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Look: Chez Panisse alum Claire Ptak unveils Harry and Meghan’s royal wedding cake

Claire Ptak, who grew up in Inverness and worked for the legendary Chez Panisse in Berkeley, just put the finishing touches on arguably her most famous creation — Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding cake.
In a video and photos released this week, Ptak unveils the lemon-elderflower cake the royal couple ordered — in a recipe breaking with British tradition — meant to invoke the sights and tastes of spring.
According to E! Online, Ptak says in a video she baked three lemon sponge cakes, filled each with lemon curd and covered the cakes with a swiss meringue buttercream that is “light and fluffy, kind of satiny and super delicious.”
According to E!, the recipe calls for 200 Amalfi lemons, 500 eggs (organic, of course, from a Suffolk farm), 44 pounds each of butter, flour and sugar and 10 bottles of Sandringham Elderflower Cordial. She says the cake took a team of six bakers five days to create. It will be presented with fresh-cut roses and elderflowers.
Sounds like it’s got flummery and clotted cream beat by a long shot.
“It tastes delicious. I hope! I think,” she said in a video, according to E!. “The texture is really lovely and the flavor is quintessentially spring and British.”

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