Without the promise of sweets, mouths would never have the patience to stay open during dentist’s appointments or closed during beekeeping demonstrations. Keep mouths copacetic with today’s Groupon to Margaret’s French Bakery in Campbell. Choose between the following options:
- For $49, you get a choice of any two holiday cakes (a $100 value).
- For $69, you get a choice of any three holiday cakes (a $150 value).<p>
Choose from any combination of the following cakes: * Triple chocolate * Raspberry vanilla * Bûche de Noël<p>
For 28 years, the dessert chefs at Margaret’s French Bakery have employed flavor-enhancing syrups and liqueurs to craft made-to-order European-style holiday cakes. Fabricated with rich chocolate devil’s food, the triple-chocolate cake besieges mouths with savory chocolate-buttercream filling, dark-chocolate frosting, and a 100 percent chance of sugar snowflakes. Seedless raspberry preserves and vanilla buttercream bling out the raspberry-vanilla cake as both filling and frosting, and holly-leaf and fresh-berry decorations raid the ghost of Christmas past’s refrigerator. Both the triple-chocolate and raspberry-vanilla cakes come to patrons exclusively fashioned for this deal only, and can be customized with the customer’s choice of sweet inscription.
As a third option, the bakery invigorates holiday palates with the bûche de Noël, a soft vanilla-sponge-cake roll that serves 12–14 people. Constructed in the shape of a yule log, the confection is topped with candy mushrooms, locally sourced berries, and powdered-sugar snow, providing the first building block of a delicious, edible cabin.
Margaret's French Bakery
In the 1960s, Margaret took her first trip to Paris and fell in love with the sights and sounds that filled the teeming streets. But mostly, she fell in love with the flavors. "I ate my way through that city," she says with a laugh. When she returned to the States, she could not find anything that measured up to what she'd tasted in France, so Margaret, who'd been cooking since the age of 10, began trying her hand at re-creating the flavors and textures that left her enamored with the City of Lights.
When she opened her first shop in 1983, she began crafting croissants, brioches, and tarts. Now, in her appointment-only headquarters, Margaret and her team continue to create those French confections as well as custom cakes, which serve as impressive centerpieces at weddings and natural habitats for tiny, well-dressed couples. Fondant and marzipan from Switzerland shield the towering creations, which are filled with Belgian chocolate and locally grown fresh fruit. Popular creations include a cake steeped in strawberries and Grand Marnier, a chocolate-raspberry mousse torte, and a princess cake, which layers spongy vanilla génoise, raspberry preserves, and Amaretto cream filling.
Margaret especially relishes the challenge of sculpting unusual cakes. In her kitchen, she holds her breath while putting the finishing touches on a batter-based construction sculpted into the shape of a stack of tires, which she is building for the wedding of two Jeep lovers.
750 E McGlincy Lane
Campbell, California 95008