The Royal Wedding Cake Is Ready And It Is EPIC
And, play your cards right and you might just score a slice.
Shunning the traditional fruit cake option for the very first time in British royal history -- can you believe it? -- Prince Harry and Meghan will instead enjoy a thoroughly modern confection. No stuffy fruitcake here.
American-born, British-based pastry chef Claire Ptak is busy whipping up an organic lemon and elderflower cake with buttercream icing and decorated with spring flowers. Check her in action below.
Ptak runs East London bakery Violet. She shared her excitement about her big role in a sweet note on the bakery's Instagram back in March. Of her high-profile clients Ptak was happy to say, "They both share so many of the same values regarding food provenance, sustainability, seasonality and of course, flavour!" A match made in cake heaven.
How much would you fork out for a slice of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding cake? Consider this: in 2014 a slice of Prince William and Duchess Kate Middleton’s cake sold at auction for $10,000. Because that’s a thing that actually happens. Well, in Las Vegas at least, where decades-old slices of cake from British royal weddings -- including Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s and Will and Kate’s -- are soon to go under the hammer.
And they make some serious cash. Julien’s Auctions, where the sale will take place on June 23, expect the five cake slices on offer to attract hundreds and perhaps thousands of dollars.
So where do these bits of cake actually come from? Some official cake library where slices of special cakes are stored? Not quite. These slices of royal wedding cake have been lovingly saved by people who attended the nuptials and managed to snag a piece.
Some slices have been kept frozen for more than 35 years, as is the case with a slice of Charles and Diana’s cake. Now that’s dedication. Carefully wrapped in a paper doily and presented in a white box with ‘CD Buckingham Palace 29th July 1981’ in silver font, the piece is expected to fetch $1,000 to $1,600 at the June auction.
If that’s too pricey you might consider a slice of Will and Kate’s fruit cake from 2011. That’ll set you back $800 to $1,000. More affordable still is a piece from Princess Anne’s 1973 marriage to her first husband, Captain Mark Philips, which is expected to sell for about $400. But if you’re thinking about tucking into your newly-purchased slice think again. As there’s no way of determining how safely the slices have been preserved it’s best to consider them inedible.
How much a slice of Harry and Meghan’s cake might fetch when it eventually goes under the hammer is anyone’s guess. At present we’ll just have to content ourselves with mooning over what it will taste like. American-born, British-based pastry chef, Claire Ptak, who runs East London bakery Violet, has been given the glorious task of creating a fresh and floral wedding delight for the couple.
We’re not one to play favourites but we think the much-loved couple’s delicious-sounding cake might just set a record at auction in years to come. We just need someone to save us a slice.
Feature image: Instagram/@violetcakeslondon and Getty.