French wedding cakes: a simple guide.

5 tips for choosing your wedding cake

Croquembouche, a classic French wedding cake

Croquembouche, a classic French wedding cake.

If you are not a big fan of Royal Icing and you are looking for a showstopping alternative, then the croquembouche is definitely the one to go for.

Many questions pop-up from couples about it. I will try to answer as many as I can here. But before I start, let me tell you a little bit more about this beautiful cake.



Croquembouche, a classic French wedding cake, is a beautiful tower of tiny profiteroles also called “choux”. It is  wrapped in delicious golden caramel and filled with a yummy creme patissiere (pastry cream). But, if you go to France and ask your patissier for a croquembouche, he might not understand what you mean as we call it “pièce montée”.

La “pièce montée” is also a tradition at baptisms and first communions.

What’s in it? I often get asked. 

La pièce montée, is filled with a pastry cream. In France the tradition is vanilla. Here in the UK, couples are more adventurous. Common flavours are vanilla, chocolate, coffee, chocolate hazelnut or even passion fruit.

How tall can it be?

It depends on the number of guests. A tall croquembouche, usually contains between 200 and 300 choux and will usually measure between 90 to 100 cm. The showstopping effect is definitely there, no doubt about it.

How easy is it to transport?

Believe it or not, it is a very stable cake to transport. Because of its structural shape, it is very heavy and therefore not very prone for movement, which makes it extremely stable compared to a tiered cake for example.

How do you cut it?

The croquembouche may look complicated to cut, but in reality it’s not. Providing you use the right knife, either a bread or steak knife. The choux separate easily.


What can you add to it?

La “pièce montée” that I used to see during my childhood, with a simple nougatine, golden caramel and spun sugar has long gone. Here at Gourmandises, we often add flowers, sugared almonds or even fruits to our croquembouche. Nowadays, it tends to be adorned very imaginatively, the nougatine is much more elaborate and stylish. Nougatine is golden caramel mixed with flaked almonds and left to set, it can then be shaped beautifully. The nougatine tends to be seen at the bottom of the croquembouche.

I hope I have answered all your questions but if you need more information, do not hesitate to message me.

If you’re looking for inspiration, have a browse at our gallery.



The Rustic Wedding show at Lattenbury Hills

This is an exciting new venue. On 22nd April 2017, they are organising, The Rustic Wedding Show at Lattenbury Hills, showcasing the best suppliers Cambridge has to offer and we are very proud to be part of it.

Lattenbury Hills is actually 2,5 acres of farmland with a large pond, a woodland and a paddock with stunning views of the Cambridgeshire countryside. If you’re looking for something different for your wedding, this is the place, a blank canvas for you to work from. You can have your wedding exactly as you want it, there is space for a marquee or a tipi and also for your guests, who apparently can even camp. The venue is yours 3 days prior to the event, now, not many give you that kind of flexibility!

The show starts at 11 am until 4 pm so come along to sample our delicious patisserie. We will be showcasing our gateaux, croquembouche and macarons.

We look forward to meeting you all. If you wish to make an appointment prior to the event, send us an email [email protected]

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