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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 17 December 2018

Royal wedding: Harry and Meghan select east London baker to create wedding cake

Claire Ptak will break with tradition to create a lemon elderflower cake for the May nuptials

Claire Ptak, owner of Violet Bakery in east London will make the wedding cake for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Victoria Jones /WPA Pool/Getty Images
Claire Ptak, owner of Violet Bakery in east London will make the wedding cake for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Victoria Jones /WPA Pool/Getty Images

A California-raised pastry chef who owns an east London bakery will create a lemon elderflower cake decorated with fresh flowers for the May 19 wedding of Prince Harry and Meaghan Markle.

Kensington Palace said Violet Cakes owner Claire Ptak, who focuses on using seasonal and organic ingredients, will also incorporate bright Spring flavours – a break from the traditional fruitcake.

Ms Markle has previously interviewed Ms Ptak for her former lifestyle website The Tig.

"I can't tell you how delighted I am to be chosen to make Prince Harry and Ms Markle's wedding cake," Ms Ptak said in a statement. "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."

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Ms Ptak reportedly describes herself as "a food writer, food and prop stylist, recipe developer and consultant".

Prince Harry and Ms Markle will marry in St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle. The guest list has not yet been released. Former Spice Girl singer Mel B has hinted that the five band members are invited.