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.)


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

  2. wow thats looks so special happy birthday

  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. How lucky you are! Happy Birthday!

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

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

    Happy Birthday!!

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


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