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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.

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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

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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.”

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