter and 20kgs of flour.
There’s also 20kg of sugar and ten bottles of Sandringham Elderflower Cordial in the mix.
Kensington Palace announced in March that Claire, owner of Violet Cakes in East London, had been chosen to bake the royal wedding cake.
The cake will “incorporate the bright flavours of spring” and use seasonal and organic ingredients.
There’s actually a connection between Meghan and Claire: the future royal once interviewed Claire for her now-defunct lifestyle website, The Tig!
Meghan closed the blog last year, after striking up her relationship with Harry.
In a statement, Claire 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.”
Royal couples traditionally choose fruit for their wedding cake, so this is certainly a break in tradition.
Prince William and Kate Middleton served a multi-tiered fruit cake decorated by sugar flowers, created by Fiona Cairns, at their 2011 wedding.
They did, however, have a second cake as well, a chocolate one requested by sweet-loving William!
Harry and Meghan will marry on Saturday, May 19 at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.
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