Since Meghan Markle and Prince Harry announced their engagement in November, there has been much speculation about what kind of cake they would have for their wedding.
At first there were rumors about a banana cake, which was quickly put down. Then it was announced in March that the couple had decided to hire pastry chef Claire Ptak, who owns Violet Bakery in East London. Claire also used to work at Chez Panisse in California. It was said Ptak was planning on making a lemon and elderflower wedding cake for the happy couple (a tradition-breaking choice).
Well, today was the wedding day and it did not disappoint. Between ogling all the hats, cars, and of course Meghan Markle's gorgeous and slightly unexpected dress, it was easy to forget all about the cake. But do not fear — we have photos for you.
Kensington Palace posted a photo of the cake on their Instagram account earlier this morning. "It was designed by Claire Ptak and features elderflower syrup made at The Queen's residence in Sandringham from the estate's own elderflower trees, as well as a light sponge cake uniquely formulated for the couple," says the account.
Of course Ptak wasn't just going to use any elderflower syrup to create this special cake. It's so incredibly romantic and old-fashioned that she used elderflower from Sandringham.
Kensington Palace also posted a few more special details about the cake on Twitter.
They note that the sponge cake was made with lemon, drizzled with the elderflower syrup, and then topped with Amalfi lemon curd.
Violet Bakery also shared a photo on their Instagram account, where I think you can get a better look at the gorgeous fresh flowers that garnish the cake.
🎥 Watch as baker Claire Ptak begins work on the #RoyalWedding Cake! Working in the Kitchen at Buckingham Palace, Claire and her team have started to create the three cakes ready for the wedding of Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle. The cake is a lemon sponge, with an elderflower syrup, featuring Amalfi lemon curd and covered with a Swiss Meringue elderflower buttercream. The finishing touches will applied on Saturday morning at Windsor Castle.
You can also see a little bit more behind-the-scenes in this Instagram video shared by the royal family.
If you're feeing a little bit hungry (or just wildly jealous) after reading about the royal cake, might I suggest making Kitchn's simple lemon elderflower cake with elderflower whipped cream? BYO fascinator, of course.