Cream Puff Cake Recipe

The BEST Cream Puff Cake ever!! A cake version of the popular cream puff, it has a puffy crust, pudding and whipped cream layers and often drizzled in chocolate.

If you love cream puffs and eclairs, then you’ll love this cake version. It’s like one giant cream puff in cake form and can’t be beat!

Cream Puff Cake

Cream Puff Cake DESSERT

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

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. 🙂

Cream Puff Cake Crust

How to Make Cream Puff Cake

This cake 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.

To make the crust, boil the margarine and water in a pot. Add flour and mix well. Remove from heat and add eggs – ONE AT A TIME (this is important). Mix well and spread 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 into your 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.

Cram Puff Cake Layers


Can this be made ahead of time? You can make cream puff cake 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.

How long does Cream Puff Cake last? Covered and stored in the fridge, this cream puff cake can last up to 5 days in the fridge. Just be sure to keep it refrigerated when not being used because the dairy products need to stay cool.

Can you use Cool Whip instead of Whipped Cream? Cool Whip is an easy substitute for whipped cream. You can make whatever is best for you and be sure to still have some chocolate syrup on hand to drizzle over it – you won’t regret it!

Cream Puff Cake drizzled in chocolate sauce

Cream Puff Cake Recipe on plate

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Cream Puff Cake Recipe

4.88 from 39 votes
The BEST Cream Puff Cake ever!! A cake version of the popular cream puff, it has a puffy crust, pudding and whipped cream layers and often drizzled in chocolate.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 307 kcal
Author Lil' Luna


  • 1/2 cup margarine or butter
  • 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 whipped cream
  • chocolate syrup


  • Boil together the margarine and water.
  • Add flour and mix well. Cool slightly and stir in eggs, ONE AT A TIME. Mix well and spread into a greased 9x13 pan.
  • Bake at 400 for 30 minutes. Cool completely. NOTE: Crust will spread up onto the sides, which is suppose to happen.
  • In a large bowl, mix pudding, milk and cream cheese. Beat until lumps disappear. Pour into cream puff crust.
  • Spread whipped cream on top of pudding and refrigerate for at least one hour before serving. Drizzle with chocolate syrup when serving.


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Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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  1. Hi ! Want to know can you use
    Butter in your cream puff cake
    Instead oF margarine ???
    REally want to make this for
    EaSter. Please let me know soon

  2. Hi!
    I went to the store to purchase the ingredients… I forgot the pudding… Sigh. So, Im thinking and thinking…. then that light bulb moment! I made the filling with no bake cheesecake because i already had the ingredients. Thank goodness for that really bright light bulb. Turned out great. There was nothing left… Not even the baking dish…kidding… Next time though, I won’t forget the PUDDING!

  3. 5 stars
    This NEEDS to be made again! Everyone devoured this cake. We love Cream Puffs and this is beyond better! One of my kids is requesting this as their birthday cake!

  4. Do I need a mixer? You didn’t say what kind of large bowl. Can I beat by hand or will that take to long?

    1. I use a hand mixer, but you can definitely mix by hand, if you don’t have one. Just any large bowl will do.

  5. 5 stars
    I was looking for a summery deSsert fir family dinner night and found this recipe. It was a huge hit !!! AbSolutely love the crust!!!! It will forever stay in my recipe file and be made many more times !!!

    1. Yes you can bake the crust the night before. I would bake it and have it cool completely and then cover it so it does not dry out overnight. Hope this helps!

  6. I recently made this cake for a family gathering. It was delicious. Very light and refreshing. A slight problem is the
    pudding spilling out into the cake pan after a few row of pieces are cut. Nothing to do about this and it sure doesn’t
    change how good it is.

    1. I have never tried doing it in a round pan before, but typically a 9X13 cake can be converted to 2 round 9 inch cake pans. Note that the crust will spread up onto the sides, which is supposed to happen. So you’ll want to make sure the round pans are at least 2 in. deep too. If you give it a try, you’ll have to let us know how it turns out!

  7. 5 stars
    I make this every August when our State Fair begins (although I’ve made it other times too!). For a different flavor, I used banana cream filling and it tastes great too!

  8. 5 stars
    My mom used to make this when I was growing up and we loved it! I am considering making this in the form of mini tarts for a family wedding. Have you ever tried freezing it? I’d be curious as to how it held up. Wit never lasted long enough to freeze at our house! 😉

    1. I haven’t tried freezing this cake, but I’m not sure how well the final cake would freeze. The crust may be prepared and possibly would freeze ok, then defrost and add the filling/topping before serving. However, it can last for up to 5 days in the fridge, but if not being eaten right away, it definitely needs to stay in the refrigerator because of the dairy products used. Best of luck with the wedding prep. Hope these will work out well for the wedding!

    1. I haven’t ever tried using a cooked pudding…. I’d recommend using the instant like this recipe calls for, but if you only had cooked, you could certainly give it a try.

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