On 4th August, Meghan Markle celebrated her 38th birthday – reportedly a low-key affair, which the Duchess of Sussex spent celebrating with her nearest and dearest in private. But now one small yet meaningful detail has been made public: her birthday cake.
Journalist Omid Scobie, who works for Good Morning America, shared a picture of Meghan’s birthday cake on Twitter, giving us a little snippet of insight into how the royals marked the special occasion.
‘Thanks so much to Alice Williams and the awesome team at @LuminaryBakery in London for letting us join them last weekend as they created Duchess Meghan’s beautiful carrot birthday cake,’ Omid wrote, alongside a picture of the three-tiered carrot cake, topped off with buttercream icing, sprigs of thyme, candied oranges and a personalised message to Meghan herself.
The cake is undeniably stunning, but there’s also a special meaning behind it, as it was produced by Luminary Bakery, a registered charity in East London that offers opportunity to women who have faced social and economic disadvantage.
‘We use baking as a tool to take women on a journey to employability and entrepreneurship, equipping them with transferrable skills for the working world,’ the social enterprise explains on its website. We offer courses, work experience and paid employment within our bakery, empowering women to build their career.’
Thanks so much to Alice Williams and the awesome team at @LuminaryBakery in London for letting us join them last weekend as they created Duchess Meghan’s beautiful carrot birthday cake🎂 @GMA story on the bakery and their incredible work here: https://t.co/1l9Uhww1rr pic.twitter.com/TVvtZhybEx
— Omid Scobie (@scobie) August 9, 2019
Meghan highlighted the project as one of her ‘Forces for Change’ in the September issue of Vogue, for which she was guest editor – but even so, the team were still taken aback to be asked to bake for her birthday.
‘When I applied for this job I did not expect that I’d be making a cake for Duchess Meghan Markle,’ staff member Caoimhe Bennett told Good Morning America. ‘That was pretty crazy.’
‘To have someone like the duchess acknowledge us and champion us is incredible,’ Luminary Bakery’s founder, Alice Williams, added. ‘I think it will open a lot of doors for us. There’s so many more women that need opportunities.’