The world was first introduce to London Below by Neil Gaiman through a BBC television called Neverwhere back in 1996. Based on the shows low ratings and the general persistence by Neil Gaiman he adapted this into a Novel which was a success and fan favorite of those who loved Neil Gaiman. June 2005 brought about the 9 part comic series of the same name and story written by Mike Carey. 2006 came about a stage adaptation that would captivate audiences and bring the characters of London Below to their hometown. February 2012 was the Canadian Premier of Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere produced by Mob Hit Productions in Calgary, AB.
I had the very lucky fortune of being apart of this production for its 2 week run in February by helping out backstage. Having worked with a number of the cast prior, this was a really great experience to be a part of. Closing night always ends with a great celebration of success and great times had. As I was starting to get into baking around this time I wanted to bring in a cake inspired by the world of London Below. I wanted it to have a run down, dirty feel to it and the result proved to be a success.
The cake was a Chocolate cake with a raspberry preserve and shaved almond filling. The cake was iced with a basic cream cheese icing which I added a splash of cocoa powder to to give it a dirt like effect. The red bricks are fondant that were died red and cut out in different sizes to give it a put together effect. I finished the cake with a brown sugar trim to represent dirt and a very wonderfully sculpted Rat for the top. For those who have read the book or watched the show or production will know the significance of the rat. My amazing sculptor Justine spent a couple hours trying to capture the rats essence and did a wonderful job!
I feel very lucky to have been apart of the Canadian Premier of Neverwhere and even more privileged to have been able to make a cake inspired by the show for the cast and crew who worked their hearts out bringing the production to life.