Bored of buttercream? So over pound cake? For your next big celebration consider trying a crepe cake instead. If you’re a fan of crepes — the paper-thin pancakes popular in France — you will love crepe cakes.
These cakes are exactly what they sound like — crepes layered between pastry cream, ganache, or whipped cream to form a cake. Typically about 20-30 crepes are used, but these cakes are often called “mille”(a thousand) cakes, because the thin layers they create appear infinite. As an added bonus, these layered beauties not only look gorgeous, they also create an incredibly light and tender dessert — no oven required! (Plus, no one really knows how many crepes you ate in one sitting).
Because no baking powder or yeast is used to make the crepes rise, they’re much more forgiving than your standard cake, and are easily adaptable to be gluten-free, paleo — or even vegan. From rich Nutella and banana to a triple-tiered wedding cake, there’s a crepe cake for every occasion. All you need to do is master how to make crepes, and get layering.
Here are a few crepe cakes that we’re loving right now:
When Italy and France come together beautiful (and delicious) things happen, like this tiramisu crepe cake with espresso syrup and Kahlua-laced mascarpone cream.
Crepe cakes can add a unique touch to even the most extra-special occasions. Case in point: this three-tiered vanilla crepe cake.
Yes, you read that right — a s’mores crepe cake. Chocolate sauce, toasted marshmallow frosting…who needs a campfire?
Salted Caramel Delight
Draped in a glossy layer of caramel, this chocolate crepe and salted caramel cream cake is simply mouth-watering.
When layered with pink pastry cream and doused in sprinkles, humble crepes turn into a chic birthday cake.
Classic crepes, vanilla pastry cream, fresh macerated strawberries, all topped with crunchy cookie crumbs — this could count as breakfast … right?
Cookies N’ Cream Crepes
Everyone’s favourite sandwich cookie gets the French treatment with this perfectly layered showstopper.
Put a fresh spin on red velvet cake with rich, red velvet crepes and a tangy cream cheese filling — a perfect Valentine’s Day dessert.
This cake is covered in icing like a traditional layer cake, revealing the delicate layers inside when cut. Almond-flour crepes make a perfect pair for raspberry compote (and they’re gluten free).
Green pumps up the colour on this gorgeous matcha and adzuki crepe cake from Mille & B.
Watch: How to make crepes