If you’re looking for a party recipe idea this Labor Day weekend, may I suggest these individual seven layer dip cups?

No more sharing, double dipping, etc.

It’s pretty easy to make. You just layer everything on top of each other and it ends up looking quite impressive and colorful.

I did a few small twists on the traditional seven-layer dip.

During my Torrance/LA trip, my friend introduced me to this lovely bakery, Pâtisserie Chantilly, which offers French-style desserts with a Japanese influence.

Once inside, there was a large display of individual cake slices and other desserts. They don’t allow photos of the display, which I realized after snapping about two photos.

It was hard to choose, since everything look good. But here is what we ended up with:

Gâteau Fraise (fresh strawberries, cream, chiffon cake) and Choux aux Sésames (black sesame cream, black sesame choux)

The strawberry cake was nice and light. The black sesame cream puff is one of their mos popular items because of the unique flavor. I’ve never had a black sesame flavored cream puff until now.

Othello (chocolate cake and black sesame)

They had several black sesame flavored desserts and I couldn’t resist trying them since it’s a rare flavor to be offered.

I made these cupcakes, including the frosting, without having to turn on the oven or the stove top. Given the current heat wave, I really have not felt like making anything that will make my kitchen even hotter.