Introduction: A Thousand Layer (Mille Crepe) Birthday Cake
The intention to make this cake appear after I watch a step by step youtube video link from Facebook of this beautiful rainbow mille crepes or a thousand layer cake (click here if you want to watch it as a refference). At the time it looks easy, only several crepes/thin pancake and stack it with colorful cream, no need to have a love shape like in the video. Considering the upcoming of my daughter's birthday, so I decided to make one for her. After little discussion with my friend, I get a proven recipes to make the cake and these are the ingredients:
- 140 grams all purpose flour
- 20 grams cornstarch flour
- 80 grams sugar
- 500 ml milk
- 30 grams of melted butter
- 4 egg yolks
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla powder
- 250 ml milk
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla powder
- 3 egg yolks
- 50 grams of sugar
- 1 1/2 table spoon of cornstarch flour (sifted)
- 25 grams of unsalted butter
- 200 grams of instant whip cream powder
I started to make the crepes batter first after coming home from the office and then make the cream.
Step 1: How to Make:
How to make Crepes:
A Mix: Flour, cornstarch, salt combined and sifted, mix it with half portion of milk until smooth. B Mix: Sugar, egg yolks, the other half of milk and vanilla powder mix until the sugar dissolve. Put together A & B, mix well. Insert the melted butter stir until smooth. Wrap the bowl with plastic and put it in the refigerator for min 1 hour to make the dough elastic. Making the crepes is the trickiest part in my opinion. How to make a thin crepe that won't ripped when you take it from the pan. Since on the video they flip the crepes using chopstick and it seem so easy, but when I do, it will make a hole and ruin the crepes. Until I get the trick how to not ruin the crepes from my friend (and I get this AFTER all process are done) which as simple as NOT FLIPPING THE CREPES. The crepes is thin enough to make it baked even if we don't flip it on both side. If I know it sooner I won't waste a lot of failed crepes and make second crepes batter in the middle of the night realizing I'm short of eggs.
How to make Cream:
C Mix: Egg yolks, sugar and cornstarch mix until nice and smooth. Warm (don't boil) milk in a pan and add vanilla powder. Took 2 vegetable spoon of milk and put it in the egg mix until smooth and then put the milk and egg mixture into warm milk in the pan. Stir it slowly until curdle like fla, turn off the stove and wait until cold before put in the refigerator.
D Mix: Make instant whipped cream by following the instruction in the box and mix with cold fla.
In the end of the night, I only succeeded made 10 no hole-crepes and too much cream to layer the cake. But since nothing else I can do so I start to devide the cream in to 5 bowl and give a drop or two food coloring in to it. And then one by one stack the crepes with purple cream in the bottom, blue, green, yellow and red at the top. 2 crepes for each color since I only have 10 crepes and the end is covering the cake with white cream (FYI: Mille Crepes or A Thousand layered cake ideally consist of 20 layer of crepes).
Step 2: Decorate
I decorate the cake with leftover cream to write my daughter's name and circle the cake with M&M's chocolate, which immediately melted due to the hot atmosphere inside my house. After all done put the cake in the freezer overnight. Aaand that's it! Rainbow Mille Crepes or A Thousand Layered Birthday Cake made by me for my lovely daughter Kanya. Lesson learned: Do not make your first trial cake for anyone's birthday or you will get an epic fail.
Fortunately my daughter is happy enough only by seeing her name on the cake (she's just begin to learn read her own name at the time).