The Whale Tale

We were so happy to be invited to celebrate the launch of author John Ironmonger’s acclaimed third book. Not Forgetting the Whale is a many-layered, beautifully observed story about a young man who is washed up on a Cornish beach.  The launch of John’s book coincided with the lively parades of St Piran’s Day, and activities to mark World Book Day. What a day to throw a party!

Julia Child said “a party without cake is just a meeting”, so we were delighted to be called on by Waterstones Truro to provide the cake for John and his publisher.

Of course it had to be a whale, but not any whale! This cake featured the fluke of a Finn whale, surrounded by stylized ocean waves and ‘2D’ images of aspects of the story gleaned from consultation with John himself.  The cake echoes the beautiful colouration and illustration of the book’s dust jacket, along with added details (like the church, financial forecasts and computer code) that make reference to this fantastic story.

The reception guests enjoyed hearty slices of the rolling waves, which were made from a delicious rich moist (but not too moist) fruitcake, a favourite recipe of mine with a few Peboryon alterations. One of my favourite moments at the reception (apart from requests for second helpings) was having a lady take my arm and say, “It’s so good, do you think you could wrap an extra slice so I can take it home to my husband?”  Lovely.