It’s not always practical or possible to have a cake-box at hand every time you want to buy or take a piece of cake somewhere. However the French appear to have a nifty little solution to carrying your highly squishable delicacy back home from the boulangerie.
My favourite boulangerie is called the “Blé d’Or”, which is just alongside a lovely beach in Les Minimes, where I live in La Rochelle. Why is it my favourite? Well, firstly it’s next to the beach. Secondly, they have wifi! It also has beautiful cakes, cheap macarons, and was the first establishment I found that does take-away tea! Oh, and they open Sunday. These are all especially good reasons for brownie points in my books.
So I was having a bit of a chocolate craving last weekend, which is fairly unusual for me, and so I went for something a little different – usually I would buy the Millefeuille (perhaps I should do a post in the future on how to eat these? They’re the messiest things ever!) or a classic éclair. This time, the “Royale” caught my eye. It has a sponge base, some sort of nougatine layer and then heaps of chocolate mousse. Which, as you know, I’m a bit of a sucker for. It is also about the most easily squashed piece of cake I could have chosen.
So here’s the clever carry-bag, and I’m going to show you how it is made. I was surprised how simple it was!
You will need: a rectangular piece of thin paper (larger and proportionally longer than A4 works best), sellotape, your piece of cake.
The first four steps in the picture below (from top-left): 2. place your cake in the centre, on the underside of the paper. 2. Fold the sides up to meet and give the cake a sturdy base. 3. Fold the top corners over. 4. Make a second fold (you can see the line to fold along in ‘3’).
5. Lastly, use the crease in ‘4’ as a guide and make one more fold with the same sides down towards the base, then tip your paper bag carefully onto its side and tuck the flaps underneath, securing them with a piece of tape.
You will find that this gives you a really sturdy carrier, with a little “lip” to hold onto. Genius!
Now I really want to go there, for the cakes and for the wifi, since I’m currently writing on Word due to lack of internet. As much as I hate to admit it, I can’t imagine life without internet. It’s a good job the French make such good cakes, otherwise I might have got a little annoyed with the country that my housemate and I describe as the place where “personne ne sait rien” ! On the other hand, it seems that our kitchen is finally finished and we now have functioning hobs, sink & freezer compartments, in addition to microwave, fridge & kettle. Spoiled. Check back soon for a dessert I’m planning…
So have a go at this, this week. It would be great with a piece of wrapping paper (A4 is too small) or newspaper even, to make a little present for someone.