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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
18th November 1905 George Bernard Shaws Major Barbara, premieres in London
18th November 1852 State funeral of duke of Wellington (London)
18th November 1836 Born today: William Schwenck Gilbert, London, composer (Gilbert and Sullivan)
Making Cake since the 1900s
One of life's essential food stuffs - Cake - still going strong
Location: 111 Sydenham Road, SE26 5EZ
Description: 'London's favourite Cake maker'.
'The Cake Store' began its journey from a humble bakery shop in Brockley, South East London, way back in the early 1900's.
Slatter's Bakery was a very popular and traditional bakers, started by Tom Slatter and continued by his son Ken Slatter. Un-tampered ingredients, baked in a coal fired oven made bread of unforgettable quality and taste.
A forgotten skill that was taken from the nation by supermarkets and irresponsibly turned into, the very cheap, mass produced and over manufactured product we are generally offered today.
Ken Slatter, 69 years old, says...
'My father was an excellent craftsman; He had no formal training and therefore was determined to send me to the National Bakery School. I was a student there from 1955 to 1957 and after completing the National Bakery Diploma and the final City and Guilds courses. I continued evening specialty courses in continental confectionary, hand made chocolates and exhibition cake decorating. After completing the formal and practical studies, I then taught evening students, exhibition cake decorating and final City and Guilds for some years at the National Bakery School.'
Ken has been a member of the British Confectioners Association since 1976 and recently had the honour of creating a sculpture in royal icing to commemorate the centenary of the association. A picture of the sculpture was subsequently used on the front and back cover of the centenary book published to mark the event.