Category Archives: Cupcakes

Sweet Sundays in the Snow

Slow Sundays in Paris. This particular Sunday I felt like the world was in slow motion thanks to the snow and my world felt like it has been cocooned shut so that all the hustle and bustle that makes Paris move was blocked out.

Snow in Paris

Snow in Paris

Snow in Paris

Snow in Paris

Snow in Paris

Snow in Paris

Snow in Paris

Snow in Paris

Paris in the snow

Paris in the snow

Sugar Daze Cupcakes

Sugar Daze Cupcakes

Sugar Daze Cupcakes

Sugar Daze Cupcakes

Sugar Daze Cupcakes

Sugar Daze Cupcakes

Sugar Daze Cupcakes

Sugar Daze Cupcakes

Sugar Daze Cupcakes

Sugar Daze Cupcakes

Sugar Daze Cupcakes

Sugar Daze Cupcakes

Sugar Daze Cupcakes

Sugar Daze Cupcakes

Sugar Daze Cupcakes

Sugar Daze Cupcakes

Cat makes the best cupcakes in Paris. Sugar Daze for me is the real authentic, spongy American cupcake.

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Cupcake Camp Paris III at Comptoir Général for Make A Wish Foundation

Cupcake Camp III was held last Saturday at the Comptoir Général. All of the Cupcake pros in Paris were there, like SugarDaze and Beauty Cakes and all of the proceeds went to Make a Wish Foundation France. In total we made a little over 5500 euros, which really shows the wonderful participation of everybody and great spirit.

Kristen from The Kale Project made kale cupcakes and you can click here to get the recipe.

The theme was Halloween so many of the cupcakes were oh-so-spooky!

These lovely ones were made by la Dinette de Nelly, a lovely young French woman who I found to be very creative and welcoming.

I made Flourless Chocolate Cake for those of you wanting a little break from the flour after downing a couple of high-carbohydrate cupcakes (hehe!). I used the same recipe as this one, but I didn’t put in the raspberries this time. My amazing sprinkles came from The Sprinkle Box Shop. More details here.

Thanks to Elodie Garbé for her marvelous illustrations, as always. She can draw whatever you want for a very reasonable price.

My J took a while to choose his cupcakes but came back with these three:

It was really a wonderful day and I’d like to thank Bryan and Cat for making it happen! I can’t wait for next year.

In other news, if you want the chance to win some lovely soap, click here. Or else a funky bracelet by OOAKjewelz, click here.

Want to decorate cupcakes? My readers have been offered a 10% discount for the month of November with the code PARIS10 on this website. All you have to do is enter the coupon code at checkout.

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The Best Cupcake Sprinkles I’ve Ever Seen

I was lucky enough to be sent a huge box of sprinkles from Laura from The Sprinkle Box Shop. Not only are her sprinkles bright and colourful, but they come in generous sizes and she sends them off quickly! The quality is really high, they don’t crumple or discolour like many sprinkles do.

Laura is a young and inspired lady that started her business whilst organising her son’s 2nd birthday party last year. Laura had ideas racing through her mind at 3:00 and 4:00 in the morning while feeding their at the time 4- month-old baby girl. This turned into details on paper, which turned into conversations and connections, resulting in her own business a year later.

There is not a single colour that she doesn’t do!

I made flourless chocolate cupcakes with chocolate icing and the sprinkles rocked my socks!

Click here or here to access her shop, and like her facebook page here!

If you need wonderful illustrations done for you like the one just above I highly reccomment Elodie Garbé who is a young French graphic designer and illustrator. Her new site is here and her blog here.

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A Kids Cupcake Class with Jolis Kids Paris

For my special little 11-year-old friend’s birthday, we got her a cupcake that she could invite 7 of her best friends to. In this day and age where kids are spoilt rotten with material goods, we thought it would be good to do an old-fashioned “hands-on” event. Jolis Kids Paris does all kinds of parties for children. Nathalie was great and kept the 7 children entertained for two hours.

All of the enfants went home happy with their little box of goodies excited to show their parents. It was so so precious.

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Fairydust and Dark Chocolate Cupcakes to Celebrate a Birthday

My homegirl Em got a year older yesterday so I made special cupcakes to make her feel special.

What do you think? Pretty cute, huh.

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Flourless Chocolate Nib Cupcakes with Raspberry Hearts

I am so delighted, this recipe is going to be posted on the Loving Earth website. If you don’t know Loving Earth then you really should look at their site, and of course try their products.

Just because there is chocolate in this cake, does not mean you can’t eat it! In any case, this flourless version is low in both carbs and fat, so it’s free of sin and full of taste! To put the raspberry on the cake, the Loving Earth raw cocoa nibs are full of nutrients, antioxidents and magnesium to make this cake a borderline superfood! They also give these cupcakes a richness and slight crunchy texture.

The next great thing is that even those who have a super sweet tooth love these. My J is the kind of person that could eat a kilo of m&m’s in one sitting, so making these really is a healthy alternative. Could be a great lunch box treat too!

Ingredients:

  • 50g (1/2 cup) organic cocoa powder
  • 5 tbsps of Loving Earth cocoa nibs
  • 80ml (1/3 cup) hot coffee
  • 2 tsp boiling water
  • 1 x 100g pkt almond meal
  • 100g dessicated coconut
  • 100g (1/2 cup) brown sugar (infused with vanilla beans- as in picture)
  • 3 eggs, separated

Preheat oven to 180°C. Put the cupcake patties in a muffin tray.

Combine the cocoa powder and hot water in a medium bowl.  Put in the cocoa nibs. Add the coffee and hot water to the cocoa mixture and stir until combined.This will soften the cocoa nibs slightly.

Add almond meal, coconut, sugar and egg yolks to cocoa mixture, and stir until well combined.

Use an electric beater to whisk egg whites in a clean, dry bowl until soft peaks form. Use a metal spoon to fold a spoonful of egg whites into cocoa mixture until combined. Gently fold in remaining egg whites until just combined.

Spoon half of the mixture into patties, put in the raspberry heart, then spoon in the second half of the mixture. Bake for around 12 minutes or until a skewer comes out dry.

If you wish to do an icing, here is how I did it:

200g of chocolate
100g crème fraîche

melt both the chocolate and the crème fraîche. Pour them in the same bowl and mix until combined. After a few hours in the fridge, using an electric beater, mix until light and fluffy. Using an icing bag, ice the cupcakes and put a raspberry on each cupcake. I suggest making the icing the day before and beating it just before icing.

and VOILA!

I just got back from a week in Budapest and tonight I am off to Istanbul. Very excited! More food and life adventures to come.

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Vanilla Berry Cupcakes with Milk Chocolate icing

Yesterday I was in the mood to bake. I have some wonderful vanilla that I got in Kerela, India, and I felt like making a classic flavour.

Here is my recipe: (for 12 cupcakes, 11 if you, like me, eat one fresh out of the oven)

-130g soft butter
- 2 vanilla beans
- 130g sugar (I use a dark non-bleached sugar I find it makes the mixture more fluffy and the flavour more caramalized)
- 2 eggs
- 80 ml milk
- 95g self raising flour
- 95g almond meal
- 10g raising agent

For the icing:
- 200g milk chocolate for cooking
- 100g cream
- 3 tablespoons of either nutella or chesnut cream

Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees celcius. Beat the sugar and the eggs until the mixture is light and fluffy. Slowly add in the melted butter.

Add the milk, flour, almond meal and the raising agent, then finally the vanilla.

Fill up 3/4 of the cupcake liners to give the batter space to rise. Add either a raspberry or a few blueberries in each cupcake.

Put your little babies in the oven for around 15-20 minutes, or until slightly golden.

To prepare the icing, do it either the day before or the morning before baking the cupcakes.

Boil the cream and pour it over the chocolate (which should be broken into small pieces). Mix well until there are no lumps. Add the 3 spoons of nutella or chesnut cream then put it in the fridge to set.

Before icing the cupcakes, beat the mixture so that it becomes light and fluffy.

You will need some kind of icing bottle to control the movement and to make it look pretty. Bleekcups have everything you need.

Start icing, starting from the middle of the cupcake and with a constant movement otherwise you will break the flow.

For half of the batch I added coconut as the decoration.

And the other half fresh blueberries.

Next time I make cupcakes I am going to buy this product from Bleekcup’s and spray them with glitter!

SO DELISH, everybody ate them in less than 3 minutes! :) xxx

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Sugar Daze: The perfect cupcake in Paris.

What is the perfect American cupcake? A perfect light and spongy cake mix topped with (pardon the pun!) a creamy and perfectly decorated icing. This is exactly what you will find at Sugar Daze.

Sugar Daze just opened, and boy am I glad I found it. (can you tell by my face?).

Cat, the American-expat-cupcake-expert opened only just a few weeks back, I feel this will be a success.

Good luck to Sugar Daze! xxxx

Want to know more? Meg also did a brilliant post about this Parisian treasure.

Beautiful Cakes at Beauty Cakes in Paris

Beauty cakes est une des très rares bonnes adresses de cupcakes à Paris. Il existe une multitude de parfums originaux, pas que des parfums classiques. J’ai du mal à choisir mon parfum à chaque fois que j’y vais.

Le salon est très fille et en plus il se trouve au beau milieu d’un des plus cools quartiers de Paris (là ou j’habite, j’ai de la chance!). Dans la même rue il y a beaucoup de petits magasins charmants donc Madame Chose.  N’hésitez donc pas à faire un petit détour pour regarder un peu autour.

Accompagné d’un café nespresso ou un thé de Ksumi, c’est encore meilleur. C’est aussi très child-friendly, j’ai déjà invité la petite sœur de J qui a 10 ans ici pour faire un gouter.

Meg est super fan aussi.

J’aime leur vaisselle toute en originalité et en liberty de la marque Green Gate.
NB: Il est possible d’acheter de la vaisselle chez Beauty Cakes.

La deco kitsch à souhait!

Behind the scenes.

Ils font des cookies supers maintenant à €2. J’ai vraiment adoré celui au caramel au beurre salé. Oh nom nom

Who could resist?
Ce qui est très important pour moi c’est des cupcakes pas secs! La texture est moelleuse comme il faut. Le tout donne un très bon cupcake, et en plus ils sont jolis comme tout, super bien décorés.

L’atout majeur de cette adresse, c’est que les cupcakes ne sont pas recouverts d’une tonne de crème au beurre très lourde, souvent trop sucrée, trop grasse et au finale très écœurante. On n’a pas du tout l’impression d’avoir trop mangé en sortant de chez Beauty Cakes.

Des brownies aux noix.

Des cupcakes salés.

Gingerbread men

Quelle bonne idée tout en restant dans le thème de la “cuisine”.

Je suis comme une gosse à Noël dans cet endroit.

N’oubliez pas, on peut faire des cours chez Beauty Cakes!
En plus, Ruthy est devenue une copine pour moi, elle est vraiment super! Merci Ruthy.

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You’re the frosting to my cupcake

La propriétaire de ce salon de thé style années 50, Ruthy, est charmante et chaleureuse. Mon J a acheté un appartement dans le 17 près des Batignolles, ce qui est super pratique pour moi vers 16h quand je me rends compte que j’ai envie d’un cupcake tout mignon!

Qu’est-ce un cupcake? Nom donné en Grande Bretagne et aux USA aux petits gâteaux cuits dans un moule en forme de tasse ou dans une caissette en papier. Oxford Companion to Food, Alan Davidson (p. 234)

A force de les voir défiler dans les séries anglo-saxonnes, d’entendre parler,on a envie d’avoir les mêmes dans notre four, on a envie d’avoir les accessoires dans nos tiroirs qu’il nous faut pour faire un glaçage parfait.

Ces petits gâteaux que les mamans décorent avec amour pour les fêtes de leurs bambins dans les pays anglophones est maintenant à la mode en France. They may be small, but boy are they tasty!

Les préparer ? Aucune idée? Ce n’est pas grave, Ruthy peut vous montrer!
Paillettes comestibles? décorations? tablier? Arrêtez de trouver des excuses, Ruthy est équipée, il reste qu’à vous inscrire.

En avril, j’ai fait ce fameux cour de cupcake avec mes copines, dont l’une Meg. (photo ci-dessous).


Le cupcake Pistache au cœur de framboise, le cupcake préféré de Meg!


Sa cuisine toute équipée pour le cour!

Mes 6 cupcakes! J’en étais très fière!

Informations pratiques:
€40 par personne all included et vous partez avec vos 6 apprentice beauty cakes! They sure are beauties! Les participants apprennent à faire une recette de À à Z, c’est ça qui est super!

83 rue Nollet, 75017 Paris
M° Brochant

Contactez Ruthy: contact@beautycakes.fr
09 81 65 45 61

Régalez-vous! xx