Impress your guests this holiday with a unique looking crepe cake with a chewy soft texture, candy canes to give it a nice satisfying crunchy sweetness topped with a dark chocolate ganache.

This weird but wonderful cake was inspired one day by my sister from another mother Susan who had requested a crepe cake for her husbands birthday. When she had asked me to make a crepe cake, and my first reaction was “..a crepe what?”, followed by a weird look. She then shows me a google image of this fantastic looking tower of a cake, which worked me to up do some research on what it takes to make this intriguing cake.

 

Dark Chocolate Candy Cane Mille Crepe Cake

 

At the time I have never really tasted one of these cakes. I have made crepes plenty of times before, in fact my fondest memories of these tasty little french pancakes were of me as a teenager making Crepe Suzettes for mom and dad for desserts. But a crepe, as a cake was a whole new monster and boy was I glad I made it.

 

I ended up making a simple lemon sugar crepe cake for Susan.  Not only was it visually stunning, it was nothing I have ever tasted before. The cake is chewy in texture from the crepe itself, but very light from the minimal ingredients and not overly sweet. Since I used coarse sugar as a filling, the crunchy sugar gave it another dimension of texture as well. The cool part about this cake is you can control how sweet you want it by how many layers of sugar you want to layer in!

 

In celebration of the holidays, this cake will use candy canes instead. 🙂

 

Shall we start?

 

THE INGREDIENTS

There are 3 sections of ingredients for this cake: the crepe ingredients, the cream filling ingredients and the frosting ingredients.

 

Dark Chocolate Candy Cane Mille Crepe Cake

 

There isn’t anything special here that you can’t find at your local grocery store.

 

Note: I made eggnog an optional ingredient for the frosting and for the crepe. You can substitute it heavy cream for the frosting or milk for the crepe. It actually doesn’t alter the flavour and consistency at all.

 

THE CREPE

This is a standard crepe recipe, with 2 options:

  • Option 1 : Milk – Use 3/4 cup of milk with 1/2 cup of water.
  • Option 2 : Eggnog – 3/4 cup of eggnog with 3/4 cup of water

 

 

 

Dark Chocolate Candy Cane Mille Crepe Cake

 

To make the crepes, I used a small non-stick frying pan and swirled 1/4 cup of batter around in a thin circle and let it cook for about 1-2 mins a side.  I opted for a smaller pan to make a taller cake, but you can use a larger pan if you want a larger (but shorter) cake.

 

I won’t lie, making crepes will be the most tedious and longest part of the whole process of this cake – stick with it. It’s worth it.

 

Tip #1: How can you tell when the crepe is ready to be flipped over? When the edges become light brown and starts to slightly curl up!

 

THE FILLING

For the whipping cream filling, I kept it simple.

I used 1/4 cup of candy cane as a sweetener and beat it for a few minutes until it forms firm peaks.

 

Important: Make sure the cream is whipped to be thick enough to form stiff peaks on the mixer attachment else it won’t stay put in the cake and the cake filling will be runny

 

Dark Chocolate Candy Cane Mille Crepe Cake

 

For the sugar filling, it’s just plain ol’ candy canes. 🙂 Unwrap the candies and pulse it in a food processor.

 

Tip #2: Pulse the candy cane for a more grittier and chunkier texture for some crunch in the cake, else it becomes too fine and powdery.

 

Dark Chocolate Candy Cane Mille Crepe Cake

 

BUILDING THE CAKE

This step is quite easy. Just stack layers of crepe, cream and candy cane!

 

The cream should be on every layer of crepe.

 

Dark Chocolate Candy Cane Mille Crepe Cake

 

There is no rule for how much candy cane you want to sprinkle on. If you like a sweeter cake, then you can put candy cane on every layer, if you are like me and prefer a less sweet cake then layer on the candy cane every other layer or every 3 layers.

 

Dark Chocolate Candy Cane Mille Crepe Cake

 

See how pretty it looks? Honestly, you can even serve it as it is without the dark chocolate frosting if you like!

 

Dark Chocolate Candy Cane Mille Crepe Cake

 

Once you have completed the layers, keep the cake in the fridge and let it cool before adding the warm chocolate frosting on it. (This is so the cream won’t melt and become runny from the heat from the chocolate sauce.)

 

MAKING THE DARK CHOCOLATE FROSTING (GANACHE)

In a small pot, heat up the cream until it is hot but not boiling. Turn off the heat, and pour in the chocolate chips and stir! If you find the frosting still clumpy, you can turn on the stove on low and keep stirring it until it is smooth.

 

Dark Chocolate Candy Cane Mille Crepe Cake

 

Tip #3: Put a bit of butter in the ganache to give it a nice shiny frosting look!

 

Let it cool for 5-10 minute, then you pour it on the cake! The sides will not be fully covered by just pouring the ganache over the cake, so you will need to take a spoon to ladle it onto the sides.

 

Put the cake in the fridge to set before transferring it to another plate or adding toppings on it.

 

Important: Don’t pour the warm chocolate frosting onto the cake until you have let the cake cool in the fridge. When the cake has not fully cooled, the cream layers are not set and warm frosting will melt the cream layers and it will produce a gobbly mess of a cake. (Of course with my crappy patience, I didn’t wait for the cake to cool and learned the hard way.)

 

Dark Chocolate Candy Cane Mille Crepe Cake

 

…and voila! A interesting looking cake that tastes very chocolatey and minty! Perfect for the holiday seasons and if you decide to make this for parties and family gatherings, your guest will be very impressed well because…it kinda looks fascinating with all the layers!

 

A cake made of crepes that give this cake a unique chewy soft texture and candy canes to give it a nice satisfying crunchy sweetness topped with a dark chocolate ganache.

Let us know if you make this crepe cake with #pupswithchopsticks! ..and as usual as questions! 🙂

 

Enjoy!

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Dark Chocolate Candy Cane Mille Crepe Cake


  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield: 8 Servings
  • Category: Sweets
  • Cuisine: French, American

Description

Impress your guests this holiday with a unique looking crepe cake with a chewy soft texture, candy canes to give it a nice satisfying crunchy sweetness topped with a dark chocolate ganache.


Ingredients

Crepe

  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup milk or eggnog
  • 1/2 cup water (add an extra 1/4 cup if using eggnog)
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract

Cream Filling

  • 1/4 cup candy canes (crushed)
  • 473 ml whipping cream (heavy cream)
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract

Candy Cane Filling

  • 16-20 candy canes (crushed)

Dark Chocolate Ganache

  • 255g dark chocolate wafers or chips
  • 1 cup heavy cream

Instructions

Candy Cane Filling

  1. Unwrap the candy canes and pulse in a food processor. To keep the cake crunchy, don’t pulse it too finely. Set aside for later

Cream Filling

  1. Using a mixer, whip the heavy cream it forms a stiff peak
  2. Add in vanilla and crushed candy canes and mix for a few more seconds
  3. Set aside in the fridge to cool

Crepes

  1. Combine all the crepe ingredients and mix until smooth. It should be a thin pancake consistency. If it’s not, add some water or milk.
  2. In a small non-stick frying pan, add a little butter and adjust the stove to low heat.
  3. When the pan is hot, add 1/4 cup of batter (adjust this amount if you are using a larger frying pan) to the pan and swirl a thin circular layer around the bottom of the pan
  4. Cook it for approximately 2 mins (or when the edges become light brown and start curling, then flip it and cook for another 1-2 minutes
  5. Remove from pan and set it aside to let it cool.
  6. Repeat until all the batter has been used.

Building the Cake

  1. Start with a crepe layer
  2. Add a layer of cream
  3. Add a layer of candy cane sugar
  4. Repeat the layering. (If you prefer a less sweet cake, put candy cane sugar on every other layer, or every 3 layers instead.)
  5. End the last layer with a crepe
  6. Keep cake in the fridge for 30 mins to an hour to cool and set

Dark Chocolate Ganache

  1. In a small pan, heat up the heavy cream until hot. Careful not to let it boil.
  2. Turn off the heat
  3. Add the chocolate chips into the hot liquid and stir until it has melted
  4. If the chocolate seems lumpy and not fully melted, turn the heat back on low for a few mins and keep stirring until it is smooth
  5. Set aside for 5-10 mins to cool
  6. Pour over the cooled cake. You may have to ladle some of the chocolate manually to cover the sides.
  7. Set in the fridge to cool for 1 hour
  8. Decorate and enjoy! 🙂

 

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6 thoughts on “Dark Chocolate Candy Cane Mille Crepe Cake”

  1. AMAZING creation of cake that mix with dark chocolate plus,…. , especially adding Christmas candy sticks crash into fine tiny pieces that would make the whole cake very Christmasy,. Since Christmas is only weeks away, I will nake one to entertain my friends. Tell you the true, I am a dark chocolate lover. By the way, you made very clear instructions through the whole making cake process.

    1. I love dark chocolate as well! Not to sweet and very decadent.
      I am happy you like the format of the blog! 🙂
      It makes me happy to hear that my recipes and photos are helpful 🙂

    1. It’s super easy, just time consuming since each layer of crepe takes about 3 mins to make and I usually make between 10-20 layers per cake. I swear it’s worth it though, it’s a very unique texture! Let me know if you have any questions Marie! 🙂

  2. This cake looks amazing!! I’ve always wanted to make a mille crepe cake, but was a bit intimidated by how complicated most recipes are. Your recipe is so easy to follow and the steps are laid out so clearly that I feel totally comfortable making this! Great job! Love the use of the candy canes. So creative! Can’t wait to try this.

    1. Thanks Alyssa! 🙂 Yea I was quite amazed how easy it was once I started making one! The only thing I have to mention is, crepe cakes take a bit of patience since you need to make between 10-20 crepes at about 3 minutes a crepe. haha! So lots of love goes into it. You can even use lemon sugar (which is what I do sometimes in the summer). I get mesmerized by the layers as well o_O Let me know if you have any questions if you make it, I’m always happy to help! 🙂

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