Saturday, 25 August 2007

Traditional French Wedding: CROQUEMBOUCHE CAKES!

Posted by Olivier -
Another French wedding tradition is the Croquembouche cake- Literally meaning “crack in one’s mouth” a croquembouche is a traditional French wedding cake consisting of puffs of choux pastry filled with a vanilla creme patissiere, held together with a delicious cobweb of caramel. Hum, I am hungry .... Although traditionally decorated with sugared almonds, most couples prefer the more delicate decoration of tiny fresh flowers, fine curls of ribbon, and of course, a web of spun sugar.
Spun sugar does not last well on wet and humid days, and turns into shiny droplets of caramel. Spiralled ribbons can achieve a similar effect to spun sugar and can produce a spectacular effect by using two or more colours. This croquembouche’s upright shape is suitable for smaller weddings.

This croquembouche can be displayed with a generous drizzle of dark chocolate and perhaps strawberries around the base, or chocolate glaze can be supplied ready for pouring instead of the traditional cutting of the cake.