Let there be cake! Claire Ptak, the baker behind Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan’s wedding confection, has obviously been in high demand since the couple’s May 19 nuptials was watched around the world, and she recently created a cake that was seemingly as difficult to make as the one she whipped up for the royal pair.
Earlier this week, Ptak took to Instagram to share a snapshot of one of her more recent creations, which was modeled after a sculpture made by New York-based artist Will Cotton. “Second most challenging cake of my career,” Ptak captioned the snap before thanking the groom who convinced her to “create a cake based on a @willcottonnyc sculpture.”
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Second most challenging cake of my career. Congratulations to the gorgeous newlyweds @henryholland and @david__hodgson who convinced me to create a cake based on a @willcottonnyc sculpture. Challenge accepted. 💖💖💖 special thanks to my amazing assistants @sam__dixon @__juliarita__ and @imogen_harvey
The California native added: “Challenge accepted.”
Based on the above photo, it appears the matrimonial dessert actually consists of several cakes, cupcakes and pastries stacked on top of one another. One particularly tricky portion features some narrower treats supporting several larger ones.
While Ptak didn’t explicitly say the royal wedding dessert takes the cake as the most challenging confection she’s ever made, it’s safe to assume that’s the sweet treat she was indirectly referencing. In fact, back in May, Ptak opened up about the difficulties of creating Harry and Meghan’s lemon and elderflower dessert.
“I created an entirely new and original selection — and took six sample flavors to the meeting,” she told Eater London of her first encounter with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. And since the couple made no specific requests prior to the meeting, Ptak said it was actually “really, really hard” to come up with options she thought they might like. “I had no idea what they were looking for,” she added. “They told me to think outside of the box, but I included one (traditional) fruitcake option.”
Despite her trepidations, it appears the royal couple (and their guests) were fans of Ptak’s work. She told Eater, “Mark Flanagan (the personal chef of the queen and head chef of the royal household), who had been so welcoming and accommodating, having invited us into the kitchen at Buckingham Palace, contacted me to say that people had said it was delicious.”
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