Cream Puff Cake Recipe

Cakes & Cupcakes · Desserts · July 18, 2011

The BEST Cream Puff Cake ever!! Such an easy recipe with cool whip and always a favorite!

This next recipe I am sharing with you today is an ALL-TIME favorite!!

I have my mom make it for my birthday each year, because it’s my favorite, and I’ll tell you why I LOVE it so much. It’s because it’s like a GIANT Cream Puff, and I LOVE Cream Puffs!!

If you like Cream Puffs, then I promise you will love this Cream Puff Cake Recipe. It’s the perfect combination of crust, cream and pudding, and I think I could eat it all day long. πŸ™‚

Here is the video instructions on how to make this:



Β Cream Puff Cake printable Recipe:

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Cream Puff Cake

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 451 kcal
Author Lil' Luna


  • 1 stick margarine
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 box instant vanilla or white chocolate pudding (large box)
  • 3 cups milk
  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • 8 oz cool whip
  • chocolate syrup


  1. Boil together the margarine and water.

  2. Add flour and mix well. Cool slightly and stir in eggs, one at a time. Mix well and spread into a greased 9x13 pan.
  3. Bake at 400 for 30 minutes. Cool completely. NOTE: Crust will spread up onto the sides (this is suppose to happen). πŸ˜‰
  4. In a large bowl, mix pudding, milk and cream cheese. Beat until lumps disappear.
  5. Pour into cream puff crust.
  6. Spread cool whip on top of pudding and drizzle syrup on top. Refrigerate.
  7. This keeps well for days.
Nutrition Facts
Cream Puff Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 451 Calories from Fat 270
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 30g 46%
Saturated Fat 13g 65%
Cholesterol 122mg 41%
Sodium 393mg 16%
Potassium 241mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 35g 12%
Sugars 21g
Protein 9g 18%
Vitamin A 23.5%
Calcium 17%
Iron 7.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

The BEST Cream Puff Cake ever!! Such an easy recipe with cool whip and always a favorite!

The BEST Cream Puff Cake ever!! Such an easy recipe with cool whip and always a favorite!

Or sometimes I ditch the chocolate and just go straight up Cream Puff Cake… seriously – SOOO delicious!!

The BEST Cream Puff Cake ever!! Such an easy recipe with cool whip and always a favorite!

I promise this recipe won’t disappoint! It truly is my all-time favorite dessert!!

Like I said – imagine a HUGE cream puff. Oh yeah – it’s good!

For more Cream Puff goodness, be sure to check out:

Delicious Homemade Eclairs on { } Super yummy and creamy!!

Homemade Cream Puffs Recipe - YUM! { } Easy to make and everyone will love them!

And for another yummy cool cake, be sure to check out:

Our favorite summer time treat - Gelatin Poke Cake! This dessert recipe is so easy to make and includes white cake, jello and Cool whip!!

Β Gelatin Poke Cake

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{northern cottage}

you suck…watching that video make me cry this morning! thank for sharing! You totally don't suck! πŸ™‚


Wow! That is an amazing and very touching video! Thank you for sharing! I am also hungry looking at those delicious pictures πŸ™‚


I've been dying to try a cream puff cake like that! I must make it! Thanks for sharing.

Screaming Sardine

Oh wow, this cake looks seriously awesome. It's a must try for me!Pinned it on pinterest, too. :)Cheers,Tracy Screaming Sardine


Love the cream puff cake! I would love it if you came over to Cast Party Wednesday and shared some of your recipes with us.Thanks,I hope to see you there!


    My Chou paste sucked. It did not rise and was tough. The only thing I did wrong was not to cool it before I put the eggs in one at a time.


      my rose but way high in places…….I cooled only slightly.

Ami w/AliLilly

I can't stop drooling over your cake! No seriously….I can't! πŸ™‚

Something Swanky Cupcakes and Desserts

That cream puff cake looks amazing. Seriously. It combines pretty much all of my favorite dessert ingredients ever!! I'd love for you to come by and link up to my Sweet Treats Thursday! Hope to see you there :){Sweet Treats Thursday}

Kirsten @ Mushki Loves

Oh my gosh! This looks so good! I HAVE to pin this! yum!

Joyful Baker

Watermelon slices on a stick – genius! Thanks for sharing!

Jessica @ Sunny Tuesday

Those look insanely delicious!

Madigan at madiganmade

My mom used to make a cake like that… oh yum!

Jade Cahoon

This recipe sounds awesome!! Bookmarking this one, for sure! πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing!! When I try it, I'll send ya the link to the post! Talk soon!Jade @ Sweet Baby {Mason} James


That cake looks sooooo delicious! And that video made me bawl!


Someone at my work made a cake like this before for a work party. I loved it and never knew how they made it. Now I know and I will have to try your recipe.

Kim McCallie

I've always wanted to make a cream puff cake and have never done it. But, this one looks delicious so I'm inspired. I love chilled desserts in the summer. I'd like to invite you to share your recipe on A Well-Seasoned Life's Sweet Indulgences Sunday.

Kim McCallie

Hello! Just stopping back by to let you know that your recipe was #3 on last week's Sweet Indulgences Sunday. Hope you'll stop by this week and share a recipe.


This looks amazing!! Can’t wait to try it!

    Lil' Luna

    Let me know if you do. It is seriously my FAV! I ask for it for my birthday every year. πŸ™‚


      Made it for family reunioun this past weekend….A BIG HIiT!! Thanks for sharing and God bless!

        Carolyn miller

        I would like to know what kind of flour you used in the cream puff cake. It looks really good and would love to try it . Thanks


      Hi I like to try to make this creampuff cake but it says bake 400Β° is that right ?


This is interesting because the crust is precisely the ingredients of my German pancake recipe. It’s put together differently but cooking up the same way. Thirty minutes is much too long in my oven, so start to watch it at about 20. I’m anxious to taste it once it’s done. I’m taking it to lunch with my girlfriends tomorrow.


    Was this good???

Sarah Carletti

This looks so beautiful and good. Thursday Food Fest is open and I’d love if you could link this up! Thanks, Sarah
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This is one of the best deserts I’ve ever made! It was to die for! I actually only had 2 cups of milk (which I only discovered halfway through making it), but I did have vanilla yogurt. So, I took a chance and used the yogurt to make up the missing 3rd cup of milk. That is the best mistake I’ve ever made! It was so delicious! Thanks for the recipe!

    Lil' Luna

    SOOO glad you liked it, Whitney!! It is seriously the dessert I ask for each year on my birthday! It’s so yummy and I’m glad you agree. πŸ™‚


This cake looks delicious. Can’t wait to try it. Can butter be substituted for the margarine?


Holy cow! This is truly one of the best desserts I have ever made! It was just awesome and everyone loved it. Only one difference, I didn’t have margarine so I used butter. Making again this weekend for my in-laws!

    Amanda C

    Thank you for posting, I’m southern and we don’t believe in margarine πŸ˜‚ I sure was hoping I could use butter instead without messing it up!!


this looks amazing!
I am from Canada and I wanted to get clarification on the exact measurement for the margarine.
We have margarine in tubs.

Thanks so much!


I wonder if I let it cook too long/not long enough….the pastry was chewy and tasted like eggs….The filling was delish. Do you know what I could have done wrong?


This is a favorite at our house too…we call it Eclair Cake~ either way, it’s YUMMY!!!
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    Lil' Luna

    Yes, it is!! Definitely my favorite! Thanks for stopping by! πŸ˜€


      I make cream puffs all the time I add 1 stick of butter what’s the difference for adding margarine

        Kristyn Merkley

        Nothing really. I use both πŸ™‚ Whatever I have on hand. It’s just a non-dairy substitute for butter.


for the cheese n cool whip, are they 18 oz or one 8 oz???


I was wondering if you have to make the pudding first then mix with the milk and cream cheese or just put the pudding package in along with the milk and cream cheese? Looks so good. I can’t wait to make this


This is a great recipe! My cream cheese didn’t thaw long enough and it was all crumbly πŸ™ πŸ™ but still delicious!

Nat D.

MMMMmmmmmmmm!!!! Cream puffs are like one of my top 5 favorite foods. I am definitely going to be making this….like next week. Thanks!
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Just tried this recipe and the crust rose up really high in just the middle. I’m not sure what the problem is.


My filling was really runny. I followed your directions exactly so I don’t know what went wrong. Not too fond on the cake part, tastes like egg and flour will make sure to add sugar and vanilla next time.




I made this Cream Puff cake today for my Family/Friends @ a Game night I hosted. I couldn’t have been happier with the results. This recipe is amazing! It came out just as the picture indicated it would. Everyone loved it, the crust was perfect and the filling was the perfect sweetness. If the directions are well followed, everyone will be happy with the results. I also loved how pretty it was. I will make again, and again!

    Lil' Luna

    Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by! It really is my favorite cake ever! SO glad it turned out and that everyone loved it. Have a great day! πŸ˜€


This turned out delicious…but the crust rose very high and freaked me out. To me the egg taste was very apparent. I wonder if you leave out one egg if would help or ruin it. The cream filling was so delicious it did cover the egginess, but I did notice it. Everyone elsevtjughtbitceas amazing. I’m gonna make it again, but tweak a little… Thank you for sharing it.


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I did not like the way the crust turned out..mine puffed up the sides. Decided to make a graham cracker crust instead. Also you should beat the cream cheese first, otherwise you cannot get out the lumps! Next time I will do that and blend pudding and milk together and then add cream cheese. I know mine won’t be like a cream puff exactly, but here’s hoping it will taste okay…serving it to a women’s golf league!

Peggy Hoban

Oh my gosh!!!!! Your recipes are so amazing. Want to try them all. Tryed to pin you but not successful. Hope I can find your site again. Many thanks, Peggy

Janet Kibbee

This recipe is great. It’s a light but delicious
combination. I would make it again and
have shared it with a friend. Thanks.

    Lil' Luna

    So glad you liked it, Janet. It’s the dessert I requested from mom each year for my birthday. It’s so good!!

Belinda Brinkmeier

I love baking and anything creating or chocolate goes over well with my gang. Thanks for your posts.


Darn spell check I wanted to say creating not creating.


I made the inside out cream puff cake with one small adjustment. I used sheets of frozen puff pastry (because I’m lazy!). My husband said he’ll be happy to take this dessert off my hands anytime I care to make.

Thanks for the shortcut inspiration.

    Lil' Luna

    Hi Maureen! Can’t believe I’ve never thought to use the Frozen Puff Pastry – that’s genius!!! I will have to try that next time. I’m sure it tastes just as great. πŸ™‚


Can 1 stick of butter be used instead of margarine in your recipe?


I made the cream puff cake two nights ago for out annual pie and cake social and it was a hit si thanks so much for sharing your oh so delicious recipe !!!!
I don’t know if you will check this Blog or not Before Tomorrow Which is Thanksgiving So Thanks For Sharing This Oh So Delicious Recipe and God Bless You & Your Whole Family & Happy Thanksgiving πŸ™‚


I have tried multiple times to print the Creme Puff Cake recipe…get it displayed on the screen, click on print and nothing happens. Why do you make it so difficult to print your recipes? The last one I got to print took five different clicks before getting to a printable screen.

Carl B.

    Lil' Luna

    All you have to do is click on the Printer icon on the top right of the recipe and it takes you to a printable version. From there, press CTRL P and you should be able to print it. πŸ™‚


I followed the crust recipe exactly and spread it only on the bottom of the pan. The sides “grew” up and out of the pan more than 3″. What’s up with this?

    Lil' Luna

    Hi Susan! The sides are suppose to go up the sides so it creates a big type bowl for the cream to go in. πŸ˜‰

Pam Williams

Enjoy your recipes and posts very much !

Debbie Kline

Made the cream puff cake for card night and it was a hit. Fabukous

    Lil' Luna

    Happy it was a hit!! This is one of our favorite recipes!!! Thanks for letting me know!


Is it 18 oz of cream cheese/cool whip or 1 – 8 oz pkg/carton? These items are typically packaged in 8 oz sizes.

Edith Fries

Would like to have sugar and fat stats for your desserts as my husband is diabetic and has kidney issues so we must carefully scrutinize his sugar and fat intake. EF


I make the cream puff cake all the time. But I use instant pistachio pudding instead of vanilla or chocolate. Everyone loves it.

    Lil' Luna

    My hubby loves pistachio, too!! Thanks so much for letting me know!!

Mary Phanco

I am going to try your cream puff cake, it looks so good!

    Lil' Luna

    Yay!! I hope you like it! Let me know what you think πŸ™‚ Thank you!!

Amy Zeeb

Hi there!
“Cream Puff Cake”
Can the butter (or butter flavor Crisco) be substituted for the margarine in the cream puff layer?
It seriously looks amazing. Cream puffs are my favorite.

    Lil' Luna

    I have used butter and margarine and they both work, but I would stay away from the crisco. It would change the recipe for sure. Good luck and hope you like it, as much as we do πŸ™‚


What is a stick of butter equivalent to, and what is 1c? This cream puff cake looks amazing, can`t wait to try it.

    Lil' Luna

    A stick of butter is equal to 1/2 cup and 1c is 1 cup πŸ™‚ I’d love to know what you think! Thank you!


Make it look extra fancy, drizzle the hershey syrup side to side…start on the left go right and keep going on the whole cake. So now you have lines of chocolate across the cake. Now take a knife and start at the top and draw it down, then up, down and up…and you will be amazed how it looks. I hope I explained how easy it is.

    Lil' Luna

    Thanks for sharing that tip!! I’ll have to do that next time πŸ™‚


Has anyone made fresh whip cream instead of cool whip?

    Lil' Luna

    It can definitely be substituted for the cool whip! πŸ™‚ Hope you’ll give it a try!

Jacquelyn Rasmussen

Silly question but I don’t want to mess this up, can I sub butter for the margarine???

    Lil' Luna

    Yes πŸ™‚ Let me know what you think!! Thank you and enjoy!


Im doing it right now. Lets seeπŸ˜™πŸ˜™πŸ˜™πŸ˜™


Two questions: Must you use margarine or is butter okay? Also, have you used real whipped cream instead of CoolWhip? I don’t like using all of those chemicals.

    Lil' Luna

    You could do butter or margarine and real whipped cream will work, too πŸ™‚ Hope those help and I hope you like it!!


I made this and it is amazing!.. My puffy crust was way puffier than yours.. But it was Delicious.

    Lil' Luna

    Haha..that’s ok πŸ™‚ I’m so glad you liked it!! Thank you!


at sad print, but dont print. i love this recipes

    Lil' Luna

    It should print. You may need to check your settings on your computer/laptop. Let me know if you still have problems!

Nancy Eddy

Self rising flour or non?


The cream puff cake, do you use plain or self rising flour. Sounds so good. Thanks
Do you let

Heidy Clark

Fabulous recipe! I used whole Graham crackers for the bottom crust instead. Yummy!

    Lil' Luna

    That would be yum!! Thanks so much for trying it! I’m glad you liked it!

Mary Jane

How Many ounces is the large box of pudding , recipie sounds amazing

    Lil' Luna

    The large is around 5 ounces. We love this recipe! Let me know what you think! Thank you!!


Oh my goodness, just what a fat man on a diet needs, cream puff cake. I’m gonna enjoy every bite.

    Lil' Luna

    LOL!!! You are too funny!! Enjoy every bite πŸ™‚ Thank you!


I have made cream puffs many times and Danish Puff that uses the same crust and it is delicious. Time to try the cake now. Thanks for sharing!


    I have never liked instant pudding, could this be made with cooked pudding?
    Sounds so yummy!

Linda Wittenrich

I don’t use margarine, can I substitute butter?



I wanted to make your Cream Puff Cake which looks delicious, but as I live in Spain we don’t have 1 box instant vanilla or white chocolate pudding (large box) or the cool whip… Do you know if I could substitute these with cream of something else?

Thank you very much and kind regards,


    Kristyn Merkley

    I have not tried substituting something else . You could make a homemade pudding & whipped topping? Google is the best πŸ™‚ Let me know if you try it!


I found alot of great!! Recipes that I will be enjoying this holiday! I cannot wait
Awsome site…😊

    Kristyn Merkley

    Thanks so much!! You are too nice! Let me know what you think of the ones you try!

Debra Rapena

Your cream puff cake is delicous. I have always made cream puffs, now I only make your cake. Half the time and it is delicous and looks beautiful. Thanks for sharing


Just wanted to share that I subbed in a gluten free flour blend (cup for cup) into the cream puff cake and it turned out perfectly! It was a hit! I’m sure it’s going to be requested for many birthdays to come!

    Kristyn Merkley

    Thank you for sharing! Hopefully, that will help some πŸ™‚ Glad you liked it!

Joann Tremari

I made this cream puff cake recipe according to the recipe. Both times I refrigerated the cake. The next day when I served the cake the cool whip and pudding were not solid. The pudding and cool whip became a liquid and not a solid cake. I was wondering if the cake should have been frozened, since it was like it had thawed out and not firm at all like the video showed. What did I do wrong? Thanks for your assistance.

    Kristyn Merkley

    I’m not really sure what happened. It doesn’t turn solid, but stays the consistency of pudding & cool whip. The only thing I can think of is, did you make the pudding, then added 3 cups of milk?


Oh my goodness!!! You share the most amazing recipes!! Thank you so much!

Stephanie Manakides

This is the best cake ever! Not to sweet and not heavy. It’s divine.

    Stephanie Manakides

    I did substitute whip cream for the cool whip it was awesome!

    Kristyn Merkley

    Glad you think so!! It’s one of our go-to’s!! Thank you!


On the Cream Puff Cake recipe the box of pudding says 2 cups of milk. I followed your instructions and used 3 cups of milk. The filling came out like soup…….Next time I will follow the directions on the pudding box…..

    Kristyn Merkley

    Did you use the larger pudding mix box? There’s like a 3.4 ounce, then there is one bigger. It’s the bigger & that would make a difference. I hope you will try it again πŸ™‚


      This is the mistake I made πŸ™ I used the small box of pudding.

Jeanne Bruenderman

Look forward to trying cream puff cake. So excited that it’s not a Graham cracker crust. The pastry crust must be awesome. Genius. Thanks.

Angela Turdo

I love your recipes, Would like to see more.

Charlotte Batzer

I am interested in recipes for diet reasons. Your recipes look so darn good.


Thank you for this quick and wonderful addition to my arsenal of treats !!!


Can’t wait to try your recipes!

Jayma Davis

I can’t get the lumps out of the cream cheese even though I let it come to room temperature. Do you have any suggestions?

    Jayma Davis

    I intended to rate the recipe 4 starts….sorry!

    Kristyn Merkley

    I just keep mixing until I do. Sometimes, it may take longer than other times, but they will come out πŸ™‚


I love all y’all recipes there are so delicious

Linda Gehrett

What happens if you use real butter?


Can butter be used instead of margarine?

Sue Laue

I’ve made similar crust for a Danish Puff recipe I make, but I use butter not margarine. I assume that would be fine for this recipe also.

    Sue Laue

    Sorry, I missed the other comments about using butter. I’m going to make this for my daughter’s birthday. It looks super yummy.

Henriette Lockwood

My family and friends love my cream puffs I’m just want to see what else I can do with the shell part of it and this sound awesome I will have try it thanks

    Kristyn Merkley

    If they love cream puffs, then they will like this πŸ™‚ I hope you try it & they love it!!


Hi Kristin in cream puff cake recipe you say a stick of butter how much in weight as in Australia we don’t have sticks butter . Also pudding mix you say large box how much does it weigh and lastly what is cool whip is it cream with something added we have cream whip here and it’s already mixed in a aerospace type container that you press missed to use it.

    Kristyn Merkley

    No problem at all! One stick of butter is half cup. The larger box of pudding is 5.9 ounces. And, lastly, cool whip is whipped cream, so you could use whatever you use as whipped cream. You could also make it from scratch. I would just google the recipe πŸ™‚ Hope that all helps!! And, hope you try it & like it!


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