Art Of David Leslie

David Leslie is a Chocolatier, Baker & Cake Artist, offers Chocolate Workshops, Chocoholics Afternoon Tea and bespoke Chocolate Celebration Cakes for those heartfelt moments that we share in our lives.

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Bespoke Chocolate Cakes

We believe in making the best cakes for our customers. Our bespoke creations are made within 24 hours of delivery. We don't use artificial flavours, additives or preservatives.

Our personal wedding service provides couples with ample time to meet and work with David to design the perfect wedding cake. Samples are provided to prospective customers when they meet with David so that they may experience our cakes. In addition, cake stands and bridal knifes are offered on a rental basis.


Handmade within 24 hours of delivery using high quality ingredients.

Skilled Cake Artist
Cake Artist

Le Cordon Blue trained with 20 years Experience

Signature Flavours

Our Signature cakes include White Chocolate, Tahitian vanilla cream with fresh raspberries and Chocolate Praline.

Quality Ingredients

We use high quality ingredients, freshest fruit and avoid using preservatives, additives and artificial flavours.

Complimentary Delivery
Delivery Available

Complimentary delivery for orders over £100 and within five miles of the Southbank.

The Chocolatier

David is a Le Cordon Bleu trained Pâtissier & Chocolatier with more than 20 years of industry experience.

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How To Find Us

Chocolate workshops and Chocoholic's Afternoon Tea take place at The Penthouse 1 Leicester Square, WC2H 7NA, London, UK .

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launched the Chocoholics Afternoon Tea

This is definitely an afternoon tea with a chocolatey twist!

Scones, sandwiches, tea and the afternoon is replaced with cakes, truffles macarons, hot chocolate with seating times at 1:30pm, 3:30pm, 5:30pm and 7:30pm.!

Guests will be seated in booths in the same room where our Chocolate Making Workshops take place and guests are welcome to observe and ask questions from dedicated viewing areas. You might even get a sample to taste.

David Leslie will be exhibiting at Cake International London in April 2014. Thank you Claire at ICHF for making this possible.David Leslie

Discover Chocolate Launched

David Leslie, London, launch the Discover Chocolate Experiences with a venue in Leicester Square with views over London. The Discover Chocolate Experiences are unique, hands on, designed for everyone. Read more

Introduction to Chocolate

Welcome to this journey of discovering chocolate! Our first stop is South America where we learn a little about ‘chocolate’. We then navigate through some common terms related to chocolate as well as different kinds of chocolate.

Chocolate comes from the seeds of the cacao plant. The cocoa "beans" that form the basis of chocolate are actually seeds from the fruit of the Theobroma Cacao tree which is native to South America's tropical rain forest. The seeds grow inside a pod-like fruit and are covered with white pulp.

Around 3000 years ago, the Mesoamericans discovered how to process the beans to release the distinctive chocolate flavour, and drank it as a sacred beverage. Priests presented cocoa beans as offerings to the gods and served cocoa drinks during sacred ceremonies.

Today Chocolate has become one of the most popular food types and flavours in the world, and a variety of foodstuffs involving chocolate have been created. Gifts of chocolate moulded into different shapes have become traditional on certain holidays.

Cacao: Refers to the bean which is the source of chocolate pquor, cocoa butter and cocoa powder.

Chocolate pquor: Chocolate pquor is also called chocolate, unsweetened chocolate, baking chocolate, bitter chocolate, cocoa sopds, cocoa mass, cacao mass and cocoa paste. This is produced by grinding the centre of the bean (nib) to a smooth, pquid state.

Cocoa Butter: The fat naturally present in cacao beans that melts at body temperature and gives chocolate its unique flavour.

Cocoa or Cocoa Powder: The product made by pressing most of the cocoa butter out of the cocoa bean and grinding the rest to a powder.

Kinds of Chocolate

There are three main kinds of chocolate:

  • Dark Chocolate: Dark chocolate is simply chocolate liquor, extra cocoa butter, sugar, an emulsifier (often lecithin) and vanilla or other flavourings. Dark chocolates may contain milk fat to soften the texture, but they do not have a milky flavour. Dark chocolate is also known as semi-sweet chocolate, unsweetened chocolate or baking chocolate. It is 100 percent chocolate liquor and is typically very bitter and astringent. Darker chocolates often have a higher percent cacao, which means they have a higher proportion of cocoa beans in them than other chocolates do.
  • Milk Chocolate: Sweet and creamy milk chocolate is made with dry milk solids, which look like powdered milk. Milk chocolate has at least 10 percent cocoa liquor by weight and at least 12 percent milk solids. It is the most common kind of eating chocolate.
  • White Chocolate: White chocolate features cocoa butter— milk chocolate minus the cocoa solids. In addition to the cocoa butter, sugar, milk solids, lecithin and vanilla, white chocolate may contain other flavourings. It has at least 20 percent cocoa butter, 14 percent milk solids and no more than 55 percent sugar.

Tips on Choosing Chocolate

When buying chocolate, check the contents on the wrapper for the level of cocoa solids. The higher the percentage, the more bitter the taste will be. Also check the vegetable fat content as it is often used as a cheap substitute for cocoa solids. Some brands contain mixtures of fats which prevent the chocolate from setting.

For the best results, use the professionals’ choice - couverture. This is a special type of chocolate used in patisserie and confectionary. Couverture means “to cover” or “to coat” and is available in easy-to-use buttons. It is a fine quality pure chocolate with a high percentage of cocoa butter which makes the finished product glossy and delicious. Couverture is now stocked in most leading supermarkets and can be bought online as well.

Website Terms & Conditions

Privacy Poilcy

We are committed to protecting your personal data and complying with the Data Protection Act and associated legislation. Your David Leslie Cakes privacy policy outlines the type of information that is collected by us on this website, how we use and protect it.

Our data collection principles

We collect data to inform visitors of our developments and we only do this if you opt-in to receive future communications. We keep collected data in a secure database. If you have opted in to receive future communications from us, we retain your data for this function. We won't pass your data on to 3rd parties under any circumstances. We comply with the UK Data Protection Act and EU regulations. If you have an issue with our data collection policies, please contact us. If you are unsatisfied with our response, contact the UK Data Commissioner

The data we collect and why

Personal data and its uses. When referring to "personal data", we mean information we collect from you, from which you may be personally identified. This will only include your email address. We will not collect any personal data from your visits to our site unless you provide this information voluntarily.

When you supply personal data to us through this website, it will be clear what we plan to use the data for and we will seek your permission for such use and only use in the capacity described.

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