Cake by Franck, Foxwoods Resort Casino, CT
On March 1, Cake by Franck opened officially at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT. I was invited to an exclusive event where we had an opportunity to tour the shop and receive a cake-decorating tutorial by Chef Franck himself.
Cake by Franck is a boutique pastry shop offering a wide selection of sugary treats including vibrantly colored French macarons, custom-designed cakes, cookies, brownies, croissants, French donuts, miniature cheesecakes, Brussels-style waffles and much more.
I was amazed with the bright colors and whimsical themes of some of the sweet treats. They bring a smile to your face and had me in awe as to how they make some of these creations.
Frank Iglesias, a native of Argenteuil, France, created and designed the Cake by Franck shop. It’s a project that’s been in development since summer of 2015. Chef Franck also explained how he began studying culinary arts and pastry as a teenager. Before joining Foxwoods seven years ago, he worked with renowned pastry chef Francois Payard in New York City. You may recognize Chef Franck as he’s even made an appearance on Food Network’s “Sweet Genius” competition show.
After touring the entire store and indulging in breakfast-themed hors d’oevres, we received our cake-decorating tutorial by Chef Franck. Then, we were invited to partake in a cake-decorating contest. Mike and I teamed up to give the competition our best shot.
I was completely intimidated by the frosting piping bags – not wanting to mess up the cakes – but Mike dove right in. He drew upon his Carvel cake decorating skills from 30+ years ago. Together we created two beautiful cakes that even had Chef Franck wondering how Mike was so good at cake decorating. Even though we didn’t win first prize in the competition, I like to think we did a great job with our cakes.
Before we left our sweet morning, we were provided with some take home treats from the Cake by Franck shop. It was a great way to continue sampling their items. The giant cookie and “brownie in a jar” were as delicious as they look.
Cake by Franck officially opened on March 1. You can find it on the Concourse level of the Great Cedar Hotel, located across from the Great Cedar food court. It’s a great place to stop either after a concert or outlet shopping, or before losing all your scratch money at the casino, even if only for a slice of cake or a single macaron!
Have you ever been to Foxwoods Resort Casino? If so what’s your favorite place to visit?
What’s your favorite sweet treat at the bakery?
Disclaimer: While I was provided with a complimentary preview to Cakes by Franck, the opinions and views expressed above are my own and describe my personal experiences.