Serve up your own slice of the Royal Wedding cake with this zesty recipe

Serve up your own slice of the Royal Wedding cake with this zesty recipe

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As the wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry draws ever closer, excitement is reaching fever pitch.

The happy couple are having a lemon and elderflower wedding cake made by a London baker, Hackney-based baker Claire Ptak has been selected to make Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding cake.

She will make a lemon elderflower cake which will be smothered in buttercream and decorated with fresh flowers.

The recipe for the wedding cake will no doubt be bespoke and kept secret ahead of the wedding on May 19.

Here is Claire going through the stages of making the cake of the year


But you can create your own lemon and elderflower drizzle cake if you want to have a taste of what the couple will experience on the day..

So here’s how to make your own

Elderflower and Lemon Drizzle Cake

Elderflower and Lemon Drizzle Cake


  • 225g butter, softened
  • 225g caster sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 225g self-raising flour, sifted
  • zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 100ml Elderflower Cordial
  • 2 table spoons granulated sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/fan 160°C/Gas Mark 4. Grease a 20cm round, deep, loose-based tin and line with baking parchment.
  2. Place the butter, sugar and lemon zest in a large bowl. Use an electric whisk to beat the butter and sugar together until they are pale and fluffy. Gradually add the eggs, whisking well between additions and adding 2 tbsp of the flour with the last egg – this will prevent curdling.
  3. Sift over the remaining flour, then gently fold in with a metal spoon along with 2 tbsp hot water. Spoon into the prepared tin, level the surface and bake for 45-50mins or until it is shrinking away from the sides of the tin. A fine skewer inserted in the centre should come out clean. Cool in the tin for 5 mins.
  4. Squeeze the lemon juice, then sieve to remove the bits, and stir in the cordial. Use a fine skewer to prick the cake all over. Pour over the syrup, then sprinkle over the sugar – it should sink in but leave a crunchy crust.
  5. Alternatively decorate the top with a thin glaze made from icing sugar and lemon juice. Add edible flowers.
  6. Leave to cool completely before removing the cake from the tin

We would love to see your photos if you make this cake
or are having a “royal wedding” day celebration.

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A Royal Wedding Whirlwind

A Royal Wedding Whirlwind

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Meghan Markle’s mother will meet the Queen today after a whirlwind 24 hours where she was introduced to Prince Charles and Camilla as well as William, Kate and their three children.

Doria Ragland, 61, is also supporting her daughter after an extraordinary week where her father Thomas pulled out and her estranged relatives landed en masse to cash in on her big day.

Ms Ragland has already enjoyed a ‘very jolly’ afternoon with Charles and Camilla this week with royal sources saying they got on famously.

Today Meghan’s yoga instructor mother, who is expected to walk her daughter down the aisle in her father’s absence, will meet her most esteemed new relative by marriage – the Queen – for tea at Windsor Castle, along with Harry and his fiancee.

The elegant 5* luxury country Cliveden House Hotel boasting 350 years of power, politics and parties at the Grade I listed stately home and the location of the notorious Profumo affair, one of the greatest scandals of the Cold War period – is where Meghan and her mother will stay tonight, along with a group of her closest girlfriends plus her dress designer and hairdresser.

Harry, as is tradition, will say goodbye to wife-to-be and stay elsewhere with his best man, Prince William.

The princes have plumped for Coworth Park, a five-star country house a stone’s throw from Windsor and one that has been the venue for many a royal polo match and his first public kiss with Meghan. Quoted as being the scenic route to five-star bliss. Coworth Park offers idyllic relaxation in many guises, from a rural detox to an indulgent, romantic escape. Here you’ll find an experience to refresh every sense within the welcoming oasis of calm.


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