Baker posts snap of lemons as work begins on couple’s cake
MAKING a royal wedding cake is a big undertaking, and the chef behind Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s has given an insight into her preparations.
Baker and food writer Claire Ptak, who is creating an organic lemon elderflower cake for the couple, posted the words “and so it begins” on Instagram on Tuesday alongside a picture showing six crates full to the brim with lemons.
Whereas a traditional rich fruit cake can be made months ahead, this lighter cake option has to be made in the preceding days to ensure it stays fresh.
Kensington Palace said when details of the cake were first unveiled: “Prince Harry and Ms Markle have asked Ms Ptak to create a lemon elderflower cake to incorporate the bright flavours of spring.”
The creation will be covered with buttercream and decorated with fresh flowers.
Ms Ptak is the owner of the small, trendy Violet Bakery in Hackney, east London. Former actress Ms Markle, who used to run her own lifestyle website, thetig.com, previously interviewed Ms Ptak for her blog.
Ms Ptak said she was thrilled to be chosen to bake the cake, adding she shared the couple’s values on “food provenance, sustainability, seasonality and, most importantly, flavour”. California-raised Ms Ptak was a pastry chef for cook and food activist Alice Waters at Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California.
On moving to London she worked at The Anchor and Hope, a gastropub near Waterloo station famed for its food, and undertook internships at St John and Moro restaurants.
She began her own business at a stall in east London, cooking from home before opening her organic bakery in 2010.
“I can’t tell you how delighted I am to be chosen to make Prince Harry and Ms Markle’s wedding cake,” the chef said.
Ms Ptak might draw inspiration from a recipe of her mother’s after writing of Elisabeth Ptak’s “legendary lemon bars”.
Baker Claire Ptak and (above) a picture of six crates of lemons posted on her Instagram. Right, royal fans, tourists, police and foreign media in Windsor yesterday