By Wil Merritt, Co-founder, Celebration Stadium
This week visiting our daughter in the fun, trendy Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn we discovered these unique cream puff swans at a patisserie called "Caprices by Sophie". As delicious as they are beautiful, the swans are perfect for a small birthday event. We took advantage of Caprices' private courtyard garden behind the shop to pair a small white Celebration Stadium with a vanilla swan.
Caprices is a tiny bakery where every treat looks like a jewel and tastes just like you are in France. The place is popular with locals meeting for coffee and pastries or sandwiches. It's great for ducking out of frenetic New York City to enjoy the calming atmosphere and sunlit garden ambiance.
In addition to the perfect pastries, Caprices crafts many types of French-style larger cakes. One specialty is the Capricieux also called Merveilleux. It features a fluffy meringue with a delicate flavored whipped cream rolled into a delicious topping. This example is a birthday cake topped by raspberry whipped cream and organic berries.
From banking to baking... Caprices' founder, Sophie Jaeger, started her career as a corporate lawyer in France. Inspired by new ambitions, she quit her job and comfortable Parisian life to start a career in banking in New York. After seven years, she said “New York is right for me, but not finance”.
In 2011, Sophie reset her career again and became a yoga teacher for those suffering from physical & emotional trauma. It was during her trip to Uganda, where she taught yoga to former child soldiers, that she took the time to think about what she really wanted to do with her life. Sophie decided to turn her passion for baking into a job. “I do think that the best way of being very good at what we do, is to love it. I love baking as it is both a way to express creativity and to share happiness with people in a concrete way”.
From the website, Caprices says their philosophy is that "we buy raw high quality ingredients and we bake everything from scratch everyday on premise! We never compromise on health and well-being. Organic when possible, always natural, seasonal and local."
Caprices by Sophie is located at 138 N 6th St, between Bedford and Berry, in Brooklyn, NY.