Salted Caramel Croquembouche Cake

Salted Caramel Croquembouche Cake

The last of the year is about to rush by, the sands of time seeming to disappear more rapidly than years past. I can hardly believe that the New Year is only around the corner. However ready or unprepared I may be, the time for 2015 has arrived.

There is truly an amazing feeling connected with the start of a New Year. Twelve new months; yours for the taking, to etch, to start and to accomplish… a clean slate. Personally the promise of a New Year gives me a great energy to wish and dream, to leap forward against all my fears. It gives the impulse to begin anew, to plan, set priorities and achievable goals – to create inspiration and vision boards.

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A New Year though, does not bring about overnight change, a new person, a fresh perspective or outlook on life. Rather, it teaches us to put everything into perspective, our dreams, goals and desires. It spurs us to ponder what is really important, who we really want to be and what we really want out of life. Thoughts that often get lost in the process of day to day life and routine.

My mind is currently drifting between thoughts of resolutions and beginnings. I’m not typically one to make a resolution at the start of the year. I find them discouraging and negative…I don’t like the idea of making an unattainable, expectant and pressure filled promise that I cannot keep.

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 It seems that when a New Year rolls in, we all compile lists of the trivial things we wish we could change and alter about ourselves… in the hopes of becoming a better more evolved person. A negative aspiration that is often unachievable.

Instead of focusing on what is wrong in our lives, I believe we should focus on what we are doing right and embrace all the positive aspects of ourselves. If we truly want to better ourselves, we should not lose sight of how far we have come on our personal journeys.

So this year, I resolve not to make a resolution. I rather promise to praise and embrace myself each day for the person I am and for all that I have achieved in my journey of self-discovery thus far. Instead of resolutions spurred on by whim, I have set goals for myself …most of these unspoken, personal and immeasurable – a lifetime work of progress, incapable of being completed in twelve short months.

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 Salted Caramel Croquembouche Cake is the way I am choosing to begin the New Year – on a decadent, celebratory and positive note. The cake comprises of three dense and moist layers of salted caramel mud cake. The cake is smothered in a sweet honey buttercream and topped with an extravagant Croquembouche tower. The choux Croquembouche puffs are filled with a salted caramel crème patissier and glazed in sticky toffee syrup. The cake is then finally drenched in a salted caramel sauce before serving. So indulgent.

This Salted Caramel Croquembouche Cake is a cake that will be remembered long after it has disappeared from the kitchen counter. It is decadence, it is luxurious, it is a cake deserving of celebration. Make this cake for the holidays, make it for New Year’s or make it all for yourself – either way, it is utterly delicious.

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Salted Caramel Croquembouche Cake
 
Ingredients
For the Salted Caramel Mud Cake:
  • 300 g (10.7 oz.) butter, cubed
  • 360 ml (12.6 fl. oz.) milk, at room temperature
  • 400 g (14.4 oz.) white chocolate, chopped
  • 260 g (9.3 oz.) brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • Seeds from a vanilla bean pod
  • 1 tsp. vanilla essence
  • 600 g (1.52 lb.) plain flour
  • 3 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 4 eggs, room temperature
For the Salted Caramel Sauce:
  • 200 g (7 oz.) caster sugar
  • 200 g (7.2 fl. oz.) water
  • 4 tbsp. butter
  • 200 g (7.2 fl. oz.) heavy cream
  • 1 tbsp. sea salt
For the Choux Puffs:
  • 250 ml (9.2 fl. oz.) water
  • 100 g (3.7 oz.) butter, cubed
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 150 g (5.4 oz.) plain flour
  • 4 eggs
For the Salted Caramel Crème Patissiere:
  • 300 ml (10.2 fl. oz.) milk
  • 1 vanilla bean, split or scraped
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 120 g (4.2 oz.) caster sugar
  • 3 tbsp. cornflour
  • 2 tsp. plain flour
  • 3 tbsp. salted caramel sauce
  • Pinch of sea salt
For the Honey Buttercream:
  • 240 g (8.5 oz.) butter
  • 6 tbsp. honey
  • 500 g (17.7 oz.) icing sugar
  • Pinch of sea salt
For the Toffee Syrup:
  • 450 g (15.9 oz.) caster sugar
  • 75 ml (2.5 oz.) water
  • 2 tbsp. glucose syrup
Instructions
For the Salted Caramel Mud Cake:
  1. Pre-heat an oven to 170 C / 350 F. Grease and line 3 x 18 cm (8 inch) cake tins.
  2. In a large saucepan, melt together the butter, milk, white chocolate, brown sugar, honey and vanilla bean seeds and essence over a low to medium heat – stirring the mixture continuously. Once combined, remove from heat and set aside to cool.
  3. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, soda and salt. Once the liquid mixture has cooled, whisk in the eggs and combine well. In separate additions add the cooled liquid caramel mixture to the flour mixture and combine until uniform and smooth.
  4. Pour the cake batter into the prepared tins and bake for 25 to 35 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean. (The batter should roughly weigh 2 kg, so aim for 600 g in each tin).
  5. Leave cakes to cool in tins before turning out to a rack to cool. Once cooled, level any domed tops.
For the Salted Caramel Sauce:
  1. To make the caramel, heat the sugar and water in a deep saucepan, stirring until all the sugar dissolves. Continue to heat the mixture, swirling the pan often but not stirring. Let it caramelise so the mixture is golden with a few darker areas around the edges of the pan.
  2. Add the butter, cream and salt then turn down the heat to low and stir until smooth. Cook the caramel for a further 5 minutes to help it thicken, then set aside until needed for the crème patissiere and assembly.
For the Choux Puffs:
  1. Preheat the oven to 200 C (390 F). Bring water, butter and salt to a light boil over medium heat. Once at a boil, lower the heat and add flour, beating with a wooden spoon until the flour is combined and mixture has turned into a dough that pulls away from the sides of the saucepan.
  2. Immediately transfer the mixture into a bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a beater attachment (or with electric beaters) beat the dough on medium speed to release steam and bring to a slightly warm temperature – roughly 5 minutes. Once the mixture is no longer hot to the touch, add the eggs one at a time and beat until the mixture is smooth, thick and glossy.
  3. Transfer the mixture to a piping bag and pipe 3 cm (1.2 inch) rounds onto baking paper lined trays (push down any peaked tops with your finger dipped in water). Bake the choux puffs for 10 minutes, then reduce the oven temperature to 180 C (350 F) and continue to bake for another 15 minutes until golden all over.
  4. Once the choux puffs are done, immediately pierce the bases with a skewer to let the steam escape and return to the oven, door kept slightly ajar, to dry out for 45 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack before filling.
For the Salted Caramel Crème Patissiere:
  1. In a medium sized saucepan bring the milk and vanilla bean to a simmer.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the yolks, sugar and flours until you get a smooth paste. Once the milk is at a simmer remove the vanilla bean pod and whisk a tablespoon of the milk into the egg yolk mixture to loosen and heat, then pour the whole egg mixture into the saucepan with the milk and bring to a light boil, stirring constantly. Once the mixture has thickened, fold in the salted caramel and sea salt.
  3. Remove from the heat, pour into a clean bowl and immediately cover the surface with plastic wrap to prevent a skin from forming. Allow to cool at room temperature.
  4. Once the crème patissiere has cooled and thickened at room temperature, pipe into all the choux puffs.
For the Honey Buttercream:
  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter and honey until smooth. Add the icing sugar and salt and continue to mix until the frosting comes together. Set aside for assembly.
For Assembly:
  1. On a serving platter or cake stand, ice and layer the cakes with the honey buttercream. Set the iced cake to harden in the fridge for an hour.
  2. To make the toffee, heat the sugar, water and glucose over medium heat and bring to a light boil. Now, take the iced cake out of the fridge. Leave the toffee mixture to boil, without stirring until it turns a golden brown – roughly 15 minutes.
  3. Remove from the heat and quickly dip each choux puff into the toffee and then stack on-top of the cake in a circular pattern, building a tower. Lightly drizzle and spin the toffee over the tower to form strands of dripping sugar. If the caramel has melted down onto the cake, re-patch it with left over honey buttercream before returning to the fridge for an hour to set. Serve with drizzled salted caramel over the cake.
Notes
* Salted Caramel Mud Cake adapted from Taste
* Croquembouche adapted from Gourmet Traveller

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86 Comments

  • Reply Hiba July 15, 2015 at 1:13 am

    Hi thalia,
    I hav made up my mind, im making this beauty on eid insha Allah!! Hope i get it all right..
    id like to know what all steps could i do ahead of the day i wanna serve..?? Can the croquembouche be made ahead?? Will it get soggy n not crispy??

    • Reply thalia July 15, 2015 at 3:34 am

      good luck, the choux puffs are best made fresh but the cake can be made in advance.

  • Reply LaurEn March 13, 2015 at 8:44 pm

    Fell in love with this cake and just knew I had to make it for my mothers 61st birthday. Just one quick question: is the cornflour finely ground corn meal or corn starch? Don’t want runny pastisserie cream!

    Thanks for sharing your beautiful desserts 🙂

    • Reply thalia March 14, 2015 at 3:47 am

      Hi Lauren, it’s corn starch – the fine white powder. Good luck x

  • Reply Audrey @ Gluten-Free Vegan Love January 27, 2015 at 2:45 am

    Thalia, this cake looks sublime — what a way to end the year! Love the salted caramel and the puffs — two of my favorite things in one!

  • Reply Helen Page January 12, 2015 at 10:29 pm

    Fabulous looking cake and I’m going to make it just for the heck of it even though it’s just me. But I have a questions. I’ve never seen eggs mixed into flour before. Seems to me that would be lumpy. Any reason why you didn’t stir them into the liquid mixture? Thanks for a beautiful cake.

    • Reply thalia January 12, 2015 at 11:04 pm

      Hi Helen, just whisk the eggs into the liquid mixture once it has cooled. Typo on my behlaf. Good luck x

  • Reply Diana January 8, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    Wow!!! This looks amazing and your pictures are stunning!!! <3

  • Reply lauren | love lola January 7, 2015 at 8:31 pm

    i’m drooling over here! yum!

  • Reply Raymund January 5, 2015 at 6:30 pm

    Mama Mia, again that is a real food porn. Lovely.
    Belated Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and your family

    • Reply thalia January 6, 2015 at 1:56 am

      To you too Raymund!

  • Reply Connie the chocoholic January 3, 2015 at 9:36 am

    beautifully written post. I have the same sentiments towards making new years resolution but more so because I feel that goals should be made throughout the year and not just at the beginning of the year. I’ve also learnt to make resolutions that are attainable and not measurable by numbers, like pounds or calories. Rather I make resolutions that make me and others around me happier people

    on another note: this cake looks freaking bomb.

  • Reply Shinee January 1, 2015 at 7:17 pm

    I’ve never seen anything like this, Thalia! I love it!

  • Reply Natalia January 1, 2015 at 11:36 am

    I’m not even going to TRY to comprehend how you were able to stack all of that on top of a cake! Incredible!

  • Reply Savita @ ChefDeHome December 31, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    Great looking cake @Thalia! I am fan of croquembouche during this time of year! I love that you topped these on a salted caramel cake! Perfect combination indeed! I wish I could ever stick to a resolution list any year 😉 It always keep changing…. 🙂 Wish you a great year ahead!

  • Reply Celeste @The Whole Serving December 31, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    Oh Thalia, you are so talented. Everything on your site makes my mouth water. I look forward to seeing all the treats you bring us in 2015!
    Happy Ne Year!

  • Reply Laura Dembowski December 31, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    Oh my word! This looks beyond amazing! I need to resolve to make it 🙂 Seriously though, I do appreciate the new start of the New Year, but I also think it can be a sad time of year. Another 365 days that have slipped away.

  • Reply The Blonde Chef December 31, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    I love the thought of simply embracing ourselves instead of focusing on the negative! And this cake looks amazing, as per usual! I am so impressed by your baking talent, Thalia!

  • Reply Shiran @ pretty. simple. sweet. December 31, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    Happy and sweet new year, Thalia! This is the most tempting cake I’ve seen! I love every part of it, especially the salted caramel – my obsession! Your desserts always look so amazing!

  • Reply Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen December 31, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    I know i already commented on this Thalia, but I wanted to stop by today to wish you a Happy New Year! Here’s looking forward to wonderful things for you and your family in 2015!

  • Reply Alyssa December 31, 2014 at 8:10 am

    I love your pseudo resolution! We should all love ourselves more. Your cake is stunning, as always! Happy New Year!

  • Reply Bam's Kitchen December 31, 2014 at 6:53 am

    This cake is absolutely over the top! Love it. My son’s b-day is this upcoming week and I have my sites on making your glorious cake. Wishing you a super 2015!

  • Reply Tiff | TiffanyBee.com December 31, 2014 at 1:28 am

    Your attitude about how to start off the New Year is quite admirable! 🙂 This cake looks extraordinary & the photos are beautiful. Here’s hoping you have a great new year!

  • Reply Ashley December 31, 2014 at 1:23 am

    Love your attitude! I’ve never been a big fan of resolutions – so I love this!

    And wowza! This cake! Just completely stunning!

  • Reply Olga December 30, 2014 at 11:29 pm

    wow, what an incredible cake! This looks absolutely amazing!

  • Reply Jacquee | I Sugar Coat It! December 30, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    Lovely post, but… OMG, this is EPIC!! Salted Caramel Mud Cake!! Definitely giving that a try! Best to you throughout the coming year!

  • Reply Kelly - Life Made Sweeter December 30, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    This is such an amazing post, Thalia! I love that you are embracing the postive instead of focusing on what is wrong. I choose to focus on this stunning cake because it simply a masterpiece! You can just tell how much love and hard work went into every single component – it’s the perfect cake to celebrate a brand new beginning!

  • Reply Nora @ Savory Nothings December 30, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    Thalia, what a beautiful, beautiful post! I couldn’t agree more – simply embracing ourselves and who we truly are is a much better way to start off the new year instead of focusing on all our flaws. Love the cake too – the cream puffs, the buttercream, oh the decadence… A very happy New Year to you!

  • Reply Mike @TheIronYou December 30, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    OMG Thalia that is probably the most scrumptious cake I’ve ever laid my eyes on. It looks so awesome, I’m lost for words.
    Have an awesome New Year’s Eve my friend!

  • Reply Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner December 30, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    Here’s to a new year of possibilities, hope, healthy and happiness! I love everything you said and I agree. 🙂
    This cake is out of this world. I always enjoy looking at your creations!

  • Reply Faith (An Edible Mosaic) December 30, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    What a masterpiece this cake is! It looks like the perfect way to celebrate the start of a New Year – and I loved your thoughts on resolutions! I don’t make resolutions at the start of a New Year either. 🙂

  • Reply Nagi {REcipetin eats} December 30, 2014 at 8:30 am

    WOW! As usual Thalia, you blow me away with your incredible creations. Seriously. Quit law school. Take on Zumbo. 🙂

    • Reply thalia December 30, 2014 at 8:28 pm

      Ha love it, thanks Nagi x

  • Reply Denise | Sweet Peas & Saffron December 30, 2014 at 6:35 am

    Absolutely stunning cake, Thalia, and really well-put about embracing yourself. I used to make resolutions, but I can never really stick with them. I love the idea of looking at the positives. But really, this cake looks like the most decadent, delicious way to ring in the New Year! Happy New Year!!

  • Reply Chineka @ Savor the baking December 30, 2014 at 6:23 am

    This looks amazing in all its caramel glory. Pinning this!

  • Reply Maggie December 30, 2014 at 6:07 am

    What is even better than salted caramel croquembouche? A croquembouche cake of course! I really love the flavor and great texture of the cake, and they are just amazing when combined together! Great recipe. Pinned!

  • Reply Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen December 30, 2014 at 5:34 am

    Thalia, every single time I visit here, I am so blown away by your amazing abilities in the kitchen. You truly create art with your recipes and creations. It’s like visiting a gallery. This looks so beautiful, elegant and amazing tasting! And girl, I am *totally* with you, I don’t believe it making resolutions – I believe in living life as positive as possible and focusing on the accomplishments and successes we’ve made. Here’s wishing you the most amazing 2015. xoxo

  • Reply Julie @ Cooks with Cocktails December 30, 2014 at 2:15 am

    Oh my! This dessert looks insanely good. I am saving this one for a day when I need to impress the pants off someone 😉

    Totally agree with your ideas on New Years resolutions. My girlfriend does a vision board every year and Im considering making that my thing this year. Usually it is about things you want to accomplish and goals that you set, but this year she is also including one of her strengths that she wants to nurture as well. I think its a great idea to focus on the positive in addition to the things you want to accomplish.

    Julie

  • Reply Amanda @ Cookie Named Desire December 30, 2014 at 1:38 am

    I simply adore this cake. It really is the picture of indulgence and I want a very large slice. I also agree without about making resolutions. I don’t think I’ve ever done so in my life. I feel that as long as I try new things and appreciate what I’ve been able to do, it was and will continue to be a good year.

  • Reply Courtney December 29, 2014 at 11:39 pm

    Dear god and all that is decadent, this cake is begging me to eat it! Thalia, you most definitely have a new fan 🙂

  • Reply Shikha @ Shikha la mode December 29, 2014 at 11:10 pm

    Aww I love that idea of focusing on what we did right – it’s definitely so important! I have a good feeling about 2015 for sure.

    Also, this cake = WOW. How long did it take you to make this?

    • Reply thalia December 30, 2014 at 2:52 am

      All the processes were quick but it was assembly that was the time killer!

  • Reply Erin | The Law Student's Wife December 29, 2014 at 10:53 pm

    What a beautiful reflection on the new year, with a gorgeous cake to match!

  • Reply Nguyet @ Taming of the Spoon December 29, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    Your thoughts on the New Year are spot on. I couldn’t agree more.

    Decadent, celebratory and positive – what better way to start the year …

  • Reply Maggie @HomeSweetJones December 29, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    Truly spectacular. Thalia, you have a gift!

  • Reply Rachel @ Bakerita December 29, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    I love this post, and this cake is absolutely stunning! My jaw totally dropped when I first saw it on Twitter – love!! Need to try making this. Pinned!

  • Reply Kathleen | hapanom December 29, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    Wow! Now THIS is a cake! This is definitely the way to ring in the New Year! Love the salted caramel puffs on top!

  • Reply Marissa December 29, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    Just lovely, Thalia! I’ve always admired this style of cake and you’ve made it absolutely gorgeous as always.

  • Reply Lindsay @ Veggie Balance December 29, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    Holy mackerel that looks phenomenallllllll! #imdrooling I agree on your ‘resolution’ 100% though, I approach this time of year the exact same way. 🙂

  • Reply Jessica | A Happy food dance December 29, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    I feel the same way about a new year… a clean slate! Love your croquembouche – you are always making everything I don’t have the guts to do 🙂

  • Reply Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom December 29, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    yes!!! I love this, “focus on what we are doing right and embrace all the positive aspects of ourselves.” Amen sister. and what better way to ring in the new year on a decadent, celebratory and positive note!! and with a cocktail in hand! 🙂 I love people who embrace life and just enjoy it! Happy 2015!!! cheers!

  • Reply Jen @ Baked by an INtrovert December 29, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    Wow! Thalia, this cake is stunning.

  • Reply Sarah | Broma Bakery December 29, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    I LOVE this post, Thalia! Not only wasis the cake amazing, but I love the message you’ve put out. I, too, do not like making resolutions for that same reason. Thank you for reminding us that each and every day should be cherished for the day that it is. Happy New Year to you!

  • Reply Mariana December 29, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    No I am not one to make resolutions in the New Year, it’s definitely too much pressure. But one thing i will do is this cake, even if just for the profiteroles which I looooove.

  • Reply Simone | in simones kitchen December 29, 2014 at 7:18 am

    Wow… That looks gorgeous. And you’re right; New Years resolutions should be more positive instead of focusing on the negative. I don’t like making them even though his year I did decide to make just the one resolution… Just because I have to! Happy New year to you!

  • Reply Caitlin December 29, 2014 at 2:26 am

    Oh my… so beautiful. With great writing and photography to match! This cake is almost too pretty to eat!

  • Reply Isadora @ she likes food December 29, 2014 at 1:27 am

    I love this post! Not only does this cake look awesome, but I also love looking at the New Year like a clean slate! So many possibilities and so many things I hope to accomplish! I think I should start with this cake and then the rest will follow, haha!

  • Reply Mira December 29, 2014 at 12:02 am

    What a fancy, beautiful looking cake THALIA! Love the salted caramel and puffs on top.Great way to say goodbye to the old year and say hello to the new one. I don’t have a resolution for the new year either, making a change and following my goals always takes quite a bit of time for me. 🙂

  • Reply Helen @ Scrummy Lane December 28, 2014 at 7:41 pm

    Wow! I am sooo impressed with this cake, Thalia. I couldn’t even begin to attempt something like this, so hats off to you!!
    Really enjoyed your thoughts about the new year, too, especially the reminder that a new year is a time for hope and a clean slate … but without unrealistic expectations.
    Happy new year!

  • Reply Jocelyn (Grandbaby cakes) December 28, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    THIS CAKE IS A MASTERPIECE!!

  • Reply Sarah|Pickled Capers December 28, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    This cake begs for nothing short of fireworks and champagne.

  • Reply Sippitysup December 28, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    This cake is downright pornographic, and probably illegal in many parts of the U.S. GREG

  • Reply Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice December 28, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    I’m not big into making resolutions either, so I totally agree with you! This cake looks mouthwatering, Thalia! I love the caramel flavor, one of my favorite ingredients in cake! Pinned!

  • Reply Adri December 28, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    Oh my! What a masterpiece of decadence, and a fitting way to ring in 2015! We always have a Croquembouche on our Christmas table. We just love it. All the best to you!

  • Reply Karishma December 28, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    This looks sooo decadent and delicious!! What a gorgeous cake. And perfect to start off the new year, as you said.

    “A New Year though, does not bring about overnight change, a new person, a fresh perspective or outlook on life. Rather, it teaches us to put everything into perspective, our dreams, goals and desires. It spurs us to ponder what is really important, who we really want to be and what we really want out of life. Thoughts that often get lost in the process of day to day life and routine.”
    I really love this quote! I remember when I was younger, I would hear about people doing all these new year’s resolutions, but they’re just SO hard to keep. I love the idea of just embracing ourselves as we are and focusing on a few goals not necessarily on january 1st itself.

    Happy new year!

  • Reply Lori - The Kitchen Whisperer December 28, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    Oh Thalia you’ve truly outdone yourself on this. THIS IS EPIC! Truly spectacular!

    You have a gift my friend!

  • Reply Jessie @ Straight to the Hips, Baby December 28, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    This is just such a dream cake! Lovely job!

  • Reply Tessa | salted plains December 28, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    This is gorgeous, Thalia. The perfect kind of decadence. Right with you on omitting resolutions and focusing on the positive. Happy new year!

  • Reply Suzy @ The Mediterranean Dish December 28, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    Indeed, this is a great way to start a new year! Decadence and celebration. Cheers.

  • Reply April @ Girl Gone Gourmet December 28, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    I agree — focus on the positive in the New Year, not what needs to change. Love this post… and the cake! 🙂

  • Reply Lynn | The Road TO Honey December 28, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    This is the perfect celebratory cake to reflect on and remember the year’s accomplishments. Elegant and so decadent.

  • Reply Andrea - 4pure December 28, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    This looks challenging, but worth every effort. If I get a baking day this is something I would like to make.

  • Reply Immaculate December 28, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    Thalia, this cake looks incredible !!!!.What a great way to end the year – I love anything croquembouche.

  • Reply Jasmin December 28, 2014 at 11:22 am

    You set yourself one of the most difficult goals, but promise is a promise 😉
    The cake looks wonderful – almost an alien like 🙂

  • Reply Amrita @ MyWifeMakes.com December 28, 2014 at 8:56 am

    Once again, a breathtaking creation, thalia!
    You never fail to impress – when are you opening your pastry shop? We’ll be the first in line.

    Have a healthy, happy, blessed new year – love what you said about how we don’t just wake up a new person the next day…wish more people would realize that 😉

  • Reply Natalie @ Obsessive Cooking Disorder December 28, 2014 at 5:45 am

    Your photography is always so stunning – the action shot of drizzling toffee makes my stomach rumble! So much for new year’s resolutions of healthy dieting haha – onward to 2015!

  • Reply Sarah @ Savoring Spoon December 28, 2014 at 3:32 am

    Wow, what a beautiful dessert! It’s just stunning! If I saw this at a party I’d be torn between wanting to have a bite really really bad and also wanting to preserve how beautiful it is ~ those puffs look fantastic!

  • Reply subhasmita December 28, 2014 at 3:30 am

    oohh my god you have a fabulous site dear… amazing collection of recipes. just loved it..

  • Reply Zoey @ never a dull plate December 28, 2014 at 2:49 am

    WOW! This is gorgeous! It looks so delicious!

  • Reply Cailee December 28, 2014 at 12:46 am

    This looks amazingly delicious!! …and I LOVE That it’s salted! I just love slated desserts! …and I hear ya, I’m not about these over-night resolutions… I believe that lasting change takes time and doesn’t happen overnight. Good for you for not making resolutions but imbruing yourself each day! 🙂

  • Reply Claudia @Breakfast Drama Queen December 28, 2014 at 12:20 am

    O-M-G this looks absolutely amazing! I can’t imagine a better start to the new year!

  • Reply Amanda December 27, 2014 at 11:38 pm

    What a showstopper!!!

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