Whenever I am in town I try and find a reason to visit my favourite bakery – Charly’s! I needed a little gift for somebody yesterday and went to Charly’s with a huge grin to buy one of their ‘Mucking Afazing’ cupcakes.
As with most great things, they start far away and humble. So it was with Charlyâ€™s Bakeryâ€¦
It all began with Charly, a 16 year old boy looking for work in a small desert town called Swakopmund. He swept the floor, made puff pastry, and washed dishes day in and day out under the stern guidance of the German Master Baker, until he was allowed to learn the cakes: classics like Black Forest cake and Sacher torte.
As with most good stories, there is woman, with long dark hair and a helluva cleavage who shows up and stirs the pot.Her entrance and their union, resulted in two beautiful daughters and a move to Cape town.
First it was Charlyâ€™s in Thibault square, with food made to German perfection. Then onto the V & A Waterfront, where they were famous for â€œthose quichesâ€ and â€œthose cakes!â€ â€ that salad buffetâ€, not to forget the Eggs Benedict that had people queuing up for hours over long weekends and holidays. It was crazy, so they decided to sell and go smallerâ€¦
Yeah right! You canâ€™t keep a good thing small (or down).
Now they have this crazy, classic bakery. The girls have joined them. The colours are now brighter, so is the future. The cakes are sexier, so are the woman. The German perfection and standard? Well turn around, itâ€™s still here.
So this is the story of Charlyâ€™sâ€¦ in an Almond shell. A. VDM
Below are close-up shots of some of the things that makes Charly’s Bakery not just another bakery.
The spray-painted frame around the window is beautiful, the chandeliars are absolutely exquisite and the cupcakes…need I say more. Yum.
I absolutely LOVE Charly’s and if they were on etsy they would have my WHOLE heart (and tummy).