When Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web in 1989, he was filled with hope for how the human race would utilise his civilisation-changing creation. The English computer scientist, then just 34 years old, says that he envisaged people using the web “to share information, access opportunities, and collaborate across geographic and cultural boundaries”. What he possibly didn’t foresee was that much of said information being shared would be in the form of cat videos and wacky viral food trends – but time is a tricky mistress, and we don’t always get what we want.
Rather thrillingly, unlike many technicolour foodie trends, these psychedelic pastries aren’t destined to be confined to your smartphone screen.
Londoners (and people visiting the capital, of course) can now get their hands on rainbow croissants at one of the city’s most famous dessert spots, The Café at Hotel Café Royal on Regent Street.
The luxury sweet treats, which retail for £3.50 a pop (or £18 for a box of six) are the creation of Sarah Barber, executive pastry chef at the hotel. Barber became the first woman to hold the position of executive pastry chef in Hotel Café Royal’s 151-year-history in January 2016, at the age of just 33.
A month later, she made headlines with the opening of The Café – a restaurant within the hotel that’s dedicated specifically to desserts.
“The artistry of desserts always appealed to me more and that’s why I pursued it as my career,” said Barber at the time, adding that “cake is at the forefront” of what she does at The Café.
The croissants, which are rainbow-coloured to their cherry jam-filled core, take two days to create – so yeah, you’re probably better off buying them than attempting to make your own. (Although if you’re really desperate, you can find a recipe here.)
Image: Hotel Café Royal