The cake which will be eaten by the visitors at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s imperial wedding has been divulged — and it looks extraordinary.
Video film distributed by the Royal Family via social media early Friday morning shows Californian baker Claire Ptak at work on it in her kitchen.
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The cake is a lemon sponge, with elderflower syrup drizzled on top.
Between the layers are lemon curd and Swiss meringue buttercream with elderflower — a combination of flavours that will make the cake taste sweet and tart at the same time.
Kensington Palace published an ingredients list shortly after the video went live.
It said the cake contains:
200 Amalfi lemons
500 organic eggs from Suffolk
20kgs of butter
20kgs of flour
20kgs of sugar
10 bottles of Sandringham Elderflower Cordial
Three types of peonies and four types of roses will also adorn the top of the cake in its final, fully-decorated version. There are no photos of that yet.
Since the peonies and roses aren’t edible, they will be plucked from the cake and replaced with edible rose petals when slices of the cake are served to the guests.
As of Friday, the cake and icing are ready, but are still in separate parts — the final touches will be made on the big day. The cake will be assembled at Windsor Castle, with the flowers placed on top at the last moment.
The cake will be served to the 600 guests at the lunchtime reception after the wedding ceremony, which begins at 12 p.m., on Saturday.
Those not invited to the wedding won’t feel like they’re missing out, though — Ptak’s bakery, Violet Cakes, posted a photo of mini cupcakes being prepared for Harry and Meghan’s big day.
“Cupcakes are made for street parties,” the bakery said.