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This is an easy way to make an impressive dessert called a croquembouche.  It makes a great centerpiece for a holiday buffet.  Traditionally, it is a tower of cream puffs held together by caramel and decorated with spun sugar.  Because most home cooks do not have access to the croquembouche mold that chefs use , and spun sugar is a task requiring another Instructable, I will show you how to make an easy version, using craft supplies, store-bought cream puffs, and chocolate ganache.  Enjoy!

Materials needed:
1 styrofoam cone - 3 7/8" x 14 7/8" (purchased at Michael's)
Decorative plate ( I used one 13" in diameter, purchased at Dollar Tree)
Parchment paper
Hot glue gun
1 46.6 oz. container cream puffs (90 cream puffs, purchased at Costco)
8 oz. good quality semi-sweet chocolate
1 cup heavy whipping cream
Confectioners sugar for garnish
Small strainer/sifter

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Step 1: Assemble the base

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Cover the cone with parchment paper, securing with hot glue.  Trim the excess so that the base is flat.  Secure the cone to the plate using hot glue.

I was able to remove the cone and the hot glue after the project, and it did not ruin my plate, but care should be taken when choosing the plate you use, just in case.

Step 2: Make the chocolate ganache

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Break 8 oz. of semi-sweet chocolate into squares or chop into small pieces.

In a small saucepan, heat 1 cup of heavy whipping cream over medium heat until it comes to a simmer (small bubbles will appear at the edges).

Remove cream from the heat and add the chocolate pieces, stirring until the chocolate melts and the mixutre is smooth.  If the mixture cools before the chocolate melts entirely, stir constantly over low heat, just until chocolate is melted.

Let the chocolate ganache mixture cool for 10 minutes before moving on to the next step.
This is the best tower I have ever seen! I wanted this for my wedding! I didn't have a tower, but I had piles of Croquembouche. Didn't look as fancy as yours though :)
jprice12 (author)  Penolopy Bulnick3 years ago
Thank you - it was really easy. Hopefully, my Instructable will inspire you to try it!
jprice12 (author) 5 years ago
Thanks for the nice comments - it was really easy to make and delicious too!
lovelace7115 years ago
Looks super yummy! And what a great centerpiece for a holiday party!
scoochmaroo5 years ago
I just saw one of these somewhere online for the first time.  Looks great and simple!