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Croquembouche wedding cake.jpg
Croquembouche wedding cake
Type Choux pastry
Course Dessert
Place of origin France
Creator Antonin Carême
Main ingredients Profiteroles, chocolate, caramel
Cookbook: Croquembouche  Media: Croquembouche

A croquembouche or croque-en-bouche is a French dessert consisting of choux pastry balls piled into a cone and bound with threads of caramel. In Italy and France, it is often served at weddings, baptisms and first communions.


The name comes from the French phrase croque en bouche, meaning "[something that] crunches in the mouth."[1]


A croquembouche is composed of petits choux (choux pastry balls) piled into a cone and bound with threads of caramel. It may also be decorated with sugared almonds, chocolate, flowers and or ribbons. Sometimes it is covered in macarons or ganache.[2][3]


The invention of the croquembouche is often attributed to Antonin Carême.[4] Early 19th century cookbooks mention a dish called croquembouche which is savory.[5]

In popular culture[edit]

On 25 November 2001, in season 3 episode 23 of The Weekenders, titled "Croquembouche", the main characters bake a croquembouche to enter into a contest, in order to win museum passes.

On March 6, 2009 alumni of the Pune-based Maharashtra State Institute of Hotel Management and Catering Technology entered the Limca Book of Records after creating India's biggest croquembouche. It was recorded to be standing 15 ft (4.5 m) tall.[6]

On 28 September 2008, season 5 episode 1 of Desperate Housewives aired with one of the main characters Bree van De Kamp having to create the perfect croquembouche with spun sugar netting.

Croquembouche was one of the spoiled desserts that Gloria serves to the WJM news team and program director in "A New Sue Ann", the Season 5 episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show. In a take-off on All About Eve, Sue Ann's show is hijacked by Gloria Munson (Linda Kelsey), who prepares a segment on French pastry. Sue Ann lets Gloria make the mistake of using unrefrigerated cream.

On 8 June 2009, Season 1 Episode 37 "5th Pressure Test Elimination" of MasterChef Australia (series 1)" four out of eleven contestants baked a croquembouche made by Adriano Zumbo" in 2 hours and 15 minutes. This challenge was repeated in the following seasons of the series.

On 20 May 2014, Season 1, Episode 5 "Remember the croquembouche" of MTV's Faking It a croquembouche is shown and discussed several times throughout the episode.

On 1 September 2014, Season 5, Episode 15 of the reality TV competition MasterChef, three out of the final six contestants baked an entire croquembouche in 90 minutes for their Pressure Test.

The 29 October 2015, Season 3, Episode 3 of Australian series Please Like Me is titled "Croquembouche". In it, Arnold's brother Steve, known for his baking, makes a croquembouche for Arnold's birthday. It is later slapped in frustration by their father after Arnold comes out to his family, sending all the petits choux to the ground.

In the November 15, 2015 episode of Last Week Tonight, aired days after the 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris, host John Oliver, in a defiant celebration of French culture, referred to the croquembouche as a "French Freedom Tower."[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Oxford English Dictionary, 3rd edition, December 2005, s.v.
  2. ^ Tacey Rosolowski, "Dessert time"
  3. ^ Croquembouche Delicious Magazine
  4. ^ The Chefs of Le Cordon Bleu (2012). Le Cordon Bleu Pâtisserie and Baking Foundations Classic Recipes. Cengage Learning. p. 79. ISBN 978-1439057179. 
  5. ^ Grimod de La Reynière, Néo-physiologie du gout, p. 565
  6. ^ "Catering institute alumni create record". The Times of India. 6 March 2009. Retrieved 9 February 2012. 
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