This Chocolate Crêpe Cake with Bourbon is a Southern take on the classic French Gâteau Mille Crêpes. This step-by-step tutorial will walk you through making this easy no-bake cake!
Guys, I love crêpes. I’m crêpe-crazed. Savory crêpes, sweet crêpes, and breakfast crêpes. La vie en crêpe!!! Well, my friends, there’s one crêpe recipe that shines above the rest.
Maybe you’ve been waiting for it. Maybe you’ve dreamed about it. (Or is that just me?) What is it? It is, of course– the Crêpe Cake!
Crêpe cakes are the pinnacle of all crêpes– the crowning glory of crêpe-dom. This crêpe cake uses twenty 5″ crêpes, and is filled with fluffy, BOURBON whipped cream.
What is a Crêpe? What is a Crêpe Cake?
First of all, a crêpe is an ultra-thin, delicate French pancake. You can eat them alone, you can smear Nutella inside them, and you can even make– you guessed it– a crêpe cake!
A crêpe cake is simply a stack of crêpes with filling in between each layer. Technically, you can use any filling you prefer, but a light, fluffy filling is the easiest to work with. I’d also avoid fillings that are overly sweet, because layers and layers of a sickly sweet filling can become overwhelming.
Are Crêpe Cakes Hard To Make? Is there an Easy Way to Make Crêpes?
These pretty layered cakes look a little bit… intimidating. I’m here to assure you– the trickiest part is making the crêpes. And even that isn’t very tricky– it just takes a little practice.
Once you mix the crêpe batter, let it rest for about 30 minutes. Next, get a pan really hot. (Nonstick pans will be the easiest to use– I used a small omelette pan for my cake.) Spray the pan with cooking spray, or brush it with oil.
To pour the batter into the pan, you can either “free-style” it, or use a scoop. I like to use a small ice cream scoop to keep my crêpes more uniform.
Next, I like to hold the scoop with the batter in one hand, and the pan in the other. Raise the pan OFF the burner, pour the batter in it, and swirl to coat the whole bottom of the pan. Set it back on the burner.
Heat the crêpe for about 90 seconds, flip it, and then after about 5 seconds, pick the pan up and flip the crêpe onto a cooling rack.
Repeat until all the batter is gone. Don’t worry if you mess a few up, there should be enough batter for a few mess-ups. If you happen to make them all perfectly– well, then you can just eat the bonus crêpes!
How to Assemble a Crêpe Cake
While the chocolate crêpes cool, use an electric hand mixer to beat some heavy whipping cream, a little sugar, and some bourbon together into a boozy whipped cream. Then, smear about 1.5 tablespoons of whipped cream on top of a crêpe, top with another crêpe, and repeat until you have a stack of 20.
Quick Tip: If your cake is starting to form a dome– push down from the top using a spatula OR the palm of your hand.
Finally, chill the cake for at least 2 hours to harden the whipped cream. Dust your cake with a little cocoa powder, and then use your sharpest knife to cut it into 4 or 6 slices, and top with a dollop of whipped cream or fruit. Serve this very fancy, no-bake cake chilled, and bon appetit!
Chocolate Crêpe Cake with Bourbon
French Dessert for Parties or Date Night. Prepare at least 2 hours before serving.
- 3/4 cup flour
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 2/3 cup cold milk
- 2/3 cup cold water
- 3 eggs
- 3 TB melted butter
- 2 TB sugar
- 1 oz bourbon
- 1/4 tsp salt
Bourbon Chocolate Crêpe Cake:
- 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 oz bourbon
- extra whipped cream, fruit to top (optional)
Make Chocolate Crêpes:
Whisk together all ingredients for crêpes.
Allow crêpe batter to rest in the fridge for 20-30 minutes.
Preheat small crêpe-pan or nonstick pan on high heat, and brush with oil or butter.
Quick Tip: Try to make sure you're using a pan that is as close to 5" across as possible-- I use a small omelette pan.
Holding pan just off heat, add 2 TB batter and swirl to coat pan. Place back on heat and cook for about 90 seconds, until the bottom of the crêpe is golden and slides off the pan easily. Flip and cook the other side for 5-10 seconds. Move crêpe to a wire rack or plate to cool, and repeat with remaining batter.
Note: If not using immediately, stack with wax paper in between crêpes, and refrigerate for up to 2 days, or freeze for up to 3-4 months in an airtight container. Don't skip the wax paper-- the crêpes will stick together.
Making Bourbon Whipped Cream:
While making crêpes, put a glass or metal bowl in the freezer to chill.
Remove bowl from freezer, and add cream, sugar, and bourbon. Use a hand mixer to whip cream into stiff peaks.
Begin assembling cake-- Place one crêpe in center of a plate, and add about 1 1/2 TB whipped cream to the crêpe. There should be enough cream to cover the crêpe, but not so much that it will ooze out the side. Leave about a 1/2 inch border along the edge of the crêpe. Top with another crêpe, and repeat.
While layering, push down on the top of cake periodically to keep it from forming a dome. Finish cake with 20th crêpe.
Allow cake to set in the fridge at least 2 hours, or freezer 1 hour.
Optional: Serve cake with more whipped cream and/or fruit.
Use a VERY sharp knife to cut.
Cake can be stored up to 1 day in the fridge, or several weeks in an airtight container in the freezer. If freezing, allow to thaw in fridge before serving.
Styling Tip: If you prefer exceptionally clean edges, both on the outside of your cake and when cutting, use a 5" or 6" crêpe pan instead of a small nonstick pan, and use slightly less filling in between each layer.
Recipe adapted from: Epicurious