Meet the Magical Mega Cakes from Choccywoccydoodah
Cake + chocolate + crazy talent = the coolest confectionery in Brighton, England.
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Ministry of (Chocolate) Magic
Wander into the fantastical world of Choccywoccydoodah, a strange and wondrous shop based in Brighton, England. Here, a mischievous band of confectioners known as the Doodahs stretch the boundaries of chocolate — and their imaginations — to make magical cakes that are bewitching to behold.
Fun Without Fondant
Choccywoccydoodah’s cakes are unique not only for what they have, but also for what they don’t have. Don’t be fooled into thinking these ornate creations are topped with fondant, which is typically used for cake decorating. Instead, the confectioners meticulously sculpt every flourish entirely from chocolate, using a secret process that was developed by the shop’s co-founders.
Choccywoccydoodah is known for its cheekily designed cakes topped with bold chocolate sculptures. Many of the shop’s creations are inspired by kitschy themes, with chocolatier and chief designer Dave Ratcliffe (aka Captain Creative) describing his personal style as “fairground circus.”
Coming Up Roses
In a country known for its rain, you’re bound to see plenty of gardens… but none so sweet as this quirky creation dreamed up by Choccywoccydoodah’s confectioners. Blooms are a big part of their world, so much so that both the Brighton and London locales have special cake garden rooms that can be reserved for private events.
Life may be fleeting, but the Doodahs’ love of chocolate is eternal. Elaborately adorned chocolate skulls are a specialty of the shop.
The Doodahs are so devoted to dogs that they’ve gone beyond a basic design to sculpt specific breeds out of chocolate, even using their own mutts as muses from time to time. This cake topped with two Westie pups (made out of white chocolate, of course) has set tongues wagging — in a good way.
Queen of the (Chocolate) Castle
Moved to Tiers
Magical Mystery Tour… de Force
All you need is love — and chocolate. The same could be said of the cake-decorating process at Choccywoccydoodah. The shop’s creations are entirely edible, with no wooden dowels or wires used to secure the spectacular toppers. Such a marvelous feat takes major skill… and perhaps a bit of magic.
Throughout the years, the Choccywoccydoodah team has made sure Cupid’s arrow stayed the course. In addition to dreaming up dozens of wedding cakes that celebrate love with lavishly carved chocolate flourishes, the Doodahs have even helped arrange surprise proposals right on the shop’s premises.
Heart of the Cake Art
The artsy beachside town of Brighton, England, is the perfect backdrop for the whimsical creations churned out by the Choccywoccydoodah team.
Brighton's Got Talent
Starting Choccywoccydoodah was a gamble that has paid off in spades. The shop continues to draw a steady stream of customers seeking out bold, brilliantly executed creations like this Viva Las Vegas cake. Such is the star power of these chocolate-topped confections that they’ve attracted celebrity fans, with clients who have included Madonna, Johnny Depp and Tim Burton.
Chocolatier Dave Ratcliffe, the shop’s Caravaggio of Cake, crafted this colorful stunner for the 50th birthday of ‘80s pop icon Boy George. With a playful clash of vibrant hues covering all five tiers and a cartoony chameleon lounging on top, Ratcliffe declared it the “brightest cake we’ve ever made.”
This frog may not turn into a prince, but it has enchanted many a chocolate lover. The critter-loving crew at Choccywoccydoodah has mastered an entire menagerie of chocolate creatures, which include birds, bees, snails and mice.
The Doodahs are spilling the tea… so tune in to Choccywoccydoodah on Fridays at 11 pm ET to get all the gossip (and see the stunning cakes in all their splendor).
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