Choccywoccydoodah: the secret room (wedding story part 1)

As she turned the corner into Foubert’s Place and laid eyes on the shop, she stopped. “Oh, that’s the one,” she breathed. “That was my cake.”

"chocolate wedding cake"

Only it wasn’t. The white chocolate wedding cake in the Choccywoccydoodah window had been the ultimate in cake fantasy as she had planned her wedding 13 years earlier. But despite the hours spent designing the colour and style of the chocolate flower decorations, that cake had never been hers. There was a budget; a budget that allowed for the wine (obviously), the cloak (not the dress, it was never about the dress), and the beautiful honeymoon. But the cake was a stretch too far, and a compromise was made. She had always regretted it.

She had never actually visited the shop, knowing that once through the doors she would cease to resist, and the cake of her dreams would become the reason why the party lacked a DJ, or an argument about wine allowance per head. But her visit today was for a different purpose. Together with the Secret Blogging Society, she was on a jaunt to discover The Secret Room, a chocolate experience which promised to deliver an experience that even Roald Dahl’s sugar addict might be proud of.

"secret room Choccywoccydoodah"

En-route to the winding staircase which led to their party venue, she stopped to sample a coconut and white chocolate cake, and groaned inwardly at the fabulousness she had foregone all those years ago. “It’s gone, stop grumbling,” she chastised herself, as she took another piece for the climb.

"girly loo"

Three floors up, and via a quirky trip to the toilet, grass-covered doors opened into the secret room. Quashing a momentary disappointment that the grass blades were not, in fact, edible, she paused to take in the eclectic array of bric-a-brac. A serious character put this place together. Finding the hanging seat already occupied, she absent-mindedly petted a chocolate terrier before feasting her eyes on the table. Chocolate-dipped strawberries, fondue, brownies, platters of pick-n-mix, and Turkish Delight. Oh well, another skipped weigh-in next week, she decided.

"Choccywoccydoodah secret room"

The perfect venue for a girl’s party – chocolate heaven, her daughter would be in her element surrounded by school-friends and marshmallows. Then someone popped a champagne cork, and she was back in wedding mode. “Of course! The ideal start to a hen-party…”

As the party broke up, and made their way back down through the shop and out onto the street, headed their separate ways – underground stations, buses, the pub – she glanced back at that wedding cake. “Oh well,” she shrugged. The moment for indulgent elegance had passed, and in its place were more childish pleasures, of the kind an 8-year-old girl might crave…

"fairytale castle cake"

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* The secret room at Choccywoccydoodah is available for hire for all kinds of party.

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27 Responses to Choccywoccydoodah: the secret room (wedding story part 1)

  1. Claire says:

    Ooh that cake is lovely!

    Maybe for renewing your vows?

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  2. WHAT a fabulous day we had. That Secret Room is really out of this world.
    This is a great post – love the way you have written it and I hope you get your cake this time.
    Love the photos, and I’ll have to get a copy of that one with me toasting ;-) I love the way you do your collages.
    Anyway night night
    Liska xx
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  3. Ooh the secret room sounds amazing! And that cake really is gorgeous, I admire your resolve in not buying it there and then :)
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  4. Wow! That’s truly amazing, what a magical treat! I’d love a Choccywoccydoodah cake, and when we get married we will have a guest from Brighton coming and have discussed her bringing a cake up to Manchester for us – like you though, there’d be no disco and little bar tab if we did it! :D

  5. Notmyyearoff says:

    I never knew they had a base in London until I saw the posts!! How amazing does that look?! Wow….I’m not sure I’d ever leave!
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  6. Mari says:

    I LOVE your post and reliving the day again. what a fab time and what a perfect start to a hen do, absolutely right
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  7. Grenglish says:

    So sorry I missed out on this one, would have loved to be there :-)
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  8. Chocolate, whether white or dark, is always delicious.
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  9. So many cakes, so little time!
    I am now urgently in need of chocolate which, of course, I am is notable by it’s absence. Darn it.
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  10. Alice says:

    What a great shop, yummy!

  11. ooooh I am definitely coming next time. So gutted I spent the afternoon at a kids soft play party instead. xx
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  12. Your words make that chocolate sound even more tantalising than it looks…..
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  13. TheBoyandMe says:

    Heaven! I’d love to visit/live there one day!

    Thanks for linking up.
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  14. Gorgeous photos. I’d love a Choccywoccydoodah cake should OH ever get around to popping the question. I don’t think it would do my budget (or waistline) much good though.
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  15. Joanne Blunt says:

    I love all the colours and the cakes are amazing. Fab photos.
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  16. What fantastic photographs, I feel like I was there with you now!
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