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Wednesday
Mar032010

Coup de Coeur: Sweet Treats from Pain de Sucre, Paris

I don't know about you, but I think "Quatre Quarts" has a much nicer ring to it than "Pound Cake". After all, "pound" makes me think of jailed puppies, being punched, and chugging beverages in a most unappealing way, where "Quatre quarts" sounds...well, French.

Ramon loves French pound cakeIt's actually the place from which we take our "pound cake" too--the Quatre-Quarts refers to the amount of ingredients involved in making a Frenchie pound cake. 

But let's not linger on that right now: let's talk about the lovely heart-shaped raspberry flavored one I tried in Paris, at the super-cute patisserie Pain de Sucre.

Why is it a winner? Well, for one thing, it's heart shaped and a rather appealing shade of rich, visceral red.

And when you bite into it, you'll find it hard to imagine a more luxuriant, buttery, berry-infused cake. It's so dense, it will leave a slick of sweetness in your mouth. That's how you know it's good: the taste lingers so you have many moments to savor and ponder how delicious it is.

Of course, you'd be remiss not to try some of the other treats at the shop, ranging from homemade marshmallows to confections of all sorts, to a splendid array of viennoiserie:

and even baguette-shaped macarons(!)

We just happened upon this place by walking by, but I would firmly suggest seeking it out if you find yourself in the City of Lights. Or, even better, I suggest that you book a flight and get over there right now.

Pain de Sucre, 14, rue Rambuteau, Paris 03; online at patisseriepaindesucre.com.

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Reader Comments (11)

OMG pastries look sooooo good! I think Paris is indeed calling me!

March 3 | Unregistered Commenterzara

Okay, feel free to take offense at this, but does Ramon sport is moustache that way all the time, or are the curled-up ends in honor of your being in Paris?

Either way is awesome by me.

March 3 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

Zara: DOOO IT!!

Katie: not all the time, but he did whilst in paris. He really is quite a fashionable fella. :-)

March 3 | Unregistered CommenterCakeSpy

The pains de sucre are very cute indeed!
I like the idea of the baguette shape macarons, but they must be very messy to eat!

March 4 | Unregistered CommenterDolce

WUH!! those baguette shaped macaron thingies... i just about died when i saw that...

there's something about the picture of the heart that really makes it look like it's made of... human muscle. sorry!! i just grossed myself out.

also ramon's moustachioed self is very cute too!

March 4 | Unregistered Commenterlyndsay

where is the bacon tote bag in your shop???? I don't see it anymore

March 4 | Unregistered Commenterolivia s

Here is the tote, Olivia: http://www.cakespy.bigcartel.com/product/tote-bag-cupcake-and-bacon-tote-bag

March 4 | Unregistered CommenterCakeSpy

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Pain de Sucre is a famed Paris patisserie...But now that I've got a first hand report, my fingers are trembling to book my flight!
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