Triple Chocolate Crepe Cake Recipe (video)
Calling all chocoholics and chocolate lovers – this is the ultimate chocolate cake! My triple chocolate crepe cake recipe is made with decadent chocolate crepes, a two-ingredient chocolate truffle filling and topped with fluffy chocolate whipped cream. This stunning cake has a total of 40 delicate layers of crepes and truffle filling! It’s not too sweet or overwhelming and is perfect after dinner with sweet dessert wine. This is one crepe cake you must try!
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How to Make Chocolate Crepes
As implied by the title, this chocolate cake is made with crepes instead of cake layers! Making crepes is just a little time consuming but it’s time well-spent! These chocolate crepes are made with special dark cocoa powder from Hershey’s (affiliate link). It’s a brand that I’ve used for a long time and I love the rich chocolate flavor. Here are a few of my tips for making perfect crepes every time!
- If you have the time, allow the refrigerated ingredients to warm up to room temperature. Cold milk can cause clumps of butter to form.
- Use a blender to make the batter! This is the easiest way to make the smoothest crepe batter! Just place all the ingredients into a tall blender container and pulse for a few minutes. Let the batter stand for a few minutes before using.
- Make sure your crepe pan is nice and hot! A hot pan will cook the crepes quickly and will be non-stick. A cold pan can cause the crepes to stick and cook very slowly.
- This crepe recipe makes 20 to 22 crepes when used with an 8-inch crepe pan. These crepes are great for breakfast, too! Tr them with nutella and strawberries.
The Chocolate Truffle Filling
I went with the most amazing chocolate filling to go with the chocolate crepes. This easy two-ingredient truffle filling can’t be more perfect! Just heat the chocolate chips and heavy cream until the chocolate is smooth, then refrigerate.
Once the ganache is cooled, whisk it using a mixer and a fluffy filling forms! It’s so easy to make and perfect as a filling for this cake and it can be used as a filling for many dessert recipes! You can read more about chocolate ganache here.
Assembling the Crepe Cake
The cake can be assembled free form on a cake stand, or you can assemble it in a spring form pan if you want straight and even edges. Once the crepe cake is assembled, place it into the refrigerator for at least 1 hour before serving to allow the layers to set together. This cake can be made ahead of time, just make sure to keep it covered so it doesn’t dry out.
Enjoyed this recipe for chocolate crepe cake? Check out some of my other recipes you’re sure to enjoy!
- ‘Red Velvet Crepe Cake’ – with whipped cream frosting and chocolate crepes!
- Tiramisu Crepe Cake’ – with coffee-flavored crepes and whipped cream frosting!
- Chocolate Raspberry Crepe Cake – delicate chocolate crepes with a fluffy raspberry filling!
- Nutella Breakfast Crepes – easy crepes filled with hazelnut spread, berries, cheese and almonds!
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- I love my Ninja food blender – it’s great for this crepe recipe and for smoothies!
- Use this handheld KitchenAid mixer for smaller baking jobs that don’t require a large mixer.
- This non-stick crepe pan is perfect for making crepes any time!
Triple Chocolate Crepe Cake Recipe (video)
For Chocolate Crepes:
- 6 large eggs
- 3 cups whole milk
- 1/3 cup butter, melted
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- pinch of salt
- 1/3 cup dark cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
For Chocolate Whipped Cream:
- 1 cup heavy cream, chilled
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar
- 1 tbsp cocoa powder
- chocolate bar, for garnish
- Prepare the chocolate truffle filling first. Place the chocolate chips into a large microwave-safe bowl and pour in the cream. Heat the chocolate and cream in the microwave, stirring every minute, until the chocolate is melted and smooth. This can also be done over a double boiler. Cover the resulting ganache and place into the refrigerator to cool completely. This can also be done ahead of time.
- Next, prepare the crepes. If using a blender, simply place all the ingredients into the blender and pulse for 2 to 3 minutes until a smooth batter forms. Let the batter rest for a few minutes before using. To prepare the batter by hand or with a mixer, first whisk together the eggs, milk, melted butter, vanilla and sugar for 2 to 3 minutes, until smooth. Sift the flour and cocoa powder into the batter and whisk again until smooth.
- Preheat a crepe pan over medium heat. Add 1/4 cup crepe batter per crepe. Pour the batter into the center of the pan, then tilt the pan around to spread the batter evenly. Cook for about 1 minute on the first side, until the batter is no longer ‘wet’ and ‘shiny’ on the top. Use a rubber spatula to turn the crepe over and cook on the other side for 30 seconds.
- Stack the crepes onto a wire rack to cool completely. Don’t stack the crepes directly one atop the other – stagger them to cool faster. Assemble the cake once the crepes are completely cooled.
- Once the chocolate ganache is completely cooled, whisk it using a mixer on high speed for 2 to 4 minutes, until a fluffy filling forms. The filling should be fluffy but be take care not to over-mix the ganache which can cause it to separate. Because the ganache is cold, it will be on the thicker side. Spread 1/4 cup of the chocolate filling between each crepe, spreading it evenly to the edges.
- The cake can be assembled free form on a cake stand, or you can assemble it in a spring form pan if you want straight and even edges. Once the crepe cake is assembled, place it into the refrigerator for at least 1 hour before serving to allow the layers to set together. This cake can be made ahead of time, just make sure to keep it covered so it doesn't dry out.
What size crepe pan do you use?
Looks amazing Tatyana!!!!!!!!!!
Thank you! 🙂
Cannot wait to try this beautiful thing!
Hope you enjoy the cake!
I love all your crepe cakes they look beautiful
Thank you! 🙂
Do you have any tips for making crepes
Hi Betsy! Please watch my video recipe – I have tons of little tips for making crepes 🙂
Can you make a blackberry crepe cake
can you make a rasberry crepe cake please?
I have a great chocolate raspberry crepe cake on my channel! 🙂 Just search for it in my search tool bar
I am enjoying watching your videos.I gave a recipe to my mom for your creamy chicken mushroom pasta.My mom did not have white wine so she substituted lemon juice it tasted better!
Could you make another pasta recipe
Sure! 🙂 And make sure to check out the recipes I already have!
Or mabye a huckleberry crepe cake
That sounds delicious! 🙂
Tatyana i made the chocolate crepe cake from your cookbook and the frosting separated when i combined whipped cream with chocolate mascarpone buttercream. Any ideas what went wrong? I’m also advanced baker and never have problems with your recipes.
All ingredients were fresh, and honestly both parts of the frosting looked perfect, until i combined them.
Do you chill the chocolate mascarpone buttercream before adding it to the whipped cream? Because technically, chocolate mascarpone buttercream is room temp, and whipped cream is very cold–i feel this was the problem… but how to avoid ruined frosting? Please share how you do it, here or send me an email. Thank you.
I want to try again soon…
Hi Olga, I’m so sorry that happened! Did you whisk the heavy cream before adding the mascarpone cream? Once you combine the two together, it really doesn’t need much mixing. It will separate if overmixed. Next time, just mix for less. I literally stand next to my mixer for that 30 seconds or so and watch it. It needs to just come together. Hope that helps! 🙂 Enjoy!
Can one make this cake 5 days ahead of a celebration and keep it in the freezer or refrigerator until then or will it go bad?
Hi! I think 5 days might be a little too long. However, you can make the crepes ahead of time, just keep them well sealed and wrapped in the refrigerator.
Thank you. It worked out great. Also, the taste of real chocolate on the cake is incredible, very smooth.
There was a small issue though, as the pancakes didn’t quite stick together and slices were coming apart when slicing the cake. The ganache texture felt pretty good to me and I let the cake sit in the refrigerator for a day, so I’m wondering why that happened. Maybe the crepes were too dense or not spongy enough? Maybe I’d need to put a thicker layer of ganache in between them? Any tips to improve that?
I’m so glad you enjoyed the cake! It’s great for any occasion!
Sorry to hear that it didn’t slice well. What type of knife did you use? I find that a serrated knife usually works best for slicing this type of cake. Or, if you have a very, very sharp chef’s knife.
I’ll try using a better knife to cut the cake, but I think that the problem was that the crepes where too hard and elastic making it harder to cut and also didn’t stick together with the ganache in between for some reason. Next time I’ll try to use a blender to make the crepe mix to see if I can get them fluffier or softer. Is it ok if I use a bit of baking soda in the mix for them to expand more and be softer?