I know, I know – the title post has pulled you in here and you’re expecting something big.
I think I have found the best chocolate cake I’ve ever had in my life. You won’t find it in a high class establishment or one of the chains around and you may have to go on a slight mission to one of London’s fantastic markets to get to it, but I promise you, that mission will be worth the trip.
Months ago I was sent (and wrote about on my other blog at the time) what is called an Arapina cake by a tiny family run company. At the time they were very very new and were only stocking in one or two small places plus online via their own website. Unfortunately I was one of those pregnant women who couldn’t help themselves when it came to the chocolate (hence avoiding all photos since Baby loves Cake arrived on the scene) but this cake absolutely blew me away. I’d planned to share it with Mr Man and make it last a week but he went to rugby and had a night out afterwards and came home to there basically being none of this eight inch cake left.
This is no excuse, but thankfully, it’s relatively low in fat in comparison to other cakes out there:
- It has only 2% (saturated) fat and approximately 220kcal per muffin/100 gr serving (just for comparison reasons, a small Maltesers bag has 187 and a Starbucks muffin around 420), therefore, it is really on the light side of the nutritional scale without compromising on the taste
- It has no butter and doesn’t have a bread-feel texture like most of the muffins in the market.
I will admit, I was expecting something quite dry and flavourless when first approached but then I tried it – when it arrived it was still warm. The cake was certainly not dry! In fact, it tasted like something that would have a lot of butter and sugar in there. It was so chocolatly and delicious… As I said above, it just kept going and going and going down my gob. Chocolate amazingness.
And there’s a nice story about the cake. Here’s a quote from Michaela, the lady behind the Arapina cake’s London debut:
“The history behind the cake travels generations back and has its roots into Turkey when parts of it were still Greek. My family lived in a seaside town of then Asia Minor of Greece, called Alikarnassos. With the exchange of the population between Greece and Turkey that happened in 1919-1922 groups of Greeks from Asia Minor were moved to Greece (mainland and islands) and my family amongst others ended up in Crete, in an area that they called New Alikarnassos. With them, they brought their culture, ethos, and recipes which believe it or not they are completely different from the rest of the Greek traditions.
As the new generations were married to Cretans and Greek people the traditions were starting to fade away and they are only preserved by a very small minority of people nowadays. There are a lot more recipes on food and pastries that one cannot find in Greece, just because they originate from that part of the world and history. With me onboard I hope to revive these traditions, and keep them alive for longer as these are the memories I grew up with and the sweets are truly irresistible!”
Truly irresistible they are! I hope she keeps growing her company and getting more of these incredible treats out there.
Michaela contacted me recently to thank me for the original blog post and to celebrate Baby loves Cake’s arrival. I asked how things were going for the business and was so glad and excited to hear that she is now selling her cakes in One New Change’s Saturday Market, Broadgate Market and Primrose Hill. They’re also going to be selling the cakes in Partridges in South Kensington soon and rumour has it that there may be a spot coming up at Greenwich Market. This news couldn’t make me happier. Here is a lady who works incredibly hard, has fought tooth and nail to get her cakes out there and has a really unique product.
I can only wish Michaela the very best. Her cakes are mind blowing – head to one of the above markets or her website to try it now.
I was originally sent an Arapina cake for review purposes but was never under any obligation to write about it. In fact, I enjoyed the cake so much that this is my second blog post on it in several months.