‘Snow in Rome for the first time in 25 years’ was headline news, whilst I was visiting the city on a recent teaching trip. My first two cake decorating classes went ahead as planned, however the third was unfortunately cancelled due to lack of students. For me, however, it meant an extra free afternoon to amble through the ancient streets of central Rome – how wonderful! I never usually have time to shop let alone window shop. The afternoon was a real treat, especially when much to my surprise and great delight I came across three very different examples of cakes.
A very English tiered celebration cake in Rome!
The first cake I noticed was one looking utterly resplendent in the window of Babington’s Tea Rooms, right at the bottom of the Spanish steps in the Piazza di Spagna. I know from sharing the image with many of you on Facebook that you also were blown away by it. For me, the cake itself wasn’t that remarkable but in its setting, it looked amazing. Cake decorating, in 2012, is still very new to the Italians so to see a decorated cake in such a prestigious place was very encouraging.
Roman designer high fashion Cupcake
Opposite the Spanish steps is a street called the Via Condotti where leading fashion designers, such as Prada, Dior, Valentino etc display their latest creations. I’ve walked along this street every time I’ve visited Rome, it’s like a magnet to me. I can’t afford to buy, but the window displays are so alluring and clever and the fashion extremes are always a delight to see. Louis Vuitton’s window was my favourite. Why? Well, I think the photo below is self-explanatory.
Bomboniere wedding cakes in Rome
From the extremely large to the minuscule. I have learnt from my teaching trips to Rome that Italian students like everything very small, so it didn’t surprise me to see these exceptional small Bomboniere wedding cakes in another shop window. Apparently, some are made from only sugar but others are actually cake!
I hope my cake discoveries on the streets of Rome have surprised and delighted you. It just goes to show that somethings always happen for a reason…
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