In the earliest days of Delia’s career, she was asked to make a cake for a photographic shoot.
She didn’t know that it was to grace the cover of the new album, Let it Bleed, from the Rolling Stones which were, at the time, one of the world’s leading rock bands. All she was told was that it had to be ‘really gaudy’. Delia obliged, creating a cake that certainly owes nothing to minimalism with piped cream and as many glace cherries as possible, complete with figurines of the singers. She only found out what it was to be used for at the studio – which is how she came to contribute in some small way to the Sixties’ pop scene.
As quoted in bassist Bill Wyman’s memoir, Rolling with the Stones, Delia recalled, “I was working then as a jobbing home economist with a food photographer who shot for commercials and magazines. I’d cook anything they needed. One day they said they wanted a cake for a Rolling Stones record cover, it was just another job at the time. They wanted it to be very over-the-top and as gaudy as I could make it.”
As a thank you, Mick Jagger sent her a signed, framed copy of the album, which Delia still treasures today...