According to Conde Nast, Miette is ranked one of the top ten pastry shops in the world. If you live in the Bay Area or visiting, you are lucky enough to be able to experience this charming and delightful pasty shop for yourself. With location in
and now in Larkspur, there is a location to suit most everyone.
I first experienced this enchanting, whimsical shop at San Francisco’s Ferry Building. It is a feast for the eyes with the pastel colors and abundance of tasty treats. Each item is perfectly executed in both the final results and the adorable packaging. With Miette translating from French to English, it means “crumb”. It is a baker’s term for describing the texture of the cake.
The chef and owner, Meg Ray takes great pride in each of her recipes. Her love for baking stemmed from her youth and reading her mother’s cookbooks; with her favorite being Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook. With her trips to
Paris she gained an
appreciation for exquisite pastries along with an artful eye for packaging and
When the Miette cookbook was released in 2011, I quickly logged onto Amazon to order and expedited the shipping to my house. The book is filled with recipes for cakes, frostings, tarts, cookies, bars, pastries and candy. Each recipe is packed with great tips and techniques. I am simply fascinated with the terrific technique Meg utilizes and in awe of her baking prowess.
Several weeks ago I visited the Miette location in
London Square to pick up a few goodies. I spied this tiny package of pre-made decorative
flowers and actually picked up a few. I
had a vision to make the perfect vanilla cupcake and frosting while adorning
each one with the tiny flower and the little green leaf as an accompaniment.
After browsing through her book, the recipe for Hot Milk Cake intrigued me. The idea of adding hot milk to create a cake was fascinating. The texture is similar to a sponge cake and extremely moist. The technique involved is beyond throwing ingredients together, but that is what I loved about this cake. I felt a bit French for a day. Smile.
I created a cream cheese frosting to top each one which added that richness to each little cupcake. I have always been fascinated by mini desserts since it satisfies any craving with a one to two bite delight. Plus they just look so darn cute. The flower confection simply completed these little wonders. I brought some to the neighbors, sent some off to work with my hubby and the rest were enjoyed by my co-workers. Nice way to start the week off!
Hot Milk Cake
1 1/3 Cup Flour
2 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
½ Cup salted butter
½ Cup Milk
1 ½ Cup Sugar
3 Large Eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Sift together flour, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. Set aside.
In a saucepan over medium low heat, combine the butter and milk together. Heat until butter is melted. Let sit off the burner until a thermometer reads 80 to 85 degrees. Whisk occasionally to keep the mixture combined.
Use a glass bowl over a pan of boiling water to create a double boiler. Whisk together the eggs, sugar and vanilla in the glass bowl and add to the top of the pan without having the water touch the bottom of the bowl. Gently warm the mixture over medium heat just until the sugar dissolves and the thermometer reads 110 degrees. Pour the mixture into the bowl of a stand mixer. Beat the mixture until light and fluffy and has cooled slightly above room temperature to 80 to 85 degrees. This process should take about 10 minutes.
Stop the mixer and add the dry ingredients slowly until incorporated. Next add the milk mixture slowly until combined. Scrape the sides to ensure everything is mixed together.
Use a small ice cream scooper to fill each of the mini cupcakes to 2/3 full. I used a mini muffin pan for the cupcakes. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes until the sides just start to turn golden brown. Remove from the oven to let cool before frosting.
Yield: Makes approximately 48 mini cupcakes or 24 regular sized cupcakes
Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting
12 ounces Cream cheese, room temperature
½ Cup Butter, room temperature
5 Cups Powdered sugar
2 teaspoon vanilla
In a stand mixer, cream together the butter and cream cheese until light and fluffy – about 10 minutes. Add the vanilla and combine well. Slowly incorporate the powdered sugar and beat until fluffy.