The countdown to the royal wedding is on!
With less than 24 hours left until Meghan Markle and Prince Harry get hitched, more and more details about the extravagant nuptials are being released — and we're obsessing over every single factoid.
The latest tidbit comes from the Royal Family's official Instagram account, which shows London baker Claire Ptak, who was handpicked by the couple, working on the royal wedding cake.
🎥 Watch as baker Claire Ptak begins work on the #RoyalWedding Cake! Working in the Kitchen at Buckingham Palace, Claire and her team have started to create the three cakes ready for the wedding of Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle. The cake is a lemon sponge, with an elderflower syrup, featuring Amalfi lemon curd and covered with a Swiss Meringue elderflower buttercream. The finishing touches will applied on Saturday morning at Windsor Castle.
We already knew a few details about the delicious-looking cake before today, such as the flavour (lemon elderflower), the icing (buttercream), and the topping (fresh flowers). But now we have a lot more information and the opportunity to see the cake up close, because let's face it: this will be the closest most of us will ever get to a real royal wedding cake.
In the video, Ptak, who runs the London-based bakery Violet Cakes, is seen in the Buckingham Palace kitchen icing the multi-layer lemon sponge cake, which has been drenched in elderflower syrup drizzle. She explains that the cake features an Amalfi lemon curd and a Swiss meringue buttercream with elderflower.
In short, it looks delicious and could the Royal Family please send us a slice?
Ptak also explains that she and her team will assemble the cake in-situ at Windsor Castle, where Harry and Markle are tying the knot, tomorrow morning. After it's assembled, they will add the flowers, "because they obviously need to be added at the last moment," she says.
And since the royals know we will never eat the royal cake (sob!), they ask Ptak what it will taste like. "Where the buttercream is sweet, the lemon curd is very tart. So you get a really lovely thing happening when you take a bite, which is to get all those flavours and sensations. Hopefully it's perfectly balanced," she says.
Yep, it sounds like the perfect cake for a prince and princess (yes, we know Markle won't technically become a princess once she joins the Royal Family).
Back when it was announced Ptak was chosen to be the royal wedding baker, she released a statement sharing how pleased she was that she and the couple "share the same values."
"I can't tell you how delighted I am to be chosen to make Prince Harry and Ms. Markle's wedding cake ... Knowing that they really share the same values as I do about food provenance, sustainability, seasonality and most importantly flavour, makes this the most exciting event to be a part of," Ptak said.
This wedding cake is quite a break from royal tradition. Back when Prince William and Kate Middleton got married in 2011, the couple dug into an eight-tiered fruitcake, created by local baker Fiona Cairns, whose layers, according to The Spruce, were "wrapped in brandy-soaked cheesecloth before being set aside to age for a few weeks, deepening the flavours and achieving the classic taste of fruitcake."
The cake's tiers were covered in white fondant and gum paste flowers that symbolized the four nations of the U.K. The cake also incorporated the flower Sweet William, in honour of the groom. It took Cairns and her team several months to prepare the cake layers and then a few days to assemble it at Buckingham Palace. In the end, it weighed 220 pounds.
"We were making a cake to a scale that we had never made before, so that was quite trusting of Kate," Cairns told Town & Country. "She knew that we had not made such a big wedding cake. Since then we have, but we hadn't before then."
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