To all fashionistas and afternoon tea lovers, the Autumn/Winter 2021 Prêt-à-Portea collection includes an Iris Apfel biscuit!
From 1st November, The Berkeley will unveil its– a playful and stylish selection of couture cakes inspired by several “hot right now”designers, from Ganni to Gucci. A firm favourite with fashionistas with a sweet tooth, Prêt-à-Portea gives a contemporary twist to afternoon tea with a collection of bold catwalk-inspired creations.
This season’s collection opens with Balenciaga Couture – a striking ensemble reimagined as a velvety mandarin cheesecake with orange confit on chocolate sablé, topped with a Dulcey cream and oversized chocolate hat.
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Next comes our favourite! Inspired by a strong elegant woman and in order to mark fashion icon Iris Apfel’s 100th birthday, The Berkeley pastry team have created a spiced biscuit intricately iced with Apfel’s trademark red lipstick and oversized glasses.
Stella McCartney’s psychedelic blue jumpsuit has been transformed into a cassis mousse with blackcurrant jelly and a zigzag of Joconde sponge. Meanwhile, a Pink Lady apple pavlova with Granny Smith apple compote, topped with apple jam and Chantilly cream, pays homage to Giambattista Valli’s powder-pink, avant-garde couture.
Ganni appears in Prêt-à-Portea this season for the very first time: the cult Danish brand’s look from Copenhagen Fashion Week becomes a hazelnut dacquoise with salted caramel, encased with Valrhona chocolate mousse and finished with a passion fruit crème diplomate and chocolate shard.
Fendi’s oversized tote is recreated as a cinnamon chocolate blondie, encased with Ivoire chocolate and finished with desiccated coconut ‘fur’.
Finally, as Gucci marked its 100th anniversary with a collection starring the label’s signature equestrian style, the Prêt-à-Portea team have created a hero, showstopper of a cake – designed to share – in their honour. A red velvet and mascarpone mousse is topped with a hand-painted galaxy chocolate dome, while inside sits a citrus marshmallow dipped in white chocolate. The whole ensemble is finished with a chocolate truffle riding hat filled with dark chocolate ganache.
INFO: The Autumn-Winter season of Prêt-à-Portea runs from Monday 1st November 2021 and is served from 1pm – 5.30pm every day, priced from £64 per person.