The media buzz is ever increasing as the royal wedding on May 19th draws near. It seems everyone is interested to know what Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s big day might be like. As for me, I’m intrigued to know about just one thing – the royal wedding cake!
Thanks to announcements from Kensington Palace, we know the chosen wedding cake baker is Chef Claire Ptak of Violet, a UK-based bakery. We also know the official cake flavors are lemon-elderflower, which were chosen to evoke the essence of springtime.
My friends at HGTV asked if I could help whip up a version that can be made at home (for those of us missing our royal wedding invitations *wink*). I was more than happy to oblige! Elderflowers are native to the UK but they are difficult to procure in the US. Thankfully, elderflower liqueurs such as St. Germaine and St. Elder are widely available and offer strong floral flavor.
The lemon-scented cake layers are liberally brushed with elderflower syrup and then filled with tart lemon buttercream.
We know that Chef Ptak loves using fresh flowers on her beautiful cakes, so we felt that our home-baked version should reflect that. Purple blooms and dark berries just felt right for this cake’s decor. When making your own version, choose organic non-toxic blooms.
I was happy to be able to share this cake with the HGTV blog editors, so they could taste-test it in person! And I’m glad to report that it was well-received and the whole cake was devoured in no time flat!
Royal wedding or not, this cake is deliciously bright-tasting and floral. I think it would be perfect for all kinds of happy spring occasions. You can find the recipe HERE, on HGTV.com.