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Best Local Businesses: Cake Boy

At the heart of Battersea and with a fantastic view over the Thames, Cake Boy has brought sophisticated baking to SW18 and combines delicious treats with practical advice.  Cake Boy is the place to go for wedding parties, group outings and one on one baking tuition, and our Wandsworth Town team have been known to pop in for lunchtime coffee and cake!  Eric Lanlard, master patissier and owner of Cake Boy Eric Lanlard has kindly agreed to answer our questions, and the interview below will also be appearing in September’s edition of Village magazine.

Eric Lanlard, owner of Cake Boy

1.       What two tips would you offer the aspiring patissier?

You must approach baking in a completely different way –  as we say in France “Pastry is like chemistry”.  Everything must be weighed precisely and you must follow the recipe for best results.  Start by learning the basics like sponges, pastries and creams before going straight in to making anything too elaborate –  such as wedding or birthday cakes.  A cake must taste as good as it looks!

2.       A difficult question but: which of your delicious desserts is your favourite?

My juniper tarte tatin – I adore everything about this recipe …the golden flaky pastry, the caramelised pears with the juniper.   I love the drama – I bring it straight form the oven and then tart it out of the pan at the table with the delicious steam and juices pouring out of the pan.  A spoonful of crème fraiche is the only thing that is needed and it’s the perfect accompaniment.  

3.       You’re bringing a fantastic range of baking ideas and events to South West London-what has South West London brought you?

I arrived from France and went straight to South London and  have never really left!  I like the village atmosphere and yet it is so close to the City.  The huge, green spaces.  I live between the commons and am spoilt for choice with a great selection of local restaurants, pubs, boutiques and food shops.  It’s a hub and is full of creative and inspiring people.

4.       What are your favourite Battersea hangouts?

For my French fix I go to “Gazette” bistro.   I enjoy their proper French cooking, quirky serving ideas and their wine list is great.  My favourite pub is The Ship – everything from the delicious food, beers, friendly and unpretentious staff – you never know which famous face  you are going to bump into. For the best fish and chips in London you cannot beat Brady’s – fresh fish that is  lightly battered and perfect chips.  Luke Brady, the owner is the perfect host

5.       If Battersea was a cake, what would it be like?

Battersea would be a Croquembouche – a traditional French wedding Cake.  As visually it is different and very attractive.  You have to break through to discover he amazing delicious creamy centre  …and it’s addictive!  Which very much sums up Battersea to me!

Cake Boy Lounge

Let the Games Begin!

The James Pendleton team were lucky enough to be out and about in Wandsworth and Lambeth on the penultimate day of the Olympic Torch Relay, and some of them were lucky enough to spot the torch on its way to Stratford!

Our Clapham Common office was in a prime Torch-spotting location, and manager Kelly Higgins managed to take some great snaps of the relay on its way through Lambeth, including this one:

Olympic Torch Runner at Clapham Common

After taking a right into Wandsworth the torch headed straight past our Battersea Park office, and both Derek our in-house photographer and CEO Lee James Pendleton managed to take some fantastic photos of the torch being carried past a jubilant crowd on the way to the River.  Here are a few of the best:

The Olympic Torch reaches Queenstown Road

The Olympic car passes our Battersea Park office

Excited crowds watch from outside the Battersea Park office as the torch is carried towards the river