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By: Upala KBR, Mid-Day

Friday, April 28, 2006

Perfumes and designer labels have been launched after some of Bollywood's biggest names, but this is probably the first time that a cake has been named after a star.

Confectioner Milanda Jagtiani has named one of her specially made cakes after Bobby Deol, so that whoever wants to order the tall, dark and handsome creation has only to say, "I want a Bobby Deol cake," and it will delivered within two days.

His favourite things

Says Milanda, who owns the Sante food store in Bandra, "It started three years ago, when a friend of Bobby's ordered a special made-to-order cake for him. She said he loves cheesecake, chocolate mousse and brownie nuts, so could I make a cake with all his favorite ingredients?

Once I did it, and she gave it to him, not just Bobby, but many other people started ordering it, too. Each time we made it, I had to list out all the ingredients, so finally, we decided to name it the Bobby cake."

So what's the sinful Bobby cake made of? "The layers are made up of brownie cake, with walnuts, caramelised nuts, praline, chocolate mousse, and New York cheesecake.

The entire cake is then covered with chocolate ganache. It is not an easy cake to make and takes more than a day. It takes a whole day just to make the base," explains Milanda.

But that's not all. It's not a cherry on the cake that makes the topping, but a cute brown marzipan puppy. "That's what Bobby likes (and Fardeen too), and I love the droopy puppy," adds Milanda.

I feel special: Bobby

Says Bobby, "It's very sweet of Milanda to name a cake after me; I feel very special. I guess I have ordered that cake so often that they finally decided to name it after me," he laughs.

"My sons and nephews all love gooey, chocolate cakes, not the white ones. We have many birthdays in our family, so we keep ordering this cake. I guess what makes it more special is that it's made with a lot of love."

The Bobby cake, serving 10 to 12 people, is steeply priced at Rs 1,700, and regulars like Fardeen Khan swear by it.

Fardeen, who has ordered the cake on a number of occasions, says, "I love Milanda's cakes, and my two favourites are the Bobby cake and the brownie cake (with butterscotch, macadamia nuts and caramel)."

Milanda bakes all her pastry products herself. Her list of celebrity clients includes Karan Johar, Sunny Deol, Saif Ali Khan, Aditya and Payal Chopra, Arbaaz and Malaika Arora, Susanne Roshan, Hemant Trevedi, Nawaz Singhania, Leslie Lewis, Rahul Khanna and Amrita Singh.

And Katrina Kaif drops in at the store four days a week, for her favourite smoked salmon sandwich, or a cream cheese bagel. 

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