If you love to bake and can't wait to watch the royal wedding on Saturday, you just might be able to recreate Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's wedding cake for your viewing party. On Friday, Kensington Palace debuted a detailed look at the cake in progress, as well as unveiling the list of ingredients going into the delectable wedding treat.
The royal couple announced that pastry chef Claire Ptak, who is from California and now owns London-based Violet Bakery, would create the cake for their big day back in March. "Prince Harry and Ms. Markle have asked Claire 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," said the official statement from Kensington Palace. In the days leading up to the big event, Ptak shared a sneak peek at the beginnings of the cake, including a picture of a huge crate of lemons.
On Friday morning, Kensington Palace tweeted out the specifics of the ingredients, including some items' origins: "200 Amalfi lemons, 500 organic eggs from Suffolk, 20kgs of butter, 20kgs of flour, 20kgs of sugar, 10 bottles of Sandringham Elderflower Cordial." When you're feeding 600 guests, you need a lot of lemons!
Chef Ptak even recorded a short video, demonstrating just how many layers of cake are in each tier and describing the decorations and flavors. "We've been so lucky to work here at Buckingham Palace to bake the cake and ice the cake," Ptak says. "The cake is made up of lemon sponge; it has an elderflower syrup drizzle on the sponge. It has an Amalfi lemon curd and then it has a Swiss meringue buttercream with elderflower." The decorations, fresh white flowers, will be added at the last moment after the cake is assembled at Windsor Castle on Saturday morning.
Sounds—and looks—even more delicious than we could have imagined.