With the Royal Wedding now only a day away, many details concerning the occasion are being kept firmly under wraps - whether or not my invitation is arriving in the post being one of them.
Things are pretty watertight around the wedding, however; the Royal Family has granted the public a sneak peek of the wedding cake that’s being made to celebrate the union of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
Claire Ptak, owner of Violet Bakery in east London and designated royal baker for the occasion, has been working on the spring-inspired creation in the kitchens of Buckingham Palace over the past five days. Like with all food, it's incredibly damning knowing you slave for hours on something to watch it be destroyed in seconds. At least Claire's cake will be on TV.
Ms Ptak has been assisted by a team of six other bakers, including Violet Bakery head baker Izaak Adams, as she’s attentively created the three-part layered cake. The cake is being made from 200 Amalfi lemons from Italy, 10 bottles of Sandringham elderflower cordial, 20kg of butter, 20kg of sugar and 500 organic eggs from Suffolk.
The inside consists of layered lemon sponge that’s been drizzled with an elderflower syrup and sandwiched using buttercream and lemon curd, while the outside will be decorated using a white buttercream made from elderflower Swiss meringue (who else is getting a little sweaty just thinking about it?).
Prince Harry and Markle have been heavily involved in the culinary process, with the lemon sponge made especially for the couple and the elderflower cordial made from elderflowers sourced from the Queen’s Sandringham estate. “The elderflower is so quintessentially British to me as a Californian,” said Ms Ptak. “It’s a kind of ethereal, floral flavour which I think is very special, especially for a wedding.”
“The buttercream is sweet and the lemon curd is very tart so you get a very lovely thing happening when you take a bite, which is to get all of these flavours and sensations perfectly balanced,” Ms Ptak explained.
The final appearance of the cake and its display will be kept secret until the day of the nuptials. The cake, which will be served at the post-ceremony reception in St George’s Hall, will be decorated with a variety of flowers, including some of Markle’s personal favorites in shades of white and cream.
Let's hope the Royal couple-to-be's crash diet went well so they can reward themselves with cake (and the whole eternal love thing for better or worse of course). The Daily Mail reported 33-year-old Prince Harry has on his future wife’s ‘clean eating’ habit and is now juicing, cutting out carbohydrates and processed food in favor of kale and quinoa.
Harry is claimed to have already lost half a stone in the lead up to their wedding, so is probably going to a bill of health on the day. Meghan we already know is as healthy as anyone can be, the two of them together will be the envy of fitness couples everywhere. Here's hoping the cake doesn't go straight to their thighs.