Layered Crepe Cake

You can’t go wrong with this gem of a recipe – a layer upon layer of deliciousness for those special occasions!

MakesOne 20cm (8 Inch) layered crêpe cake

Ingredients

1 quantity watermelon and rose jam
1 quantity Chantilly cream
1 crêpe stack

For the topping

Fresh raspberries, yellow nasturtiums, roses, baby rocket (arugula) leaves, jasmine flowers

Method

Prepare the watermelon and rose jam.
Prepare the Chantilly cream.
Prepare the crêpe stack.

To assemble the crêpe cake

Place one crêpe on a stand or serving plate and smear about one tablespoon of the jam over it, spreading it right to the edges. Spread with a layer of Chantilly cream. Top with another crêpe and repeat the process until all the crêpes have been used. When you get to the last crêpe, spoon a few tablespoons of jam onto the centre, top with the remaining Chantilly cream and berries, and arrange the flowers and leaves on top.

Watermelon and Rose Jam

Ingredients

600g ripe watermelon flesh, chopped
400g caster (superfine) sugar
Juice of 1 lemon
Small handful organic rose petals or rosewater to taste

Method

Place the watermelon in a bowl and sprinkle it with the sugar and lemon juice. Cover and stand for at least four hours, or overnight if possible.

Transfer the watermelon mixture to a heavy-based saucepan and bring to the boil over medium heat. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, stirring regularly for one hour. Using a hand-held blender, process the mixture until as smooth or chunky as you desire.

When ready, the jam will be quite thin, but should resist sliding down a plate if you hold it upright. Stir in the petals or rosewater and pour the hot jam into sterilised jars. Refrigerate for up to two weeks.

Chantilly Cream

Ingredients

500ml (2 cups) thickened (whipping) cream
2 tablespoons icing (confectioners’) sugar, sifted
1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or natural vanilla extract

Method

Using an electric mixer, beat the cream, sugar and vanilla on high speed until soft peaks form. Use it to fill or top the cake of your choice.

Crêpe Stack

Makes: One 20cm (8 inch) crêpe stack (about 12 crêpes)

Ingredients

60g unsalted butter, plus extra for frying
300g (2 cups) plain (all-purpose) flour
650ml milk
2 large eggs, lightly beaten

Method

Melt the butter in a small saucepan over low heat, then set aside. Place the flour, milk and beaten eggs in a bowl and use a hand-held whisk to combine well. Strain through a fine sieve into a pitcher, then stir in the melted butter.

Heat a 20cm (8 inch) crêpe pan or non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Add a little butter and, when foaming, add 60-80ml batter or just enough to cover the base. Immediately tilt the pan to coat the base with batter. Cook for one minute or until the crêpe is light golden on the edges, then turn and cook for another 30 seconds.

Remove from the pan and repeat with the remaining batter, stacking the crêpes on a plate as you go, with a sheet of baking paper between each crêpe. Allow to cool.


naked cakes

Recipe + Photography: Naked Cakes by Lyndel Miller, published by Murdoch Books.

 

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