Kremówka Papieska (Pope's Cream Cake)


Indulge in the heavenly layers of our Kremówka Papieska, a dessert that transcends mere taste to touch the soul. Known affectionately as the Pope's Cream Cake, this Polish delicacy pairs flaky puff pastry with a luxurious vanilla custard cream, dusted with powdered sugar for a finish that's as divine as it is decadent.

Kremówka Papieska (Pope's Cream Cake)

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 30 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 20 minutes (plus chilling time)
  • Total Time: 50 minutes (excluding chilling)

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 8
  • Serving Size: 1 slice

Nutritional Information (Per Serving)

  • Calories: 385 kcal
  • Protein: 5 g
  • Fat: 22 g
  • Carbohydrates: 42 g
  • Sugar: 25 g


  • Puff pastry sheets – 2 (450 grams or 1 pound)
  • Whole milk – 500 ml (about 2 cups)
  • Vanilla bean – 1 (or 2 teaspoons vanilla extract)
  • Egg yolks – 6
  • Granulated sugar – 150 g (3/4 cup)
  • Cornstarch – 40 g (1/3 cup)
  • Unsalted butter – 100 g (about 7 tablespoons)
  • Powdered sugar – for dusting

Method of Preparation

  1. Prebake Pastry: Roll out the puff pastry and cut into two equal pieces. Prick with a fork, bake at 200°C (400°F) until golden, then cool.
  2. Make Custard: Heat milk and vanilla. Whisk egg yolks, sugar, and cornstarch, then gradually add hot milk. Cook until thick, remove from heat, and stir in butter.
  3. Assemble Cake: Spread the custard on one pastry sheet, top with the second, and refrigerate until set.
  4. Serve: Dust with powdered sugar before serving.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Custard Consistency: Cook the custard over low heat to prevent curdling, stirring constantly.
  • Chilling Time: Allow at least 4 hours in the refrigerator for the custard to set properly.
  • Serving Suggestion: Serve chilled for the best texture and flavor.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I make Kremówka a day ahead?

Yes, it's best made a day ahead to allow flavors to meld.

What if I don't have a vanilla bean?

Vanilla extract is a fine substitute; just add it after removing the custard from heat.

How can I prevent the puff pastry from puffing up too much?

Prick the pastry thoroughly with a fork and consider using pie weights during the initial baking.

Every bite of Kremówka Papieska is a testament to the art of dessert-making, a sweet symphony of texture and flavor. Whether for a special occasion or a quiet afternoon, this cake offers a taste of divine indulgence, inviting you to savor the moment and celebrate the joy of exquisite desserts. 🍰✨