Meet the chef that will create the royal wedding cake

Claire Ptak is the pastry chef that will create Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding cake. She was raised in California and worked as a pastry chef under the celebrated Alice Waters at Chez Panisse in Berkeley.

Ptak now is the owner and runs Violet Bakery in East London. In a recent interview with Tasting Table, she said her "recipes are a hybrid of California and British tradition."

She showed her excitement on Instagram, writing: "Kinda excited to announce this one!! Violet has been chosen to make the wedding cake for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. ... They both share so many of the same values regarding food provenance, sustainability, seasonality and of course, flavour!" 

Kensington Palace said the royal wedding cake will be a lemon elderflower concoction incorporating "the bright flavors of spring." It'll be covered with buttercream, and adorned with fresh flowers.

After announcing the news via Twitter, Kensington Palace revealed that Markle interviewed Ptak on Markle's now-defunct lifestyle site, The Tig.

The palace says the couple are "very much looking forward to sharing this cake" with guests at their May 19 nuptials.

(Photos: Elle UK)