10 Alternatives to Wedding Cake


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Croquembouche
Croquembouche is staggeringly sophisticated and scrumptious.
Croquembouche is staggeringly sophisticated and scrumptious.
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For those looking for a spectacular visual display to supplement the wedding cake, we present the croquembouche (pronounced croke-em-boosh). A traditional French pastry construction project, this confection is comprised of fluffy, bite-size cream-filled choux pastries assembled into a cone shape using caramel syrup. The traditional decoration for the dessert is spun sugar ribbons (think hard strings of cotton candy), but it can be drizzled with melted chocolate or more caramel. Its gravity-defying visual effect is impressive, but taste is the unique dessert's best feature.