Earlier today, Kensington Palace announced that Claire Ptak of the London-based bakery Violet Cakes will make the wedding cake for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s wedding. In a statement shared on Instagram, Kensington Palace said, “The couple have asked Claire to create a lemon elderflower cake that will incorporate the bright flavours of spring. It will be covered with buttercream and decorated with fresh flowers.”
Sounds delicious—and very beautiful. But choosing pastry chef Ptak had some added significance for Markle as well. “Claire Ptak, who was raised in California, focuses on using seasonal and organic ingredients in her cakes,” Kensington Palace continued on to say in their statement. “Ms. Markle previously interviewed Chef Ptak for her lifestyle website The Tig. Prince Harry and Ms. Markle are looking forward to sharing the cake with guests at their wedding at Windsor Castle on May 19th.”
Ptak was of course also very eager to share the news. “Kinda excited to announce this one!!” she wrote this morning on Instagram. “Violet has been chosen to make the wedding cake for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. . . . They both share so many of the same values regarding food provenance, sustainability, seasonality and of course, flavour!”
Indeed. Below, take a look at some other cakes that Ptak has made in the past. Because chances are, the one served at the royal wedding will look at least somewhat like one of these.
So much of what we do at Violet is a team effort. One baker makes the cake mixture and another one bakes it to perfection. Another baker makes the buttercream whilst yet another spreads the icing on and arranges the beautiful flowers. Thank you to all my staff who come to work every day smiling and joking around and then focusing and putting their heads down to take the best possible care of our customers. I love these guys!!!