Crepe Cake

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Whenever I see something that I want to try, regardless of the skill level it takes, I just go for it.  I don’t know why I do things like that.

I found this crepe cake on Ceramic Canvas and thought to myself “This looks hard,but I’m going to attempt to make it.”  That was a dumb thought since I have never even made a crepe before, let alone 2o crepes.

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I needed cake flour, but of course I didn’t have any (and I was too lazy to go to the store), so I made my own cake flour by mixing all purpose flour and baking soda (Thanks to, Joy the Baker) and continued on my journey to making crepes.

And….

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….TA-DAH!

 

Somehow, I pulled it off and made 15 crepes!  It took me longer than I thought, more like an hour and a half longer.  I was so scared that I would mess them up that I pretended that I was making ribs and cooked them low and slow.  That will be the first and the last time that I do that.  I started making the crepes at 1:00pm and was done making only 15 crepes by 3:00pm.

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Now that the hard part was over I made the chocolate meringue buttercream frosting and set off to assemble the cake.

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That part was easy.  All I had to do was take one crepe and spread some frosting on it then top it with another crepe and continue the pattern.

Only one problem….

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I was supposed to spread a thin layer of frosting but since I love chocolate so much I decided to go to town with the frosting.  Oh well it doesn’t matter it still tasted yummy.

I love the chocolate frosting oozing out of the layers!

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The outcome was a decadent and rich chocolate cake.  Not only was it a delicious dessert, it made a hearty breakfast. 😉

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Crepe Cake

adapted from: ceramic canvas

Ingredients:

Crepes:
12 tbl cake flour
3 tbl sugar
4 eggs
6 tbl unsalted butter, melted
2 cups warm milk
Vegetable Oil

Chocolate Meringue:

5 large egg whites
1 cup sugar
4 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature, cut into tablespoons
10 oz, semi-sweet chocolate, melted

For the cake:

15 to 20 crepes
Chocolate Meringue Frosting
2 tbl sugar

Directions:

MAKE THE CAKE:
Sift flour and 3 tablespoons of the sugar together into a mixing bowl. Set aside. In a large bowl whisk eggs together, being careful not to overbeat. Gently stir in flour mixture until smooth. Stir in butter. Slowly stir in milk until just blended with the consistency of light cream – do not over mix. Cover bowl with plastic wrap. Let rest for at least 1 hour.

Rub bottom of an 8-inch nonstick crepe pan with vegetable oil and wipe out excess with a paper towel. Place over medium heat. Ladle in about 4 tablespoons of batter into the center of the pan. Tilt and rotate pan immediately to make the batter run around the edge and cover the bottom evenly. Pour any excess batter back into the bowl. Cook until brown, about 20 seconds. Lift crepe edge with your fingers or a spatula (you may want to do this off of the heat). Cook on the other side for about 10 seconds. Turn out onto a plate. Repeat process with remaining batter (pan will probably not need to be greased again). Stack crepes separated by between paper towels. Crepes can be made ahead and kept for several hours, wrapped in plastic at room temperature, or refrigerated over night.

Makes about 20 crepes. (I got 15 crepes)

MAKE THE MERINGUE FROSTING:
In a heatproof bowl of an electric mixer set over a saucepan of simmering water, combine the egg whites and sugar. Cook, whisking constantly, until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture is warm to the touch (about 160˚F).

Attach the bowl to the mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Beat egg white mixture on high speed until it holds stiff (but not dry) peaks. Continue beating until mixture is fluffy and cooled, about 6 minutes.

Switch to the paddle attachment. With the mixer on medium low speed, add the butter several tablespoons of butter at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in melted chocolate and espresso. Beat on lowest speed to eliminate any air bubbles, about 2 minutes. Stir with a rubber spatula until frosting is smooth.

ASSEMBLING THE CAKE:
Place first crepe on a plate. Spread a thin layer of meringue evenly across the cake. Lay second crepe on top. Repeat frosting process until all but one crepe is left.

Place the last crepe on a separate plate. Evenly distribute remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar. Caramelize the sugar with a small handheld kitchen torch. Place the crepe on top of cake and let cool.

Once the caramelized sugar has cooled, frost the top and side of cake. Immediately, cool cake in the refrigerator to let frosting harden.

Let cake sit out at room temperature for about 5 minutes before serving.

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