Today I visited Cake Boy. Now you may be wondering why this review is “unofficial”. The reason is that a couple of weeks ago I bought their Groupon voucher which offered 12 macarons and champagne for two, and whilst Cake Boy does offer an Afternoon Tea I didn’t have it. However, what I did have was pretty magical. Here’s why…
Although Cake Boy is basically a boutique cafe you will still need to book a table if you have a hope of getting a seat. I went on a Monday and the only space they had available upon booking was 4:30 onwards. Also, if you want the Afternoon Tea or a special menu you need to prebook so that they can have them prepared ready for your visit. You can also just stop by and pick a cake from the stand.
On arrival we were seated by a very friendly server who checked our order. There were only two people serving but they were both very attentive and friendly. The place had a nice warm, welcoming atmosphere. It might be worth mentioning that Cake Boy is not only a cafe but also a cookery school. You can attend lessons on everything from French country baking to cupcake decoration with Eric Lanlard, the owner. I was especially drawn to the cupcake masterclass as the price includes Afternoon Tea!
The decor is very boutique chic. It would be a great place to host a hen party which I believe they do frequently.
Very swiftly our 12 macarons and champagne was brought to our table with a hint from the server that everything on the plate was edible. There were two macarons of each flavour laid on a tablet, with a selection of sauces and sprinkles, including flaked chocolate and even Bee pollen which I have never tasted before. If you’re curious to know what it tastes like I can compare it to a piece of corn eaten straight from the field.
Really the photo doesn’t do them justice. They were so sparkly and pretty! And the flavours were lovely and delicate. Often the fruitier macarons have too strong and tangy a taste but there wasn’t one I didn’t enjoy here.
So, 12 macarons… surely that’s more than enough to satisfy two grown adults right? Wrong. The desserts on display looked so good we decided to pick one each to have for “pudding”. I chose a beautifully decorated chocolate torte (not for the faint hearted, it was incredibly rich) and my lucky companion picked a chocolate cupcake. They tasted as good as they looked and the price was shockingly low for a London Patisserie. The cupcake was only £2.50 (about $4). Compare that to the patisserie down my road where one cupcake is £4.70 (nearly $8) and the fact that it’s made by an award winning chef I’d say it’s a very good deal.
I will admit with no small amount of shame that we then picked three more desserts to take away with us! At that price it would have been rude not to.
As far as the logistics of getting to Cake Boy goes it is on the South side of the river so you would need to take a bus if traveling from within London. I would actually recommend driving if you have access to a car as there is secure underground parking for only £1.60 per hour right underneath the cafe.
So all in all the service was friendly, the atmosphere relaxed and the the cakes fantastic. I would definitely recommend it, especially for a girly day out.
Quality of Food and Drink: 10/10
Value for Money: 8/10
Total Score: 39/50