Queen to help Sainsbury’s celebrate 150th birthday with special cake
The Queen will celebrate a milestone for one of Britain’s best-known brands with a sweet treat made by the baker who created Harry and Meghan’s wedding cake.
Claire Ptak, who was behind the culinary centrepiece for the wedding day of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, has produced a special edition cake to mark Sainsbury’s 150th anniversary.
The Queen will visit a replica of one of the original Sainsbury’s stores in London’s Covent Garden on Wednesday to mark the supermarket’s birthday, and cut into a specially-created citrus and blossom cake.
At the store, the Queen will meet Sainsbury’s employees and be given an insight into the supermarket’s history, from the contribution to the development of rationing to the introduction of self-service shopping in the 1950s.
The first store in the capital’s Drury Lane sold just three items – butter, milk and eggs.
American Ms Ptak, who owns the Violet cafe and bakery in east London, said: “It is yet another great honour to be chosen to make such an important cake for an iconic British brand.
“Sainsbury’s pioneered the sale of butter in this country along with milk, eggs, and creme fraiche. These are all ingredients that we take for granted today but that we could not bake without.”
Customers will be able to buy a slice of cake – made to the same recipe using fresh lime, orange blossom and creme fraiche – in Sainsbury’s cafes across the UK for the next nine weeks.
Ms Ptak made a layered lemon and elderflower cake for Harry and Meghan’s wedding in May last year, slices of which were served to the 600 guests at the lunchtime reception in St George’s Hall after the ceremony in Windsor.
Meanwhile, as part of its anniversary celebrations Sainsbury’s will also be making a unique horse and cart delivery service available for one day only to customers in the Greater London area on Wednesday.
The business said the one-of-a-kind historical delivery service cannot be requested at checkout, so individuals will have to wait until the day to see if their groceries will arrive by free horse and cart delivery.