Croquembouche

Cascade cake stand

cascading cake stand

Available to hire for ~ £50 / weekend

Suitable for cakes up to 4 tiers ranging between 5″ – 15″.

Vertical stainless steel pillars support each tier, any of which can be removed for full flexibility. The pillars can be decorated with flowers or ivy as shown, or left to merge into the background so that the tiers appear to be floating.

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Silver effect square cake stand

square cake stand

Available to hire for £25 / weekend

Suitable for square or round cakes up to 12″ diameter on a 14″ base board.

Lightweight and easy to post back after the wedding if you prefer.

Round silver effect cake stand

silver cake stand

Available to hire for £25 / weekend

Suitable for cakes up to 12″ diameter on a 14″ base board.

Lightweight and easy to post back after the wedding if you prefer.

Round gold effect cake stand

gold cake stand

Available to hire for £25 / weekend

Suitable for cakes up to 12″ diameter on a 14″ base board.

Lightweight and easy to post back after the wedding if you prefer.

 

Croquembouche

croquembouche or piece montee

The traditional French wedding cake, consisting of choux buns filled with crème patisserie, built into a pyramid and decorated with fine strands of caramel. Delicious with coffee or wonderful as a dessert.

What is a croquembouche or piece montee?

A croquembouche or “piece montee” is a wedding cake made from filled choux buns held together with caramel in an impressive pyramid. A very popular choice if there is a French connection within your bridal party and equally popular with the many other couples looking for an unusual, elegant and more interesting option to a traditional British wedding cake.

How big is a standard croquembouche?

This 400 piece croquembouche is shown next to a 4 tier (12″ 10″ 8″ 6″) stacked wedding cake to demonstrate the impact of your centrepiece. The impact of the smallest size (120 pieces) is similar to a traditional two tier cake. If you are serving it as wedding cake, allow 1 piece per person plus an extra 20% or so, and for dessert allow 3 pieces per person.

Croquembouche fillings and flavours

croquembuche with pink roses

The traditional and most popular filling is creme patissiere – a light vanilla pastry cream. The flavour works well on its own, beautifully complimenting the delicate taste of the choux pastry and the distinctive flavour of the caramel, and can be further complimented by serving the croquembouche with a chocolate sauce or a fruit coulis. If you prefer, the creme patissiere can be flavoured with the fresh flavour of Limoncello. Fresh cream is not suitable for use in a croquembouche; it becomes too warm with the caramel, and the entire structure will become unstable.

Decorations for your croquembouche

croquembouche with spun sugar strands

The most popular decoration is spun sugar – a delicate cobweb of caramel wrapped around the outside of the pyramid. As caramel absorbs water from the surrounding air the effect of the spun sugar will be different on each croquembouche. Fresh flowers look great around the base of the croquembouche – either just a few to compliment your colour scheme, or a thick band of flowers and greenery all around the base. Chocolate or sugar roses can be used within the croquembouche for a great effect, replacing some of the choux balls. Sugared almonds give a pretty effect, either scattered amounsst the choux pieces or as more formal flower shapes, and these are the most traditional option.

English and French weddings

french and english wedding cake under a croquembouche

Can’t decide between a croquembocuhe and a cake? This couple chose a 12″ rich chocolate cake to serve 75+ guests, decorated with white Belgian chocolate curls, and we topped it with a thick band of fresh ivory roses and a 200 piece croquembouche. A rather untraditional chocolate penguin “bride and groom” topped it off.