This Strawberry Lemon Creme Crepe Cake is light and creamy and perfectly sweet! With mascarpone cheese, lemon juice, fresh strawberries, and buttermilk crepes – it’s the perfect recipe for celebrating a Happy Valentine's Day and sharing the love this holiday.
Is Valentine’s Day just for kids? Giving out valentine cards and sweet treats to all your friends and classmates? In theory, it’s a really nice idea. A day centered around being sweet to others. And most especially your sweetest sweetie.❤️
I remember in grade school I would collect Valentines like they were priceless valuables. Taking time to open each one, carefully reading the words, lining them up like little men, and savoring all of their cuteness.💌 Ahh, the innocence of days gone by. The good ole’ days when we took the time to encourage one another with a sweetly written note.✏️
Many people say it was a holiday created by Hallmark so you’d have a reason to buy a card between Christmas and Easter, unless of course, you're a big card giver on St. Patrick’s Day.🍀 I mean it’s not easy being green. And we must all do our part to stimulate the economy.💵
The month of February is kind of a big deal for our family. My mom and dads’ birthdays were both in the love month. They’re no longer with us in body, just spirit and always in our memories.💕
My in-laws’ anniversary is also this month.💑 Isn’t that sweet - AND they got married in Tahoe, in matching black turtlenecks. Not sure why I remember that random tidbit but it makes me smile.😄
Then there’s my sweetie’s B-Day. No, not the B man – my other sweetie… my nephew Nathan.😍😍 I’ve mentioned him before, he is my sweet nephew who is now a sweet husband, father, and author. Lots more heart eyes.
I told you this was a big month for us.
How do you and your family celebrate the month of love? Any special Valentine’s Day traditions? Baking cookies with the kiddos?🍪 Getting a sitter and enjoying a night out with your boo-bear?👫
The B man and I usually celebrate by going out to dinner to a place we don’t normally visit. This is a big treat for me because as you can imagine, I’m usually the one making the meals around here. Cards are exchanged (sometimes home-made), flowers are delivered, cigars are smoked, and our love is celebrated.❤️ Ok so not really the cigar part but it was really funny in my head.😂 Not so much?? Moving on.
This year I have something else I’m pondering.🤔
My mind drifts off thinking about those who don’t have someone extra special to share the day with. Friends who long to be loved but haven't found that special someone. Or even those who did but for whatever reason don’t have them anymore. So maybe this “lovely” holiday actually becomes a dread, a reminder of what isn’t, or what use to be sweet but is now bitter.
All of this got me thinking. What if we made V-Day more than a Hallmark holiday? More than candy grams and chocolates? More than flowers and cigars? (Just making sure you’re paying attention and a little comic relief.🤗)
What if we not only celebrated the “love of our life” but the “loves of our lives”? What if we all took 5 minutes and made a list of 5 people we know that could use a little extra loving this Valentine’s Day?👍
It could be a divorced friend, a widowed neighbor, or a single classmate or co-worker. Maybe it’s a family member that lost their job or a teenager that is struggling to be accepted at school. Your list might be 10 or 20 people long. And probably should be – we all know people who could use some encouragement.👌
And maybe, just maybe, that someone is you. Maybe you need some reassuring, consoling or cheering up. If so, this is even more the reason for you participate in sharing the love-fest 2017.💗
Because as we all know…"it’s better to give than to receive". No, for real. How great do you feel when you give someone a gift? Whether that's taking the time to meet for coffee, a sweet note delivered by carrier pigeon or cell phone, or a Dunkin Donuts or Starbucks gift card. You feel awesome – right!?
Then share the love, my friend. Because we all need it and it’s the best gift we could give.💯
So, I’m not real sure how I got up here on this soapbox but before I get down, will you join me in this challenge? Will you take a lesson from our grade school Valentine-sharing days gone by? In whatever way you can – will you take the time to be sweet to others this holiday? I’m so proud of you!!!👏
I promise – I’m getting down before I break something.
Now it’s time for me to share the love with you, I give you… the Strawberry Lemon Creme Crepe Cake!!!🍓🍋
This crepe cake recipe is creamy, and lite, and perfectly sweet. Plus, there are crepes!!😋
Oh, how I love crepes!!💟 Crepes for dessert, crepes for dinner, crepes for anytime you want something delightfully delicious!
I was always intimidated by the thought of making them. I didn't feel qualified to create something so delicate and special. Then one day I just did it. I made manicotti and used homemade crepes instead of noodles. In a word, fabulous!✨ And the best part - I made them myself!!💁
How To Make Crepes For This Strawberry Lemon Creme Crepe Cake:
It was so rewarding AND it’s so easy to make a crepe cake! Are you convinced?? 'Cause I can go on for days. But not really because there’s more yumminess to tell you about…
The strawberry lemon creme - Mmm. It’s a mixture of mascarpone, whipping cream, fresh lemon juice, fresh pureed strawberries, and powdered sugar. So light and creamy and satisfyingly sweet.
And that’s really all you need to make this show-stopping, yummy dessert. Well, that and a few more strawberries for the top.👇
Now the assembly can begin: You start with one crepe face down, spread on two heaping tablespoons of the strawberry lemon crème and repeat with all the crepes. Then slather the rest of the creamy mascarpone goodness on top, add your fresh strawberries, and voila – your Strawberry Lemon Creme Crepe Cake is complete!🌟
This special dessert is the perfect sweet treat to share with all the loves in your life. Whether that's your sweetheart, the precious cherub babies living under your roof, or those friends, family members or co-workers that could use some extra loving – be extra sweet and spread the love this Valentine’s Day!💌
Happy Heart Day my friend!! Love & hugs from me and B!💖
For The Crepes:
- 2 cups buttermilk
- 2 cups almond milk
- 4 cups flour, sifted
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ cup sugar
- 4 eggs
For The Strawberry Lemon Creme:
- 3 tablespoons plus one teaspoon lemon juice
- ¾ cup powdered sugar
- 2 cups mascarpone cheese
- 2 cups heavy whipping cream
- 2 cups sliced strawberries washed, dried, then pureed (1 cup pureed strawberries)
- 12 additional strawberries for the top
For The Crepes:
- Mix all the crepe ingredients together except the eggs and beat until very smooth (no lumps). Beat the eggs in a separate bowl, then whisk into the crepe batter until completely incorporated.
- Over a medium high heat burner, add 1 teaspoon vegetable oil to a hot 10-inch non-stick pan. Use a paper towel to quickly spread it around, and remove any visible pooling oil.
- Fill a ½ cup measuring cup almost full of crepe batter. Hold the hot pan by the handle, and tilt it slightly then pour the batter into one side of the pan. Quickly but gently swirl the mixture in one direction around the pan so that it evenly coats the bottom of the pan, until it won’t swirl anymore. If the pan is the proper heat, this will take just 2-3 seconds.
- Put the pan on the heated burner and allow to cook until the crepe looks dry – about 20 seconds. The edges of the crepe should pull away from the pan.
- Use a spatula to gently flip the crepe, then cook for about 20 more seconds. Check the underneath side to make sure it’s cooked and slightly golden. Remove crepe from the pan and place on wax paper. Continue until all the batter is gone, layering wax paper between each crepe. Allow crepes to completely cool.
For The Strawberry Lemon Creme:
- Mix lemon juice, powdered sugar and mascarpone together in a medium size bowl and set aside.
- Whip the heavy cream until soft peaks form. Add the mascarpone mixture to the whipping cream, and gently fold together until completely mixed. Add the pureed strawberries and mix on low until thoroughly mixed together.
- Once crepes are cool you can assemble the cake. Start with one crepe face-down on a cake plate or serving dish. Spread two heaping tablespoons of strawberry lemon creme evenly over each crepe.
- Add the next crepe and continue until cake is assembled.
- Spread the remaining strawberry lemon creme on the top of the cake. The top layer should be much thicker than the other cream layers.
- Top with whole or sliced strawberries, chill for 30 minutes, and enjoy.
This cake is not overly sweet, by design. It’s more of a light creamy dessert. If you prefer desserts on the sweeter side, I recommend alternating between the Strawberry Lemon Mascarpone mixture, and seedless strawberry jam when assembling the cake. You will only need to make half of the creme mixture in the recipe if you choose to do this. Use only two level tablespoons of jam for every other crepe layer, and two heaping tablespoons of strawberry lemon creme mixture for the others. Top with the remaining creme, and strawberries.
Serving Size1 medium slice
Amount Per Serving Calories 699Total Fat 42gSaturated Fat 25gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 180mgSodium 417mgCarbohydrates 65gFiber 2gSugar 23gProtein 13g