For the second year in a row, I could not resist checking out the La Pâtisserie des Rêves Picnic which was held at Portman Square. A pink-themed picnic with plenty of cakes and sweet treats to go round – how could one possibly resist…
The weather was thankfully much better than last year, with a bit of sunshine breaking through the clouds, and the atmosphere was rather lively with families all geared up with their picnic baskets, lounging around on their blankets.
There were a lot of French families with kids, but that didn’t stop the both of us getting into the spirit of things – way past the ‘back to school’ phase of our lives, but clearly still very much young at heart.
I had the pleasure of enjoying the company of the lovely Sheepa, a baking queen in the kitchen, who also whipped up an amazing cake for the bake-off competition.
Let’s see if you can spot her masterpiece in the photos below…
This would probably be my first picnic of the year, but despite our last minute efforts I think our little picnic array looked pretty decent, if not quite ambitious for the two of us to share…
But then again, one can never have too much food at a picnic.
The excitement was building around the table where the bake-off entries were displayed, and we both went over to ‘check out the competition’ before the judging commenced at 4pm.
Cupcakes, tarts, loaf cakes, rainbow cakes…looks like the mums have been busy baking in the kitchen prior to the event!
The much sought-after top prize was a year’s supply of cakes from La Pâtisserie des Rêves, and the winning cake would also be recreated by Chef Philippe Conticini which will be offered in their London boutiques for Mother’s Day 2016.
The bake-off was judged by Thierry Teyssier, co-founder of La Pâtisserie des Rêves – eating cake has never been so intense judging by the look on their faces…
And in case you haven’t guessed already, this was Sheepa’s beautiful creation – a three-tiered cake filled with fresh mint and raspberry cream, and finished off at the top with fondant and fresh raspberries. One of those cakes that looks to pretty to eat…that I end up eating anyway (!) – this is why I always ‘immortalize’ my food in photos.
After all the suspense and anticipation, the results were finally announced – the winning entry was a passion fruit and coconut tart which was actually quite tasty.
We had a really enjoyable afternoon, and even though you didn’t win, your cake is still a winner in my eyes, Sheepa!
And we also got to walk home with the extra cakes (and balloons!)
This is definitely me ‘in my element’…
And yes, they actually survived the walk through Oxford Street and tube journey home – like a crazy pink lady on a mission to get home and stuff myself with more cake.
Looking forward to next year’s event already – bring on the cakes and sunshine.
The Cheekster, signing out x