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article imagePrince Harry, Markle choose lemon elderflower cake for wedding

By AFP     Mar 20, 2018 in Food

Meghan Markle, together with her fiance Prince Harry, has chosen a fellow London-based American, pastry chef Claire Ptak, to make a lemon elderflower cake for their upcoming wedding, the couple announced Tuesday.

"Prince Harry and Ms. Markle have asked Ms. Ptak to create a lemon elderflower cake to incorporate the bright flavours of spring," Kensington Palace, the prince's official residence in London, said in a statement.

"It will be covered with buttercream and decorated with fresh flowers."

The pair were "very much looking forward to sharing this cake with their wedding guests," it added.

Meghan Markle had interviewed Ptak for her blog
Meghan Markle had interviewed Ptak for her blog
Paul Grover, POOL/AFP/File

California-raised Ptak is a food writer and stylist, recipe developer and consultant, as well as the owner of the small but celebrated Violet bakery in east London.

She started the business as a stall on trendy Broadway Market, before opening her cafe nearby in 2010 with a focus on using high quality, seasonal and organic ingredients.

Ptak had previously worked as a pastry chef under renowned chef Alice Waters at her Chez Panisse restaurant in Berkeley, California.

"I can't tell you how delighted I am to be chosen to make Prince Harry and Ms. Markle’s wedding cake," she said in the statement.

"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."

Fellow American Markle, a former actress, used to run her own lifestyle website, and previously interviewed Ptak for her blog.

She and Prince Harry will marry at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, a residence of Queen Elizabeth II's located west of London, on May 19.

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