It’s so simple and yet so brilliant! A mum has discovered a super cheap way to create a very expensive looking Christmas treat, thanks to Aldi.
We’re talking about a traditional Mille Feuille Crepe Cake. Its name is a mouthful (if you can even pronounce it) but it tastes like a dream. It’s basically an impressive looking French no-bake cake made up of 20 layers of very thin crepes, with each layer delicately separated by a French vanilla cream.
Just the thought of making this makes me quiver with nerves. Even the Chocolate Mille Crepe recipe on Mouths of Mums looks incredible but totally beyond me. I’m more of a packet cake and slap ‘em all together with lashings of jam kind of gal.
So you can imagine my excitement when I came across a post on the Aldi Mums Facebook group, where a mum generously shared her hack to recreate this delicate and decadent Christmas treat for only a couple of bucks and barely any effort.
Susan used Food Envy Sweet Crepes from Aldi (only $3.99 for a packet of 8) and layered them together with a cream cheese icing to create a confectionary delight that could proudly be displayed on any bakery shelf.
Secrets To The Christmas Treat Crepe Cake
Susan said that she warms the crepes up first in the microwave to prevent them from getting hard and rubbery. She then cools them down to room temperature, leaving them on her kitchen bench for a few minutes.
Meanwhile, she whips together a mixture of butter, condensed milk and cream cheese with a drop of vanilla essence.
To assemble, she spreads around 2 to 3 tablespoons of the icing over a crepe. Then tops it with another crepe. The process is repeated until all the crepes are used up.
For extra stability, Susan pushes a skewer through the middle to hold all the layers together. Finally, she covers the whole cake in plastic wrap and refrigerates overnight.
Mums were just as excited as I was to try out the cake for a Christmas treat.
“This would be awesome for Christmas Day,” said one.
“Omg yumm. My hips just grew,” said another.
There were lots of requests for the recipe so Susan obliged:
How To Make The Aldi Hack Version Of The Crepe Cake
2 Packets of Food Envy Sweet Crepes from Aldi
250 grams butter at room temperature,
250 grams Philadelphia cream cheese at room temperature
1 can condensed milk
2 teaspoons vanilla essence.
1) first heat the crepes in the microwave so they are soft, as I find if you layer them whilst they are cold from the fridge they are rubbery and cold and the cake doesn’t turn out properly and the mixture won’t absorb properly
2) Then leave them on the bench to cool.
3) Beat butter and condensed milk for at least 5-7 minutes on high until you get a thick creamy texture.
4) Add Philadelphia 2-3 tablespoons at a time whilst beating and add vanilla last
5) Spoon 2-3 tablespoons on each crepe and spread it evenly, continue this whilst layering.
6) As soon as you’ve finished, stick a skewer in the middle as the cake will slide.
7) Cover with glad wrap and put it in the fridge over night.
8) Dust with icing sugar and decorate with strawberries.
Oh yum, this is definitely something I could pull off. That’s dessert taken care of for Christmas this year!
What do you think of this Christmas treat crepe cake? Would you be keen to make it? Tell us in the comments below.