Published 20 March 2018

An American pastry chef who is based in London has been chosen to create the wedding cake for Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle. 

Ms. Markle first met Claire Ptak, owner of the culinary gem Violet Bakery, when she interviewed her for her lifestyle blog TheTig.com. She opened Violet Bakery in 2010, with a focus on using high quality, seasonal and organic ingredients in her cakes, and works as a food stylist and food writer.

Ms. Ptak said of her very special commission:

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.

Prince Harry and Ms. Markle have asked Ms. Ptak to create a lemon elderflower cake to incorporate the bright flavours of spring. It will be covered with buttercream and decorated with fresh flowers. 

California-raised, Ms. Ptak formerly worked as a pastry chef under the legendary Alice Waters at Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California. Upon moving to London she worked at The Anchor and Hope and staged at St John and Moro. Ms. Ptak then started her own business as a market stall on Broadway Market, East London, cooking from home.