Royal wedding: Let them not eat the same old cake2 min read 04 May 2018, 01:02 PM IST
'Lounge' offers up three desserts which are regal in spirit and Indian in inspiration
Traditionally, the English have been quite adventurous with nuptial sweets. A medieval tower of breads, scones, biscuits and rolls (a precursor to the croquembouche) over which the bride and groom had to kiss, was followed by the 17th century Bride’s Pie, stuffed with oysters, dried fruit and whole little larks. The easy availability of sugar led to the traditional snow-white icing. Over the years, royal wedding cakes gained and lost tiers depending on war-time rationing and peacetime plenty. It is only recently that the royal wedding cake has become playful, with Prince William tipping a hat to his childhood favourite, a chocolate biscuit cake, for his wedding in 2011. Right now, the world’s eyes are on Claire Ptak, owner of a boutique bakery in Hackney, London, which has bagged the assignment to create the wedding cake for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. But there’s a whole world beyond cake, which is why the Lounge team has picked a trio of India-inspired desserts fit for the royal table.