To Do In San Francisco: Westin St. Francis Presents Largest Holiday Sugar Castle


The world’s largest sugar castle is in San Francisco, amidst the rich history and elegance of the Westin St. Francis. The hotel’s Executive Pastry Chef Jean-François Houdré unveiled his signature 12-feet rotating holiday Sugar Castle in the Tower Lobby of The Westin St. Francis just in time for the Holiday season. Originally created in 2005, this magnificent Sugar Castle continually grows larger and more spectacular each year. 
 The inspiration to create this one-of-a-kind, grandiose Sugar Castle came from Chef Houdré’s trip to Europe with his family in 2005. While traveling around Bordeaux, the Houdré family visited many remarkable châteaux, particularly Mont Saint Michel and La Cité de Carcassonne, which is one of Europe’s most complete examples of a fortified abbey. The creation is nearly100 percent edible. The castle weighs over 1,200 pounds and features more than 20 grand circular towers, approximately 30 rooms, illuminated windows, and is surrounded by a quaint village and a running train. The castle is entirely edible, and is comprised of the following sumptuous ingredients:
70 pounds of gingerbread, 130 pounds of pastillage (powdered sugar, egg white and gelatin dough), 40 pounds of pulled and bubble sugar, royal icing made of 300 pounds of sugar and egg whites, 40 pounds of molasses, 60 pounds of flour, 100 pounds of assorted Xmas candy, and 360 hours of hard work. The only hotel located on San Francisco’s famous Union Square, The Westin St. Francis is just steps from world class shopping, dining, theatres, and art galleries. For reservations and more information, call (415) 397-7000, toll free (800) 917-7458 or visit The castle will go on display on Friday and will run through Jan. 2, 2009.

Via ABC 7 News