Today’s blog post is all about cake. Specifically, P&O Cruise’s pâtissier’s cakes .. the infamous Cake Boy, Eric Lanlard. I was lucky enough to be invited to spend the day with him last week in London, making, and eating, Afternoon Tea. I know, I know, it’s a tough life.
Eric’s workshop and café is in Battersea Reach, south-west London, perhaps not the most obvious of places to have such a beautiful café, but definitely worth travelling for and from the outset, I was bowled over by what a warm, kind and generous person Eric was. I know this is only based on spending one afternoon with him, but the love and passion he has for his work shone through and I felt very privileged to learn some tricks of the trade from him.
As you may have been aware, it was Afternoon Tea Week last week (although every week should be Afternoon Tea Week in my opinion), and so we learned how to make cake pops, a Ferrero Rocher inspired mousse dessert and, the piece de résistance, a strawberry Fraisier. (That’s a posh strawberry gateaux to you and me.)
I love baking, I just don’t do it very often because I shouldn’t really be eating that delicousness whilst trying to lose weight (but YOLO for the day), but I was confident with what we were making … I must tell you what a real pleasure it was using a KitchenAid and not having to wash up! And Eric was just so sweet, giving clear instructions, making sure we knew what we were doing but just generally being all-round encouraging and lovely. I’ll just share some photos with you that will hopefully capture the sheer joy of the day.
We went on to eat the most gorgeous Afternoon Tea laid on for us by Eric’s team (you too can enjoy this at £40 per head), where we ate chicken caesar ciabatta, liquorice macarons, and mini lemon tartlets … amongst a whole host of other delights. We also got to take home everything we had made to enjoy at home – which made explain a minor weight gain last week but hey, it was totally worth it!
I can’t recommend the bakery classes or Afternoon Tea enough, just click HERE for more details on how to book. And if you’re lucky enough to be sailing with P&O Cruises any time soon, you can enjoy one of Eric’s Afternoon Teas on board … click HERE for more details. I spent a day on board the Ventura earlier this year and you can get a feel of what that was like by reading my post HERE.
A big thank you to P&O Cruises and Eric Lanlard for inviting me on what turned out to be the best days out I’ve had in a long time.