In conjunction with my literary baking blog (http://ingestedread.blogspot.com) I will be using the elements of a cake as inspiration for my novel. The croquembouche (a towering cone of profiteroles held together by caramel) has many fantastic elements that would translate into a great plot:
1) It's usually served as a wedding cake in France - this could suggest a character / location or backstory
2) The hot caramel suggests someone's fingers could get metaphorically (or literally) burnt
3) The shape suggests mountains / adventure / an obstacle to overcome
4) It could literally come crashing down at any moment
I'm also going to write it in the postmodern style of Italo Clavino's 'If Upon A Winter's Night A Traveller'.