Create a Cake with Patisserie Valerie

Thu 30 Apr 2015 - posted by Nina Amthor

The latest addition to St David's in Cardiff is a branch of Patisserie Valerie. I've always been a huge fan of pastry, a guilty pleasure that got a little out of hand when I was in France for my year abroad. So of course I jumped at the chance to create my own cake.

You heard that right, it's a cake lover's dream. 

It's beyond simple to create your own Patisserie Valerie cake, you get to have creative control over every aspect of the cake. You start off deciding the sponge type (vanilla or chocolate), the type of cream layers as well as the fruit filling. My choices were vanilla sponge, Chantilly cream filling and mixed fruits. I love the contrast of sour berries with the sweet vanilla.

Then you get to choose the side decoration, these choices are overwhelming as you get to choose between three different types of chocolate (dark, milk and white). In my case I went with the dark chocolate cigarettes. Dark chocolate always feels decadent and expensive (plus it's better for you than milk chocolate so at least there's there right?). 

One of the last steps is deciding on the topping, again this choice is hard to make because there are so many options: strawberries, exotic fruit, dusted mixed berries, chocolate profiteroles and various chocolate decorations. I went with mixed berries, my German grandmother loves to use berries when she bakes cakes so it felt like a nice touch.  You can also add a ribbon to bring everything in together (in different colours no less!) and include a written message on top.

I can honestly say this was a delicious cake, it was gone and eaten in the blink of an eye. The cakes do keep for a few days in the fridge but it never even came to that!

Being able to design your own cake is such a treat and really fun. It's great to be able to control all the elements and design a completely unique cake. This would make a wonderful present or gift for a loved one because it will be one of a kind. I'm already mentally planning the next one...

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