Last Saturday morning, while our heads were still on our pillows, my husband’s eyes popped open and he said “I’ve been meaning to tell you this. I’ve dreamed of a cake three nights in a row, but I keep forgetting to tell you about it. It’s one of those crêpe cakes.The flavor is chocolate-amaretto, and it has a maraschino cherry on top. I think you are supposed to make it.”
I knew he wasn’t fabricating a story to coerce me into making something he was craving. I know for a fact that he’d rather eat a pickle on top of cake than a maraschino cherry. I took this news as a sign, or maybe it was some kind of divine appointment with cake. Whatever the case, I felt his dream should be made a reality- with one exception. I decided to spare him the cherry.
This was my first time making
crêpes, so I took some time researching crêpe recipes. They all seemed very simple, but it was the batter swirling technique I was worried about – and the pan. The fancy pan.
You need a fancy crêpe pan to swirl the batter properly, right? Well, that’s what I thought. I took a chance with my beat-up non-stick pan with the wobbly handle. I swirled, I cooked. I didn’t lose my head. Everything turned out fine!
I let Mr. Baird taste-test as I developed the whipped filling recipe. I wanted to make sure it matched his dream-memory. I also made a chocolate amaretto ganache – a bit too much, it turns out – so I made truffles with the leftovers.
The resulting cake was delicious, and the many-layered texture is so divine!
So. Who can say if –or why– I was meant to make this cake. Maybe it was to overcome my fear of crêpe-making. Maybe it was a way for my husband to purge the cake-clutter from his unconscious. Maybe it was so I could share it with you fine people. Who can say. Sometimes you just have to eat cake and let the mystery be.
Please be sure to read the comments before attempting this cake. I found the crepe-making to be simpler than I expected, but others are having trouble. Some find this cake tedious and some just did not care for the cake’s flavors. This cake consists of many layers of homemade crepes – and in the name of clarity – yes – it takes a little more time and effort to put together than a regular layer cake.
Chocolate Amaretto Crêpe Cake
Yield: One 9-inch cake. [click for printable version]
Note: Have ready a pastry brush and a little cup of melted butter before you begin cooking the crepes. This is for brushing and the pan with butter.
6 large eggs
1 cup whole milk
1/2 cup cream
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 cup all purpose flour
1/8 tsp salt
1/4 cup confectioners sugar
- Place all ingredients in the bowl of a food processor or a blender and process until well combined. The mixture will be the consistency of heavy cream.
- Brush a 9 or 10 inch skillet with melted butter and place over medium heat until butter just starts to smoke. Pour scant 1/4 cup of batter into the skillet. Swirl the batter with the pan lifted over the stove eye until the bottom is coated with a thin layer of batter. Place pan on the stove eye and cook until the surface of the crepe loses most of its glossiness and the top is set. At this point, most recipes will tell you to flip the crepes; mine were cooked through without flipping, so I just slid them out of the skillet and onto a plate.
- Repeat process until all crepe batter is used. Allow the crepes to cool completely.
1 1/3 cups heavy whipping cream
3 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
3 Tbsp granulated sugar
1 tsp. almond extract
2 Tbsp. amaretto liqueur
- Whip heavy cream in a large bowl on medium-high speed with a hand mixer or using a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Gradually add the granulated sugar. Mixture will begin to thicken.
- Gradually add in the unsweetened cocoa powder. Add the amaretto liqueur one tablespoon at a time, and then add the almond extract. Whip until stiff peaks form. Set aside.
Note: This recipe can be halved if you don’t plan to make the amaretto truffles.
9 ounces semisweet or bittersweet chocolate
1 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons Amaretto liqueur
- Roughly chop the chocolate and place it in a medium bowl.
- In a small saucepan, heat the heavy cream over
medium-high heat until just boiling.
- Pour the hot cream over the chocolate and whisk until the
chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth. Mix in the Amaretto and whisk again until smooth. Allow to cool slightly before using
- Center a crepe on a serving plate. Using a pastry brush, very lightly coat the crepe with chocolate ganache while it is still thin (if ganache begins to set, you can gently heat it in the microwave at 20 second intervals). Thinly spread a little whipped filling over the ganache and top with another crepe. Continue brushing, spreading and stacking, ending with a crepe on top. Set aside.
- When remaining chocolate ganache is of spreading consistency, use to frost the cake. Let stand at room temperature until set.
Note: If making entire ganache recipe, remaining amount can be chilled and rolled into truffles. Roll truffles in cocoa powder and garnish top of cake, if desired.
I have always wanted to make a crepe cake. They somehow always look so beautiful.
This looks divine!
How funny – I've been dreaming of crepe cakes too!! Although mine involve some sort of fruity curd… This looks delicious!
Wow. This looks incredible! I bet it tastes even better! Well done Heather!
It's a work of art! I can't even imagine how long this took you to make. It's gorgeous and glad you tackled it with your non-fancy pants pan. I would resort to the same. Storage space is at a premium and I don't ever forsee owning a dedicated crepe pan. 🙂
Your husband is a lucky man. I love amaretto, so the filling sounds like something I'd love. I've never made a Crêpe Cake, though I know how to make crêpes. I bought a fancy pan, but you are right. I do just as well in my old non-stick pan. As always, this is beautiful.
Wow this looks amazing! The truffles look great too 🙂
Let's hope your husband has many more dreams about amazing desserts like this one. What a cake!
Delicious! I love crepe cakes, I just made a lemon curd one on the weekend. 🙂
The thin layers on this cake are absolutely beautiful! I love this!
Mmmmm, this looks fantastic! Crepe cakes are simply wonderful.
you were probably meant to make it so that you could photograph it and make me feel like i'm there eating it 🙂 you know, probably!
Seriously beautiful photos. I have always been fascinated by crepe cakes and your photos sealed the deal.
Great post! My husband is more likely to fabricate a desired treat-dream– and then I'd end up making a triple lemon cheesecake every single week.
Anyway, this treat looks fabulous. I'm planning to make it this week!
Holy cow this looks gorgeous!
OH MY GOODNESS GRACIOUS! super amazing cake!
because it's made out of crepes, does this mean i can eat it for breakfast?
What a dream! I wish my husband dreamed about cakes and told me to make them haha :). I have had a Crepe Cake on my "must-make" list for quite some time. After seeing your, I know I've got to try it out soon!
What a fantastic lookingncake! Ive been wanting to make a crepe cake for quite some time, but theblast time I made crepes, it wasn't pretty. But I do hope to make one some day.
Your cake is so incredibly tidy:)!!!
Amazing cake. super dreamy!
I've been wanting to make a crepe cake for a while now. I bet the texture is amazing. I wish I had dreams about recipes. Maybe someday.
Perfect looking! That cake is absolutely stunning. Something I've been meaning to make since years… ;-P
Espectacular!! con esta tarta sorprendes a todos, me lo apuntaré para hacerla algún día.
Por cierto, me encanta tu blog!
Oh, this cake seems to be like a piece of heaven. I am sure it also tastes good – a cake for a pancake and chocolate addicts:)?
Wow. Just wow.
This is an amazing looking cake; very impressive. I love the simple styling of your images too.
I've always wanted to make a crepe cake and yours is fabulous!
This is so beautiful and GENIUS. You could substitute chocolate for other flavors, (in my mind, why in the world would you) or halve the recipe to make a little crepe cake! I love it.
Puro vicio… me gusta.
I've seen photos of a crepe cake but I've never tasted one. What vivid dreams that man has!
Aww I think it's so cute how your hubby tried to manipulate you into making him a cake. You've inspired me to conquer the crepe cake in the near future. This is just beautiful. Love the truffles as well.
that looks absolutely amazing
Oh man! Crepe cakes are my dream cake. I have yet to make/eat one, but maybe now I'll finally do both. It's just the prettiest!
That Mr. Baird is a real dreamy guy…..oh, and the cake is dreamy too.
if all the desserts i dreamed of turned out looking like this, I would bake more often 🙂
I think you were supposed to make this for me! I've been longing to make a crepe cake for my upcoming birthday, looked up some not-so-glamorous recipes, and after temporarily postponing my search I decided to take a look at one of my fave food blogs just to see what was recent. 🙂 And the very first thing I see? The most incredible-looking crepe cake, begging to be made……
I've never made a crepe cake! I love that you made such a beautiful one without the *fancy* crepe pan. I think it's neat that your husband dreamt about this cake and you made it a reality for him.
I've had a red velvet crepe cake before and it was really good. The slices are so pretty with all those layers! Gorgeous gorgeous!
I have told you this before, but you make the most incredible cakes I have ever seen.
I love crepes but I'm not sure I'm going to try this one. Looks intimidating!
My husband swears by his cast-iron skillet for crepes.
This looks fantastic. Maybe next cherry season, you could cook up fresh cherries in simple syrup and use that in lieu of maraschino… to get the full dream effect of course. 😉
So pretty! It looks kind of like vinarterta.
I love those truffles up top! I've been wanting to make a crepe cake, but I just end up eating all the crepes before I can stack them. This is so, so lovely…way to be!
I'll be patiently waiting for my slice, fork in hand. 🙂
This would make such a lovely treat for my husband (and me of course ;))!
WOW! Lovely, elegant, simple and delicious no doubt. Congratulations for another great creation!
I would like to personally thank "HH" (Heather's Hubby), aka: Mr. Baird. I have never even HEARD of a "crepe cake" and oh my word… this looks to die for. He has some great dreams, I'll tell you that!! I hope I get the gumption to one day try this, it looks so good. You tell HH for me that he is one lucky man to have his wife makes his dreams come true. 😉
That. Looks. AWESOME! My dad has a recipe for crepes and I always have a craving for them. I've never heard of a crepe cake until now, but it looks pretty good!
Wow truly this looks so impressive I will have to attempt to make this. I love your blog and I check it every day. You are an amazing cook who is very inspirational. Keep up the wonderful work. You are well loved by your fellow food lovers and bloggers. Sending love from Canberra Australia.
Simply amazing and so elegant! I love to make crepes but have never seen a cake made with them before!
This cake is beautiful! Now I've craving amaretto and chocolate too!
Seriously? I want to eat my computer screen right now. Yum!!