01. Pierce Brosnan cake – Couture Rock and Rose cake;02. orchids decoration – Mich Turner in his atelier;03. Peggy Porschen boutique;04. Florance Avalanche cake – Amelie cake;05. Dusky Vintage rose cake – Mariella cake;06. Oscar de la Renta Lace cake – Rose Explosion cake;07. Tiffany Pearl cake – vintage Veil;08. Chocolate blue cake – The belgian cake;09. Manhattan cake – red velvet lace cake;10. Paris Chic cake – Pink vintage cake;11. Black Bow minicake – Milano minicake;12. Pinstripe with cameo cake – Roses cake;13. Blue Cameo cake – Green Bow and spots cake;14. Andy Davies – The Dorchester hotel;
If even Sidney’s residents decided to name Wedding Cake Island a small island overlooking Coogee Beach, then it means that we really have to be careful while talking about the typical Anglo-Saxon wedding cake. The Australian lack of sympathy towards the queen is famous.
The purpose of my article was to find among the London districts the best and most beautiful wedding cake. Alas, the task proved to be too difficult for a (Latin) novice in weddings and wedding cakes. I got married only once. Just like Pontius Pilate, I will just discharging merit and guilt on a British master in hospitality and catering: Andy Davies, Dorchester Hotel’s concierge. I chose him because he is a famous Clefs d’Or and he was the first 5-star suicide bomber who answered me. Andy has to satisfy daily the most extravagant orders of his clients, especially brides. So if you don’t like his references, you’ll know who to complain with.
After a couple of days Andy presented me 3 names, all Londoners of course. Mister Davies chose London because his sculptures can’t survive in long journeys. If you look at the images, you’ll understand the reason why!
Here is the order dictated by Andy:
3. Maisie Fantaisie;
Little Venice Cake Limited
It would take too long to mention all the awards received by Mich Turner: the Bentley of the Cake Makers according to Gordon Ramsay , the Scottish chef who is famous for Kitchen Nightmares and Hell’s Kitchen.
It is hard for Mich to remember all of her creations, sold in more than 12 years of work. The latest was created for Pierce Brosnan and Keely shaye Smith’s wedding. But also the cakes created for the anniversaries of Madonna Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne and David Beckham were widely copied. Among the classic ones, the Rich Fruit Celebrating Cake is still on the top: a mélange of cherries, currants, raisins, ginger, brown sugar, molasses, flour and brandy. The quantities can be found in her latest book, advertised on youtube. You will not have trouble finding it.
It is very difficult to quantify the cost of a Mich cake. Brosnan’s cake costs about £ 1200 (about 1340€) but she even created cakes which costed about 10000€, like the couture rock and rose wedding cake: a cake covered in 24 carat golden leaves, all edible (the 24 carat I mean!). So there are three variables involved in determining the cost: ingredients, weight and decorations.
It takes about a week to make one. The cake is baked on Monday, it is covered on Tuesday and decorated on the following days. With her job, appearances on TV, a program on Sky, a new range of cakes and pastry instruments for retail, Miss Turner has even time enough to show her skills to the students who are interested in becoming tomorrow’s pastry chefs, with a series of professional courses.
The Masterclass courses start with 150£ and they are held throughout the week. A good idea for a non-tourist trip to London.
Peggy Porschen Cakes
Peggy, chef pâtissier, was born in Germany but she lives and works in London. She created cakes since she was 14. Even today, for every birthday, she presents the cake that is going to become the bestseller of the year, like the Floral Avalanche, of which we of course have a picture.
Peggy’s fame came relatively early thanks to the commission for Elton John and Stella McCartney. It works like in fashion: just dress a famous person and that’s it. Prices for Miss Porschen’s cakes range from £500 to £4500 (560-5000 €).
Even at Peggy’s home the price can increase or decrease depending on the type of customization required by the customer. Andy, our concierge, describes her work as “exquisite and romantic” adding that “it is a delight to work with her team”. I remember indeed that each cake will always have some kind of customization – more or less strong – chosen by the customer and the attention to the details (patience) offered by her team must be phenomenal. Miss Porschen’s work can be compared, for its complexity, innovation and creativity, to that of a couturier.
Like a young German tailor looking for fame, Peggy left her town in 1998 and moved to London, to attend the culinary school Le Cordon Bleu. She worked for several years at Lanesborough Hotel, then at the Rhubarb Food Design catering and for Konditor and Cook. Finally she became on of the most important London’s cake designers. She says she really feels as a cake designer after publishing her first book.
May Clee-Cadman, the creator of Maisie Fantaisie, was the last person who answered to our call. This is wedding time indeed, so we can understand why her days are really busy. According to Andy, Maisie Fantaisie is the best for chocolate cakes and jazzy cupcakes. May works with “custom-made” creations: starting from an initial consultation until the delivery, in all the United Kingdom. On her website you can find, as an example, a gallery of 66 chocolate and individual cakes (just an example..). There are single-portion cakes, to be served at the end of wedding banquets before the cake. Each image has a name, notes and cost (or maybe I should say investment). So, tell me your favourite cake and I’ll tell you who you are!
Anne Tyler Cakes
There should not be a fourth runner-up. But this is stronger than me: after weeks of analysis I chose Anna Tyler Cakes. The choice was moved by the same method I use to select wines: aesthetics. Like the quirky wine labels, Anna’s cake have a k-factor which draws your attention. Attached images proof it. Are they also good? I don’t know, but I haven’t tasted the others either. I’m gettin prepared for the 2011 swimsuit season.
The answer is up to you!