Cakes & Ale: Emilia’s Cakes cook up a Belgrade birthday treat

Cakes & Ale: Emilia’s Cakes cook up a Belgrade birthday treat

With just under a week to go until the Belgrade Theatre‘s Diamond Anniversary Gala on Saturday 15 September, excitement for the birthday bash is growing both inside the building and out across the city.

Already promised at the event are live music, poetry, pop-up performances and anniversary ales and cocktails. But of course, no birthday party would be complete without a cake, and the Belgrade has found the perfect baker for the job.

Based on Radford Road just a short distance from the city centre, Emilia’s Cakes specialises in eye-catching and elaborate occasion bakes, a selection of which sit tantalisingly on display in the shop window.

For the Belgrade’s 60th birthday cake, owner and cake practitioner Emilia Moniszko will be cooking up a triple-tier confection in elegant white and silver tones. Naturally, in keeping with the Diamond Anniversary theme, it’s set to boast more sparkle and shine than a Nativity! The Musical number!

But perhaps the most distinctive element will be the top tier, which takes its inspiration from the Belgrade building itself, iced in the style of the iconic mosaic walls that decorate the Belgrade’s foyers.

Created by abstract painter Martin Froy on the opening of the Belgrade in 1958, these colourful mosaics were hidden behind new plasterboard during the 1980s, not to be unveiled again until the Theatre reopened in 2007. The 300,000-thousand odd tiles that make up the artwork also provided the inspiration for our current logo, with its overlapping coloured squares.

Emilia Moniszko said: “The Belgrade is a great platform that nurtures Coventry’s young creative talents, and for this reason, we’re delighted that the Theatre have decided to commission us to create an edible centrepiece for such a big celebration. We feel absolutely honoured and delighted to be involved in such a great event!”

The Belgrade Theatre’s Diamond Anniversary Gala takes place from 8 till late on Saturday 15 September.

By attending and making a donation, you’ll be helping to support the Belgrade’s charitable work, including its youth and community arts projects and talent development schemes.

Tickets are available to book now by calling the box office on 024 7655 3055 or visiting

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