Here’s How Much Butter Was Used in the Royal Wedding Cake

Hint: It's a LOT.

For Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s nuptials, the couple has forgone the traditional royal wedding cake flavor for a delicious lemon elderflower cake with buttercream frosting. Mere hours before the big day, the Kensington Royal Instagram account gave followers a sneak peek into the creation of the cake, which is bound to be absolutely delicious.
As they listed off the ingredients in their Instagram Stories, we were shocked by the amount of butter used in this delicious creation. Turns out, Claire Ptak (the royal wedding cake baker from the London-based bakery Violet Cakes) used 20 kilograms of butter for this cake. That’s equivalent to more than 44 pounds of butter (or 88 cups, or 176 sticks)!

The cake’s final ingredients

That may seem like a lot of butter, but compared to the number of other ingredients in the cake, everything seems pretty balanced. Ptak used 200 Amalfi lemons, 500 organic eggs (all the way from Suffolk), 20 kilograms of flour, 20 kilograms of sugar, and 10 bottles of Sandringham Elderflower Cordial. So when you look at the list in full, using 88 cups of butter really doesn’t seem like much.

Unlike royal wedding cakes of the past, Ptak waited to make the cake until the date of the wedding was closer. Since fruitcake has a longer shelf life, bakers have had the ability to bake the cake early and take weeks to decorate the outside. Ptak may not have this advantage, but we are sure the cake will be beautiful nonetheless.

Having a lot of cake is a tradition

Using a ginormous amount of ingredients isn’t new when making a cake for a royal wedding. Royal wedding cakes in the past have been made with more than 200 pounds of fruitcake, stacked in tier after gorgeous tier. Traditionally the couple will actually save the top tiers of the royal wedding cake for a special celebration later in their marriage.

Although the cake’s size (and number of servings) has yet to be revealed, it will no doubt serve hundreds of glamorous wedding guests. And even though you won’t be able to sink your teeth into this delicious confection (and all of that butter), you can still make a Lemon Layer Cake of your own to celebrate the newlyweds!

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