No trip to Paris is complete without swinging by a patisserie. Le Bonbonniere de Buci was recommended to me by Tim, who stops by there every time he’s in Paris for one specific reason: their Grand Marnier cake.
Looks rich, doesn’t it? Actually my stomach aches just thinking about it. I don’t know the recipe for this cake, but I would imagine it might go something like this:
- Take a bottle of Grand Marnier, add two cups of sugar, shake thoroughly and let it sit over night
- Then take the richest, sweetest piece of yellow layer cake you can make and place it in a large mixing bowl
- Pour the entire bottle of sugar-laced Grand Marnier over the piece of cake and let that sit for, oh, about a week or so
- When Grand Marnier is completely absorbed, remove from bowl, cover the whole thing in coarse sugar and take a creme brulee torch to the top
If that sounds a bit much to you, you’d be right. I actually felt a little tipsy after eating half of it. At that point I gave up. I had quite a mess on my hands too:
Sorry Tim, not sure I could stomach this one again. There are far less messy dessert to be had at the Bonbonniere, and I intend to try one of those next time instead.
Le Bonbonniere de Buci
12, Rue Buci, 75006 Paris, France
+33 1 43 26 97 13