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Chef John's Strawberry Crepe Cake

Rated as 4.33 out of 5 Stars

"Using this simple 'crepe cake' technique, you can turn any of your favorite cake fillings into visually stunning, multi-layered masterpieces. By the way, I say this is simple, not fast, as it does take some time to make and stack all those crepes, but once you get rolling, it goes pretty quickly. Use the ingredient amounts only as a guide, as crepe sizes and filling amounts will vary. Dust with powdered sugar and garnish with fresh strawberries."
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2 h 15 m servings 466
Original recipe yields 12 servings (1 20-layer crepe cake)


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  1. Pour eggs, flour, sugar, salt, oil, milk, and vanilla extract into a blender. Blend, starting on low speed and finishing on high, until combined. Refrigerate batter for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Scoop strawberry jam into a saucepan. Rinse out jar with water and pour into the saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat and stir. Simmer for 1 minute, remove from heat, and stir. Let cool to room temperature.
  3. Brush some butter over a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Pour in 1/4 cup batter; tilt pan to coat evenly. Cook until crepes bubble and brown, about 1 1/2 minutes per side. Transfer to a baking sheet. Repeat with remaining batter, buttering the pan between crepes. Let cool completely before stacking, at least 15 minutes.
  4. Combine mascarpone cheese, cream, sugar, and vanilla extract in a bowl. Whisk together until stiff peaks form.
  5. Lay a crepe onto a large plate. Spoon on 2 or 3 tablespoons of the cream mixture, spreading it almost to the edge. Swirl in some strawberry jam. Transfer finished crepe onto a flat serving plate. Repeat with remaining crepes, cream, and jam. Center each crepe over the previous one in a stack. Gently press on a final plain crepe to finish.
  6. Refrigerate until completely chilled before cutting and serving.


  • Chef's Notes:
  • I was going for a very light dessert here, in both taste and texture, but this technique really shines if you use a more traditional cake filling like buttercream. Since that gets nice and firm when chilled, you'll get even more gorgeously defined layers.
  • I probably could've just folded the strawberry jam into the whipped cream mixture to save time when assembling. I thought it would be nice to have streaks of fruit in the cream, but once sliced, it really wasn't that noticeable. Of course fresh fruit would also work, just be aware of the extra moisture that might add.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 466 calories; 28.7 44.5 9.1 153 182 Full nutrition

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This is delicious, but try this lone out. I have used apricot jam instead, and, it is the best. I make my apricot preserves from canned apricots and Splenda in place of sugar. Helps to keep t...

Really, really fun. I served it for Valentine's Day breakfast, since it's basically cheese blintzes with whipped cream: breakfast food! This is a labor-intensive recipe, but it can be broken up ...