Crepe cakes are exquisite desserts that have thin and soft crepes as layers. They usually have 15-30 layers and are easy to cut through with a dessert fork without falling apart. Crepe cakes are incredibly tender, heavenly light, and flavorful, almost melting in your mouth.
The paper-thin crepes absorb the fluffy cream filling and other flavors you can add to it. The traditional crepe batter usually includes butter, milk, eggs, flour, salt, and sugar. But many different flavors make crepe cakes a versatile dessert - such as matcha powder, vanilla extract, or cocoa powder. Depending on your choice of toppings, crepe cake can last 1-2 days in the fridge.
As elegant as this dessert looks and tastes, it is surprisingly cheap to make at home. Crepe cakes don’t require any expensive special ingredients, but they can be rather time-consuming as you need a minimum of 15 layers of crepes to build them. But the result is worth your time - crepe cakes are one of the best desserts you can master. They look fancy, taste fantastic, and are perfect for any occasion.
Crepe cakes are a French pastry known as “gâteau de crêpes.” Yet, the modern Mille crepe cakes we see on display at fancy bakeries and cafes were made famous by Japanese pastry chef Kazuko Emy Wada. Emy started selling different flavored crepe cakes at her pastry shop, Paper Moon Cake Boutique, in 1985 in Tokyo. In 2001 Emy helped found Lady M in New York, famous for their signature Mille crepe cake.
Before experimenting with some exciting flavors and fillings, try the classic version of this delicious dessert. This crepe recipe only calls for simple ingredients and doesn't require chef-level skills. But there are a few essential tips you should know to make a restaurant-quality Mille crepe cake. And first of all, it's about making the perfect crepe.
So have your non-stick frying pan, a rubber spatula, and two plates. One large plate is for the crepes to cool down, and the other is to stack up the cooled crepes. This helps to prevent the crepes from getting soggy from any steam build-up.
Once you’ve mastered your crepes, there’s no stopping you from experimenting with different crepe cake fillings and toppings, or batter flavors. You can layer the classic crepes with pastry cream, lemon curd, ganache., dulce de leche, or simple whipped cream. You can add slices of fruit or berries between the layers or add extra flavors to the crepe batter itself.
Here are some of our favorite crepe cake recipe variations you should try making!