Napoleon's Cake or Papal Cream Cake - Kremowki - Ania's Polish Food Recipe #50

Kremowki has been renamed papal cream cake or kremowka papieska when it was learned the late Pope John Paul II loved this dessert. Famous and delicious! Give it a try. For adult version you can add a shot of rum to the cream (at the end of mixing) :) I hope you enjoy!


  • 1 cup of butter (230 grams)
  • 2 cups of milk (500 ml)
  • 2/3 cup of sugar (150 grams)
  • 1/3 cup of white flour (85 grams)
  • 5 egg yolks
  • vanilla bean
  • puff pastry
  • icing sugar for decorating


  1. Flour your surface and roll out your puff pastry to 2 mm thick. Cut out two the same size rectangles. (I use letter size sheet of paper for guidance). Transfer the pastry onto the baking sheet covered with parchment paper. Cover with a tea towel and let it rest for at least one hour.
  2. After one hour preheat your oven to 200 degrees Celsius and bake your pastry for around 20 minutes or until is nice and golden.  Set aside to cool down completely.
  3. Pour your milk into the saucepan. Cut your vanilla bean and remove seeds. Add the seeds and the bean into your milk and bring almost to boil.
  4. In a mixing bowl put your egg yolks and sugar and beat until it is light yellow and fluffy. Add your flour and mix until all is well combined. Slowly add your hot milk, constantly mixing. Transfer the mixture back into the saucepan and bring back on the stove.
  5. Reduce heat and continue to cook and stir until thickened like pudding, at least 2 minutes. Let it cool to room temperature, covered with plastic wrap not to form the crust. Make sure filling is completely cool before 
  6. beating in softened butter. 
  7. Place one of the baked puff pastry and spread the cream evenly on top. Cover with the second puff pastry and gently press. Even out the sides with spatula and refrigerate overnight.
  8. The next day cut into rectangles.
  9.  When ready to serve, dust heavily with icing sugar.