Matcha Mille Crepe Cake 抹茶ミルクレープケーキ

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  • Matcha Mille Crepe Cake is made of thin layers of green tea crepes stacked together with fresh whipped cream in-between.  This elegant and decadent cake will wow your guests when they see the rich green layers!

    A slice of matcha mille crepe cake taken out of the whole cake on the black cutting board.

    In Japan, matcha is not only used in wagashi (Japanese confectionery), but also in many western pastries.  Mille crepe cake is no exception.  We love this Japanese twist on a classic French pastry, Matcha Mille Crepe Cake (抹茶ミルクレープケーキ).

    Watch How To Make Matcha Mille Crepe Cake

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    A slice of matcha mille crepe cake on a Royal Copenhagen plate. The whole cake in the back of the plate.

    What is Matcha Mille Crepe Cake?

    But first, what is Matcha (抹茶)?  Matcha is green tea powder.  Many people ask me if the standard green tea (leaves) can be ground into “matcha”, but unfortunately, they can’t.  The quality of the green tea leaves, and the complex process of drying and grinding the leaves is so much different for matcha, that it will not be something you will be able to do in your kitchen.  Please read more about matcha where I explain the process in detail.

    Mille Crepe Cake (ミルクレープケーキ) is a classic French pastry – Gâteau Mille Crêpes.  Mille means ‘thousands’ in French.  That’s an exaggeration, but it’s fun to imagine Gâteau Mille Crêpes with 1,000 layers.  The pastry usually consists of 10 to 20 layers.

    The most unique part of Japanese-style Mille Crepe Cake is the rounded edge of the cake.  This Matcha Mille Crepe Cake is subtly sweet (it’s a real complement for Asian desserts), creamy, and slightly bitter from the matcha flavor coming through the paper-thin layers of crepes.

    A slice of matcha mille crepe cake taken out of the whole cake.

    Tips to Make Perfect Matcha Mille Crepe Cake

    1. Good quality matcha powder

    Ingredients matter, especially in this Mille Crepe Cake recipe.  Number one is a high quality matcha powder  If the matcha powder is relatively cheap, it’s a guarantee that it’s not high grade matcha.  Matcha is pretty expensive, even in Japan.  To learn more about where to buy matcha powder, please read more on my matcha post.

    2. Rest the batter for an hour

    I know it’s tedious to wait, but resting the batter relaxes the gluten and the dry ingredients continue to soak up moisture from the wet ingredients.  As a result, it creates thicker consistency and helps prevent the crepes from breaking.

    3. Heat the pan on low heat

    When you heat up the frying pan too quickly, it gets hot spots.  To avoid that, you slowly heat up the pan so the pan heats evenly.  It’s the key to making those perfect first few crepes.  After that first batch, just leave the same low heat on all the way through.

    4. Use two frying pans – one larger than the other

    In Japan, slices of mille crepe cake at the pastry shops have this signature look with the rounded edge.  To make it perfectly round, make the top layer of the crepe big enough to wrap the outer edge of the cake.  Use a round deep plate or shallow bowl (mine is from IKEA – something like this) to ensure the nice curve shape by molding the crepe cake.

    5. Take a breath and swirl the pan slowly 

    I’m an impatient cook.  But I realized it doesn’t help when I want to make a perfectly circle crepe.  Just breathe, and take your time to swirl the batter slowly with the pan.

    A slice of matcha mille crepe cake on a Royal Copenhagen plate. The whole cake in the back of the plate.

    Perfect Cake without Using an Oven

    Mille Crepe Cake is a rare “cake” recipe that you can make with a frying pan over the stove. So if you don’t have an oven, or if you are looking for a unique dessert, try making this cake for any celebratory occasion or holiday!

    A slice of matcha mille crepe cake taken out of the whole cake.

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    A slice of matcha mille crepe cake taken out of the whole cake.
    Matcha Mille Crepe Cake
    Prep Time
    20 mins
    Cook Time
    40 mins
    Total Time
    4 hrs
     
    Matcha Mille Crepe Cake is made of thin layers of green tea crepes stacked together with fresh whipped cream in-between.  This elegant and decadent cake will wow your guests when they see the rich green layers!
    Course: Dessert
    Cuisine: Japanese
    Keyword: crepe, green tea
    Servings: 1 10 inch cake
    Ingredients
    • 1 ¾ cup whole milk (1 ¾ cup = 400 ml)
    • 3 Tbsp sugar
    • 3 large eggs
    • 1 ½ Tbsp melted unsalted butter (1 ½ Tbsp = 25 g)
    • 1 cup cake flour (1 cup = 138 g)
    • 2 Tbsp matcha (green tea powder) (2 Tbsp = 12 g)
    • ½ tsp baking powder
    • neutral flavor oil (vegetable, canola, etc) (for cooking crepes)
    Fresh whipped cream
    • 1 cup heavy (whipping) cream (1 cup = 240 ml)
    • 3 Tbsp sugar
    To serve
    • 2 tsp matcha (green tea powder) (for dusting)
    • Fresh whipped cream (optional: please double the recipe above but make the second batch right before you serve)
    Instructions
    1. Gather all the ingredients.
      Matcha Mille Crepe Cake Ingredients
    To make crepe batter
    1. Add the milk and sugar in a small sauce pan and combine well. Heat on medium heat until the milk is warm to touch.

      Matcha Mille Crepe Cake 1
    2. Beat the eggs in a large bowl. Then slowly add small amount (½ cup at a time) of warm milk while whisking. While whisking, slowly add the melted butter to the mixture.

      Matcha Mille Crepe Cake 2
    3. Set up a fine mesh sieve over the bowl and add cake flour, matcha powder, and baking powder. Sift and add half of the dry ingredients into the batter. Whisk and combine the dry and wet ingredients together.

      Matcha Mille Crepe Cake 3
    4. Repeat this process one more time until there is no lump in the batter.
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    5. Set the fine mesh sieve over a large bowl and pour the batter. This will remove any lumps and get a smooth texture. Cover with plastic wrap to refrigerate for 1 hour.
      Matcha Mille Crepe Cake 5
    To cook the crepes
    1. Set a 12-inch non-stick frying pan on low heat. Once the pan is hot, brush the oil and remove excess oil with paper towel (don’t worry, oil is applied thinly). Pour the batter just enough to cover the bottom of the frying pan, about 1/3 cup for my pan.

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    2. Cook for 2 minutes without touching. By now you’d see the outside edge of the crepe gets tiny bit crispier. Using a chopstick, spatula or hand, flip the crepe.
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    3. Cook the other side for 30 seconds and transfer to a working surface lined with parchment paper.
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    4. Set a 10-inch non-stick frying pan on low heat. Once the pan is hot, brush the oil and remove excess oil with paper towel. Pour the batter just enough to cover the bottom of the frying pan, about ¼ cup for my pan.

      Matcha Mille Crepe Cake 9
    5. Cook for 2 minutes without touching. By now you’d see the outside edge of the crepe gets tiny bit crispier. Using a chopstick, spatula or hand, flip the crepe.
      Matcha Mille Crepe Cake 10
    6. Cook the other side for 30 seconds and transfer to a working surface lined with parchment paper.
      Matcha Mille Crepe Cake 11
    7. Continue this process until all the batter is used. With this batter, I could make 1 large one that goes on top, and 13 crepes.
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    To make whipped cream
    1. Prepare ice bath by adding ice cubes and water in a larger bowl and set a smaller bowl on top. Add the heavy whipping cream and start whisking on lower speed. Once you see bubbles, slowly add granulated sugar.
      Matcha Mille Crepe Cake 13
    2. Whip the cream until stiff, not hard stiff (like 90%).
      Matcha Mille Crepe Cake 14
    To assemble the mille crepe cake
    1. Prepare two long parchment paper strips on a working surface or a rotating cake stand (I used IKEA's lazy susan).  These strips will go under the first layer of crepe (this is for easy transportation).

      Matcha Mille Crepe Cake 15
    2. First place the larger crepe. This will be the top layer when we flip. Put the freshly whipped cream in the middle and spread evenly, leaving outer 2 inch.
      Matcha Mille Crepe Cake 16
    3. Place another crepe on top and spread whip cream evenly, leaving outer ½ inch.
      Matcha Mille Crepe Cake 17
    4. Continue this process until the last crepe is placed on top.
      Matcha Mille Crepe Cake 18
    5. Prepare a round curved shallow dish (mine is from IKEA) and place a large piece of plastic wrap on top. Make sure to remove any air pockets and smooth out. Transfer the mille crepe to the shallow dish by holding the strips you made. Once you place nicely in the middle of the bowl, remove the strips.
      Matcha Mille Crepe Cake 19
    6. Wrap the mille crepe with plastic wrap from one corner to clockwise. This will make the final cake evenly round, instead of wrap randomly. Secure the end with clip (I use one from IKEA). Refrigerate at least 2 hours until the cake is set.
      Matcha Mille Crepe Cake 20
    To serve
    1. Once chilled, remove the plastic wrap and flip onto the serving platter.
      Matcha Mille Crepe Cake 21
    2. Dust more matcha powder over the cake. Make the fresh whipped cream if you plan to serve with the cake. Serve and enjoy within a few days as we are using fresh cream.

      Matcha Mille Crepe Cake 22
    Recipe Notes

    Cake flour: If you don’t have cake flour, you can substitute with all-purpose flour and corn starch. Here’s how.

    1) Scoop 2 Tbsp out from 1 cup of all purpose flour

     

    2) Add 2 Tbsp corn starch back into the all purpose flour

     

    Now you have 1 cup of cake flour!  Be sure to sift the flour to distribute the cornstarch well before using it in your cake batter. 

    Whole milk: I highly recommend using whole milk instead of reduced fat milk. I’ve tried using both, and I concluded that whole fat milk makes a difference with the final result.

     

    Recipe by Namiko Chen of Just One Cookbook. All images and content on this site are copyright protected. Please do not use my images without my permission. If you’d like to share this recipe on your site, please re-write the recipe in your own words and link to this post as the original source. Thank you.

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