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Earl Grey Mille Crepe Cake

Mille crepe cakes have become so popular nowadays, and the most renowned mille crepe cake specialty dessert shop is probably Lady M. First time trying Lady M I had the original, it was mediocre and at that time I just couldn’t understand they hype… Second time I had matcha green tea, same thing, wasn’t impressive at all. Later I tried Lady M’s earl grey and rose mille crepe cakes, I finally got it.

Some say HARBS (a Japanese dessert shop) offers better mille crepe cakes, but I don’t agree with it. HARBS New York’s mille crepe cake was filled with half ripe fruits and it wasn’t pleasant at all… ChikaLicious jasmine mille crepes can’t beat Lady M’s rose or earl grey either.

One slice of mille crepe cake costs at least $10, but to make a whole cake at home probably will only cost you under $20. Let’s make copycat Lady M earl grey mille crepe cake! It’s not difficult, just needs time and patience. Although mine doesn’t look as pretty, as long as it tastes good, who cares?

Ingredients for crepes (8-9 inch):
  • 3 large eggs
  • 130g pastry flour
  • 30g sugar
  • 2-3 earl grey tea bags
  • 70 boiling water
  • 400ml milk
  • 10g butter, melted

1: Combine eggs and sugar, beat the eggs with a whisk. Meanwhile, place tea bags in boiling water and let stand.
2: Sift in flour, combine and mix with eggs until there is no lump in the batter (it is a little hard to mix at this stage but good arm exercise)
3: Add milk, earl grey tea (no tea bags of course), melted butter in several additions while whisking. Make sure liquid is well mixed with batter before adding more. The batter should be very thin and it looks like this:

4: Slightly butter a non stick pan (I used IKEA crepe pan), set it on medium-low heat until hot (but not super hot). Pour batter that’s enough cover the bottom of the pan.
5: When small bubbles appear and the edge can be easily detached from pan, carefully remove crepe. Repeat until run out batter (remember to stir batter occasionally). Cover crepes with plastic wrap and let cool completely. It makes about 16 crepes.
6: Cut off rough edges if you want.

Ingredients for earl grey whipped cream:
  • 370g whipping cream
  • 90g Mascarpone
  • 30ml milk
  • 3 earl grey tea bags
  • 65g sugar

1: Combine softened Mascarpone cheese, milk, earl grey tea (discard bags) in a bowl, mix well, let stand.
2: Place whipping cream and sugar in a bowl, beat until medium-stiff peaks form.
3: Fold 1/3 whipped cream into earl grey mascarpone cream.

4: Pour earl grey cream into whipped cream, gently fold it until well combined.
5: Spread earl grey cream evenly on top of a crepe, place another layer of crepe on top, repeat.
6: Refrigerate for at least 4 hours before serving. (Optional: make a circle of earl grey cream on top of crepe cake, combine and mix 1tsb gelatin powder, 50ml warm water, 1tsb sugar, slightly let cool, pour liquid into the circle. Refrigerate)

Delicate, soft crepes, combined with slightly sweet whipped cream full of earl grey aroma, how delightful.

Making mille crepe cakes at home is much more economical than buying from those dessert boutiques, and they taste just like store-bought (even better). If you want, you can also add 1tsb orange blossom water to mascarpone cream, it will elevate the taste of the cake!

Enjoy!

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