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An absolute gem of an afternoon tea

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An absolute gem of an afternoon tea

September 01 2011
Sibéal Pounder

His gothic-inspired designs can be found in boutiques dotted across the globe and decorating Madonna, Kate Moss and Sir Elton John (and his diaries can even be found on this very website) – but now (from September 1), and for one season only, you’ll find Stephen Webster’s creations in cake form.

Webster has lent the aesthetic of his latest murder-mystery-inspired jewellery line, “Murder She Wrote”, to the executive pastry chef Cherish Finden at The Langham. The resulting afternoon tea consists of creations such as dark purple macaroons filled with blackcurrant jelly and topped with sparkling “diamond” icing, a red peppercorn and chocolate shortbread with a dagger of dark chocolate slicing through the middle – called The Poison Apple – and a roasted green pistachio meringue, inspired by the designer’s Armadillo ring.

Served in the hotel’s Palm Court (famed as the birthplace of the afternoon-tea tradition), the jewellery designer’s culinary collection will be available until the end of the autumn/winter season (February 2012). Plans are afoot for another designer to take the reins for spring/summer but for now, who that will be remains another mystery.