Interview with Cake Boy Paris
Frank Adrian Barron, founder of the Cake Boy Paris blog, tells us about his beautiful food blog, his sell-out cakes and his favourite Paris districts. Read our exclusive interview here
You’re originally from San Francisco. What made you move to Paris?
My partner received a job offer back in 2012 and we jumped at the chance to live in the City of Light.
You are one of the most in-demand bakers in Paris. Where can we buy your cakes?
That’s a very generous statement! I certainly appreciate all the cake love. My cakes tend to pop up at select coffee houses around Paris. Most recently I have had cake pop-ups at Boot Café in the Marais and Cafe Oberkampf in the 11th arrondissement.
Your blog and Instagram are full of stunning pictures of your cakes. What is your favourite treat to bake?
I think nostalgia plays a big role in the type of baking I love. I am always happiest when making a simple vanilla cake topped with buttercream frosting and sprinkles.
Where do you buy your ingredients? What would we always find in your kitchen?
G Detou is a bakers’ paradise and stocks everything one could possibly require for whipping up a perfect cake. My kitchen seems to have an endless supply of unsalted butter.
You live in the Marais. Which are your favourite Marais haunts?
I practically live at the charming and aptly named Boot Café, a former cobbler’s shop. An ideal Marais day would be a stroll through place des Vosges, lunch at Miznon, followed by a salted caramel eclair from L’Éclair de Génie.
There are abundant choices in Paris for those looking to satisfy a sweet tooth. Which are your favourite addresses for pastries and sweets?
The choices here are endless. I was a little lost in the beginning but it was a sweet adventure to sort out my favourites. I love everything at Pierre Hermé on rue Bonaparte. Des Gâteaux et du Pain on rue du Bac is another favourite, and I can’t forget Du Pain et des Idées for the delightful escargot pistache, a pinwheel of butter, chocolate and pistachio paste.
Which are your favourite Paris arrondissements?
The third, of course, but I have been spending a lot of time exploring newly opened shops and restaurants in the 10th. When I want to see postcard Paris, I head to the sixth and seventh.
What are the must-dos during a weekend in Paris?
I would say a visit to one of the city’s farmers’ markets is a must – like the Bastille market on Sunday morning. An afternoon spent in one of the lesser-visited museums would be ideal. Try the Gustave Moreau museum in the artist’s 19th-century town house.
Where are your favourite places to shop?
I love the Merci concept store on boulevard Beaumarchais for fashion and home interior inspiration. French Trotters is also a great local shop that carries a range of clothing, homewares and fragrances.
What’s next for Cake Boy Paris?
Next month I have my first cake pop-up outside of Paris, in a beautiful concept shop called St Vincents in Antwerp. Long-term, I have considered the possibility of holding small baking workshops for those that might be interested in an afternoon of Paris cake-making. You can have your cake and eat it too!