Recipe summary

Hands-on time:
35 mins. to 40 mins.
Baking time:
Total time:
60 mins. to 1 hrs 10 mins.
Yield:
One 8" round cake, serves 10
Layer upon layer of tender chocolate crÍpes filled with hazelnut pastry cream creates this unique celebration cake. Cook up an extra batch of crÍpes for the freezer, and this cake will take less than 20 minutes to put together.
Volume Ounces Grams

chocolate crÍpe batter

pastry cream filling

Directions

  1. 1) For the crÍpes: In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the flour, salt and cocoa. If the cocoa has any lumps be sure to break them up or sift them out.
  2. 2) Whisk in the eggs, milk and butter and continue to whisk until the mixture is smooth. Pour the batter through a strainer into a clean bowl, cover and set aside for 30 minutes.
  3. 3) Towards the end of the rest period, preheat your crÍpe pan according to the manufacturer's direction. Cook a test crÍpe or two, and adjust the batter with milk if it is too thick to work with. Cook the rest of the crÍpes, you'll need about 18 to 20 for the cake.
  4. 4) Cool the crÍpes while you prepare the pastry cream filling. A pastry cream filling mix is a quick shortcut, or you can make your own from scratch. You will need approximately 2 cups of cooled pastry cream.
  5. 5) To make hazelnut pastry cream: Warm the chocolate hazelnut spread in the microwave for 20 seconds, or until it is soft and almost pourable. Whisk the warm spread into the pastry cream, and continue to whisk until it is lump free.
  6. 6) To assemble the cake: Stack 3 crÍpes on a serving plate and spread with 2 tablespoons of hazelnut pastry cream. Continue to layer a single crÍpe and 2 tablespoons of filling until you are nearly out of crÍpes. For stability, occasionally layer two or three crÍpes instead of one single crÍpe.
  7. 7) End with a layer of 3 crÍpes. Wrap the cake well in plastic wrap, using a little pressure to keep the cake pressed down. Chill for at least 60 minutes, or up to overnight. Slice in wedges to serve.