Afternoon Tea is a funny business. It seems to either be all about the food (and tea, of course) or all about the location and décor. With the latter it can sometimes feel a bit gimmicky.
Afternoon Tea at Cake Boy is most definitely all about the food. Food, glorious food. I use the term ‘food’ loosely, as it’s actually all about the amazing sweet treats.
Cake Boy is an unassuming little boutique in Battersea Reach, south west London. Housed on the bottom floor of a chic apartment block, you might not notice it unless you were had specific plans to visit. Luckily I’d received a voucher for a Champagne Afternoon Tea for two.
However, once you step inside huge chandeliers, bright pinks and oranges vie for your attention. Nova certainly appreciated it all, not knowing where to look, that is until he clocked eyes on the twinkly wall next to our table.
Cake Boy belongs to award-wining master patissier, Eric Lanlard. He’s the author of five books, presenter of four television series, and cake baker to the stars. Most recently he has opened his Market Café on board the new P&O cruise ship, Britannia. Let’s just say his skills are well practiced and he knows what he’s doing when it comes to Afternoon Tea.
Whilst the twinkly wall mesmerised Nova for most of his first Afternoon Tea experience, the cakes and Champagne stole my attention.
Presented on a quirky Perspex stand, the savouries steered away from the traditional finger sandwiches. Instead, we enjoyed mini croissants and ciabattas.
There was chicken Caesar, smoked salmon and cream cheese, and Parma ham and mozzarella for the meat-eating man. My vegetarian options included mozzarella, brie, and hummus, and for once I didn’t feel like I was missing out by being a veggie.
Now, this selection is by far the best part of this outing. The creations are like miniature works of art. They shined underneath the chandelier like they’d been glazed in a rich paint, rather than edible ingredients.
They also teased our senses; from the deepest purple glaze on the Cassis Royal Dome that made us question exactly what flavour we should expect to taste (blueberry compote and Marc de Champagne in case you’re wondering), to the strange popping pearls in the Raspberry Verrine that always burst when we were caught off-guard.
The teardrops, in both white chocolate and dark chocolate were by far my favourite. Supremely rich and more than just one mouthful – so, so good. The white is filled with roasted pineapple, almond and caramel cream. The dark is filled with a dense chocolate mousse and wickedly delicious armarena cherries.
The mini waffle cones are equally as individual, filled with passion fruit mousse, raspberries and coconut shavings. Macaroons may be quite common for an Afternoon Tea, but the ones at Cake Boy are so good. Quite a few people seemed to be popping in just for some of them!
The sweets are a colourful explosion for the eyes and mouth. It’s unusual and exciting, but entirely stylish and classy; a real winner in my books.
You can find out more about Cake Boy and book here.
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