Any idea about the royal wedding cake, old fruit?
Kensington Palace has asked Claire Ptak to step outside tradition to create a splendid lemon elderflower cake
British royalty tend to have a “go big or go home” approach to their weddings, particularly when it comes to the cake.
It was Queen Victoria who popularised the idea that wedding cakes – and dresses – should be big and white when she married Prince Albert in 1840.Since then, we’ve seen an array of towering, intricately-iced cakes taking centre stage at royal celebrations.
Prince William and Kate Middleton, for instance, had an eight-tier masterpiece covered with elaborate botanical decorations. The groom’s parents, Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer, had a formal 1.5m tall fruit cake.But there’ll be no sugar flowers and old-school Italian piping on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding cake at their nuptials on May 19. Instead, they’ll be serving a contemporary bake that wouldn’t be out of place at any well-heeled hipster’s wedding.
It’ll be created by Claire Ptak, a food stylist Markle once interviewed for her now defunct blog The Tig.
Ex-California girl Ptak started her London bakery Violet as a market stall. She prides herself on using organic, sustainable and seasonal ingredients and creates bakes with delicately balanced flavours that have a rustic appeal. “I never wanted the cakes at Violet to be too fiddly or girly – that’s not me,” Ptak told food52.comAccording to a tweet from Kensington Palace, Ptak has been commissioned 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.”There are several snaps of this sort of cake on Violet’s Instagram feed, giving a hint of what the royal couple’s guests can expect on the Big Day. Judging by these examples, whatever cake Ptak produces for what’s been dubbed the “people’s wedding” is likely to be show-stopping in its quirky, undone lack of formality.DID YOU KNOW?The ritual of having a wedding cake dates back to ancient Rome, when a barley cake was broken over the bride’s head as a symbol of fertility.In medieval England, brides and grooms had to attempt to kiss over a mound of baked goods. If they smooched without toppling the pile, it was believed they were assured a lifetime of prosperity.
Prince Charles and Diana’s wedding cake was made by the Royal Navy’s cookery school.