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This Boston Cream Pie Crepe Cake has layers of sweet crepes between layers of silky pastry cream that’s topped with a smooth chocolate glaze.
I have been wanting to make a crepe cake for a while now, but I wanted to make sure all of my efforts were worth a WOW! That’s when I decided to make it into a Boston Cream Pie Crepe cake, and I’m SO glad I did!
The pastry cream and chocolate pair perfectly with all of the crepe layers. This cake is definitely a show-stopper. I love serving it for dinner parties, family get-togethers, and even potlucks! While it doesn’t make a very large cake, it still serves a lot of people, about 10-12 or so. When serving this crepe cake you want to keep the slices thin because it is rich!
This Boston Cream Pie Crepe Cake takes a bit of planning to execute, but SO worth it! It’s not the type of cake you bake on a whim. If you’re looking for quick and easy cake recipes, then check out this zucchini cake and carrot cake, and lemon cake.
Cook’s Note – Boston Cream Pie Crepe Cake:
- The crepe batter will make more crepes than you need for this crepe cake. In my opinion, there’s nothing wrong with extra crepes!
- Extra Crepes can be double-wrapped in plastic and refrigerated up to 3 days or frozen up to 2 months.
- If you use a 9-10 inch skillet to cook the crepes you will need to use ¼ cup of batter.
- The crepe batter will make about 24 6- to 7-inch crepes or 18 to 9- to 10-inch crepes.
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- Mixing bowl set
- Fine strainer
- Crepe pan OR 6-7 inch heavy skillet
- Icing spatula (I love using this for loosening the crepe from the pan right before I flip it. You’ll also need it for spreading the layers of the pastry cream and for spreading chocolate on top of the crepe cake!
- Medium saucepan
- Cake stand
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Boston Cream Pie Crepe Cake
- 2 cups half-and-half
- 6 large egg yolks
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- Pinch table salt
- ¼ cup all-purpose flour
- 4 Tablespoons cold butter cut into four pieces
- 1 ½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste
- 3 large eggs
- 1 ½ cups whole milk
- ½ cup + 1 Tablespoon water
- 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 3 Tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla
- 4 ½ Tablespoons butter plus extra for brushing pan
- ½ cup heavy cream
- 2 Tablespoons light corn syrup
- 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate chopped fine
- FOR THE PASTRY CREAM: In medium saucepan over medium heat, heat half-and-half until just simmering. In medium bowl whisk yolks, sugar, and salt until smooth. Add flour to yolk mixture and whisk until incorporated. Remove half-and-half from heat, and whisking constantly, slowly add ½ cup half-and-half to yolk mixture to temper. Whisking constantly, pour tempered yolk mixture into half-and-half in saucepan. Return saucepan to medium heat and cook, whisking constantly, until slightly thickened, about 1 minute. Reduce heat to medium-low and continue to simmer, whisking constantly, for 8 minutes. Increase heat to medium and cooking, whisking vigorously, until bubbles burst on surface, 1-2 minutes. Take saucepan from heat; whisk in butter and vanilla until butter is completely melted. Strain pastry cream through fine-mesh strainer set over medium bowl. Lightly grease parchment or plastic wrap with nonstick cooking spray and press it directly on surface of pastry cream. Refrigerate until set, at least 2 hours and up to 24 hours.
- FOR THE CREPES: In large bowl sift together flour and salt. In small bowl whisk together milk, eggs, water, and melted butter. Whisk egg mixture gradually into flour. Place large, fine strainer over medium bowl and pass batter through strainer. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and chill at least 2 hours, or up to 2 days.
- Gently whisk batter. Heat 6-7-inch crepe pan or heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Brush bottom of pan and side very lightly with butter (butt should sizzle when it hits the pan). When butter stops sizzling, pour 2 ½ tablespoons (use ¼-cup measure just over half full) batter into pan. Do this by tilting heated pan just slightly to the left and begin pouring the batter. Continue to pour batter in a steady stream as you twirl the pan slowly counterclockwise until the crepe is formed. Cook until crepe is nicely browned on bottom, 30 seconds-1minute. Loosen crepe from pan with table knife or metal icing spatula and flip. Cook until nicely browned on other side, about 30 seconds longer.
- Move cooked crepe to a large plate and repeat cooking process with remaining batter, brushing pan as needed, every 2-3 crepes or so.
- TO ASSEMBLE: Place 1 crepe on cake plate. Spread 2 tablespoons of pastry cream into a thin layer over crepe. Cover with another crepe and repeat to make a stack of about 18 crepes. Place crepe cake in refrigerator while you make the chocolate glaze.
- FOR THE CHOCOLATE GLAZE: In small saucepan over medium heat bring cream and corn syrup to a simmer. Remove from heat and add chocolate. Whisk gently until smooth, 30 seconds. Let stand, whisking occasionally, until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes.
- TO FINISH CREPE CAKE: Pour glaze onto center of cake. Use an offset icing spatula to spread glaze to edge of cake, letting excess drip decoratively down sides. Place crepe cake in refrigerator for at least 3 hours or up to 24 hours before slicing and serving.
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Jude Bierau says
This looks absolutely yummy and very doable – for its just my husband and – I would use crepes already made and use a cookie cutter or something with a larger circular cut out – and then proceed to make individuals –
Thank you so much Jillian for a wonderful idea
Jude, I’m glad you’re using this recipe to make a mini version of this dessert for you and your husband. Enjoy! 🙂
Jessica Levinson says
This looks so incredibly delicious! Definitely worth the effort!
Thank you! And it really is worth the extra effort!
What a seriously fun idea!! I’ve always loved the look of crepe cakes and this one is especially gorgeous and tasty sounding, considering it’s filled with cream and covered with chocolate! Yum!
Aw, thank you! The cake is a bit time intensive but it really wows at parties!
Callie cochran says
Made this cake 4 days ago and it went over so well that I am making another one to take to a birthday party for my father-in-law .
Callie, I’m so glad you loved this cake! Sometimes I like making lemon curd for in between the layers and finish the top with a white chocolate ganache, the flavor combinations are endless with this cake!