The Royal wedding pastry chef: Claire Ptak
Chef to decorate lemon and elderflower cake with buttercream and flowers
LONDON – Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are entrusting a California pastry chef based in east London with their spring-themed wedding cake.
After the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby Archbishop marries the couple at St. George's Chapel, the 15th century church on the grounds of Windsor Castle, there will be a reception at St. George's Hall.
Claire Ptak, an apprentice of the celebrated Alice Waters at Chez Panisse in Berkeley, runs the Violet Bakery in London. She will create a lemon and elderflower cake covered with buttercream and adorned with fresh flowers, according to The Kensington Palace.
After the March 20th announcement, the demand for Ptak's Violet Bakery Cookbook spiked. The dozens of recipes in the book include ideas for fruit preserves and cakes made out of whole grain flours and less refined sugars.
Before the demand to try her cakes blew up this year, Ptak, 43, made artisan pastries at the Bovine Bakery in Port Reyes, California, and joined the Chez Panisse as a pastry chef when she was 27. After she moved to London in 2005, she sold her rustic organic cakes at the Broadway Market.
In 2010, she opened Violet Cakes in East London's Hackney area. Eight years later, her reputation for wholesome and fresh ingredients was a perfect fit for Markle who told Today in 2012 that she preferred apple, kale, spinach, lemon, and ginger juice over an afternoon cup of espresso any day.
It was a decision that changed Ptak's life. To deal with the sudden growth of her business, she announced on social media Tuesday that she was looking for an operations/general manager.
Here are photos of some of Ptak's cakes:
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I think it's so cool to choose a wedding cake that is chocolate with salted caramel swiss buttercream !! Some traditions are meant to be played with. It's tiered and elegant and drenched in peonies, garden roses and sweet peas but slice into it and the cake is almost black with cocoa. Divine. I love my customers for being bold. I've created a hashtag where you can see all of our wedding cakes in one place. Click on the hashtag here to see xx #violetweddingcakes
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Wedding cakes are where I started and I love that i am now going back to them again after many years turning them down. They are so fun to make (albeit stressful) and there is nothing like assembling them in situ and the wonderful reactions that you receive from onlookers. This one is gluten free and my crew made it and I went to the venue and added the flowers. #teamworkmakesthedreamwork #violetweddingcakes
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