Eric Lanlard has been described as a 'Baking God' and I can vouch for that after indulging in the master patissier's splendidly indulgent afternoon tea at his smart and stylish café on the banks of the River Thames.

Lanlard is renowned for his talents, he has twice been the winner of the prestigious 'Continental Patissier of the Year' at the British Baking Awards and is often mentioned in dispatches as the man responsible for changing the face of British Patisserie.

He has an impressive background, before becoming a celebrity chef he was head pasty chef for the Roux brothers for a number of years. His face has now become instantly recognisable after his TV series Glamour Puds and more recently Baking Mad on Channel 4 and he regularly bakes cakes for the rich and famous.

I was expecting something special from Cake Boy – which is situated in a smart boulevard by the Thames in Battersea Reach close to Wandsworth Bridge – but nothing had quite prepared me for the decadent hand-crafted sweet and savoury treats that form his afternoon tea.

Afternoon tea has long been a great British tradition and has recently enjoyed something of a renaissance, partly due to the Jubilee and the success of the BBC's Great British Bake Off show. But, at Cake Boy there are no twee cucumber sandwiches with their crusts neatly removed or a slices of Victoria sandwich and cup cakes – Lanlard's full range of skills are in evidence with a spread heavily influenced by the Parisians love for the kind of mouth-watering delights he serves

Infact it was like being given the keys to one of the many fine patisseries in Paris, whose hand- crafted delights I have often admired through their windows on my visits to the French capital, and being told to help yourself to anything you wanted.

With Lanlard busying himself in the background we settled back into one of the brightly coloured low leather chairs in the warm and relaxing café area. The tea got off to a good start with a refreshing glass of champagne and then our eyes lit up as we were presented with two 'mini tables', one bearing a selection of filled petit pains and croissants (six in total) and the other a majestic range of gourmet fine mini pastries (I did not have enough fingers to count them all).

This is not a tea for the feint hearted in terms of quantity but we tucked in with relish to the fresh and flavoursome tasty petit pains and croissants with delicious fillings of chicken caesar, scrumptious thick smoked salmon and cream cheese and my favourite combination of parma ham, roast vegetables and mozzarella.

Then it was on to the pastries, with which we enjoyed a latte, which included an array of delicate French macaroons, fruit tarts, gourmet shots with luxurious caviar fruits sprinkled on top ,which Fiona raved about, mini éclairs, delicate cones of fresh passion fruit and coconut and mini crème brulee of rich, deep chocolate with fresh tangy raspberries on top.

With Fiona flagging there were still two more delights to savour and they did not disappoint as the sugar rush kept coming in the form of delicious dark and white chocolate tear drops. Stunning in appearance they were heavenly on the outside and divine on the inside with rich mousse fillings accompanied by cherries and apricot respectively. Like everything else we enjoyed they were lovingly made and at £40 per person this afternoon tea is a treat in every sense of the word, and one
that more than exceeded my expectations.

Booking in advance is essential and the afternoon tea is served Monday-Saturday between 1-5pm.

The café, which is open six days a week, also serves and sells many other examples of Lanlard's craftsmanship.

As we left with the late afternoon sun glinting off the Thames I could only reflect on and admire Lanlard's skills as a patissier and declare he really is a 'wonder cake boy'. We had over indulged on far too many sugary delights and our waistlines were bulging with the extra calories – but it was worth every last bite.

Eric Lanlard has also created a I Love Paris afternoon tea menu for the Jumeriah Carlton Tower, in Knightsbridge.