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Cream Puff Cake Recipe

Cream Puff Cake Recipe

With its light, golden crust and yummy filling, this creamy cake is a definite crowd-pleaser. Everyone will ask for seconds. —Kim Wallace, Dennison, Ohio
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 25 min. + chilling YIELD:15 servings


  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 2-1/2 cups 2% milk
  • 3 packages (3.3 ounces each) instant white chocolate or vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed


  • 1. Preheat oven to 400°. In a large saucepan, bring water and butter to a boil. Add flour all at once and stir until a smooth ball forms. Remove from heat; let stand 5 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Continue beating until smooth and shiny.
  • 2. Transfer to a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Bake 22-26 minutes or until puffed and golden brown. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  • 3. For filling, in a large bowl, beat cream cheese, milk and pudding mixes until smooth. Spread over crust; refrigerate 20 minutes. Spread with whipped topping. Chill until serving. Yield: 15 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 288 calories, 16g fat (11g saturated fat), 92mg cholesterol, 397mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (21g sugars, 0 fiber), 5g protein.

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Ceege User ID: 730520 120461
Reviewed Jul. 12, 2014

"This is a very good recipe. I have made it with different flavor custard fillings. I make my own home made fillings as I do not care for the box puddings. I made it a few weeks ago for a luncheon that I attended. I made lemon custard, used real whipped cream and served it with some fresh blueberries since they are now in season. Needless to say, the plate came home empty; Word of warning. Do not make the day before as the crust can turn a bit soggy as cream puffs often do."

yrftyu User ID: 676718 106557
Reviewed Jul. 13, 2013

"Have made this for years. Cannot find my recipe so had to get on here to look it up. Family LOVES it so much my son wanted it for his birthday cake this year. We drizzle it with chocolate syrup when we serve it. This time son wants to add some fresh raspberries from the garden when we serve it. I don't think you can do anything to this to make it taste bad!"

Diane26 User ID: 7120923 112045
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2013

"This is a great recipe instead of making individual ones. Tastes just like a cream puff. So easy make !!! Delicious !!!"

nanachel User ID: 732373 106555
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2012

"i have made this recipe & shared it with many friends. My recipe calls for putting a drizzle of magic shell chocolate topping on top . Enjoy"

dumplin123 User ID: 4313317 106527
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2012

"This was good but the crust got soggy. Next time I will not put the filling in until I get ready to serve it."

kltharp User ID: 1678501 191778
Reviewed Nov. 4, 2011

"Taste just like a cream puff from the store and was super easy to make. Everyone loved it and wanted the recipe."

gibshoe User ID: 1900920 174018
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2011

"This dessert always gets rave reviews! It is light and delicious! Great in the summer!"

lizandan User ID: 4921589 174480
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2011

"I've made this twice now & it is a HUGE hit with all who tasted it. It's so much easier than making individual cream puffs. I did melt a bag of chocolate chips (with a little half & half) & put that as the 1st layer on the pastry. For me, a cream puff needs chocolate! :)"

fatsie User ID: 6105829 106525
Reviewed Sep. 11, 2011

"Big hit at Labor Day Picnic, one family member wanted me to make another one right then, he would buy the ingrients."

questam User ID: 5228472 192316
Reviewed Sep. 5, 2011

"Loved it. It was very easy and delicious."

nanawill7 User ID: 6150103 189703
Reviewed Aug. 13, 2011

"Absolutely loved it, have also tried it using different flavors of pudding mixes & all are good"

jessescrew User ID: 3432350 122500
Reviewed Aug. 2, 2011

"My husband said this was "good for not having chocolate in it". It was very easy and very good. Next time I will try it with chocolate pudding for my chocoholic husband."

vickiwhitten User ID: 4282720 178998
Reviewed Jul. 26, 2011

"I would make it again but a different flavor of pudding. I am not a huge fan of cream cheese or its taste, I think perhaps regular chocolate or perhaps pineapple or banana, the crust is very elegant, however, my husband ate the whole thing by himself."

LouannPearson User ID: 4534435 192312
Reviewed Jul. 22, 2011

"I have made this for my boss @ Christmas and for friends for birthdays and My kids like it also. Thanks for a super recipe!!!"

Heddann User ID: 3777289 174477
Reviewed Jul. 22, 2011

"Fantastic...the picture made it look like a difficult dessert, it was so easy! taste like it looks "dreamy""

GrammyGarl User ID: 4370033 189701
Reviewed Jul. 22, 2011

"Lori Burns....what kind of flour did you use? That might make a difference?"

reginatrichel User ID: 3030003 189697
Reviewed Jul. 21, 2011


aug2295 User ID: 4631582 189696
Reviewed Jun. 8, 2011

"This was good, but no one was really that crazy about it in my house. I was nervous about the crust not having any sugar, but it was actually fine without it."

tootiemc User ID: 3571511 189695
Reviewed May. 19, 2011

"I have made this cake many times and everyone raves about how good it is."

redhen1970 User ID: 4031186 190757
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2011

"We loved it, i made the whipped cream, and maybe next time i will make the filling from scratch, but my family loved it :) Thanks for another great recipe!"

Pearl411 User ID: 96893 178996
Reviewed Jan. 28, 2011

"Definitely will make again and again and again. easy and OHHHHH SO Delicious."

Sarah7180 User ID: 2530696 211840
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2010

"This is the third time I've made this recipe and it's always a big hit! This time I tried the Instant Coconut Cream pudding and sprinkled toasted coconut on top! MMMMMMM!!!"

monti57 User ID: 1288644 106524
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2010

"I made this for my last party - What a hit! I did not use whipped topping, I added whipped cream on top if desired. A little shaved chocolate really dresses it up."

loveavon4 User ID: 5602419 120460
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2010


Lori Burns User ID: 5601474 122499
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2010

"I could NOT make a ball form out of the dough. What am I doing wrong?? It doesn't seem that 1 cup of flour is enough with 1 cup of water and 1/2 cup butter. I brought it just to a boil added the 1 cup of flour and stirred and stirred and no dough formed. I added more flour ...still no ball...then it seemed to darken up like it was scorched(and smelled scorched). What do I do?"

katiet1982 User ID: 1218737 188677
Reviewed Nov. 5, 2010

"AWESOME! Everyone loves this...I used cook & serve pudding and ended up with too much like one of the previous posts mentions so next time I just won't pour it all in, but I think it made the cream cheese melt better when stirring it into the hot pudding. This is definately a keeper!"

LISA - GRAND ISLAND User ID: 5571955 192310
Reviewed Nov. 4, 2010


cafada User ID: 1653412 174475
Reviewed Oct. 1, 2010

"I am getting ready to make this for the third time since I got my magazine. It is so easy to make and like eating air. I just love it."

BetsyAnnMarie User ID: 378626 120406
Reviewed Sep. 21, 2010

"I've been making this dessert for over 30 years, but I have never greased the pan before I add the pastry dough. I also drizzle chocolate syrup over the top before serving."

durchaneks User ID: 3744984 178992
Reviewed Sep. 14, 2010

"LOVE this. And so does everyone that has eaten it."

pamgrabowski User ID: 4877896 174474
Reviewed Aug. 29, 2010

"My family loved this dessert! It tasted best after being chilled over night, and still tasted good when they ate the last piece 3 days later!"

HowardTurn User ID: 295024 147498
Reviewed Aug. 26, 2010

"OMG, I have made this twice now. My Dad went bonkers over it. I made it again for a family reunion. This will stay in my go-to file, it is sooo good. (I varied the puddings, used 1 cheesecake, 1 white chocolate and 1 vanilla, scrumptious!"

Hannahjoy88 User ID: 3013702 189693
Reviewed Aug. 25, 2010

"Took this to my g-ma's fish fry, and everyone loved it!!! I'm looking forward to trying it with different types of puddings now."

DD Buggs User ID: 945810 130145
Reviewed Aug. 18, 2010

"I used to make cream puffs all the time. That is how my husband and i got together because i would take them to work!! This recipe is super. It is not quite as messy as making the cream puffs. My husband and 2 teenage sons just loved it. They are wanting me to make another one soon!! You could use chocolate and pistachio pudding also!"

mia7575 User ID: 4541663 190712
Reviewed Aug. 13, 2010

"I followed this recipe to the T. My crust turned out fantastic but my filling was bad. It never firmed up. I mixed and mixed and it never got smooth. I knew when I poured it over the crust that it wasnt right but I still kept going. It was hours and it still never firmed. Next time I will make the pudding as directed on package and beat in cream cheese. Just really disappointed."

Jeanne Kerens User ID: 3102309 178991
Reviewed Aug. 12, 2010

"I took this to a dinner last night and had many compliments. One problem was the amount of milk - I added another cup to make the pudding mixture spreadable. It was just too thick."

aljoe User ID: 3279681 190710
Reviewed Aug. 4, 2010

"dough got rubbery,filling was way to thick, had to put in globs."

katiet1982 User ID: 1218737 190705
Reviewed Aug. 3, 2010

"Awesome recipe...tastes just like a cream puff!!! I had a bit too much pudding, it kind of spilled over the top of the crust, so I'd prob just not pour it all in, but i did accidentally buy the cook and serve instead of instant and made it according to the pie instructions on the box of pudding and it came out great! Super yummy & easy! I'll be making it again!

For wandel: I did spread the dough out flat, I did not spread up the sides, it puffs up like the picture when it bakes and the middle flattens down when it cools. When i mixed the egg into the dough, i started out with a spoon (wasn't going so well) so I switched to a whisk and beat it in with that, but it does get pretty sticky, thick, & gooey."

Michelle Christophersen User ID: 3753029 191777
Reviewed Jul. 29, 2010

"Something simple, different and wonderful. It was a big hit."

wandel User ID: 55309 109775
Reviewed Jul. 28, 2010

"When you transfer dough to a greased pan, what do you do with it? Do you spread it on the bottom or up the sides also? When you continue beating after each addition are you using a spoon or a mixer?"

jenjenannie User ID: 2055842 174470
Reviewed Jul. 20, 2010

"Delicious!!! I will be definitely be making it again! Instead of putting the whipped topping on top, I folded it in to the pudding which I think gave it a more "true" cream puff filling taste & texture."

ruthej64 User ID: 1982198 122498
Reviewed Jul. 19, 2010

"this was so easy and delicious. My family loved this recipe. I lightened it up with sugar free jello, skim milk and light cream cheese and it was still amazing."

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