Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their engagement on November 27. Since then, the world has been anxiously awaiting their wedding day. The couple met in London in July 2016 and confirmed their relationship that November. Harry and Markle will tie the knot on May 19, 2018. They will hold their wedding ceremony at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle in England. Prince William will be Harry's best man and the wedding will be televised around the world.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle break with tradition for wedding cake

In true Prince Harry and Meghan Markle fashion, the couple has decided to serve a rather unconventional wedding cake at their May 19 wedding (ie: not fruitcake). On Tuesday, March 20, Kensington Palace announced that the duo has requested a spring-inspired lemon elderflower cake with buttercream and fresh flowers. 

The couple have chosen pastry chef Clair Ptak, owner of the East London-based Violet Cakes and author of The Violet Bakery Cookbook, to make the cake, which will be served to more than 2,600 guests.

» Prince Harry, Meghan Markle invite 2,640 to watch their arrival on wedding day

Shortly after the announcement was made, Ptak took to Instagram to share the news. “(Prince Harry and Meghan Markle) both share so many of the same values regarding food provenance, sustainability, seasonality and of course, flavour!” she wrote on Instagram

» Prince Harry to meet Meghan Markle’s father for first time

In addition to sharing beliefs regarding seasonal and organic ingredients, Markle had previously interviewed Ptak for her website The Tig, which may have played a part in the couple’s decision. (Markle shut down the site in April 2017.) 

Before opening Violet Bakery, Ptak worked as a pastry chef under Alice Waters at Chez Panisse in Berkely, California. In 2005, she moved to London and began selling cakes in a market stall before opening Violet Cakes in 2010. In an interview with Gather Journal, Ptak described her style as “rustic but modern, feminine but not girly.”

» Mysterious white powder sent to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry

Related Stories