Adding Style To Dessert: Sugarplum Cake Shop
I love cake. It is as simple as that. I cannot tell you how happy I was last weekend when I stumbled upon Sugarplum, an amazingly creative cake shop in the 5th. If you are dreaming about Pollyanna-style cakes for your next special occasion, then this is a shop you do not want to miss out on.
Sugarplum is headed by three women, two Americans and one Canadian. I had the opportunity to sit down with Krista Juracek, the head decorator at Sugarplum, who was so enthusiastic about what she does as a designer. Their concept was born where they initially met and worked together at a cake shop in Aulnay-sous-Bois. And as good things come to those who wait, it took them about a year to get the project off the ground, and opened their first storefront in March 2010.
They specialize in cakes for all types of events, from weddings to birthdays to baptisms. As for the design, feel free to come with your own ideas, or better yet let their inspiration run wild! I mean, who would not want a one-of-a-kind stylist cake at their next special occasion?
As would be expected, everything is made from scratch, and all frostings have been toned down to appeal to the local palette. Not such a bad thing in my books. And the two most popular flavors right now? Carrot and chocolate. I was really surprised to discover that carrot cake is a top-seller. I guess that is where my palette differs from the French: I prefer the traditional chocolate and vanilla cakes I grew up with and that to me defines cake.
If you do check out Sugarplum, know there are a bunch of goodies you can indulge in on the spot or to go: cookies, squares, apple pie, scones, brownies, carrot cake and even rice crispie squares. Oh that rice crispie square was so good! The space is open and airy, and seats about 20 people. So, next time you are in the 5th, think about stopping by Sugarplum where you can have your cake and eat it too.
Sugarplum Cake Shop
68 rue du Cardinal Lemoine
Also, check out their Facebook page where they have posted more pictures of their masterpieces!