Saint Honoré

Saint Honoré Cake
Saint Honoré Cake

The miracle of Saint Honoré:

Get to know the history of the Saint Honoré cake

When the Saint announced to his nurse that he wanted to become a priest, she was making bread.

"When my shovel has leaves, you will be bishop!" mocked the good woman.

And with those words, the miracle happened. To his amazement, the shovel was covered with leaves.

Who was Saint Honoré?


He was born in the village of Port-le-Grand, in Ponthieu, at the beginning of the 6th century. He was ordained bishop of Amiens and was sanctified in the 11th century.

So much so that his fame spread throughout Paris that the people of Picardy built him a church.
Meanwhile, in 1202 a Parisian baker offered 9 acres of land to build a chapel in his honour.

In fact and as a result, the Rue and Faubourg Saint Honoré have become famous all over the world, as has the pastry shop of the same name.

Why did you name a pastry shop?

Invented in 1847 by a young confectioner from the Chiboust pastry shops, the saint honoré cake was initially a large brioche filled with custard.
When Auguste Julien, the young confectioner in question, founded his pastry shop, he revised the recipe, which became the one we know still today.

The cake consists of a base of puff pastry, bread dough, or broken pastry, surrounded by a string of "petit choux", filled with vanilla cream and caramelized.
And it is finished by filling the center with Chiboust or Chantilly cream mounted in the shape of a crown, in honor of its deity.

In the 15th century, the first bakers' brotherhood was established in Paris, in the church bearing his name.

In conclusion:
He is the patron saint of bakers and confectioners!