Cream Puff Cake

Smooth + rich Cream Puff Cake is a take on the popular cream puff dessert. Drizzle it in chocolate for a perfect bite!

If you love desserts like Cream Puffs and Eclairs, then you’ll love this cake version. Cream Puff Cake is like one giant cream puff in cake form!

A slice of cream puff cake drizzled in chocolate sauce.

Cream Puff DESSERT

This Cream Puff Cake is an ALL-TIME favorite dessert!!

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 them too, 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.

How to Make Cream Puff Cake

This Cream Puff dessert is easier to make than you’d think. The crust is the hardest part and that’s not very hard either – it just takes getting used to.

PREP. Prepare a 9×13 ceramic or glass baking dish by spraying it with cooking spray. Set aside. Preheat the oven to 400°F.

CRUST. Boil the margarine and water in a medium saucepan. Add flour and mix well. Remove from heat and add eggs – ONE AT A TIME (this is important). Mix well and spread the dough into a greased 9×13 dish.

Bake the crust at 400° for 30 minutes. The crust will puff up the sides, which is what you want. Let cool.

FILLING. In a large bowl, mix pudding, milk, and cream cheese. beat until lumps disappear. Pour the pudding mixture into the cream puff crust. Top with Whipped Cream and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.

Before serving, drizzle with chocolate syrup. We love to drizzle it with our homemade Chocolate Fudge Sauce. You can also top it with a chocolate ganache or sprinkle mini chocolate chips on top.

RECIPE Tips

Pudding. Use INSTANT vanilla pudding or white chocolate, or it won’t set. Only use the pudding powder. Do not make it into pudding.

Room temperature ingredients. The butter, cream cheese, and eggs all need to be at room temperature so that they mix together smoothly.

Pastry. Cool the pastry crust completely before adding the filling or the cream will melt and not set. A hot shell will also get soggy more quickly. 

Toppings. Add berries to the top of the slices of cake. Use the homemade Chocolate Fudge Sauce to create a pretty design on the top of the cake.

Homemade Whipped Cream

Make your own Whipped Cream using 2 cups heavy whipping cream, 4 tablespoons powdered sugar, and 2 teaspoons vanilla.

  • Chill your metal mixing bowl then add heavy cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla to the bowl.
  • Use an electric mixer and whip on low speed then increase to medium-high. Mix until soft peaks form.

Use Cool Whip instead of Whipped Cream. Cool Whip is an easy substitute for whipped cream. Make whatever is best for you and be sure to still have some homemade Chocolate Fudge Sauce on hand to drizzle over it – you won’t regret it!

Storing Info

Make ahead of time. Up until you add the Whipped Cream, this can be covered and placed in the fridge up to 24 hours in advance. If you don’t want to mess up the whipped cream with Saran Wrap, just leave that off until right before serving.

STORE. Covered and stored in the fridge, this Cream Puff Cake can last up to 5 days. Keep it refrigerated when not being eaten because the dairy products need to stay cool.

A slice of cream puff cake drizzled with chocolate syrup.

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Cream Puff Cake Recipe

4.99 from 59 votes
Smooth + rich Cream Puff Cake is a take on the popular cream puff dessert. Drizzle it in chocolate for a perfect bite!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 307 kcal
Author Lil’ Luna

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, or margarine
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 box instant vanilla or white chocolate pudding (large box)
  • 3 cups milk
  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • 8 oz whipped cream
  • chocolate syrup

Instructions
 

  • Prepare a 9×13 ceramic or glass baking dish by spraying it with cooking spray. Set aside. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  • Boil the margarine and water in a medium saucepan. Add flour and mix well. Remove from heat and add eggs – ONE AT A TIME (this is important).
  • Mix well and spread the dough into a greased 9×13 dish.
  • Bake the crust at 400° for 30 minutes. The crust will puff up the sides, which is what you want. Let cool.
  • In a large bowl, mix pudding, milk, and cream cheese. beat until lumps disappear. Pour the pudding mixture into the cream puff crust. Top with Whipped Cream and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.
  • Before serving, drizzle with chocolate syrup. We love to drizzle it with our homemade Chocolate Fudge Sauce. You can also top it with a chocolate ganache or sprinkle mini chocolate chips on top.

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  1. I’m going to make this for a bake off competition. I have one question. Do you mix after adding each egg separately? Or just add each egg individually then mix?

  2. 5 stars
    I absolutely love this recipe!!! I have made it several times, the first time it came out perfect. I am having an issue when cooking the crust. The crust is not rising on the sides. The first time I baked it the crust came out great, but haven’t had the same success since. What could I be doing wrong? The cake still tastes awesome but would love for the crust to rise on the sides. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    1. The only thing I could think of is if the calibration of your oven has somehow gotten off recently. Puff pastry needs a temperature of at least 400 degrees F in order to rise correctly. If you have an oven thermometer it might be helpful to place it in the oven the next time you bake something to see if the temperature on the oven matches the temperature on your thermometer.

      1. My grandmother said it was always necessary when making cream puffs, to use a wooden spoon to stir in the pan or they wouldn’t puff up-not sure if that makes a difference or not -worth a try?

  3. This looks amazing and I just love cream puffs so I definitely wanna try your recipe. Which do you think tastes more like a traditional cream puffs, using the vanilla or the white chocolate pudding please?

    1. Ooh I don’t think you can go wrong with either. They both taste great. Probably vanilla, but I love the recipe with either!

  4. Just made this and everything came out beautifully except the pudding mix. It came out gritty, no matter how long I whisked. The cream cheese was definitely at room temp, but somehow did not fully combine with the milk and instant pudding powder. Any idea why?

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