Boston Cream Crepe Cake

I’m sharing my birthday cake with you today! I wish that I could share a slice with all of you but it’s physically impossible right now. (I’m sure someone is working on the solution as we speak, hehe.) I’m sharing my recipe for this Boston Cream Crepe Cake, it’s a cake that has custard layered in between crepes and topped with ganache frosting.


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For the past couple of years, I’ve been making my own birthday cake. I know you will say “On, no, you can’t make your own cake!” But those who know me, know how picky I am. I don’t really like store bought cakes because they tend to make the soooo sweet that my teeth screech.

My mommy used to always make my cake, but lately my birthday has been falling on weird days and I don’t get to see them on my birthday. So, I make own cake. It’s really a good thing since I love to bake and I get to be extra creative. I also put in extra thought into it since I am my biggest critic.

Boston Cream Crepe Cake (c) willcookforsmiles.com

I knew that I wanted to make something Boston Cream because I’ve been craving the custard and ganache flavors for a while. I’ve sifted through several cake ideas in my head and ran them by my husband. Since he’s been pretty good at coming up with ideas for baked goods lately, I went with the one he chose. The cake turned out amazing!!

(Rest assured, I’m still planning of making the other cakes that I came up with.)

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Boston Cream Crepe Cake

Ingredients

  • Crepes:
  • 2 cups flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup veggie oil
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 4 tbs sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 to 3 1/2 cups of boiling water*
  • (Consistency should be like melted ice cream!!)
  • Custard:
  • 1 cup of whole milk
  • 2/3 cup of heavy cream
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Ganache:
  • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream, boiling

Instructions

  1. Custard: Whisk together the egg yolks and sugar until completely combined. Add flour, whisk very well and set aside while heating the milk. Heat milk, heavy cream, butter and salt until simmering. Slowly add the heated milk mixture into the egg yolk mixture stirring constantly. Whisk well, slowly. Return the mixture into the pot and bring to simmer stirring constantly. The mixture will thicken within 30-45 seconds. Take off heat! Whisk in the vanilla, set aside to cool to room temperature.
  2. Crepes: Preheat a non-stick pan on medium high heat. Combine flour, eggs, milk, oil, salt, sugar and baking soda. Whisk all well. Slowly, start adding 1/4 cup of the hot water at a time to the batter. Whisking constantly until the batter reaches the consistency of melted ice cream. Pour about a ladle-full into the hot pan and swirl slowly. For this cake, I used a little bit more batter on each crepe and spread around to about 8-inch round crepe. (Normally, I use 1/2 ladle-full.) Cook for a few seconds on each side, until golden.
  3. Ganache: Bring the heavy cream to boil, be careful not to let it actually boil or it will raise.
  4. Pour the boiling cream over the chopped chocolate and stir until melted. Cool to a little warmer then room temperature.
  5. To assemble the cake: Spread a somewhat thin layer of custard on each crepe as you stack them of top of each other. Pour the ganache over the top of the cake. Refrigerate for a few hours or overnight to let the cake set.
  6. Ganache can also be poured on the cold cake, before serving.
  7. (*Suggestion:* if you want extra security to keep the cake from sliding off while it's chilling, use one of those long, wooden kebab sticks in the center of the cake.)

Notes

Recipe from Lyuba @ willcookforsmiles.com

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Comments

  1. Sure looks so wonderful! What a surprise to have when the little fellow got home from his first day at school!

  2. Happy birthday! I found you from Show Stopper Saturday. :)
    I love boston cream pie so this dessert is calling out to me. It is gorgeous and looks so yummy!

  3. christie long says:

    About how many crepes do you end up with or aim to end up with?

    • Hi Christie! I didn’t count how many crepes I made but the proportion of crepes and cream was nearly perfect. I had only about a tablespoon of custard left over. If I had to guesstimate, it was about 20 crepes (remember they are a bit thinker for the cake here than they would have been for regular crepes.)

  4. christie long says:

    abut how many crepes should you end up with?

  5. Gorgeous cake! I’m actually drooling – looks sooooooooooooooo delicious :)

  6. I hope you had a fabulous birthday! I always make my own cake, so I can post it. My family doesn’t argue too much anymore. My husband would just buy one and, um, no thanks! ;) OMG Lyuba, this cake is gorgeous! I’ve been dying to try a crepe cake, so I think I know what I’m making for MY birthday next month!

  7. Oh wow! What better way to celebrate you than with a cake like this? Fantastic idea. I forgot to have birthday cake this year on my special day so I guess I’ll have to make up for it and try out this recipe! Thanks for sharing. -Rebecca

  8. This looks awesome! I must make for my next occasion. Thank you!

  9. Oh, Lordy, this looks crazy good! I love Boston Creme pie, and crepes all stacked up like that with custard in between look even better than cake. YUM!

  10. Drooling!!! Happy Birthday and I hope you had a wonderful time!

  11. That looks amazing I love the idea of all that custard stacked in between the crepes. You are so talented. Happy Birthday!!

  12. WOW!!! Now that’s a dessert! Looks amazing, you are very talented!!

  13. oh. Oh! OH MYYYYY! you just give us a present on your birthday Lyuba! this looks like sheer yummy heaven :)
    Happy Happy Birthday and many more to come! :)

  14. Holy Crap look that piece of heaven!!! Seriously amazing! I’m going to go wipe the drool off my face now…. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

  15. Suzanne of Simply Suzannes at Home

    I’m not sure I’ve seen anything as beautiful, or delicious, as this!
    Wow!
    Thanks so much for sharing,
    Suzanne

  16. Lyuba! This is stunning! I love your cake. Happy Birthday!

  17. WOW, that looks amazing!

  18. Ok this is just too much….. this crepe cake looks AMAZING!!!!! I love anything with the Boston Cream flavors, and I love crepes.. what a great idea to marry the two together! What a beautiful looking dessert!

  19. This is such a great idea and looks totally delicious. Happy belated birthday!

  20. I hope you had a great birthday! And I am totally emailing this recipe to my husband for birthday cake hints! ;)

  21. Lyuba, this looks glorious! And happy, happy birthday to you. My husband loves Boston cream pie and I’m sure this will make him go out of his mind with happiness :)

  22. WOW!!! That is an awesome cake Lyuba! The pictures are gorgeous and making me wish I had a slice…or two right now :) No store could make anything even close to that!

  23. Yum! I made a chocolate meringue crepe cake and it was divine and this looks just as divine. I love the flavor the crepe gives the cake, not too sweet. I want to try this for my next crepe cake. Seriously, I’m drooling right now because it looks so good.

    Stopping by from the Inspired Linky.

    • That’s why I really liked this cake, not too sweet! Chocolate meringue cake sounds awesome!
      Thank you, Angela!

  24. Im sitting here with my brother-in-law and I just showed this to him, cuz, he LOVES Boston cream!! He went crazy and said, “what is THAT!!! I need that NOW!!!”

  25. Looks amazing!

  26. OMG, Lyuba!! This is the most awesome birthday cake I have ever seen!!

  27. Your cake looks absolutely heavenly. We made a crepe cake awhile back but nothing like this! Amazing!

  28. What a great idea! This cake looks wonderful!

  29. Oh, this cake. I can’t even begin to tell you how much I want a slice…

  30. This cake looks great!! Happy birthday :) and I make my own birthday cake too!

  31. This cake looks stunning. I can only imagine it tastes even more amazing! Hope you had a great day!

  32. Love the recipe! I love crepes and boston cream pie so why not combine them! I pinned this so that I can try it later =) Newest follower from The Creative Connection link party

  33. Absolutely brilliant! I am so trying this!

  34. Now THAT is ridiculous, Lyuba!! Wow. Pinning now. Your pictures are amazing. I agree, you are so very talented!!
    xoxo

  35. That has to be the most beautiful cake I’ve ever seen, Lyuba! Seriously, I’m not exaggerating. Gorgeous! I am in awe of this recipe and the photos. What a fantastic job!

  36. This looks great and is a fabulous idea. I have to try it (I bet something similar with chocolate crepes would be great).

  37. Happy Birthday Lyuba!
    What a fabulous Birthday Cake, I would just love that Boston Cream Crepe Cake for my birthday. Hope you have a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  38. this is simply stunning

  39. Oh my…!
    This looks wonderful.
    It waters my mouth.
    I want to eat this RIGHT NOW.
    I will absolutely try this, THANKS for sharing!!!

    Cheers!
    Dorothee

  40. This looks so delicious, totally irresistible!! Thanks for linking up with What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!

  41. Looks absolutely delicious! Happy Birthday!

  42. That looks delicious! Definitely going to try this.

  43. I love Boston Creme Cake! Can’t wait to try this! Following you from Make the Scene Monday

  44. Seriously, excuse me while I pick my jaw up off of the FLOOR! I wish I had the cooking ability to whip this up! DROOLING!

    Happy Birthday, Doll!!

    Kylie
    absolutelyarkansas.blogspot.com

  45. YUM!!! This sounds amazing! I’d love it if you’d stop by and link it up at Random Recipe Link Up

  46. I seriously want a bite of this right now! My mouth is watering! Look at all those beautiful layers! Love it!

  47. I just love decadence at breakfast! YUM!

  48. We just added you to our link party list and hope you will do the same! This crepe cake is a fantastic idea! I love crepes, and boston creme. What a smashing combo. Gives me some cake ideas of my own. I bet yours are better.
    Our weekly Super Saturday Link Party goes live every Friday at 8 pm at MadeFromPinterest.net.

  49. Wow! This cake sounds & looks amazing! Great photos too. Have a great day!

  50. What an idea! I love crepes, but I’ve never even heard of a crepe cake.

  51. Congratulations!
    Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Enjoy your Labor Day Weekend and your new Red Plate.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  52. I think…I just drooled on my shirt. ;)
    This looks fabulous!
    Kelly

  53. I am seriously concerned about the hot water amount for the crepes. I am making this right now and have used only 1 1/2 cups at this point, and it is already watery…..Can the amount be confirmed? Thanks..

    • Hi, Janine!
      I hope it turned out well!
      The batter should be consistency of melted ice cream or a little bit thinner. Crepe batter is much thinner than pancakes batter, if that is what you are comparing to. Thin batter will make the crepe light and fluffy and thicken better will make it dense.
      I usually start with one cup and then add 1/2 a cup at a time while whisking. I do end up using about 3 cups of water.

  54. Awesome! If I made this it would never stay together like yours! Thanks for linking to Saturday Dishes! Come on over today – we’re talking eggs.

    Wishes for tasty (and beautiful) dishes,
    Linda

    • Of course it would! Just make sure the crepes are cooled and the plate is level and not leaning. Pop it in the fridge and it will stay put as it cools!
      Thank you :)

  55. Wow, this looks amazing. Saw it on Nifty Thrifty Things and am pinning it now. Can’t wait to try it!

  56. great variation of the crepe cake!

  57. Oh. My!!! This is so beautiful, I am not sure if I would even want to demolish it! I’m no baker, but I would love to try this recipe out for sure! Thanks for the awesome dessert!

  58. I have made savory crepe stacks for a main dish but never thought of making a cake. This is awesome. My son and husband will love it.

  59. Week! I am almost out of batter and I only have made eight creeps! Well, I did have one that didn’t come out of the pan right so I ate it for breakfast! I will have to make another batch of batter or end up withi a verrrry short stack. What size pan did you use? Maybe mine is bigger. My finished crepe is 8.5 “.

    • Judy, I used an omelet size pan. The crepes were about 7- 7 1/2 inches. I definitely got about 20 crepes. Your batter is not too thick, is it? Should be the consistency of melted ice cream.

      • Boy, do I hate Auto correct! I should ALWAYS check before hitting send. I guess this time around, my son will have a Boston Cream pie height cake! He will love it anyway, I’m sure!

  60. Can I freeze this?

    • Hi Gail. I honestly don’t know what would happened if you froze this. I’ve never frozen custard before so I’m not sure what it would be like after you defrost it. The cake might fall apart due to extra moisture.

  61. Just finished making the cake for my husband, and it turned out awesome! Such a great recipe, thank you so much! I definitely didn’t use more than 3 cups of water for the batter. We’re having a birthday breakfast party tomorrow morning, and this will be a real treat.

  62. Happy, Happy Birthday! Good for you for making yourself a Birthday Cake; I love your take on and old classic! Thanks so much for sharing, I love your recipes and will try this one soon.

  63. OH-MY-GOD! This looks incredible! Gotta get some.. Gotta get some… Gotta get some…

  64. Hello!
    This cake looks amazing! I was considering making this for my Food Studies class and i was wondering how long this took to make?
    Thankyou,
    Katie :)

    • Actually it didn’t take that long. It a little work spreading the custard between the layers but not bad. To cook and put it together, it was about an hour and then time to refrigerate it. Good luck! I hope it works out great :)

  65. I totally make my own birthday cakes too! I love to bake so I use my birthday as a chance to go all out or try something new. People feel bad for me when I tell them I’m going to make my own cake, but the ones who really know me know It’s one of my favorite things to do on my bday. Anyways, I love crepes so I’m excited to try this out

  66. Boston Cream Crepe Cake….Whaaat?! SHUT THE FRONT DOOR! I need this in my belly SOON, Lyuba!

  67. Talk about a beautiful dessert! this is gorgeous and looks delicious! http://www.handmadeintheheartland.com

  68. I just made this for my family and it tastes divine

  69. KARACAKE says:

    Hi Lyuba, I have to thank you for yet another knockout recipe. I made this birthday crepe cake for a friend this past weekend. He is a lover of crepes & Boston Creme. It was a bit of work getting it all together, I would change the order of some of the instructions slightly. Once you have everything prepared, it comes together really quickly. The cake cuts beautifully & looks spectacular on the plate-mine looks just like your photos. It tasted so good, the custard was perfect and soaked into the crepes a bit. The chocolate is not too sweet which works with the custard & crepes. My husband said, “you nailed it!”. The crepes have kept their texture despite being in the refrigerator for 2 days..it gets even better the next day. What a beautiful, comforting, familiar but different cake for a special occasion. My first attempt at crepes…a delicious success! Thanks Lyuba! I am a fan!

    • I am SO happy that it came out just as you hoped! This makes me feel very good :)
      Thank you for such as nice comment!

  70. Oh my goodness … this looks absolutely to die for, Lyuba! The perfect birthday cake. Thank you so much for sharing at my link party:)

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