Inspiration: Croquembouche

I love a good donut.  Not all donuts, mind you.  Chocolate glazed and a few others, from a donut shop, not from a grocery store.  I try not to let myself have them too often, but while indulging in one this morning, I got to thinking about what a fun addition they would make to a dessert table!  Large and intricate wedding cakes can be insanely expensive, and the left overs go to waste.  Why not instead present your guests with the option of several types of donuts, or even better, the ever chic and tasty CROQUEMBOUCHE!

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The croquembouche is the traditional French wedding cake and is made of stacked creme puffs (or donut holes if that’s your fancy).  The magic that holds it all together?  Caramel.  YUM.  They can be topped off with chocolate, powdered sugar, or ideally with spun sugar, which cascades down and around it for a delicate, almost ethereal look.  I am always mesmerized by French chefs on television spinning sugar and draping it over the top of these towering beauties.

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You can add flowers (real or edible), ribbon, frosting, almost anything to match your color scheme.  When it comes time to “cut the cake”, the bride and groom can simply pull out a piece to feed each other…easy!

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I dream of a croquembouche made of puff pastries from Pacific Puffs in San Francisco.  Seriously, they are TOO good.  And, YES, they do weddings!

Think you can’t doll up a donut?  The truly inspired team over at Oh Happy Day (one of my daily must-reads) put together a “Fancy Donut Party”, and show exactly how to best showcase the sweet treat on your dessert table.  Click over to their blog to see how easy it is!

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Considering a late night snack for your guests who stay to dance the night away?  Donuts and coffee are a perfect pick me up for the drive home!  Bonus:  You don’t need to supply an additional set of dessert dishes!  Isn’t finger food the best?!

Thanks for reading and bon appetit!     photo (5)

***Ciao Cheri***