Sweet Paris, Cake Server and Parisian Tea Towel Giveaway – Quick Bites

Enter our worldwide giveaway to win an autographed copy of Sweet Paris: Seasonal Recipes from an American Baker in France by Frank Adrian Barron, an antique cake server and a Parisian tea towel. There are two sets of this prize available.

This gorgeous book brings the timeless allure of Paris into our home kitchens. Not only is Sweet Paris filled with stunning photography and inspirational recipes, Frank shares Paris-insider information such as “treasure hunting at a Paris flea market” or “must-not-miss summer experiences in Paris”. Imagery of the recipes as well as the city of Paris are plentiful and make us long for the city of lights and a Parisian dessert.

The recipes are a brilliant mix of approachable for the novice baker: the Blood orange mini bundt cake or Raspberry caves (Hallongrotta) are a cinch to pull off. And, there are “sure to impress” desserts: an elegant Ivoire Parisienne or Lemon meringue cake (Gâteau au citron). Frank also includes sections entitled “blooms in my basket” with seasonal floral details including edible flowers. Measurements are both in weight and volume.

Frank has a few events here in the US this coming week. On Apr 30th in San Diego at Barnes & Noble (Hazard Center) from 12-2pm and on May 3rd, in San Francisco at Extraordinary Desserts. And if you are in New York, Frank will be at Mah-Ze-Dahr bakery on the 6th of May (West Village location – 28 Greenwich Avenue – 5:30pm) and Kitchen Arts & Letters is having the author stop by on the 7th of May at 3pm to sign books.

Our takes you inside this beautiful book and features the following

I have several recipes to bake from this title marked and now that the rush of April is over I’ll be getting into the kitchen soon.

Even with his hectic schedule Frank took a few minutes to answer some questions for us:

Q: What first triggered your interest in baking? Can you share your first baking memory with us?

Homesickness was my personal baking trigger. It was after that first year of moving to Paris when I started craving something familiar. The kinds of cakes I grew up with like coffee cake with crumble topping, classic layer cakes covered in buttercream and cinnamon swirl bundt which was my mom’s signature cake!

Q: If you had to describe your baking style, what would it be? (besides absolutely gorgeous!)

Merci! I’d say my baking style is rooted in American classics but with a strong influence from the French Pâtisserie that I’ve fallen in love with here in Paris.

Q: Are you a cookbook collector? If so, tell us about your collection – number of books, favorite genre, favorite author?

Yes. I love cookbooks and especially baking books, of course. I must have at least 20-30 titles just on cake making/decorating alone. One of my favorite sweet authors is Linda Lomelino who is based in Sweden. I have every book she has ever published, not only are her photographs gorgeous but the recipes are always delicious.

Q: What do you look for in a cookbook?

A: I like when cookbooks tell a story with their recipes, Michelle Polzine’s latest cookbook, “Baking at 20th Century Cafe” is filled with heritage recipes and cakes with long and fascinating pedigrees.

Q: What is the best part of your job? Do you sometimes feel like working with food all day keeps you from wanting to get creative in the kitchen?

The best part has been seeing everybody express their own unique designs when it comes to my cake decorating workshops. It’s fascinating to have a group of people who all have access to the same ingredients and each person creates something totally unique and very much their own vision. It inspires me to keep things creative when I don my apron.

Q: What is your go to for a quick dinner – quick dessert?

My go to quick dinner is always a lemon cream pasta with spinach and lots of Parmesan. For a quick dessert I can’t resist poached fruits (like apricots or pears) served with a dollop of crème fraîche.

Q: Tell us about your cookbook or any future projects you are working on?

A: My cookbook, “Sweet Paris-Seasonal Recipes from an American Baker in France” has just released and is a celebration of baking through the seasons in France. I tried to go further with this book by also offering up tips on shopping Parisian markets, navigating brocantes, seasonal florals and what fabulous things not to miss in Paris in each season.

Follow Frank on Instagram and be sure to visit his beautiful website.

Special thanks to the publisher for providing two copies of this title in our promotion. We are so in love with this book we wanted to add a little something special to the promotion – a cake server and tea towel as pictured and ordered from Etsy.

Entry options include answering the following question in the comments section of this blog post.

Which recipe in the index would you like to try first?

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  • foodie16  on  April 29, 2022

    Chocolate Cherry Layer Cake

  • CQS  on  April 29, 2022

    What a gorgeous book! I love the art and the recipes. Merci bien!

  • mcrimmins  on  April 29, 2022

    Pistachio Cherry Tea Cakes

  • leilx  on  April 29, 2022

    Pear spice cake or Alsatian gingerbread

  • Jjrandall  on  April 29, 2022

    I’ve been admiring this book since I saw it posted on EYB. I would make the Chocolate Cherry Layer Cake first.

  • Amypie  on  April 29, 2022

    Pistachio cherry tea cake

  • hae1123  on  April 29, 2022

    I’m a HUGE marzipan fan. Marzipan cake will be the first thing I will bake!!!

  • rchesser  on  April 29, 2022

    Passionfruit Coconut Cake.

  • Ciagins  on  April 29, 2022

    Tarte Normande is the first recipe I would try.

  • Kristjudy  on  April 29, 2022

    Tarte à la rhubarbe

  • racheljmorgan  on  April 29, 2022

    Sakura financiers

  • Kinhawaii  on  April 29, 2022

    Chestnut cake!

  • ravensfan  on  April 29, 2022

    Marzipan cake

  • liasim  on  April 29, 2022

    Raspberry lemon 🍋 rose 🌹 tea cake.

  • KatieK1  on  April 29, 2022

    Medjool date cakes in orange caramel sauce

  • Delfina69  on  April 29, 2022

    Opera Cake!

  • demomcook  on  April 29, 2022

    What a beautiful giveaway!

    Medjool date cakes in orange caramel sauce is my choice.

  • trudys_person  on  April 29, 2022

    Medjool date cakes in orange caramel sauce sound amazing! Particularly the orange-caramel part … I can see using the sauce recipe many other ways!

  • kmn4  on  April 30, 2022

    Raspberry lemon rose tea cake

  • et12  on  April 30, 2022

    Tarragon and compté sablés

  • Elbyem  on  April 30, 2022

    Pistachio cherry tea cake. They all look divine, though!

  • JRumi  on  April 30, 2022

    Blueberry lemon bundt cake

  • LaurenE  on  April 30, 2022

    Chocolate Cherry Layer Cake

  • matag  on  April 30, 2022

    Marzipan cake

  • Beckyth  on  April 30, 2022

    Lavender honey madeleines

  • youngsvnnhrs  on  April 30, 2022

    White peach tart

  • rkosully  on  April 30, 2022

    First, I would like to make the raspberry lemon rose tea cake.

  • dbielick  on  April 30, 2022

    Pistachio cherry tea cake

  • Patrickn  on  April 30, 2022

    Lavender madeleines

  • HelenB  on  April 30, 2022

    Cherry friands are calling to me.

  • LONONsAPRON  on  April 30, 2022

    Gateau Orangette. A delightful bake! Can’t wait.

  • JuneHawk  on  April 30, 2022

    Coconut and pineapple cake!

  • nvernon  on  April 30, 2022

    Lavender honey madeleines

  • BMeyer  on  April 30, 2022

    pear spice cake, chocolate cherry layer cake

  • CapeCodCook  on  April 30, 2022

    I have to make the Triple Chocolate Cake!

  • ameliark  on  May 1, 2022

    Jasmine tea cakes

  • GreenhouseCheryl  on  May 1, 2022

    Cinnamon swirl bundt cake

  • lsmedley  on  May 1, 2022

    I wanna try the Gateau Opera 😀

  • Jardimc  on  May 1, 2022

    Definitely the Chocolate cherry layer cake <3

  • Su2cool  on  May 1, 2022

    Lemon Meringue Cake sounds intriguing

  • auntcookie  on  May 1, 2022

    Chestnut cake.

  • lean1  on  May 1, 2022

    White Peach Tart

  • Siegal  on  May 1, 2022

    Chocolate cherry layer cake

  • monasli  on  May 1, 2022

    Pear spice cake

  • angelanorr  on  May 2, 2022

    Passionfruit Coconut Cake.

  • oduong930  on  May 2, 2022

    Chocolate Cherry Layer Cake

  • LEKcookbooks  on  May 2, 2022

    Cinnamon swirl bundt cake

  • chromiumman  on  May 2, 2022

    the pistachio cherry tea cakes

  • miggsy  on  May 2, 2022

    Alsatian gingerbread

  • sarahawker  on  May 3, 2022

    Fallen fig cake because I have two fig trees!

  • JZ89  on  May 3, 2022

    Mont-blanc mess

  • janv  on  May 4, 2022

    Fallen fig cake

  • tarae1204  on  May 4, 2022

    The Praline all day cake.

  • Zigzag123  on  May 5, 2022

    Pistachio cherry tea cake 🍰

  • PennyBarr  on  May 5, 2022

    I’m immediately tempted by the blood orange bundt cake – sounds delicious!

  • sayeater  on  May 5, 2022

    Fraisier layer cake sounds like it might be a lot of work, but also worth it!!

  • kelrific  on  May 5, 2022

    I love anything marbled — I would make the marbled tea cake!

  • RickPearson54  on  May 6, 2022

    Marzipan cake

  • SamanthaV  on  May 6, 2022

    I would make the Pistachio cherry tea cake first…it sounds delicious.

  • roxlet  on  May 6, 2022

    Blueberry lemon bundt cake

  • Lafauvette  on  May 6, 2022

    Pistachio cherry tea cake

  • Linda013  on  May 6, 2022

    Sounds fabulous!

  • dusksunset  on  May 6, 2022

    Alsatian gingerbread

  • Littlebirdchoc  on  May 6, 2022

    Oooooh!! Marzipan cake!!

  • Leonard5854  on  May 6, 2022

    Cinnamon swirl bundt cake

  • JEWGAL777  on  May 6, 2022

    Fallen Fig Cake

  • Roosta  on  May 6, 2022

    Marble tea cake

  • reader1trees  on  May 6, 2022

    Winter citrus cake sounds delicious.

  • dataentrytard  on  May 6, 2022

    Marble tea cake

  • debbiehb  on  May 6, 2022

    Banana bundt cake

  • priyamaine  on  May 7, 2022

    tea cakes!

  • Spud13  on  May 7, 2022

    Jasmine teacakes.

  • virjeania  on  May 7, 2022

    Banana bundt cake My husband loves banana cake!

  • maggz19671  on  May 7, 2022

    Pistachio Cherry Tea Cakes

  • cljones  on  May 7, 2022

    Pear spice cake!!

  • Plumbobmummy  on  May 8, 2022

    Banana Bundt Cake

  • Sand9  on  May 8, 2022

    Apple Cardamon Tea Cake

  • SheenaBatey  on  May 8, 2022

    Opera Cake

  • clairew137  on  May 8, 2022

    Alsatian gingerbread

  • dzm  on  May 8, 2022

    Tarte Normande

  • lablass  on  May 8, 2022

    Pistachio cherry tea cake

  • Ajh55  on  May 8, 2022

    The pear spice cake

  • maci234  on  May 8, 2022

    Chocolate Cherry Layer Cake

  • Shelley.b  on  May 8, 2022

    Pistachio cherry tea cake

  • bopper  on  May 8, 2022

    Jasmine tea cakes

  • ljsimmons  on  May 9, 2022

    Cinnamon swirl bundt cake is likely to be a hit in my house

  • Belene  on  May 9, 2022

    Pear spice cake

  • sallyc06  on  May 9, 2022

    Marzipan cake

  • amylou61  on  May 9, 2022

    I’d make the Banana Bundt Cake.

  • emi10383  on  May 9, 2022

    Raspberry lemon rose tea cake

  • Erigeron  on  May 9, 2022

    Banana Bundt Cake. Yum!

  • bookmark77  on  May 9, 2022

    Gateau Orangette

  • amweeks  on  May 9, 2022

    I’d love to make the Lavender honey madeleines!

  • bookmark58  on  May 9, 2022

    Tarte à la rhubarbe

  • HeatherLynn  on  May 9, 2022

    The Triple chocolate cake sounds amazing!

  • betsyradelow  on  May 9, 2022

    Lavender honey madeleines

  • RuthHarwood  on  May 11, 2022

    Marzipan cake

  • sarahteertzah  on  May 11, 2022

    Pavlova with summer berries

  • klrclark  on  May 11, 2022

    I love Pears. I want to try Sweet Pear Cake first.

  • Schaplingham  on  May 12, 2022

    The Passionfruit Coconut Cake with extra passionfruit curd on the side, please!!!

  • ChicagoJen  on  May 12, 2022

    Coconut & pineapple cake. I’ve been super into pineapple lately.

  • Dendav  on  May 13, 2022

    Marzipan cake

  • Username123321  on  May 13, 2022

    I would love to have a go at making a cinnamon swirl bundt cake first as I love anything with cinnamon in it.

  • roxlet  on  May 13, 2022

    Cinnamon swirl bundt cake

  • Ren23  on  May 14, 2022

    Pistachio cherry tea cake

  • Lilli_  on  May 14, 2022

    Charlotte rose

  • EmilyR  on  May 14, 2022

    raspberry lemon rose tea cake

  • Laura1  on  May 15, 2022

    Raspberry lemon rose tea cake

  • Lora724  on  May 16, 2022

    I would love to try the Cinnamon swirl bundt cake.

  • jd5761  on  May 16, 2022

    Passionfruit Coconut Cake for me

  • LeMinou  on  May 17, 2022

    Pear spice cake

  • Ishtar  on  May 18, 2022

    Crème Brûlée Cake

  • bomika  on  May 19, 2022

    Beautiful book, with recipes I look forward to trying!

  • ceejayen  on  May 19, 2022

    Chocolate cherry layer cake

  • Pizzacat13  on  May 19, 2022

    I’d try the Chestnut Cake. I’ve been intrigued with all things chestnut lately.

  • Dannausc  on  May 19, 2022

    Pistachio cherry tea cake

  • joymc  on  May 19, 2022

    Marble tea cake

  • cilantrolime  on  May 19, 2022

    Pear cake

  • silversand  on  May 21, 2022

    Alsatian gingerbread (Pain d’épices)

  • banba1  on  May 22, 2022

    Pistachio cherry tea cake

  • NaomiH  on  May 25, 2022

    Caramel beurre salé cake

  • laurenodell  on  May 26, 2022

    Charlotte Rose

  • kennethjohngilmour  on  May 26, 2022

    would like to try the chocolate and raspberry bombes found on page 207 first

  • DLC  on  May 26, 2022

    Tarte à la rhubarbe

  • Knordahl  on  May 26, 2022

    Always ready for a Bundt cake!

  • Kblg  on  May 26, 2022

    The marble tea cake

  • noodlebamboo  on  May 27, 2022

    Chocolate cherry layer cake. Cherries are my partner’s fave!

  • elysedc  on  May 27, 2022

    triple chocolate cake!! 🍫🍫🍫

  • MissKoo  on  May 27, 2022

    Fallen apricot pistachio cake.

  • deenabe  on  May 27, 2022

    Opera cake

  • CurtisL  on  May 27, 2022

    Passionfruit Coconut Cake

  • Barb.Reynolds  on  May 28, 2022

    Sakura Financiers

  • elysek  on  May 28, 2022

    Cinnamon swirl bundt cake

  • poneill  on  May 28, 2022

    lemon honey madeleines

  • antpantsii  on  May 30, 2022

    Gateau orangette

  • aminning  on  June 2, 2022

    Tarte Normande

  • melspot  on  June 2, 2022

    Tarragon and Comté sablés

  • jessamybride  on  June 3, 2022

    Pistachio cherry tea cake

  • musteat  on  June 3, 2022

    I would try the chocolate truffles.

  • terawong  on  June 3, 2022

    blueberry lemon bundt cake looks delicious!

  • lauriesk  on  June 3, 2022

    Banana bundt cake

  • Nocnoc6  on  June 4, 2022

    Pistachio cherry tea cake

  • chimpbob  on  June 4, 2022

    Chocolate Cherry Layer Cake

  • Redmoose31  on  June 4, 2022

    Pistachio cherry tea cake

  • LintheSpin  on  June 4, 2022

    Marble tea cake – sounds yum!

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  • luccio  on  June 4, 2022

    Coconut & pineapple cake

  • lilmiztam22  on  June 4, 2022

    It would have to be the cinnamon swirl bundt cake

  • MKBGeorgi  on  June 4, 2022

    Fallen Apricot Pistachio Cake

  • Clog  on  June 5, 2022

    Tarte à la rhubarbe. While it may be first in the list, rhubarb is always first in my list 😀.

  • Cjennings  on  June 5, 2022

    Raspberry Caves

  • Natalie97  on  June 5, 2022

    What a beautiful book! Completely in love with the look and I would love to see all the pictures. I’d probably make the crème brûlée cake first. Sounds delicious!

  • CherriK.homecook  on  June 5, 2022

    I would like to make the lavender honey madeleines

  • LABeachGal  on  June 6, 2022

    Coconut and pineapple cake sounds divine!

  • threefourpfeif  on  June 7, 2022

    I’d love to make the marzipan cake first

  • calguire  on  June 7, 2022

    Cinnamon swirl bundt cake

  • RSW  on  June 8, 2022

    Triple chocolate cake

  • justcooking  on  June 9, 2022

    Passionfruit coconut cake

  • BeckyYeo  on  June 10, 2022

    Chocolate Cherry Layer Cake

  • mga  on  June 10, 2022

    Fraisier layer cake

  • skyejaden  on  June 10, 2022

    Marzipan cake

  • Gup  on  June 10, 2022

    Really want to make lavender honey madelines.

  • cellenly  on  June 10, 2022

    Gâteau orangette

  • wats2901  on  June 12, 2022

    Persimmon Bundt cake

  • Mouse21  on  June 12, 2022

    Passionfruit Coconut Cake

  • nocona  on  June 12, 2022

    Marzipan cake – nom nom nom!

  • michelle666  on  June 12, 2022

    Marzipan cake

  • hillsboroks  on  June 12, 2022

    Gateau orangette

  • e4b4  on  June 12, 2022

    Pistachio cherry tea cake

  • lindaeatsherbooks  on  June 13, 2022

    I would make the fallen apricot pistachio cake.

  • JenjiD  on  June 13, 2022

    Tarte à la rhubarbe

  • stehol  on  June 13, 2022

    Triple chocolate cake

  • coryphaeus  on  June 13, 2022

    Fallen fig cake for me

  • orchidlady01  on  June 14, 2022

    Vanilla bean panna cotta

  • Purplecatlover  on  June 14, 2022

    Pear spice cake

  • antheaholloway  on  June 14, 2022

    Marzipan Cake

  • Lesevans6  on  June 14, 2022

    Chocolate Cherry Layer Cake

  • prettypistol  on  June 14, 2022

    Pistachio cherry tea cake

  • angiejackson  on  June 14, 2022

    White chocolate & cassis bûche de Noël

  • MelW66  on  June 14, 2022

    Tarte à la rhubarbe

  • Franki  on  June 14, 2022

    Cherry friands

  • ToPieFor  on  June 14, 2022

    Fallen Fig Cake

  • portkey  on  June 14, 2022

    Passionfruit Coconut Cake

  • sleeper99  on  June 14, 2022

    Alsatian gingerbread

  • Emmaeng  on  June 15, 2022

    I would make the Blood orange mini bundt cake first

  • krnries  on  June 15, 2022

    Jasmine tea cakes – they sound fabulous xx

  • playfulgilly  on  June 15, 2022

    Marzipan cake for my husband, he would love this, perfect for fathers day

  • KarenDel  on  June 15, 2022

    Blueberry lemon bundt cake

  • sheridarby  on  June 15, 2022

    Tarte Normande

  • DimensionAEB  on  June 15, 2022

    Passionfruit Coconut Cake

  • Isis1981uk  on  June 15, 2022

    Triple chocolate cake

  • ClaireHamilton  on  June 15, 2022

    Tarragon and compté sablés

  • Jbdeals22  on  June 15, 2022

    The chocolate cherry layer cake would be my first pick!

  • PatBarrett  on  June 15, 2022

    Raspberry lemon rose tea cake

  • misty33  on  June 15, 2022

    Pistachio cherry tea cake

  • uk2nl  on  June 16, 2022

    Banana bundt cake

  • love2chow  on  June 16, 2022

    Fallen apricot pistachio cake

  • DLC  on  June 17, 2022

    Tarte a la rhubarbe! I have a bumper crop this year and this would be a perfect recipe for gifting to friends!

  • avonleajules  on  June 17, 2022

    pistachio cherry tea cakes

  • zeeenie  on  June 18, 2022

    Jasmine tea cakes

  • slumberandscones  on  June 18, 2022

    marzipan cake

  • joke7  on  June 19, 2022

    Raspberry lemon rose tea cake

  • clairesen  on  June 19, 2022

    I would love to try making the triple chocolate cake! This looks such a lovely book

  • PhillipJD  on  June 19, 2022

    “Gâteau orangette” – (page 162).

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