Sweet Passion Cakes in West Byfleet - On the Teashop Trail
PUBLISHED: 14:20 03 December 2015 | UPDATED: 14:25 03 December 2015
Sweet Passion Cakes
The newly-opened Sweet Passion Cakes has already been drawing the plaudits from cake connoisseurs. Louise Johncox pays a visit
Originally published in Surrey Life magazine November 2015
Need to know:
Sweet Passion Cakes, 59 Old Woking Road, West Byfleet KT146LF. Open Tuesday to Friday, 9am-5pm; Saturday and Sunday, 10am-4pm. Tel: 01932 910396. Web: Facebook: sweetpassioncakes
A unique continental patisserie in the heart of West Byfleet, Sweet Passion Cakes is run by Gyopar Schwarzkopf (aka Jo) and pastry chef partner Istvan Gaal. The couple started the seeds of the business in their kitchen in Weybridge in 2007 and opened the patisserie in the summer. MasterChef semi-finalist, Ben Piette, is their mentor and adviser and looks after all the business needs.
Jo studied professional cookery courses at Brooklands College, Weybridge, and has worked for a variety of companies including McClaren Technology Centre and Absolute Taste where she worked with Ben. Istvan trained under some of the best patissiers in Hungary and has more than 12 years experience.
The patisserie has pretty, double-fronted original bay windows and inside there is a restored fireplace.
“We intended to achieve a fresh, clean look, with a hint of elegance, where you can feel comfortable and relaxed at the same time,” says Jo. “Each furniture item was sourced by us and has its own story. We also have a bookshelf filled with books about baking.”
The patisserie seats 14 to 16 people inside and there are high chairs for babies and spaces for prams. At the back of the shop, there’s a purpose-built pastry kitchen, where all the ‘magic’ happens.
On the menu…
I was surprised to discover this delightful continental patisserie in West Byfleet. The patisserie counter was mesmerising offering Austro-Hungarian influenced cakes such as Dobos-torta, sachertorte and Linzer biscuits plus some French classics including millefeuille and macarons.
One section on the cake counter is called ‘Bake Off’ dedicated to well-known cakes such as lemon loaf, cup cakes, muffins and chocolate brownies.
They also offer a range of gluten-free cakes such as lemon and blueberry muffins and lime and strawberry cupcakes.
Savoury dishes range from freshly-baked muffin of the day (from £2), with such enticing flavours as zucchini with feta and sunblushed tomato with basil, to croque monsieur (£4.50).
What we ate…
I chose a decadent slice of Dobos-torta (£3.25) consisting of six layers of delicate vanilla sponge with chocolate filling and a thin layer of crunchy hard caramel topping. The cake is named after its inventor, a well known Hungarian confectioner, Jozsef C. Dobos.
My Mum chose a slice of millefeuille (£3.25), meaning ‘a thousand leaves’ – puff pastry layers with vanilla custard including a layer of raspberry crème pâtissière and a thin layer of pink fondant, with a chocolate feathering decoration.
Both of these cakes were exceptional, and on a par with some of the best we had tasted.
We also shared a pot of home-grown British tea, Tregothnan (£2.50), from the Cornish hills. Other varieties include Earl Grey, green tea, manuka honey, peppermint and red berry teas. There is also a range of coffees, priced from £1.60 (espresso) to £2.40 (latte, cappuccino).
A wonderful continental patisserie packed with exquisite pastries, worth travelling to for a special occasion or afternoon delight.
• Louise Johncox’s parents, Peter and Frankie, ran Peter’s tea shop in Weybridge from 1958 until 2000 when they retired. Louise has written a book about her parents’ tea shop, The Baker’s Daughter, out now (see louisejohncox.com/index.htm)