London baker gets started on royal cake

Claire Ptak has begun preparing an organic lemon elderflower cake for the royal wedding.
Claire Ptak has begun preparing an organic lemon elderflower cake for the royal wedding.

Preparations appear to be underway on the buttercream covered organic lemon elderflower wedding cake being prepared by a east London baker for the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Pastry chef Claire Ptak posted the words "and so it begins" on her Instagram account on Tuesday alongside a photograph of six crates of lemons.

The couple have turned to Ptak, owner of the small Violet Bakery in east London, to make the cake, which will be covered with buttercream and decorated with fresh flowers.

Rather than a traditional rich fruit cake, the bride and groom-to-be have opted for a lighter cake, which Kensington Palace said will be shared with guests at their reception.

Australian Associated Press