Saturday, May 16, 2009

Cupcakes and Tea at the Ritz Carlton


I was lucky enough to enjoy cupcakes and tea this afternoon at the Ritz Carlton in Boston, MA-a birthday gift from my good friend Ayako. All month long, the Ritz is holding teatime with a flight of mini cupcakes. (Classy, but still comfort food for the kid in all of us).

The five cupcakes (starting with the cake at the top of the photo) were:

  • Boston Cream Pie (Vanilla Sponge Cupcake, Fresh Pastry Cream, Valrhona Chocolate Glaze)
  • Black Forest (Valrhona Chocolate Cupcake, Kirsch Cherries, Chantilly Cream, Valrhona Chocolate Shavings)
  • Lemon Meringue (Lemon Chiffon Cupcake, Zesty Lemon Curd, Toasted Meringue)
  • Irish Coffee (Valrhona Chocolate Cupcake, Kirsch Cherries, Chantilly Cream, Valrhona Chocolate Shavings)
  • Tiramisu (Sponge Cupcake, Mascarpone Espresso Cream, illy Espresso, Rum Drizzle)*
The cupcakes were delicious; the gorgeous presentation was perfectly matched with each cake's delectable flavor.


Pots of steeped tea were kept warm by a small candle (rather fondue-like in its functionality). Our waiter Andres kept our cups full by pouring the tea through a small strainer.



At the end a single cupcake with two candles (my friend Margo also had a birthday-she is 2 days older than me), macaroons, chocolates and a chocolate ganache happy birthday wish.


If you are in the Boston area (or potentially near any Ritz-I would imagine this is going on throughout May at other locations) I would highly recommend bringing your friends or family to enjoy these tiny but tasty treats.

*(Descriptions are from the Ritz's website.)

8 comments:

  1. this sounds like such a treat! I always wanted to do tea at the ritz but was too intimidated.

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  2. wow thats looks so special happy birthday

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  3. Such a good idea for a birthday party! I have a tradition of going to afternoon tea with my mother -- not for any special occasion (well, tea is the special occasion) -- and have been to the Ritz in SF. It's a great way to feel spoiled for the afternoon.

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  5. Happy birthday! What a great treat with all those delicious sweets and tea! Wonderful!

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  6. Yum, they all look fantastic and tea at the Ritz sounds very relaxing.

    Happy Birthday!!

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  7. How neat! It is like a dream. You just do not experience stuff like this everyday. Very special.

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