By a bizzare coincidence, on the same day I read the Krispy Kreme thread below, my fiancee was reading a book on wedding cakes and found a picture of a croquembuche. It looks fantastic and we'd like to have one. What's the deal with them?
Does a regular or French bakery do something like this?
Has anyone here had one at their wedding? Is it as good an idea as it seems or is it a collossal pain in the neck?
Thr trickiest bit is that, like all thin-shelled structures of caramelized sugar, they can loose their solidity fairly quickly, so they can't hang about for long once they're made. As for mailing pieces to absent friends . . .
This subject matter inevitably brings the memory of a tv show a few years back, where Martha Stewart and Julia Child were assembling side-by-side croquembouches-it was absolutely hilarious. Martha's was compulsively neat and controlled, while Julia's was chaotic and lopsided. They conducted an instructional dialogue while working on them--I would love to have a videotape of the sequence.
I also loved seeing Martha and Julia working together on that croquenbuche. Did you notice that after the commercial break, Julia's lopsided effort was miraculously as upright as martha's?
Here's a link on where to order one on the San Francisco Peninsula. You can follow the links to the original discussion.
It seemed to me that it was very easy to serve starting from the tip of the cone and working down. Each guest got one or two puffs. The caterer also offered a variety of other sweet treats.