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Easy Napoleon Cake

An easy Russian-Frech inspired Napoleon Cake recipe that is made with baked puff pastry sheets and layered between a rich custard cream.
Course Dessert
Cuisine French, Russian
Keyword Napoleon Cake
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 18
Calories 562kcal
Author Dina from simplyhomecooked.com



Make the custard on the stovetop

  • In a bowl, beat the eggs and sugar using an electric mixer.
  • Add the flour to the eggs, then blend in 1/2 cup milk.
  • Add 3 cups of milk into a saucepan and bring to a slight simmer, but don't let it boil.
  • Slowly pour the egg mixture into the hot milk while stirring constantly with a whisk.

Thicken the custard and let it cool completely

  • Transfer the saucepan back to the burner and heat over low heat. Make sure to constantly stir until the custard thickens. Remove the custard from the heat and let it cool completely.

Thaw, roll, and Bake puff pastry

  • Thaw out each sheet of puff pastry and place onto a floured surface. Using a rolling pin, roll each sheet out to a 12 x 16 inch rectangle.
  • Using the rolling pin, transfer the puff pastry sheet onto a baking sheet. Then generously puncture the puff pastry with a fork.
  • Bake in a 400 Fahrenheit degree oven for 20 minutes or until golden brown.

add remaining ingredients to pastry cream

  • Once the custard has cooled completely add in the vanilla and thawed cool whip.
  • Lastly, beat the softened butter with an electric mixer and blend it into the custard.

Assemble the Napoleon cake

  • Divide the cream amongst 5 layered puff pastry sheets and reserve the 6th sheet.
  • Crumble the reserved puff pastry sheet and coat the top and sides of the cake with it. At this point, you can either leave the cake as is or decorate it with fresh berries.



How long will it last in the fridge?

If refrigerated and kept in an airtight container, a Napoleon cake will stay fresh in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. If you choose to freeze it, this will keep it for about a year. Just thaw the Napoleon cake overnight when you are ready to eat it.


Calories: 562kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 215mg | Potassium: 119mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 305IU | Calcium: 75mg | Iron: 2.1mg