Duchess of Sussex shares lemon cake recipe as she prepares to relaunch lifestyle website

The Duchess of Sussex cooks with women in the Hubb Community Kitchen at the Al Manaar Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre in west London, in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire in 2017 - Jenny Zarins
The Duchess of Sussex cooks with women in the Hubb Community Kitchen at the Al Manaar Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre in west London, in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire in 2017 - Jenny Zarins

The Duchess of Sussex has shared a lemon olive oil cake recipe amid suggestions that she is preparing to relaunch her lifestyle website.

Meghan is one of several celebrities who have contributed to a cookbook in aid of the World Central Kitchen (WCK), a charity that provides meals to those in need following natural disasters.

In March 2021, the Duchess sent a lemon olive oil cake, made with lemons from her own garden, to women working for WCK in Chicago, where they were cooking for the local community during the pandemic.

She wrote in an accompanying note: “Perhaps we realise now more than ever that fundamental human moments, like enjoying a meal together, fill us up with more than just food (even if that food is delicious!).”

It comes after the Duchess’s application to revive The Tig, the website she founded in 2014 while acting in legal drama Suits, won preliminary approval from US authorities.

A new patent application, lodged last February, was published for opposition on February 14, offering the public a 30-day period to object to the trademark’s registration before it is given the green light in 11 weeks.

‘A hub for the discerning palate’

The filing reveals that The Tig will feature articles, interviews, and photographs “in the fields of food, cooking, recipes, travel, relationships, fashion, style, lifestyle, the arts, culture, design, conscious living, and health and wellness”, as well as commentary on arts and popular culture.

It is owned by Frim Fram, the Duchess’s Delaware-based company run by her business manager  Andrew Meyer in Los Angeles.

The Duchess has previously described the blog as “a hub for the discerning palate - those with a hunger for food, travel, fashion & beauty”.

She closed it down in 2017, shortly before her engagement to Prince Harry was announced, but is believed to have been keen to revive it.

“It wasn't just a hobby, it became a really successful business,” she said in the recent Netflix series Harry & Meghan.

In one post on the now-defunct website, Meghan admitted that as much as she loved the ritual of cooking, she was not such a fan of baking.

‘Like a good hug on a bad day’

“There’s something about the technicality of it that stifles my inner rebel; no dash of this or extra spoonful of that,” she wrote.

“There’s a science to baking and the measurements matter ever so much.

“When I decide to make a go at baking, it needs to be special. It needs to be soul-satisfying like a good hug on a bad day.”

Regardless, the Duchess has often baked cakes for various events.

In 2018, she took her own banana bread for a picnic with a farming family in Dubbo, near Sydney, Australia, during a royal tour.

The World Central Kitchen Cookbook: Feeding Humanity, Feeding Hope, by the charity’s founder, Spanish chef Jose Andres, will be published in September.

'Captivating collection of stories'

It will also include a breakfast tacos recipe from former first lady Michelle Obama with other contributions from actress and author Ayesha Curry and chefs including Guy Fieri, Sanjeev Kapoor and Brooke Williamson.

The Duchess’s involvement was announced on the Sussexes’ Archewell website, which said: “The cookbook is a captivating collection of stories and recipes from renowned chefs, local cooks, and friends of the global nonprofit, which feeds communities impacted by natural disasters and humanitarian crises.

“All author proceeds will support WCK’s emergency response efforts, and Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex is proud to have contributed a recipe.”

Meghan has previously worked on the charity cookbook Together: Our Community Cookbook, with The Hubb Community Kitchen, formed by women displaced by the Grenfell Tower fire in 2017.

She contributed a foreword for the cookbook, which included 50 recipes from the west London community