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Here's Your First Look at the Royal Wedding Cake

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have selected a California-raised, London-based baker to make the dessert.
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle won't be having that banana wedding cake after all. In March, Kensington Palace shared that the couple has selected Claire Ptak, a pastry chef who was raised in California but now owns London-based bakery Violet Cakes, to bake their wedding cake.

At their Windsor Castle reception, the couple will serve a lemon elderflower cake "that will incorporate the bright flavours of spring. It will be covered with buttercream and decorated with fresh flowers." The Royal Family and Kensington Palace Twitter account have both just shared updates on the cake, which we now know is made of 200 Amalfi lemons, 500 organic eggs, and ten bottles of Sandringham Elderflower Cordial.


A week before the wedding, Ptak gave a preview of her process, posting crates of lemons on her Instagram along with the caption "And so it begins"

And so it begins ????

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According to the Kensington Palace Twitter account, Ptak "focuses on using seasonal and organic ingredients in her cakes." It was also revealed that Markle had previously interviewed Chef Ptak on The Tig.

"Pastry Chef Claire Ptak has hit the nail on the head with her London bakery serving up delightful treats that have garnered a cult following (in that ever so civilized British way) in the UK and beyond," Markle wrote on her now-shuttered lifestyle site back in 2015.

Earlier this year, Ptak shared the happy news on her Instagram as well.

"Kinda excited to announce this one!!" she teased in the caption. "Violet has been chosen to make the wedding cake for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. @kensingtonroyal They both share so many of the same values regarding food provenance, sustainability, seasonality and of course, flavour! Xxx"

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Unlike American wedding cakes, the top tier of British wedding cakes is traditionally what we think of as a Christmas-style fruit cake, so it will last long enough to be served at the couple's first child's christening, making the lemon elderflower cake something of a departure from the norm, but perhaps not so out-of-the-box as the previously rumored banana cake.

Back in December, it was reported by the Telegraph that Meghan and Harry would have a banana wedding cake. "This will be the first royal wedding cake made from bananas," the British paper's source said at the time. Clearly, that isn't the plan, but perhaps they were talking about a groom cake for Prince Harry.

At their reception in 2011, Will and Kate served a groom's cake made of chocolate biscuits in addition to a traditional eight-tiered wedding cake.

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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