Vernon Cottage in the heart of Shanklin Old Village is well worth a pilgrimage in the name of cake. All homemade, from traditional Victoria sandwich, chocolate, coffee and walnut and luscious lemon, to sumptuous carrot cake. Or a trip to The Seapot in Ventnor will be made all the more enjoyable with a slice of their legendary Pimm’s Cake.
For a special occasion, cake is obligatory. How many birthdays, weddings or christenings have you been to without a slice of the good stuff on offer? Exactly. Here, simple ingredients undertake a transformation into edible works of art.
The kitchen at Frostbite Bakery is the perfect example of this alchemy taking place. Baker Ellie has progressed from simply enjoying making the odd cake for fun, to a full blown military cake-baking operation, complete with waiting lists. Specialising in buttercream, naked and drip cakes, the creations are topped with their own meringue and macaroons, all made with a simple (but top secret!) recipe. Flavours range from classics such as vanilla or chocolate to more exotic pineapple or Champagne, and everything else in between!
You have probably heard of the freakshake craze, but what about freak- cake? Originating in Australia, much like it’s milkshake namesake, this is a cupcake, but not as you know it. Overloaded, overindulgent and now over here, the cakes are piled high with toppings galore. french-fancies, pretzels, chocolate bars and sweets sit atop buttercream and sprinkles – it’s definitely “more is more”! Look out for these in a café near you.