Hackney baker chosen to make Royal wedding cake


Prince Harry and fiancee Meghan Markle have announced who is making their wedding cake – choosing a baker from Hackney famed for her innovative cakes.

Claire Ptak runs the popular Violet Bakery on Wilton Way and, having been interviewed previously by Meghan for her now defunct lifestyle blog, will be making a lemon and elderflower cake for the biggest event of the year.

Kensington Palace said the cake will be covered in buttercream and decorated with fresh flowers, incorporating the “bright colours of spring.”

The Violet Bakery opened in 2010, after former pastry chef Claire honed her skills with a stall at Broadway Market.

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She uses all organic ingredients in her bakes, to make her work as sustainable as possible.

Now the author of a Violet Bakery cookbook, Claire offers treats at the shop that include American-inspired whoopie pies, vanilla cupcakes, and perfectly crunchy biscuits.

Claire is overjoyed at the special role she has been given by the couple.

“I can’t tell you how delighted I am to be chosen to make Prince Harry and Ms Markle’s wedding cake. 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.”

Philip Glanville, Mayor of Hackney, congratulated Claire on Twitter:

“I think it’s brilliant that Violet Cakes have been chosen, great local baker & tasty cakes esp cupcakes. Wilton Way is a treasure trove of small independent businesses (do a nice line in street parties too).

“Also love Cakes by Theresa, Greggs Official, E5 Bakehouse and of course Percy Ingle. Not that I spend a lot of time in cake shops! Plus Hackney is home to GBBO favourite Liam.”