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"Let them eat cake." - commonly attributed to French queen Marie Antoinette.

"All the world is birthday cake, so take a piece, but not too much." - George Harrison.

"Let's face it, a nice creamy chocolate cake does a lot for a lot of people; it does for me." - Audrey Hepburn.

PASTRY is the name given to various kinds of baked products made from ingredients such as flour, sugar, milk, butter, shortening, baking powder, and eggs. Small tarts and other sweet baked products are called "pastries."

Pastry may also refer to the dough from which such baked products are made. Pastry dough is rolled out thinly and used as a base for baked products. Common pastry dishes include pies, tarts, quiches and pasties.

Pastry is differentiated from bread by having a higher fat content, which contributes to a flaky or crumbly texture. A good pastry is light and airy and fatty, but firm enough to support the weight of the filling. When making a shortcrust pastry, care must be taken to blend the fat and flour thoroughly before adding any liquid. This ensures that the flour granules are adequately coated with fat and less likely to develop gluten. On the other hand, overmixing results in long gluten strands that toughen the pastry. In other types of pastry such as Danish pastry and croissants, the characteristic flaky texture is achieved by repeatedly rolling out a dough similar to that for yeast bread, spreading it with butter, and folding it to produce many thin layers.

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  • 10 deliciously selfish cupcake recipes - "A lavish sugar hit that you don’t have to share? No wonder cupcakes are having a moment. These easy bakes will see you through from breakfast to dessert."
  • 20 best easy cake recipes - "From Nigella’s birthday custard sponge to Meera Sodha’s miso take on a classic brownie, simplicity is the star of these recipes."
  • 50 of the world's best desserts - CNN travel.
  • A Chocolate Camp for Pastry Chefs - "In a Las Vegas strip mall, a master chocolatier is teaching cooks from all over the world how to create the perfect bonbon."
  • A Cupcake Confident in Its Own Skin - The New York Times.
  • A New School of Pastry Chefs Got Its Start in Architecture - The New York Times.
  • Basque cake made with a 280-year-old water mill - "In France's Basque country, a quaint bakery still uses old methods to make the region's beloved shortbread cake. The sights and sounds of the mill and bakery keep people coming."
  • Baumkuchen.
  • Baumkuchen - is a kind of spit cake from German cuisine. It's also a popular dessert in Japan. The characteristic rings that appear when sliced resemble tree rings, and give the cake its German name, Baumkuchen, which literally translates to "tree cake" or "log cake".
  • Berliner (doughnut) - Berliner Pfannkuchen. Photo: Rainer Zenz.
  • Berliner (doughnut) - Berliner Pfannkuchen - German doughnut with no central hole, made from sweet yeast dough fried in fat or oil, with a marmalade or jam filling like a jelly doughnut, and usually icing, powdered sugar or conventional sugar on top. They are sometimes made with chocolate, champagne, custard, mocha, or advocaat filling, or with no filling at all.
  • Brioche.
  • Brioche - pastry of French origin that is akin to a highly enriched bread, and whose high egg and butter content give it a rich and tender crumb.
  • Baillardran, 55, Cours de l'Intendance, 33000 Bordeaux, France.
  • CANALÉ - the canelé is about two inches high, and is made from sugar, milk, flour, rum and vanilla. Delicious at any time of the day, it is appreciated during wine tastings and can be consumed for breakfast, a snack or as a dessert. Although the production of the canelé began during the 17th century, the little cake became famous only in 1985, when canelé became a brand, deposited by the Brotherhood of the canelé of Bordeaux; and it is now the most eaten of all pastries in Bordeaux, France.
  • Chef Spotlight: Jessica PrÉalpato - "At only 33 years old, the pastry chef of Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée is a force to be reckoned with."
  • Coronavirus-Inspired Dessert Is Going ‘Viral’ In Prague - "This week, as new state of emergency gets under way in the Czech Republic to combat the spread of Covid-19, Prague residents are lining up to get a taste of a “virus cake” that has become the talk of the town."
  • Cannoli. Photo: mat's eye.
  • Cannoli - Italian pastries consisting of tube-shaped shells of fried pastry dough, filled with a sweet, creamy filling usually containing ricotta - a staple of Sicilian cuisine.
  • Cronut.
  • Cronut - croissant-doughnut pastry invented and trademarked by Dominique Ansel Bakery in New York City. The pastry is made by frying a laminated dough in grape seed oil. The fried pastry is then sugared, filled, and glazed.
  • Cupcakes.
  • CUPCAKE - small cake designed to serve one person, which may be baked in a small thin paper or aluminium cup. As with larger cakes, icing and other cake decorations, such as sprinkles, may be applied.
  • Doughnut. Photo: Evan-Amos.
  • Doughnut - or donut is a type of leavened fried dough. It is popular in many countries and is prepared in various forms as a sweet snack that can be homemade or purchased in bakeries, supermarkets, food stalls, and franchised specialty vendors. Doughnuts are usually deep fried from a flour dough, but other types of batters can also be used. Various toppings and flavorings are used for different types, such as sugar, chocolate, or maple glazing. Doughnuts may also include water, leavening, eggs, milk, sugar, oil, shortening, and natural or artificial flavors.
  • Dundee cake.
  • Dundee cake - famous traditional Scottish fruit cake with a rich flavour. Much favored by Winston Churchill. The cake is often made with currants, sultanas and almonds; sometimes, fruit peel may be added to it. The top of the cake is typically decorated with concentric circles of almonds.
  • Elizabeth's Cake Emporium.
  • Elizabeth's Cake Emporium - "Luxury Wedding Cakes." We create wedding cakes, celebration cakes and cupcakes that are adorned with the most realistic edible jewellery, sugar flowers, lace, pearls and gems.
  • Experts rank the 15 best Dunkin' Donuts flavors - Thrillist.
  • How long until I find out my wife is a cake? The viral videos dividing the internet - "The sight of knives slicing into cakes that resemble everything from fruit to toilet roll has driven some people to existential crises."
  • How to make the perfect Sachertorte - recipe - "Soft but firm, delicately chocolatey, luscious with apricot jam - a ‘grown-up chocolate cake’ that gets better with age."
  • In Paris Bakeries, LibertÉ From Gluten - The New York Times.
  • Is the World’s Best Croissant Made in Australia? - The New York Times.
  • Let them eat cake: New Zealand couple document luxury life in Covid-19 quarantine - "The pair’s blog about their enforced stay at an Auckland hotel, featuring high-class food and a mini-fridge full of treats, has caused envy worldwide."
  • List of cakes - Wikipedia.
  • List of pastries - Wikipedia.
  • Macaron.
  • Macaron - French sweet meringue-based confection made with egg white, icing sugar, granulated sugar, almond powder or ground almond, and food colouring. The macaron is commonly filled with ganache, buttercream or jam filling sandwiched between two biscuits (cookies).
  • Madeleine (cake).
  • Madeleine (cake) - small rich sponge cake, baked in a fluted tin or mould and decorated with coconut and jam. Probably named after Madeleine Palmier, 19th-century French pastry cook, who was a cook in the 18th century for Stanisław Leszczyński, whose son-in-law, Louis XV of France, named them for her. Marcel Proust describes Madeleines as "a little shell of cake, so generously sensual beneath the piety of its stern pleating..." Read also: MADELEINE MOMENT.
  • Mooncakes galore for Mid-Autumn festival - "Chinese & Vietnamese people around the globe are celebrating the Mid-Autumn festival."
  • Original Sacher-Torte size III in a wooden box: €58,90.
  • Original Sacher-Torte - since 1832. "The world-famous original in the attractive wooden box - a sweet greeting from Vienna."
  • Panettone.
  • Panettone - type of sweet bread loaf originally from Milan, usually prepared and enjoyed for Christmas and New Year in Italy, southeastern France, Spain, Portugal, Slovenia, Brazil, Venezuela, Peru, Malta, Montenegro, Albania, Eritrea, Georgia, Germany, Austria and Switzerland, and is one of the symbols of the city of Milan. Main ingredients: Flour, candied fruits, raisins.
  • Paris’s Best Macarons: A Guide - The New York Times.
  • Pastel de nata.
  • Pastel de nata - is a Portuguese egg tart pastry, common in Portugal.
  • A French pastry shop window.
  • PASTRY - the name given to various kinds of baked products made from ingredients such as flour, sugar, milk, butter, shortening, baking powder, and eggs. Small tarts and other sweet baked products are called "pastries."
  • PASTRY AT AMAZON.COM'S GROCERY & GOURMET FOOD - as of July 19, 2021: 4,000+ results.
  • The surprising truth about Pavlova's origin.
  • Pavlova - meringue-based dessert named after the Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova. It is a meringue dessert with a crisp crust and soft, light inside, usually topped with fruit and whipped cream.
  • Persian love cake - The Telegraph.
  • Profiterole. Photo: Stu Spivack.
  • Profiterole - cream puff (US), or chou à la crème is a filled French choux pastry ball with a typically sweet and moist filling of whipped cream, custard, pastry cream, or ice cream. The puffs may be decorated or left plain or garnished with chocolate sauce, caramel, or a dusting of powdered sugar. Savory profiterole are also made, filled with pureed meats, cheese, and so on.
  • Rustico leccese. Puff pastry filled with mozzarella, béchamel, tomato, pepper and nutmeg.
  • Puff pastry - in baking, a puff pastry is a light, flaky, unleavened pastry containing several layers of fat which is in solid state at 20 °C (68 °F). In raw form, puff pastry is a dough which is spread with solid fat and repeatedly folded and rolled out. It is sometimes called a "water dough" or détrempe. The gaps that form between the layers are a result of the puff pastry rising as the water evaporates into steam during the baking process. Piercing the dough will prevent excessive puffing, and crimping along the sides will prevent the layers from flaking all of the way to the edges.
  • Demel Demel’s Sachertorte 6 (large) in a wooden box: €51.
  • Sachertorte - since 1786. Demel, K. u. K. Hofzuckerbäcker. Vienna, Austria. Online store.
  • Salad cakes are the latest weird food craze in Japan - The Telegraph.
  • Slice of history: icing from Charles & Diana wedding cake sells for £1,850 - "Gerry Layton, a royal supporter from Leeds, bought the cake topping and marzipan base for his collection of memorabilia."
  • Spit cake - European-styled cake made with layers of dough or batter deposited, one at a time, onto a tapered cylindrical rotating spit. The dough is baked by an open fire or a special oven, rotisserie-style. Generally, spit cakes are associated with celebrations such as weddings and Christmas. The spit can be dipped in a thin dough, or the dough can be poured or rolled on the spit.
  • Blueberry tart.
  • TART - a baked dish consisting of a filling over a pastry base with an open top not covered with pastry. The pastry is usually shortcrust pastry; the filling may be sweet or savoury, though modern tarts are usually fruit-based, sometimes with custard. Tartlet refers to a miniature tart; an example would be egg tarts. Examples of tarts include jam tarts, which may be different colours depending on the flavour of the jam used to fill them, and the Bakewell tart.
  • Tarte tropézienne.
  • Tarte tropÉzienne - dessert pastry consisting of a filled brioche. It was created in 1955 by Alexandre Micka, a pâtisserie owner in Saint-Tropez. The pastry was named by actress Brigitte Bardot while she was there filming And God Created Woman.
  • The contentious origins of England's famous pudding - "Sticky toffee pudding marries flavour, regional culture and history, but tensions around its origins remain."
  • The destination for cake lovers - "Budapest's best cakes and where to find them."
  • The erotic origins of Italy's most famous sweet - "Italy has a number of age-old pastries that resemble genitalia, like cannoli. But while they may induce a few giggles nowadays, their origins are linked to serious traditions."
  • The gooey 'biscake' eaten by millions - "Alfajores are synonymous with Argentina - the biggest producer and consumer - where they are as central to the national culinary identity as steak and Malbec."
  • The surprising truth about pavlova - "Australians and New Zealanders have long argued over who invented the pavlova, but the authors of a new book have found the dessert’s origins go back much further."
  • This woman's creepily realistic cakes will freak you out - The Telegraph.
  • Twinkie - American snack cake, described as "golden sponge cake with a creamy filling".
  • WATER CAKE: A DAIRY-FREE, EGG-FREE, MAGIC CAKE - "This magic cake that doesn’t use any milk, eggs or butter is perfect for self-isolation."
  • What Cookies & Meth Have in Common - The New York Times.
  • What is desseralitÉ & how it made Jessica PrÉalpato The World’s Best Pastry Chef 2019 - 50 Best Stories.
  • World cup of baking - since 1992. "Coupe du Monde de la Boulangerie."
  • world’s greatest dessert: 10 superb pavlovas - from peach melba to beautiful banoffee - "There are no end of delicious variations on the meringue, cream and fruit original, whether you’re a vegan, have a sweet tooth or like sophisticated pink peppercorns."
  • Zuccotto - semi-frozen, chilled dessert made with alchermes, cake and ice cream.
  • Top 25 Best Pastry Bakeries & Cafés
  • 25 Bakeries Around The World You Have To See Before You Die - BuzzFeed.
  • ANDERSEN BAKERY - since 1962. "Delightfully European". Founded in the European bread-making tradition.
  • Angelina, 226 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France.
  • Angelina - 226, rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France. A stone’s throw from the Louvre, the Belle Époque interior of this famous French tea salon has been graced by the Paris high society since 1903. Opt for a typical French breakfast or the house speciality: a rich, traditional hot chocolate, which goes exquisitely with a croissant.
  • Baillardran, 55, Cours de l'Intendance, 33000 Bordeaux, France.
  • Baillardran - 55, Cours de l'Intendance, 33000 Bordeaux, France. This shop sells the most wonderful canelés, a regional treat found in Bordeaux. This pastry is basically a tiny cake (the largest is the size of a tall shot glass) completely encrusted with a carmelized sugar-cinnamon mixture. The cinnamon is so intense it's almost spicy, and the sugar gives it a satisfying crunch with each bite. The only drawback to trying this delicacy is that you will fall in love with them, and they are tough to find even in Paris, let alone the United States. Baillardran makes them in various sizes and they're available one at a time or in multiples in gift boxes and such.
  • Best Pastry Shops in Paris - Choco
  • Caffé Giacosa - Roberto Cavalli, Via della Spada, 10/r, 50123 Florence (FI).
  • CaffÈ Giacosa - Roberto Cavalli - "Sweets, pastries, wines and spirits, restaurant, tea room, chocolate factory. Licensced furnishers to the Royal family. Casa Giacosa, founded in 1815." After a painstaking restoration faithful to the original structures, Roberto Cavalli, a born Florentine bound to tradition, reopened Florence's historic "drawing room", giving back to the city one of its famous cafés. Via della Spada 10, Florence, Italy.
  • Conditori La Glace, Skoubogade 3, 1158 Copenhagen K, Denmark.
  • CONDITORI LA GLACE - the oldest and probably best confectionary in Denmark. Founded in the middle of old Copenhagen on the 8th of October 1870, it has through six generations delivered joy and quality to Copenhagen and its visitors.
  • Confiserie Hanselmann, Via Maistra 8, 7500 St. Moritz, Switzerland.
  • Confiserie Hanselmann - Via Maistra 8, Since 1894. Sweet paradise of world renown. Particularly popular are the famous Engadin Nusstorten (nut cake) and pralines, handmade with elaborate care. The nut cake is available to order online.
  • Confiserie Hauser, Via Traunter Plazzas 7, 7500 St. Moritz, Switzerland.
  • Confiserie Hauser - Via Traunter Plazzas 7, 7500 St. Moritz, Switzerland. Since 1955. "How about a replica of the Upper Engadin in chocolate? Or the only Nusstorte (nut cake) with a chocolate coating? Or a mouth-watering praline with the St. Moritz logo? Find all these and much more at HAUSER's Confiserie. Chocolate, Engadin Nusstorte and pear bread can also be ordered at the online shop."
  • DEAN & DELUCA - "Purveyors of Fine Food & Online Gourmet Suppliers Since 1977." Gourmet cakes, cupcakes, pastries & desserts.
  • Demel, Kohlmarkt 14, A-1010 Vienna, Austria.
  • DEMEL - famous pastry shop and chocolatier in Vienna, Austria. It was founded in 1786.
  • Dominique Ansel Bakery's cronut.
  • Dominique Ansel Bakery - 189 Spring St, Soho, New York, NY 10012, U.S.A. One of "Top 10 Pastry Chefs in the United States" by Dessert Professional Magazine. Winner of Time Out New York's Best Bakery 2012. Specialty: the Cronut (Half Croissant, Half Doughnut).
  • FAUCHON - 24-26, place de la Madeleine, 75008 Paris. The top luxury gourmet store in France. Macarons and pastry.
  • Ferrara Bakery & Café, 195 Grand Street (between Mulberry Street and Mott Street), New York City, NY 10013, U.S.A.
  • Ferrara Bakery & Café - "America's First Espresso Bar - Since 1892." 195 Grand Street (between Mulberry Street and Mott Street), New York City. Located in the heart of Little Italy and offers a variety of Italian delicacies that include: cakes, cookies, pastries, desserts, and gourmet specialty items. Many of their items can also be purchased through their website and shipped throughout the United States.
  • Caffè Gilli, Via Roma 1/R, 50123 Firenze.
  • Gilli - since 1733. "The elegance in Florence."
  • Gosselin - since 1989. "Située à Paris dans le 1er arrondissement, au 123-125 rue Saint Honoré, Paris, la boulangerie-pâtisserie Gosselin vous présente une grande variété de baguettes, de pains spéciaux, de viennoiserie, un éventail de pâtisseries sous forme de petits et gros gâteaux. Vente à emporter de sandwichs, de salades et boissons."
  • HUNTLEY & PALMERS - since 1822. "When Taste Masters." Britain's most famous biscuit company.
  • Imperial Torte, Hotel Imperial, Vienna, Austria.
  • Imperial Torte - "Legend has it that a kitchen apprentice created the Imperial Torte in honor of Emperor Franz Joseph I on the occasion of the Hotel Imperial's opening. Though the recipe is a closely guarded secret, so much can be revealed: fine milk chocolate first melts on the tongue accented by the delicate bitterness of almonds, while marzipan and cacao cream complement perfectly the irrestible creation."
  • JUNIOR'S MOST FABULOUS CHEESECAKE & DESERTS - since 1950. "Hail a taxicab anywhere in New York City and tell the driver, "Take me to the best cheesecake in New York." Odds are you will end up at the corner of Flatbush and DeKalb Avenues in Brooklyn, at Juniors."
  • KJELDSENS BUTTER COOKIES - "The Original Danish Butter Cookies." A Kelsen cookie for every golden moment...
  • Ladurée, 75 Avenue des Champs-Élysées, 75008 Paris, France.
  • LadurÉe - 75, avenue des Champs-Élysées, 75008 Paris, France. Since 1862. French luxury bakery and sweets maker house. It is one of the top premier sellers of the double-decker macaron, fifteen thousand of which are sold every day. They are still one of the best known makers of macarons in the world.
  • Lenôtre Patisserie, 44, rue d'Auteuil, 75016 Paris, France.
  • LENÔTRE - since 1957. Flagship store: 44, rue d'Auteuil, 75016 Paris, France.
  • Lisboa Patisserie - 57 Golborne Rd, London W10 5NR, England, U.K. Particularly known for its pastel de nata cakes.
  • Magnolia Bakery: New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago (U.S.A.) & Dubai, and online store.
  • MAGNOLIA BAKERY - since 1996. 401 Bleecker St. (at 11th St.), New York City, NY, U.S.A. Known for its famous dessert treats, including its cupcakes and old-fashioned Depression era icebox cakes. (The bakery has been featured in Lazy Sunday, a Saturday Night Live digital short broadcast in December 2005; also on Sex and the City, in the films Prime and The Devil Wears Prada, the sitcom Spin City, and was also briefly mentioned in the third season of Veronica Mars.)
  • Patisseries in Paris - Blogspot.
  • Patrick Lézé Palm Beach Patissier, 229 Sunrise Ave., Palm Beach, FL 33480, U.S.A.
  • Patrick LÉzÉ Palm Beach Patissier - 229 Sunrise Ave., Palm Beach, FL 33480, U.S.A. Patissier-Chocolatier. Renowned macaroons. Online boutique coming soon.
  • PETROSSIAN - "Exquisite Food and Gifts Since 1920." Online store.
  • Apollonia Poilâne.
  • POILÂNE - 49, boulevard de Grenelle, 75015 Paris, France. "Boulangerie en ligne." The most famous bakery in the world. Widely known for a round, two-kilogram sourdough country bread referred to as a miche or pain Poilâne.
  • Ritz Paris Le Comptoir, 38 Rue Cambon, 75001 Paris, France.
  • Ritz Paris Le Comptoir - "Just a stone's throw from Place Vendôme, the Opera and Place de la Madeleine, Ritz Paris Le Comptoir celebrates the excellence of Ritz Paris patisserie products. Whether enjoying them at Ritz Paris Le Comptoir, to take away or on click and collect, our French Pastry Chef François Perret will make your eyes widen and your tummy rumble." 38, rue Cambon, 75001 Paris, France.
  • Rum Cake Lounge - "The only Online Gourmet Rum Cake company in America."
  • Original Sacher-Torte.
  • SACHER TORTE - Vienna, Austria. The most famous cake in the world since 1832.
  • Sant Ambroeus - since 1936. Corso Giacomo Matteotti, 7, Milan, Italy.
  • Sénéquier, 4 Place aux Herbes, 83990 St Tropez, France.
  • SÉNÉQUIER - since 1887. 29 Quai Jean Jaurès, 83990 Saint-Tropez, France.
  • SPRINKLES CUPCAKES - "The Original Cupcake Bakery." Beverly Hills, CA, U.S.A.
  • Pâtisserie Stohrer, 51 Rue Montorgueil, 75002 Paris, France.
  • Stohrer - since 1730. The oldest Pâtisserie in Paris. 51, rue Montorgueil, 75002 Paris, France.
  • TARTINE BAKERY - 600 Guerrero Street San Francisco, CA 94110, U.S.A. Rated in the Zagat Survey as Best Bakery and Best Breakfast in San Francisco.
  • TATE'S BAKE SHOP - U.S.A. Online store: cookies, cakes, brownies and squares.
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