THIS. Banana Pudding Crepe Cake – just…..YES.
I have so much to say about this banana pudding crepe cake – it’s hard to organize my thoughts and tell you just how wonderful, amazing, fantastic, stupendous, and heavenly it really is. This cake is rocking my world right now, friends, and I dare to say it’s one of the top 5 favorite desserts I’ve ever made. Really and truly!
You must know that every step of the conception, creation, and consumption (like my alliteration???) of this banana pudding crepe cake was delightfully sublime. The idea for it stems from my deep and long-time love for banana pudding. Not just any banana pudding, however, only the banana pudding my mom would make especially for me when I was growing up. This was different from the kind she made for the rest of our family – this was “Whitney’s banana pudding.”
You see, I’ve had a lifetime aversion to foods with a foam texture or consistency. This includes and is not limited to marshmallows, meringue, whipped cream, Cool Whip, Redi Whip – anything whipped, foamed, or frothed, basically. You won’t find anything like that on my blog or in my recipes. I just. can’t. even. Toothpaste foam even gags me every now and then. Weird, I know.
Anyway, my mom knew all about this and even accepted the fact that if I learned that anything “whipped” was in a recipe, I wouldn’t eat it. So you know how most banana pudding recipes call for you to fold Cool Whip into the pudding mixture? My dear, sweet, thoughtful and caring mother would always reserve me a small portion of pudding WITHOUT the Cool Whip folded into it, and then make me a bowl of pudding layered with cookies and bananas that was separate from the larger bowl she would make for my family. Isn’t that so NICE??? She really is the greatest.
Banana Pudding was always a favorite “spring time” dessert for my family; and with Mother’s Day quickly approaching, I thought a Whitney-fied version of our treasured dessert ought to be created in my mom’s honor! Hence this crepe cake. I’ve always wanted to make a crepe cake – they are unique, unexpected, and so lovely to look at. This version features tender, buttery crepes piled 12 layers high with creamy, homemade vanilla pudding (no mixes here!), fresh banana slices, and crumbles of vanilla wafer cookies. The banana pudding everyone knows and loves is still here – just in crepe cake form!
Please let me just go ahead and give you a few reasons why you should not be intimidated to make this cake:
- The crepe batter recipe makes enough for a few extra crepes than you what you will need for the cake. This is good, because the first few crepes anyone makes are usually not very pretty. So there’s room for practice here – even if it’s your first time making crepes, you will be just fine.
- The pudding recipe has a safety net built in – if this is your first time making homemade pudding, or if you are trying to multi-task while you make the pudding, there will inevitably be some lumps in the finished product. This is ok, because we are going to strain the pudding before it sets. Lumps be gone!
- If the process of making this from start to finish in one day is daunting, you can make it over two days. I highly recommend making the crepe batter and vanilla pudding on day 1. Refrigerate the crepe batter and let the pudding chill overnight. On day 2, make your crepes and assemble the cake. You’ll enjoy the experience more if you don’t feel rushed, trust me!
Are you convinced that you CAN and SHOULD make this cake now? dessertsis just 2 weeks away – that’s your excuse and perfect occasion to make it. It would be a lovely accompaniment to a brunch or served for dessert. You’ve got this, my friend!
P.S. Scroll all the way to the bottom of this post to take a peek at the kitchen tools I own and find essential to making this recipe a success – along with some dreamy cake pedestals for presentation points!
Did you make this banana pudding crepe cake? If so, I’d love to hear about it! Leave a comment bellow or upload a picture of your masterpiece to Twitter or Instagram and tag @sweetcayenne5 – it’s always fun to connect with you!
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