The sweetest part of the royal wedding is finally coming together. Claire Ptak and her team of six bakers are creating a lemon-elderflower masterpiece.
It was announced back in March that Harry and Meghan had selected pastry chef Claire Ptak of London-based bakery, Violet Cakes, to make their wedding cake.
The couple will serve a lemon elderflower cake "that will incorporate the bright flavors of spring. It will be covered with buttercream and decorated with fresh flowers."
A day before the wedding, the palace shared photos and a video of Ptak's team working on the cake in the Buckingham Palace kitchen.
The cake took 200 Amalfi lemons and 500 organic lemons, Kensington Palace said.
?? 200 Amalfi lemons— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) May 18, 2018
?? 500 organic eggs from Suffolk
?? 20kgs of butter
?? 20kgs of flour
?? 20kgs of sugar
?? 10 bottles of Sandringham Elderflower Cordial
The baking of the #RoyalWedding cake is under way! pic.twitter.com/b3jhwtOwOP
"The cake is made up of lemon sponge, it has an elderflower syrup drizzle on the sponge," the baker explained in the video. "It has an Amalfi lemon curd, and then it has a Swiss meringue buttercream with elderflower,"
Harry and Meghan chose lemon and elderflower because they wanted to enjoy flavors that are in season, Ptak said.
With its multiple sponge layers, and covered in buttercream, the royal wedding cake looks simple and elegant.
The final design will be unveiled on the big day.
"You'll have to wait and see on the day. It's an installation of the way that we're putting it out. It's the last thing that we'll reveal. It's a non-traditional layout," Ms Ptak said.
The cake will be assembled at Windsor Castle and the flowers will go on at the last possible moment.
"We will assemble it in-situ at Windsor Castle on Saturday morning. And then add the flowers, because they obviously need to be added at the last moment," Ptak, who owns London’s Violet Bakery, said.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle loved trying a number of different cake samples before settling on lemon and elderflower for their big day, she described the royal couple's taste as aiming to celebrate what is freshest at the time.
She said: "They loved it. They tried quite a collection. What they said to me is that they really loved the idea of the seasonality and the freshness."
Slices of the cake will be served with edible rose petals to the 600 guests at the lunchtime reception in St George's Hall after the ceremony.
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