Sign in using your account with
Maadi, Cairo, Egypt.
Salé Sucré: Maadi Sweets and Treats
Sweet shop Salé Sucré has many venues in Cairo, including Mohandiseen and Roxy. Maadi’s side street branch is aesthetically pleasing while offering a range of delectable cookies, cakes and oriental sweets. With large glass windows displaying sleek cases of tantalising sweets, you can’t go wrong.
While Cairo suffers no shortage of good bakeries full of tempting cakes and yummy biscuits, Salé Sucré has something of a neighbourhood cult following. Upon entering, the smell of freshly baked sweets rushes to meet you as you browse through the wonderland of baked goods. There is a wide variety of cakes in the left-hand side display case, from rich black forest cakes with decorative cherries and chocolate shavings to creamy cheese cakes with brightly coloured berry glazes, in addition to fruit and chocolate concoctions. Prices range between 50LE and upwards of 200LE for a special occasion cake.
The central display case carries every cookie, petit-four and tartlet that you could dream of in a variety of bright colours. You can buy chocolate and walnut petit-fours, date cake or berry tartlets by the kilo, which should cost around 60LE to 100LE. You can either hand-pick the selection yourself or choose a ready-made selection of flaky biscuits, chocolaty petit-fours or fruit and custard tartlets.
While the shop is dominated by miniature sweets, large cakes and sweet breads, a section of the counter is also stocked with savoury pastries, cheese and mini-deli sandwiches. These are also sold by the kilo, with an average of 60LE per kilo.
With Ramadan upon us, patrons can find all their favourite Ramadan desserts here, starting from a 1/4 kilo box. The oriental sweets are artfully arranged on tall silver platters, including the basbousa, which is the perfect blend of sweetness, konafa of every kind, and sticky pastries with both nuts and cream.
The prices are quite reasonable: a kilo of petit-fours and mini-cakes starting at about 80LE, and 1/4 kilo oriental sweets starting at 35LE. For the divine taste and sugar rush that Sale Sucré induces; this is not a bad deal. The service is great; the staff are spot on with orders and eager to help you choose from the baked delicacies on display.
No matter how long you think it’s been, cafe and food trends in Cairo never seem to die out – specifically that simple little thing called a cupcake. In a completely unsurprising development, another dessert place in the Ard El Golf district of Heliopolis – CupCaker Baker – has joined the the incessant cupcake craze.
Occupying a fuchsia and glass booth inside Sweet Corner, the venue is large and spacious, but a little uncomfortable and sparse as a result. All the walls are adorned with their signature garish, clashing bright pink and yellow colour scheme, making the shop space more appealing to a younger crowd.
Specialising in cupcakes (10LE-15LE/each), CupCaker Baker also offers coffee and a range of flavoured milkshakes (15LE), while customised cakes and large orders can be prepared at two days notice. Despite promising a diverse selection online, the cupcake range available at the time of our visit appeared to be the more predictable offerings. We opted for a box of six cupcakes, including strawberry, red velvet, Nutella Ferrero Rocher, cinnamon, banana with nutella and an applecious.
We also went for a mango milkshake, which, despite being made with mango ice-cream, was disappointing; incredibly smooth and milky, but lacking a distinct mango taste.
The cupcakes were also somewhat disappointing; although each topping was generous and fluffy, the cupcake bases were far from the best we’ve had. Both the strawberry and banana cupcakes tasted – and looked - sickeningly artificial. Recommended for the very sweet toothed, the generous spread and fillings of Nutella in both the Ferrero Rocher and the banana options were almost enough to induce diabetes. Despite the slightly dry sponge, the red velvet tasted the best as it sported a flavourful, buttery icing. Our least favourite was the cinnamon; although there was a strong tang of cinnamon and a fluffy cream topping, the sponge was both dry and oddly grainy. Lastly, the applecious was an interesting combination of vanilla sponge, bitter chocolate chips, apple icing and sticky caramel sauce.
Unfortunately, with an overload of artificial flavourings, CupCaker Baker appears out of its depth amongst the overabundance of renowned cupcake places in the city.