• Roxii Hoare-Smith

Cake Boy Emporium

Last weekend we went for Champagne Afternoon Tea.

On an unusually hot day in London we headed to Celebrity chef Eric Lanlard’s luxurious cake boutique at Battersea Reach, Cake Boy Emporium. Cake Boy can be visited for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea or for a coffee, cake or champagne break!

The cafe is located in Battersea Reach, in a brilliant location right by the thames (the perfect place is snap a few outfit shots before dining at Cake Boy!)

The boutique cafe is quirkily decorated with bright orange and pink seating and glamourous black wallpaper patterned with pink roses and glittering fairy lights. The cafe is trendy with a relaxed vibe. There is also an outside seating area but it was actually too hot (!) to dine outside during our visit.

Upon entering we were faced with a counter full of beautifully decorated mouthwatering treats. The portions are generously sized at reasonable prices, e.g. £2.80 per cupcake. I had great expectations for our afternoon tea.

To the left of the counter is the cookery school filled with shiny mixers, this is where you can learn to bake with Eric aka the King of Pastries!

There is also a selection of signed books by Eric on display so we made sure we treated ourselves to one! I’m not the best baker but let’s see that change…

The staff were wonderful, they made sure we settled comfortably into our seats and we brought us over a glass of champagne each. Shortly after our treats for the afternoon arrived placed on mini tables. The presentation is beautiful, we were so excited to tuck in but we had to resist a little bit longer while I took a few photos.

The afternoon tea is quirky and different to anything else you will find in the city. Instead of cake tiers the afternoon tea is placed on mini tables, a great touch. There are no scones either, which means there is more room for cakes and pastries.

Savoury treats include Chicken caesar in ciabatta, Smoked salmon and cream cheese rolls and Mini croissants filed with parma ham and bocconcini mozzarella.

I loved the idea of miniature ciabatta rolls and croissants instead of the traditional finger sandwiches which often lack filling and flavour. They were absolutely delicious and so fresh and filling. (Make sure you come with an empty stomach!)

After finishing our sandwiches and fizz we started to make our way through the large selection of sweet treats with a cup of English breakfast tea each.

I was overwhelmed by the beautiful colours and the flavours of each fancy as our waitress explained each one to us. The staff sure know their stuff and described each pastry to us in detail.

We began by sharing the chocolate tear drops. Flavours included a Dark chocolate teardrop (filled with dark chocolate mousse and cherries) and a White chocolate teardrop (filled with roasted pineapple and almond and caramel cream). Both teardrops are very rich and I was soon becoming full! The white chocolate teardrop was a obvious favourite, the centre was delicate with a distinctive nutty aroma. Absolutely delicious.

At this point it was becoming difficult but we couldn’t resist and made our way through most of the treats. Thankfully when we felt like we were about to burst the staff happily wrapped up our leftovers for us to take away with us.

I was blown away as we gorged on Mini lemon and yuzu tarts; Mini cones filled with passionfruit mousse, raspberries and coconut shavings; Rose Verrine (with rose cream, raspberry compote and lychee pearls), Raspberry Verrine (raspberry compote, cream and strawberry pearls); Raspberry dome mousse; An assortment of French macaroons and Mini fruit tarts. Yes I told you the selection is large!

I’m a big cake lover but not so keen on pastries or tarts but I was completely won over at Cake Boy by the fruit tarts. I particularly enjoyed the popping pearls in the Rose and Raspberry Verrine, they were a lovely burst of flavour and very refreshing after the rich teardrops.

We had an absolutely wonderful afternoon tea at Cake Boy, we were very impressed by the variety of sweet treats included in the afternoon tea and completely over indulged. There isn’t one element to the afternoon that I could fault.

You can purchase the Champagne Afternoon Tea at Cake Boy Emporium here on Buy a Gift for £80 for two people.

If coming by train we found it easy to access from Wandsworth Town or Clapham Junction stations.

Cake Boy

Kingfisher House

Battersea Reach

Juniper Drive

SW18 1TX

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