Gluten-Free Chocolate Crepe Cake with Cocoa Hazelnut Cream

By Amanda Paa – Updated February 2, 2023
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Gluten-Free Chocolate Crepe Cake with Hazelnut CreamGluten-Free Chocolate Crepe Cake with Hazelnut Cream

A gluten-free crepe cake!

Is there not something incredibly inviting about layers upon layers, thin and symmetrical, glued together with a shimmer of pastry cream? Whimsical to look at and comforting to eat. Beautiful, flared edges. Imperfections giving it character, as each crepe comes off the pan a little different. And easy to make. Yes, EASY! Even when lots of layers might seem intimidating.

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I’ll be the first to admit I suspected the joke would be on me when attempting a crepe cake for the first time. But it’s truly a breeze to make compared to other types of cakes! And maybe even therapeutic. In fact, it’ll be my new go-to gluten-free dessert recipe for special occasions.

The version you see here is a scrumptious trio of cocoa, espresso, and hazelnut. Chocolate lovers, I’m looking at you with this one.

Gluten-Free Chocolate Crepe Cake with Hazelnut Cream
Gluten-Free Chocolate Crepe Cake with Hazelnut Cream
Gluten-Free Chocolate Crepe Cake with Hazelnut Cream

How to Make a Gluten-Free Crepe Cake:

You’ll begin by making the crepe batter in a blender. Everything goes in at once, simplicity at its best. A mix of teff flour and dutch-processed cocoa (one of the only alkalized, organic cocoa powders on the market, ensuring consistent results in each recipe) makes for a chocolatey, malty flavored crepe that lends itself so well to cake.

Don’t be too worried about each crepe turning out perfect – you’ll be able to hide imperfections quite easily with the cream.

French in origin, a crepe cake is usually filled with pastry cream, which is quite involved and uses upwards of 5-6 egg yolks. I didn’t want to have to find another use for the leftover egg whites, nor want it to be a complicated technique.Instead, the base of this filling is cream cheese and greek yogurt, blended with more cocoa, espresso powder, and toasted hazelnuts.

Chocolate Crepe Cake with Cocoa Hazelnut Cream
Gluten-Free Chocolate Crepe Cake with Hazelnut Cream

During testing, I tried the filling with and without vanilla extract, and couldn’t believe the difference it had in bringing out the true flavors of the other ingredients. Another reason I love Rodelle, they make their vanilla with the highest quality Bourbon vanilla beans from Madagascar. The difference in floral, balanced flavor is noticeable, and why it’s the only vanilla in my kitchen.

You can make the crepes ahead of time, just be sure to let them cool separately, then slide into a plastic bag and store for one day in the refrigerator. And you can make the pastry cream ahead of time too! Just be sure to let it sit out about an hour before you plan on assembling.

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Gluten-Free Chocolate Crepe Cake with Cocoa Hazelnut Cream

Thin, lacy crepes are layered with cocoa hazelnut cream to make this delicious gluten-free chocolate crepe cake. Easier to make than you'd think, as the crepe batter is made in a blender, and the cooked crepes are stacked with the pastry cream in between!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time :15 minutes
Cook Time :25 minutes
Total Time :40 minutes
Author: Amanda Paa

SCALE:

Ingredients

Cake

  • 4 large eggs room temperature
  • 1/4 cup Rodelle Dutch Cocoa Powder
  • 1 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 145 grams teff flour
  • 25 grams tapioca flour
  • 35 grams brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Rodella vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon espresso powder

Cream

  • 1 8 ounce package cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup full fat greek yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons espresso powder
  • 2/3 cup Rodelle Dutch cocoa powder
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup toasted hazelnuts, blitzed in a coffee/spice grinder, until a fine powder
  • 1/4 cup toasted hazelnuts for garnish

Instructions 

  • Blend all crepe batter ingredients in blender for 25 seconds, until smooth. Let sit for 15 minutes. 
  • When ready to make crepes, heat a 10 inch non-stick skillet over medium heat. Melt a dab of butter in pan, and pour in about 3 tablespoons batter, tilting the pan so that the batter covers the surface entirely.
  • Let cook for 2-3 minutes, until you see bubbles and the edges flare a bit. Then using a long spatula, flip over and cook for 2 minutes on the other side. 
  • Set on a wire rack to cool. 
  • When you’re ready to assemble the cake, add all cream ingredients to a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer. Mix on medium until all combined and smooth. Then fold in hazelnuts. 
  • Place one crepe on a cakestand or plate, then spread a thin layer of pastry cream over the top. Stack another crepe, then another thin layer of pastry cream. Repeat until you reach the top of the cake, and put any leftover cream on top in the middle, with a mound of toasted hazelnuts. Refrigerate for 15 minutes if possible, as it slices easiest this way. 
  • Cake will last, covered, in refrigerator for up to 3 days. 

Notes

Use a 10 inch non-stick skillet for this recipe. 

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August 17, 2018

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4 comments

  1. Alanna

    Rodelle vanilla and cocoa are THE BEST and this crepe cake is everything I want rn!

    • amandapaa

      Obsessed with their cocoa. So rich!

  2. Ruby

    Amanda this is STUNNING! I have only once attempted a crepe cake and it was a slippery messy disaster, hah. This has inspired me to try again with your beautiful recipe! <3

  3. Sherrie

    I am one hundred percent making this. I love the imperfect edges and creamy filling. I also love how you styled this on the grey and pink plate. Brilliant, babe! xo