A croquembouche for tea?

THE Croquembouche!
THE Croquembouche!

If you haven’t had tea with Justine yet, you’re missing out. Today (a day late!), I’m bringing a special birthday cake toย Justine’s Tea Time #3 – always a fun event, with some delicious recipes, teas, cakes, and other assorted goodies ๐Ÿ™‚

My croquembouche was a surprise gift from my parents for my most recent (milestone) birthday. Some backstory – I had my back garden done last year, and extended my patio. My lovely landscape gardener (no, I did not do it myself!!) is also my parents’ neighbour and he did a fantastic job. It turns out, he also is a chef (what a talented man, right?). Anyway, he made this gorgeous cake for me – apparently it was a crazy event preparing it, there was a production line of his family and mine and it arrived at my house about 2 hours prior to the party starting. We were instructed to put it in the office with the air conditioner going as it is meant to be assembled just before serving.

I left it in the capable hands of my friends and headed off to the hairdresser. About 20 minutes later, my mum phoned – “I don’t mean to worry you, but the power has gone out and we can’t turn anything on!”. Disaster – I had 20 people coming, including a mixologist (guy who makes cocktails).

When I arrived home, power was thankfully restored, but the air conditioner was broken and the croquembouche was in many pieces, having melted! Two of myย friends were busy making new toffee and sticking it back together, while the third was making me cocktail ๐Ÿ™‚ ย What you see in my photo is the “fixed” cake – they did a fabulous job of saving the day and it was absolutely delicious.

For youย cake-afficionados – there were three flavours of profiteroles – strawberry, caramel and chocolate. The custards inside the profiteroles and the icing on the outside were all flavoured with strawberry, caramel and chocolate liqueurs. Yes, I was spoiled that night, it was the best party I’ve had so far, a blast!

Have you ever made a croquembouche? I’m sure I would make an absolute mess if I tried. I’m a scientist, so am very good at following a recipe, but not sure I could pull this one off!

x desleyjane

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  1. Wow! I had no idea what this mountain of sweeties was until I read your post. Happy Birthday Desley. Enjoy your day to the last second.

    Bye,

    Omar.-

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thank you Omar. It was a few months ago now, but I made it last ๐Ÿ™‚

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      1. This was such a visual gift and then to have it followed up with the delightful tale of how it came about was the perfect marriage. Thank you for this, so glad to have found you!

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  2. That is scrumptious! A mountain of scrumptious!

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    1. desleyjane says:

      It sure was! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  3. anujakokrady says:

    Omg! I think I just died and went to dessert heaven! I’ve seen this so many times in Masterchef Australia… I still have the dream of demolishing one of these beauties!!

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    1. desleyjane says:

      LOL – it was the first time for us. SO GOOD.
      Crispy choux pastry, creamy custard with the liqueur bite, sweet icing and that dark, strong toffee – yum!!!

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  4. georginamoon says:

    Hi, I like the look of your blog, and cakes!
    I’m new to WordPress and just putting my blog together.
    themoonwriter.wordpress.com

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thank you! It looks like we are sharing the same theme. I am thinking of changing mine soon. Welcome aboard!

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  5. gfchopstix says:

    Belated Happy Birthday, Desley Jane! This looks amazingly sweet and deliciously messy ๐Ÿ˜€ I’ve never tried to make one personally. My style is more rustic, so I’m sure that my attempt at neat and delicate would be a complete disaster! haha!

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thanks so much! The birthday was last August, but I really wanted to drag this out for Tea Time!
      Ye, I think I would make a disaster too ๐Ÿ™‚

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      1. gfchopstix says:

        Well, it is a birthday YEAR, so why not enjoy it?! ๐Ÿ˜›

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        1. desleyjane says:

          Very true – I did drag out the physical celebrations for about 2 months LOL.

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  6. nalinki says:

    Looks like heaven on earth ๐Ÿ™‚ Never saw one of these cakes in Austria – some of friends who are more gifted in cooking need to try this out …I won’t manage that (or at least eat already half of it while preparing)….

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    1. desleyjane says:

      LOL – I’m told that a few “badly formed ones” didn’t make it to the tower ๐Ÿ™‚

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      1. nalinki says:

        LOL, when baking cookies, there are always some unintentionally broken ones that need to be tried ๐Ÿ™‚

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        1. desleyjane says:

          We are on the same page! x

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  7. Loretta says:

    Wow, so you popped up in my Reader since we are following each other Delsey. What a small world eh! I know Justine through another foodie site that we frequent called Fiesta Fridays :). Love your tea time treat, and belated birthday greetings.

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Well, thank you so much! Certainly is a small world. I’ve been reading Justine’s posts for Fiesta Friday each week. I left you a comment on your blog last night ๐Ÿ™‚

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      1. Loretta says:

        Oh pardon me if I did not respond. I’m being bombarded by old and new bloggers, but it’s been fun. Thanks for your comment.

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        1. desleyjane says:

          Oh no worries at all ๐Ÿ˜€
          Just thought I’d let you know.
          Have a good day, it’s well past bedtime here x.

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          1. Loretta says:

            nite nite then. Sleep well. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  8. Desley, this is a scandalously delicious cake. Just reading made me desire to eat all different flavors.
    The making and breaking and final recovery was fantastic.
    You are surrounded by wonderful parents and friends. They are absolutely right to love you so much.
    Happy belated birthday and looking forward to the next cake!
    xxx

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Oooo, scandalous, I like that! It was, and I am, and that makes me so grateful. Thank you so much xox.

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      1. Count the blessings! Xxxx

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  9. oh wow omg i think i just passed out. That cake looks absolutely amazing, you are really spoiling us and i never heard of such a cake, probably just as well would give me a heart attack of excitement if someone brought that int he house haha. Wow..in shock….can you tell?

    Happpy Birthday btw,w hen was it?

    Thank you sooo much for bringing this to tea time, please don’t forget to put yourself in to the Inlinkz so everyone gets to see this delight.

    I love the idea of the cocktail maker, what did you call them again? They do weird things now with smell cocktails or infusions or something? I am so out of it and not modern anymore lol xxx

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    1. desleyjane says:

      LOL, yes it’s an amazing cake! We used to watch all those cooking shows and this was always the showstopper! X
      Oh, I forgot about the link, thanks for the reminder!
      My mixologist was named Matt and seemed about 12 years old, but he assured me he was of drinking age. He made 6 cocktails that we painstakingly selected, one we even invented! Which makes me think of next tea time’s submission ๐Ÿ˜‰

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      1. hah thats funny about the mixologist, that must be a fun job to do, wow you must have been totally drunk by the end? xx ps yes next entry and invented cocktail sounds great hehe

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        1. desleyjane says:

          Quite tipsy – singing and dancing. Truthfully, I don’t remember tasting the cake on the night, but I did try it the next day ๐Ÿ˜‰

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          1. haha soundsl ike you have a fab time x

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            1. desleyjane says:

              The best. My lovelies took my camera from me quite early on and got some fabulous shots, documented the evening quite nicely for those of us who seemed to have forgotten a few bits ๐Ÿ˜‰ xox

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              1. awe thats nice they documented it, proof for laters hehe

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    2. desleyjane says:

      Oh, and August 9 ๐Ÿ˜˜

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      1. awe my eldest is august the 2nd x

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  10. I’ve never made one or actually had one but I learned about the tasty treat in French class…does that count???

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Well that means you’re winning so far ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  11. Yum, yummy, yummiest!!! Great story with a great ending! Happy, happy birthday to my favorite scientist ๐Ÿ˜€

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Well thank you Stacy, that’s lovely! It was last August, so I suspect you will wish me a happy birthday twice this year ๐Ÿ˜‰โ˜บ๏ธ

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      1. Hahaha! Glad to know I’m not alone in having my summer photos sitting on my computer waiting for me ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  12. Happy birthday Desley! I love croquembouche but have never had one with different flavours. It sounds and looks absolutely delicious. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thank you Michelle, I feel a bit naughty accepting all these birthday wishes since my birthday was 5 months ago! But the cake was too good not to share!

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  13. pommepal says:

    What a story, pleased it all ended so well. BTW I would love to see some photos of your garden and patio, as you maybe know I am a garden fanatic…

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    1. desleyjane says:

      What a great idea – you’ve inspired a future post!

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  14. It looks like a sticky mess, but it probably tastes good.

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    1. desleyjane says:

      It was both of those!!

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  15. Loved this! I never made croquembouche but it looks so elegant and dainty!!!! Happy belated Birthday!!!

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thanks Lia, it was fabulous ๐Ÿ˜Š

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