I Baked Meghan Markle & Prince Harry’s Wedding Cake & It Was Only Kind Of A Disaster

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On May 19, Prince Harry is marrying Meghan Markle, and it’s an occasion for the whole world to celebrate, obviously. Unfortunately, my wedding invite got lost in the mail, so I won’t get to eat the actual lemon elderflower wedding cake Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are having, but when Washington Post reporter Becky Krystal published a recipe for a similar cake, I saw an opportunity to make my own tribute to the royal couple. I’m not a regular baker, but I have watched a lot of The Great British Bake Off, so I figured I was totally equipped to recreate a royal wedding cake. How hard could it be, right?

Wrong. So wrong. Making a tiered cake — including the frosting and filling and decorating — is not for the weak. But, if you soldier through, you can get… something on a platter. And that’s just what I did. I got something on a platter. (Well, a plate. I’m a millennial in New York; I don’t own a platter.)

The first hint that maybe I wasn’t ready for this challenge was in the name of the cake. Do you know what elderflower is? I did not. I still do not, but I do know you can get a bottle of elderflower cordial through Amazon Prime, so thanks for that, Bezos. The second hint that maybe I wasn’t ready? The flour in my cabinet had an expiration date in 2016. Whoops! Still, between Amazon, a grocery store, and a liquor store (St-Germain, another elderflower-related thing), I had everything I needed. With my boyfriend tentatively watching from the couch (he asked if I wanted help; I told him it was a one-woman bake-off challenge), I got to work.

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