This morning, Londoners were treated to a slice of history, as St Pancras International unveiled an enormous bespoke birthday cake in celebration of the station’s 150th anniversary, created by prestigious Parisian cookery school – Le Cordon Bleu.
Featuring on the station’s Grand Terrace, the five-foot showstopper depicts the iconic station’s architecture and 150-year history in edible detail – from the Pullman steam trains, which first embarked from the station, to the original vaults, previously used to store beer barrels along with other goods transported to the capital, which can still be seen at the station today, along with its famous Barlow Shed roof.
Le Cordon Bleu’s Head Chef Julie Walsh and her dedicated team pastry chefs spent over 200 hours on the creation which contains over 6 dozen eggs, 10 bags of flour and weighs in at a whopping 9 stone.
Julie Walsh, Head Chef at Le Cordon Bleu says: “We were so excited to be asked to create this unique design for such a prestigious London landmark. We worked closely with the station’s heritage team to ensure that every element of the cake captured a moment in the station’s history. Every detail was intricately replicated by hand to ensure that each element, from the brickwork to ‘The Meeting Place’, looked authentic.”
Other legendary station artefacts which can be found atop this impressive build include the iconic Victorian archways, the free-to-play Elton John piano – played by the man himself and most recently, Jeff Goldblum. Plus, the British Poet Laureate – Sir John Betjeman, famously known for halting the demolition of the station in the 1960s.
Wendy Spinks, Commercial Director at HS1 Ltd (owners of St Pancras International) says: ““St Pancras International has always been more than just a train station. It’s a destination. We want people to discover the stunning architecture, shops and restaurants, to art and cultural events, and today, the exquisite six-foot cake, steeped in history.”
“What better way to celebrate what is a huge mile stone for us? The Le Cordon Bleu team have done a fantastic job in representing so much of the station’s 150-years, including what it is today, in such intricate detail and we’re really proud to share it with our visitors.”
Passers-by will be able to snap a picture of the five-foot insta-worthy showstopper, which will be displayed on the Station’s Grand Terrace for today only. Celebrations will continue with an official cake cutting ceremony open to the public @6pm where a choir of 100 Year 9 boys from across the HS1 line join forces to sing Happy Birthday plus a few additional celebratory songs.
The choir is made up of 6 schools within the Creative Education Trust, brought together in partnership with The Voices Foundation. Some lucky members of the public will have the chance to take home a piece of cake too, as East Midlands Train staff will be handing out slices to visitors.