Hidden in the sterile glass and steel complex of Battersea Reach, Cake Boy offers comfort and colour in an otherwise stark setting. Here, French pastry chef Eric Lanlard, best known for his special-occasion cakes, entices the sweet-toothed with smaller bites of his creations. One side of Cake Boy boasts a modern open kitchen with white counters, pink stools, and bright blue walls where monthly cooking classes are held. The other side is a lush lounge with pink and orange armchairs, black wallpaper adorned with pink roses, and a back wall lit with twinkling lights. Although tempted to order a savoury tart or sandwich, we were distracted by the beautiful array of sweets on cutesy cake stands. Coffee eclair looked gorgeous, decorated with chocolate coffee beans, but didn’t live up to its presentation and was disappointingly soggy. Satisfyingly rustic apricot and pistachio tart, however, was baked to a tasty golden brown. We perched at a counter overlooking the courtyard where another couple quietly enjoyed the afternoon in style with pastries and wine. Service was brisk, but efficient.
|Venue name:||Cake Boy||Contact:|
|Cross street:||Battersea Reach|
|Opening hours:||Open 8am-6pm Mon-Fri; 9am-6pm Sat.|
|Transport:||Tube: Wandsworth Town rail|
|Price:||Main courses £4.20-£4.80.|
Average User Rating
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Visited with my daughter, a huge lanlard fan. We were both terribly disappointed. The cafe is very small, the service is far too laid back (used to be called sloppy), the savouries, croque Monsieur, we're soggy and tasteless. The cakes were excellent, but the choice very limited. Definitely not worth the trek to get there. We will be ticking to fortnums from now on. They have never let us down and they're much more central.
Cakes look fabulous here but unfortunately it's style over substance; most of the 'cakes' are nice but the black forest gateaux is actually inedible! The over-use of glace cherries together with very rice ganache made the whole thing so disappointing. Diplomatic feedback was not welcomed either, let alone acted upon. If you want good looking cakes that taste okay or (if you choose the black forest cake) are dreadful then go here! We won't be going back - stick to Ottolenghi!
Booked Champagne Afternoon Tea for ourselves and 2 friends. This was presented on two slate platters - one savoury and one sweet. The savoury rolls and croissants had good quality fillings but were let down by being in very ordinary rolls. The sweet platter looked a work of art and had been made with skill but somehow did not deliver quite the wow factor we were expecting. There were no actual cakes - macaroons, mousses, tiny cornets, miniature fruit tarts and chocolate tarts. The service was a bit too relaxed - we had to ask when they were going to serve the champagne! The toilets were very 'used' and were not particularly clean. For what we paid I don't think it was value for money. We won't go back.