The third annual Cupcake Camp Paris was held at Le Comptoir Général, a cultural center in the 10th arrondissement, on Saturday, October 26th from 3 PM to 5 PM. While entry was free, all proceeds from cupcake sales went to support the non-profit organization Make-a-Wish France.
This was my first time attending – the event has gained so much attention over the past couple of years that I felt that Discover Paris! should cover it this year. I arrived at 3:10 PM and was surprised to see a line stretching down the block. I thought that the queue was for the popular bar inside the center. So I walked up to the front of the line where I realized that it was indeed the entry point into the event.
Amazed that the line was so long, I went back to take my place in it. The queue had grown considerably longer in just the few minutes that I was gone!
It was the first wintry day of the year and an occasional drizzle punctuated the wait. An hour later, I finally got to the front of the line. I purchased tickets to buy three cupcakes, a box in which to carry them home, and a raffle ticket for drawings that were being held every 15-20 minutes.
The camp was held in a large area of the cultural center that served as a classroom and dining room. It was packed with people and it didn’t take me long to figure out that the theme of the event was Halloween. I was surprised to see that the vast majority of the attendees were adults! Hostess Cat Beurnier of the American bakery Sugar Daze and her daughter made a fine pair of witches. The other children that I saw were dressed in costume as well.
Of course, the main attraction of the day was the cupcakes. Numerous bakers contributed and the array of cupcakes presented was absolutely stunning! I made my rounds and took lots of photos before making my selection.
I was fortunate to be able to purchase one of the last three cupcakes that won the Best Cupcake competition – it was a Scottish recipe made with chocolate, caramel, and whisky with a Bailey’s cream cheese frosting. A chunk of Scottish shortbread and shortbread crumbs adorned the tops of these cupcakes, which were scrumptious!
My other two selections were the Casse-Tête, a blond beer-flavored cupcake with rum and lychee buttercream frosting.
And Jumpin’ Jack Flash, a pumpkin and spice cupcake.
Both of these were also quite delicious.
The most unusual cupcakes that I saw were made from kale, beets, and cocoa powder. I was intrigued by this combination, but stuck with my initial choices.
The first Cupcake Camp Paris was held on July 4, 2010 at the Bistrot Vivienne and proceeds (~1200€) were donated to the non-profit organization Rebuilding Haiti Now. Last year’s camp was held at Le Comptoir Général and proceeds (~6000€) were donated to Make-a-Wish France. This year’s camp raised just over 5500€ for Make-a-Wish France.
I look forward to attending the camp next year!
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