Pear and Cardamom Crepe Cake- GYCO

This is my second time entering Get Your Chef On hosted by Julie from White Lights on Wednesday  and Jen from Four Mars and One Venus .  Julie caught me on one of those rare uneventful days when you think “sure, I can take on ONE MORE THING!”  I must say I am really glad I did.  I had NO IDEA how much I would enjoy myself.  This may sound weird but it also made me realize that there is a large part of me that misses having my own accomplishments that do not directly involve my kids.  I know raising kind, well adjusted, good kids is an accomplishment that rivals all accomplishments BUT sometimes it is nice to challange yourself in a way that does not involve wiping a dirty butt or nose.  (Maybe I shouldn’t discuss dirty butts when presenting my edible masterpeice!)  So, thank you to Julie and Jen for giving me that little oppourtunity to pretend I am on Iron Chef going for the gold!
White Lights on Wednesdays

In case you missed it, I was the runner up in round four with my Tart Cranberry Cheesecake with Macadamia Nut Crust.

 In hushed tones…”The secret ingredient is… pears”


PEARS…Pears…pears…think pears.  I do my best thinking in that twilight phase in between awake and asleep.  I just think pears, pears, pears…and as I relax and my mind drifts off I can feel it searching… pears, pears, pears.  Something a little different, something with a little wow,  bingo.

(Please don’t have me commited)

use meI present the “Pear and Cardamom Crepe Cake.”

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Pear and Cardamom Crepe Cake

Pear and Cardamom Crepe Cake


  • 2 T. oil
  • 1 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 T. sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • Cardamom Cream
  • 1 1/2 cup milk
  • 6 large egg yolks
  • 2 T. cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp. cognac
  • 1/2 T butter
  • 1/2 T. heavy cream
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • For the assembly
  • 2 ripe pears
  • blackberry jam
  • Vanilla Sugar
  • 2 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract


    For the Crepes
  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and wisk until combined.
  2. Let sit for 10 minutes.
  3. Heat a six inch skillet and melt enough butter to grease the bottom of the pan.
  4. Pour a very thin layer of batter into the bottom of the pan. You may need to slowly swirl the pan to achieve coverage.
  5. Let cook for a minute or until crepe is set up. Carefully flip and let cook for about 30 more seconds.
  6. Gently slide crepe out of pan onto a towel to cool.
  7. You should have 16-17 crepes. Allow them to cool completely.
  8. For the Cream/adapted from Ina Garten's Cognac Cream*
  9. Heat the milk just until boiling.
  10. Cream the egg yolks and sugar until light and smooth. Sprinkle with cornstarch and mix.
  11. While mixing slowly add the hot milk.
  12. Return the mixture to the stove and cook until thick, constantly wisking. Be careful you do not want the eggs to scramble.
  13. Strain through a fine sieve. Mix in the vanilla, cream, cognac, cardamom, heavy cream, butter, and sea salt.
  14. Place in the refrigerator with plastic wrap touching the top of the cream so a "skin" doesn't form.
  15. Cool completely.
  16. Vanilla Sugar
  17. Combine the vanilla and sugar in a zip lock bag. Rub the mixture around until it is evenly mixed.
  18. For the Pears
  19. Wash you RIPE pears. (You want them to be very ripe. They are not cooked so they add a little texture, but you do want them soft.)
  20. Using a mandolin slice the pears on the thinnest setting available.
  21. Using the end of a corer remove the center of the pear from each slice and rub with vanilla sugar.
  22. Assembly
  23. Make sure all ingredients are chilled.
  24. Spread a thin layer of blackberry jam on one half of the crepes.
  25. Start layering your crepes. Saving the best one for the top.
  26. Layer one, blackberry jam and a thin layer of cream.
  27. Layer two, a thin layer of cream and sugared pears.
  28. Layer three, blackberry jam and a thin layer of cream.
  29. Layer four, a thin layer of cream and sugared pears.
  30. Continue on until all the crepes are layered.
  31. Chill for 2 hours before serving.
  32. *When building the cake try to keep everything level and even, you do not want the cake to slide.
  33. *The crepes and the cream can be made ahead of time, and assembled at a later date.
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  1. This is such a unique cake!! I’ve never seen or eaten something like that
    I LOVE it !!
    I saw this morning that your Tart Cranberry Cheesecake with Macadamia Nut Crust. was the runner up. It’s an amazing cake
    (btw – please ask to amend the link as it does not lead to your post)

  2. This sounds so delicious and it looks beautiful. Your photos are terrific.

    Thanks so much for sharing,

  3. It’s so pretty! Your pics are wonderful and your cake looks delicious!

  4. OK. This is something out of a magazine. Oh yum..and so so pretty! Great job!

  5. Wow! I think this is my favorite entry of them all! I’ve got some stiff competition!

    I love how you created the flower garnish with the pear peel!

  6. It’s beautiful!!

  7. Hey Stephanie,
    These look amazing.
    Debi and Charly

  8. I adore crepes! What a fun way to present and eat them. Fantastic job!

  9. This looks fantastic! I love pear flavors, and crepes- a wonderful combination I had not thought of.
    Have a great day.
    xo Nancy

  10. IT’s more like, “Please don’t have ME committed” because OMG as I scrolled down past each picture the lump in my throat grew bigger and bigger, my tummy got all funny, and I knew I was holding back tears. Yup, good food makes me cry. This looks amazing and delicious and sinful and oh so right. Yum. Thanks for sharing and by the way, you are an AWESOME mom because you are taking the time to do something for YOU. I firmly believe that part of raising well-adjusted, fabulous children is teaching them the importance of every person (including mom) continuing to develop their skills/talents/gifts and to follow their passions. Not to mention, I know in my case I am a much nicer and more focused mom when I have taken that little slice of time that is just for me so that I can remember who I am as a whole person not just their mom. In short, YOU ROCK. :)

  11. Oh I love this pretty pear cake! I LOVE crepes and this looks so tasty and light. Great job!

  12. Yum! What a great idea; it sounds like a fabulous flavor combination. Your photos are beautiful too!

  13. What a great presentation looks absolutely delicious…keep em coming! – Jeff

  14. Hello! Found you through the blog hop. I love crepes, but never would have thought to make a cake. Also love that pear rose!
    Happy to be following!

  15. SO beautiful! You really brought IT with this, girl! I LOVE it!! Glad you are doing GYCO too! :) Claire

  16. Totally want to devour that! Looks amazing!

  17. Gorgeous – just gorgeous! If the cake is half as good as the pictures, it must be delicious!!!!

    Thanks so much for sharing at our linky party!

  18. Wow… cardamom is one of my all time favorites, and this looks like such an amazing combination! Thank you for the inspiration!

  19. Looks so delish. Love the way you put the rose pear:)

    Already your follower hopping by, blogging @ Lipoid Pneumonia, Breast Cancer & Petroleum Jelly

  20. This looks and soudns amazing. I would love some. Thanks tons for joining TTT. Hugs, marty

  21. This looks AMAZING! Cardamom is my favorite spice and with pears- yum! Pinning this recipe to try later!

  22. You know, I LOVE cooked pears with pancakes! It’s a great combination, particularly with the cardamom, which is also really healthy.

  23. Hi Stephanie, saw your amazing cake over at 52 Mantels…this is gorgeous and sounds delicious! I love discovering fabulous new, sweet recipes and really want to try this! Thank you so much for sharing and beautiful job!

  24. Wow that really looks amazing!

  25. It looks so pretty and yummy!

  26. Oh my – this is fabulous…. and the pear rose is the perfect finishing touch. Simply lovely!

    Patricia @ ButterYum

  27. Really unusual love both the ingredients and the presentation.

  28. Absolutely amazing, Stephanie!!!

  29. This looks yummy! Please share this in a new Linky Party –Weekend Kitchen Creations at Please join us, share your delicious creation, build more traffic for your blog and get other scrumptious ideas.

  30. Mmmmm! What a combo. I do my best thinking in bed before falling asleep… that explains why I sometimes can’t get to sleep…
    Thanks for sharing on Two Cup Tuesday at Pint Sized Baker.

  31. what a wonderful combination of flavors! Lovely photos too. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things hop xo

  32. Yum! That looks absolutely amazing!

  33. I bet that is delicious, and I can tell you for sure it is BEAUTIFUL!

  34. I found you from the What’s Shaken link up. What an interesting and delcious looking cake.. I just started a new Saturday Spotlight Linky Party on my blog this week, and would love to have you stop by and share!

  35. This sounds delicious! I am pinning it for future reference. Thanks for sharing this with us:)

  36. Oh my, this looks amazing. You are such a great chef and the recipes you come up with are amazing!

    Thank you for linking up to Raising Imperfection!
    Make sure to check back on Friday to see if you were featured.

  37. Wow … these look too pretty to eat!

    Thank you for sharing your favorite blog post this week with Raising Imperfection.
    Please come back Friday to see if you were featured :)


  38. WOW! This one makes me speechless – so beautiful, unique and delicious! Great job!
    Thank you so much for sharing this at Wednesday Extravaganza – see you there next week with more deliciousness :)

  39. Looks divine! I want to make it tonight!

    I found your blog through Raising Imperfection and I’m your newest follower. Hope you can stop by my blog and follow me back!


  40. This looks so delicious, and it’s so pretty! Almost too pretty to eat.:) Thanks so much for linking up to Inspire Me Wednesday!

  41. Hi, I found your blog through Bloom’s link party. I am your newest follower. A follow back to Carole’s Chatter would be fantastic. Hope you are having a good week.

  42. This looks divine!! Wow, I have never had one of those, but I sure want to try it. Thank you so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent! Have a wonderful week.


  43. Wow, so impressed! Love it and love the photos, too.

  44. One word – WOW!
    Thanks for sharing – have a blessed week!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  45. This looks absolutely delicious! My Norwegian grandmother and mother taught me to cook with cardamom, and i use it often in meats, sauces and desserts. This is one recipe that I must try! So glad that I found you on the Homemaker on a Dime blog hop.

  46. Whoa! That sounds amaaaazing! Pinned!

  47. This is an amazing accomplishment!! Those layers are exquisite!! We all need something that’s our own. And you have this! Thanks for sharing at One Creative Weekend!

  48. Those look delicious! And that rose made out of the pear?!? So pretty.

    I’d love it if you’d link up at Off the Hook!

  49. This looks amazing ! Yum!! I am featuring you tomorrow! Thanks so much for linking up with me last week!

  50. This cake is absolutely gorgeous! Love all the layers… so pretty!

  51. This looks amazing!! Your beautiful photos helped. :) This is definitely on my to-make list. Thanks for linking up!

  52. Wow that looks absolutely delicious you just made my tummy rumble


  53. Your photos are gorgeous…this cake looks like a work of art! Featuring later on Tickled Pink!

  54. That looks so divine! I love pears…thanks for linking up at Loves on a Thursday!

  55. Looks so yummy, Stephanie – I love pears! and wonderful pix! Thanks so much for sharing (sorry I was so late to visit from last week’s Humble Brag link party!)

  56. Wow! These look so great and beautiful!!! Thanks for sharing with us over at Real Housemoms for Fabulous Fridays. Hope to see you again this week.

  57. Holy deliciousness – this looks amazing!! I mean seriously – too good for words!! AH!

  58. Serious goodness going on here and it’s beautiful too! ! I saw you featured at Raising Reagan and I can totally see why you were chosen. I hope you send this off to a magazine contest somewhere too…this is good stuff. :)

  59. Thanks so much for stopping by and linking up your awesome project! Visit us again next week and link up more awesome stuff!

    Have a great week!

  60. I pinned this :)

  61. That looks amazing!! Almost too pretty to eat.

  62. Stephanie, this look amazing and your photos are beautiful! Thank you for sharing this at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  63. This cake looks absolutely delicious, not to mention beautiful! I pinned it! I found your blog through Made in a Day’s blog hop and I’m your newest follower! I would love to have you drop by Moose Mouse Creations some time!

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