Icing on the cake for Chocolate Quarter development

Published on: 05 Nov 2016

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Plenty of sweet treats have come out of the former chocolate factory at Somerdale, but a request to recreate the iconic building itself in cake proved quite a challenge for a local baker.

Sophie Ball, who runs a cake-making business from her home in Hanham, was asked to bake a cake to celebrate the opening of The Chocolate Quarter’s new show home and marketing suite last month.

It had to be big enough to provide around 200 slices at St Monica Trust’s opening presentations and Sophie’s recipe called for 63 eggs, 10.5kg of sugar, 6kg of flour, 5kg of chocolate and 3.5kg of butter and took 30 hours to decorate.

Sophie said: “It was definitely the most difficult cake I’ve ever made. The detailing on the three buildings was the hardest bit to do, especially trying to fit all the windows in.

“It had to be large enough for 200 servings, so the sheer size of the cake was also very challenging – particularly getting it out of the car and into the Somerdale Pavilion in one piece.”

More than 250 people attended the show home launch and 30 per cent of the apartments in the retirement community have already been reserved off-plan.

A sales team will now be based at the show home as work continues, until the development opens in summer next year.

The Chocolate Quarter will include 136 retirement apartments, a 93-bed care home, office space, retail units and leisure facilities, including a 50-seat cinema, swimming pool, dance studio and pizza restaurant.

The show home and marketing suite is open on weekdays from 10am to 4pm and on Saturdays by appointment only from 11am to 2pm.

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