While we were still absorbing the much-anticipated Royal Wedding of Prince William and Catherine, Baroque Bistro master pattissier Jean-Michel Raynaud was busy making history of his own by recreating the royal’s extravagant wedding cake in a record 48 hours.
Upon receiving pictures of the cake early on Saturday, the renound French-born pastry chef worked around the clock in Baroque’s patisserie kitchen, with a team of three, to recreate the royal’s decadent affair by Monday morning.
The original cake, which featured over 17 different flower designs, 900 individually iced flowers and eight tiers, took the original cake maker Fiona Cairns and her extensive team five weeks to complete at an estimated cost of AU$80,000.
Raynaud’s cake replicated each of these elaborate icing flowers and buds, handcrafted to perfection and accurately positioned on the masterpiece. Other intricate details were also incorporated, much of which used the complicated ‘Lambeth’ piping technique to create the 3-dimensional scrollwork and flowers.
However, according to Raynaud, former head chef of 3-Michelin starred Le Petit Nice, his greatest challenge in this recreation was the time frame.
“We knew that we had to work quickly, which was especially difficult seeing as many of the fine, delicate details of the cakes decoration would usually take weeks," he said. "The flowers were definitely the most time consuming aspect of the recreation, as many of them – such as the acorn and the thistle – we were making for the first time.”
The only significant difference in Raynaud’s cake was the dropping of the bottom tier, although the cake is still sufficient in size to serve over 1200 people. Raynaud estimates a cake like the one he created would cost around $8000 - $10,000.
Need to see it to believe it? The cake will be on display at Baroque Bistro for the next few weeks. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to see it for yourself!
For restaurant details visit http://www.lifestylefood.com.au/restaurants/baroque-bistro-bar-patisserie
Read up about Jean-Michel Raynaud at http://www.lifestylefood.com.au/chefs/jeanmichelraynaud
By Lisa Nalbandian