Extract taken from the Clandestine Cake Club Cook Book *‘A Year of Cake’
Text Copyright © 2015 Lynn Hill
Photography © 2015 Kris Kirkham
The word ‘prom’ is short for ‘promenade concert’, a term dating back to the eighteenth century when outdoor concerts were held in London’s pleasure gardens and the audience was free to stroll around while the orchestra played.
These days, the Proms are an eight-week summer season of daily orchestral performances and other events, which culminate in the Last Night of the Proms.
Held at the Royal Albert Hall, the final event is lighter and in many ways different from other prom nights in that the music includes popular classics and patriotic British numbers as well as choral pieces and even the odd singalong.
The finale to such a magnificent musical display demands a celebration to match.
So why not bake one of the grandest cakes named after a performing art? With its layers of cream, liqueur- soaked sponge and chocolate ganache, this refined and elegant opera cake is the perfect encore.