MEGHAN Markle’s 40th birthday cake has been ordered by Prince Harry from a bespoke bakery that charges more than £160, it’s been claimed.
The Duchess of Sussex reportedly wants an intimate celebration at her and Prince Harry’s £11million mansion in Santa Barbara, California.
With Meghan turning 40 on Wednesday, Harry has reportedly ordered a special cake from Santa Barbara bakery Posies & Sugar.
Tatler explains that the bakery’s speciality is so-called ‘naked’ cakes.
This is where some of the cake’s layers are visible underneath the icing, while brightened up with beautiful, and colourful fresh flowers.
Posies & Sugar explains its aim is to create “tasty desserts for others to enjoy, to celebrate life with, to pause over and enjoy a sweet moment with loved ones”.
“I believe in flowers and in being kind to ourselves and in simple, good things like peach pie,” explains owner and head baker, Heather Moore.
A glance at the website shows that a three-tiered masterpiece, serving up to 30 guests, costs $225 (£160).
Additional charges apply for dietary requests, including gluten-free and vegan.
The range of cakes include a moreish-sounding vanilla bean, “perfect for birthdays”; a rich ‘Mama’s Chocolate’; ‘Strawberry Bliss’, loaded with fresh Central Coast strawberries, with frostings ranging from white buttercream to Maple cream cheese, whipped cream or chocolate buttercream.
Her fabulous cake is part of Harry’s plan to spoil his wife on her 40th, with celebrity pals Serena Williams and Amal Clooney expected to attend.
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Meghan has tasked Colin Cowie, who has organised parties for Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Aniston and Tom Cruise, with setting up her special day.
Ryan Seacrest, actress Alyssa Milano and Rehan Choudhury are just another few of his previous celebrity clients.
A source said: “Meghan wants a small gathering. About 65 people are invited, her closest friends and family. Colin was recommended to her by Oprah who always puts on fabulous parties.”
The party planner is used to throwing lavish events, and will have to tone down the celebrations for the Duchess’ “low key” affair – with roughly 65 people being invited.
He was recommended to the mother-of-two by Oprah, who is a friend of the couple after their ground-breaking interview earlier this year.
Coronavirus restrictions on gatherings have recently been lifted in California, allowing the couple to invite friends and family over to their Montecito mansion.
Guests on the day will enjoy “grazing tables” with locally sourced foods and wines.
Her birthday bash is expected to be a low-key event compared to her extravagant $500,000 baby shower in New York before Archie’s arrival in 2019.
The guest list for her birthday has yet to be revealed, but it is expected that her mum Doria Ragland and close pal Oprah will be there.
Harry and Meghan sensationally quit as senior royals in January last year and fled to California insisting they wanted to be “financially independent”.
They then purchased an £11m Santa Barbara mansion in March, where they live with son Archie and daughter Lilibet.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex also used mega-deals with Netflix and Spotify – with a combined win of £130million – to pave the way for their new lives in Los Angeles.
The pair were reportedly in discussion with the streaming giants in 2018, while Meghan and Prince Harry were still living in Kensington Palace.
However it wasn’t till January 2020 that the Sussexes announced their bombshell decision to quit the UK and start a new life abroad, away from the royal family.
It comes as royal courtiers are reportedly braced for a string of bombshell allegations in the Duke of Sussex’s book, which is due to be published next year.