Redroaster chef Ole Skauge, also known as Moose, bakes the cafe's cakes on the premises four mornings a week, before the first shift arrives, so they could not be more freshly or more carefully prepared. Moose trained as a pastry cook in Trondheim, Norway and came to work at Redroaster in Brighton in 2004, first as a barista and then as a chef producing quiches and cakes to order and always, as an artist. Recently he has developed an amazing range of gateaux inspired by desserts. Although they look rich and fruity they are extraordinarily light to taste. Cake-lovers and London restaurateurs now seek out the cafe just to sample his Tiramisu or his Profiterole Mousse and order a whole cake for themselves. Join them and find out why.
Main picture right: Moose adds the fruit, below left to right: Black Forest filling, Tiramisu, the marzipan top of the Norwegian Surprise. Photos credit: Abel Stephens
Samantha and Bunty are both expert cake-tasters
who have been sampling gateaux of all kinds for many years. One day in April, they were invited to give their professional opinions on the Profiterole Mousse and the Norwegian Surprise cakes.
Bunty (96) says that her amazing energy and fitness are down to eating what she fancies (which includes fresh veg as well as cakes). She loved both cakes because they were 'easy to eat and not too rich'.
Samantha, her daughter-in-law, agreed, adding: 'I expected the chocolate of the profiterole to be too much and I love eating profiteroles as a dessert, but it was offset by the lightness of the mousse filling.' And
again, when she tried the Norwegian Surprise cake, she was genuinely
surprised. 'Normally I wouldn't choose a cake with a fruity filling but
here the fruit is just suggested and the sweetness is natural not saccharine. Incredible!'
Main picture below right: the Profiterole Mousse cake from the top, below left to right: Bunty, Samantha, Black Forest cake
Slices of cake range from £2.20 to £2.80,
£1.80 for chocolate brownies and flapjacks.
Prices begin at £20 to order a whole cake for a special occasion.
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