Saint Honoré cake

Saint Honoré cake
The Saint Honoré cake is a famous example of French patisserie. It consists of a puff pastry base surrounded by a ring of caramel-coated choux puffs and topped with whipped cream (Chantilly).

It is a bit tricky to make, but this recipe gives you all the hints you need.
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Last modified on: April 14th 2013

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Stage 1 - 10 min.
Saint Honoré cake
Preheat the oven to 430°F (220°C).

Cut a circle of puff pastry 26 cm (10 inches) in diameter and prick all over with a fork or pique-vite (pastry pricker).

Stage 2 - 10 min.
Saint Honoré cake
Cover with cooking parchment, weigh this down with a wire rack (to prevent the pastry swelling up) and bake in the oven. You can also cook it between two baking sheets.

Stage 3 - 3 min.
Saint Honoré cake
Once the pastry is starting to brown and is almost cooked, take it out of the oven and remove both the wire rack and the paper. Sprinkle icing sugar over the top and put it back in the oven...

Stage 4 - 5 min.
Saint Honoré cake
...for a few minutes, until the top caramelizes (if necessary, finish this under the grill).

Leave to cool on a wire rack.

Stage 6 - 30 min.
Saint Honoré cake
Prepare 350 g Choux pastry (pâte à choux) and pipe in small heaps about 1.5 cm (3/4 inch) in diameter using a forcing bag .

Stage 7 - 5 min.
Saint Honoré cake
Flatten the points with a tea spoon dipped in milk to make the puffs nice and round.

Stage 8 - 20 min.
Saint Honoré cake
Once the puffs are cooked, leave them to cool.

Stage 9 - 10 min.
Saint Honoré cake
Prepare a light caramel with 200 g caster sugar.

Stage 10 - 2 min.
Saint Honoré cake
Stand the pan of caramel on a folded cloth.

Stage 11
Saint Honoré cake
Dip the rounded side of a choux puff into the caramel...

Stage 12
Saint Honoré cake
And place on a baking sheet (covered with a sheet of cooking parchment), caramel side downwards.

Stage 13 - 40 min.
Saint Honoré cake
Do this with all the puffs then put the caramel to keep hot.

Fill the puffs with confectioner's custard, without turning them over.

Stage 14
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Turn a filled puff the other way up, hold by the top (the set caramel side) and dip the bottom into the liquid caramel...

Stage 15
Saint Honoré cake
Then stick this around the outside of the pastry circle and hold in place for a few seconds until the caramel sets.

Do this with the other puffs until you have completed the ring around the Saint Honoré.

Stage 16
Saint Honoré cake
You can put a puff in the centre for added artistic effect if you wish.

Stage 17
Saint Honoré cake
Fill the space with rosettes of whipped cream.

Stage 18
Saint Honoré cake
You can pipe small rosettes of cream around the outside, between the puffs, as a finishing touch.

Refrigerate before serving.
This recipe needs a lot of work, so it is a good idea to be organised and to prepare the elements that can wait in advance, as far as possible: puff pastry circle, confectioner's custard and choux puffs (you can even fill these).

Once you keep to the basic principle (puff-pastry base, choux pastry around it and cream filling) you can vary this in many different ways: by changing the cream, for example. Give free rein to your imagination.
And to drink?
A sweet white wine, such as a Loupiac.
A few hours in the fridge.
Home made.
Nutritional information
Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
1,923 Kcal or 8,051 Kj58 gr482 gr220 gr
96 %22 %45 %33 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
150 Kcal or 628 Kj4 gr38 gr17 gr
8 %2 %4 %3 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).
Possible allergens in this recipe: Gluten, Milk, Sulfites, Egg
How much will it cost?
  • For 1 Saint Honoré cake : 4.53 €

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This recipe uses (among others)
Confectioner's custard (Crème pâtissière, or French pastry cream)Confectioner's custard (Crème pâtissière, or French pastry cream): You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Peach and green tea tart, St Tropez tart, Paris-Brest, Pains briochés aux raisins, Pear and chocolate tart with a hint of mint, ... All
Choux pastry (pâte à choux)Choux pastry (pâte à choux): You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Mini Mont-Blanc choux puffs, Puits d'amour, Valay-Brest, Chouquettes, Profiteroles, ... All
Caster sugarCaster sugar: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Chaud-froid of grapefruit, pineapple and lime custard , Brioche royale, Flognarde, Gâteau Breton (Brittany butter cake), Gâteau Nantais, ... All
Chantilly creamChantilly cream: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Strawberries in a thyme and lemon-flavoured red wine reduction, Bavaroise cream, St Tropez tart, Strawberries with mint and cream, Cranachan, ... All
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