How Much Does Croquembouche Cost?
Croquembouche, which means crunch in the mouth, is a traditional French dessert of small cream puffs coated and set in place in a conical or pyramid shape by caramelized sugar. This dessert is often decorated with sweetened almonds and is placed as a centerpiece on the table during French weddings, child christenings, first communions and other special occasions. Popularly called pièces montées, or mounted pieces, the croquembouche is said to have been developed by French pastry chef Antoine Careme in the 18th century.
How much does it cost?
- Depending on the number of “profiteroles” you want, the costs of croquembouche can be anywhere from $2 to $4 per profiterole. Most bakeries will require a minimum order of at least 20.
- At Croquembouche.com, each profiterole in a croquembouche tower costs $2.50.
- At Adrianozumbo.com, the prices of croquembouche are as follows:
- 35 profiterole tower — $ 105
- 75 profiterole tower — $ 225
- 100 profiterole tower — $ 300
What is going to be included?
- The smallest croquembouche is usually made of 30 profiteroles.
- Ordering a croquembouche of any size will require at least one week notice, but it is best to give two to three weeks. If you are ordering one to go on each table at a wedding or other event, it would be wise to give up to two months notice.
What are the extra costs?
- If you wish to add more decorations to your croquembouche, such as flowers, angel hair, butterfly, sugar figures, bride and groom figurines, and other toppers, you have to pay extra for it. These can either be purchased through the bakery, or you can purchase them separately. You can then give them to the baker or add them once they are finished.
- Delivery fee is an extra cost for most bakeries or online shops.
- Some people also prefer that their croquembouche sits on a cake, and so they have to pay for this extra amenity.
Factors that influence the price:
- The price is dependent on the design and number of profiteroles you want to have in your croquembouche tower.
- The reputation of the bakery you choose can make the price higher or lower.
Tips to know:
- One of the most popular decorations on a croquembouche is the spun sugar, which is a gentle cobweb of caramel draped around the outer portion of the pyramid.
- Traditionally, the croquembouche used to be cracked open with a heavy knife or sword, while guests picked away the profiteroles. But this practice has been changed today, where guests may just pull the croquembouche apart.
- The croquembouche must be prepared within three hours before serving. But you can prepare the profiteroles ahead and have them filled a day before serving.
- Traditionally, the French used to bring their own sweet breads when attending a wedding reception, and pile them up together to form a tower. The newlyweds were then asked to kiss over the top of this tower to presage their prosperity and fertility. However, this practice was eventually changed when pastry chef Antoine Careme invented the croquembouche. Since then, croquembouche became the centerpiece at wedding receptions.
Question to ask:
- Is possible to have different flavors inside the profiteroles?
How can I save money?
- Pick up your croquembouche order instead of having it delivered to you to save on delivery charges.
- Minimize decorations on it to spare you from extra expenditures. After all, the profiteroles look stunning enough without all the extras.
- Check with at least three bakeries in the area to see how their pricing differs.
- If you are the adventurous type and love to bake, you can make your own croquembouche at home. Initially, you will have to purchase the mold, recipe book, and other implements. But, it would may all be worth it later on.
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