I know. I know. Y'all are all out there slapping your heads saying, "Of course, it's a croquembouche mold. What else could it have possibly been? Dumb. I could have had a free pair of earrings!!!"
Yep, that's right folks, it is a mold used to make a cream puff tree. The cream puff tree is also the traditional French wedding cake. Who knew? I know, French people. Oh, and two people who read my blog. In some ways I wish I had know these people before I drilled a bunch of little holes in an object that retails for over $100. Oh well. . .
The web is chock full of images of these cream puff trees, but I've yet to find a picture of the mold. Even Sur la Table doesn't have one on their website. Which seems particularly strange since I only figured out the true calling of my mod Christmas tree while wandering the isles there. Anyway, a few of my favorite cream puff cones:
I'm not sure if this is some sort of cascading sugar glaze over these or Saran® wrap.
This one breaks the cardinal rule that you should never eat anything bigger than your head. I also have to mention that I found the picture on a site entitled "Inspired Event Management."
In case you need to know more, here's some instructions. Apparently, this guy is good enough to go sans mold.And, never to be outdone by the French, of course we have our own version a la Krispy Kreme. I'll leave it to you to decide which version is superior. (Because everything is a competition.)
Thanks to all the folks that took the time to read the post and send in their guesses. Check back every now and then for more fun stuff. . .