Coconut Crepe Cake

Guys like coconut. It’s well proven considered all the males I know love dessert in coconut flavour. Except my son. Well, he doesn’t even like chocolate. So he is an abnormal human being that we don’t have to pay attention to at this point.

My husband is a coconut lover. When it comes to his birthday cake, it’s pretty simple for me to ride on something coconuty. I was also thinking something different from what we usually have at home, like coconut cream pie, coconut cake, coconut macaroons. So when that Instagram picture of a Lady M crepe cake came across my eyes the other day, I was like Bingo! Let’s do a coconut crepe cake.

I’ve been making crepe cakes for quite a while. It’s not a big challenge for me. And in fact I was quite proud to improvise something and came up with a whipped cream frosting to make it a little special.

Not sure if Lady M has their own coconut crepe cake. But they totally should!

My son didn’t take a single bite. No! Here he’s just wanting to blow the candle, then headed back to the backyard!

Ingredients (7-inch 20-layer cake):
Crepes
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
2 1/3 cups milk
6 large eggs
1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup granulated sugar
Coconut Pastry Cream
2 cups coconut milk
1 cup whole milk
1/4 cup unsweetened coconut
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 egg yolks
1/3 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons all purpose flour
Frosting
2 cups whipping cream
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 cup sweetened coconut, lightly toasted

Directions:
To prepare crepe batter, mix melted butter, milk, eggs, flour, salt and sugar in a food processor until smooth. Cover the batter with plastic wrap and refrigerate for an hour or up to 2 days.
To prepare coconut pastry cream, cook coconut milk, whole milk, coconut and salt in a saucepan over medium heat to bring the mixture just to a boil. Stir occasionally.
While the milk is cooking, in a bowl whisk together egg yolks and sugar until the mixture becomes pale. Add cornstarch and flour, mix until smooth.
Slowly add 1/3 of milk mixture to egg mixture, whisking continuously. Pour the milk-egg mixture back to the saucepan. Cook over low heat and whisk continuously until the custard is thickened, about 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from heat.
Pour the custard through the sieve and into a bowl to make it super smooth.
Let cool for 15 minutes. Put a plastic wrap right on top of the cream to prevent skin forming. Refrigerate until cold and set, at least 3 hours or up to 2 days.
To prepare crepes, heat a 7-inch skillet over medium-high heat with a light coating of oil. Pour 1/4 cup batter into skillet, swirling it until it evenly coats the bottom. Let it cook undisturbed until the bottom is golden and the top is set, about a minute. Carefully flip to another side and cook for 15 to 20 seconds. Transfer the crepe to a baking sheet to cool. Continue with the remaining batter. It’s fine to stack the crepes to cool completely.
To assemble the cake, lay first crepe on the serving plate and spread with 2 to 3 tablespoons pastry cream. Repeat with all the crepes until you place the last crepe.
To prepare frosting, whip the whipping cream and powdered sugar until it holds firm peaks.
Smear a thick layer of whipped cream on the top and sides of the cake. Cover the cake with toasted coconut.
Chill the cake in fridge before serving.

10 comments

  1. Hi! My birthday is next week and I wanted to make this cake for friends and family! I was thinking of giving it a bit of a twist with some lime cos I love this combo!… Do you think it would work? Juice or zest? And where to add if so?
    Thank you for the inspiration :)

    1. Hi Gillie, coconut and lime sounds like an amazing combo! I think I would add a tablespoon of lime zest when I make the coconut pastry cream. Just to infuse the lime zest into the pastry cream. Hope it helps. By the way, happy birthday in advance! :)

    1. Hi Ling, I’ve never tried to make pastry cream without eggs. But I just looked it up on Internet, and found out some vegan versions that cornstarch was used to replace yolks.

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