Have you seen these trendy desserts floating all over social media? I’m not really sure what to call them exactly. Cream tart cakes? Cookie cakes? Number cakes? Letter cakes? I’ve seen them called everything and honestly I don’t know if ANY of these names truly capture how incredible they are. I’m thinking ‘amazing layered fruit cookie tart’ comes close? Layers of pâte sablée, a French pastry dough that is crisp and cookie-like (aka tart crust) are filled with dollops of cream and topped with a medley of fresh fruit, macarons, flowers, meringue kisses, candy and more. It’s definitely the latest dessert trend and it’s easy to see why. I first spotted these thanks to baker Adi Klinghofer on Instagram, but you’ll find them all over YouTube and Facebook as well. Just search #numbercake on Instagram and you’ll see countless creations to love, including many from Adi and others whom she has inspired.
What I love most about this trend, besides its gorgeous presentation, is its flexibility. There are endless variations that can be made following this general concept. For starters, it doesn’t have to be a number shape — letters, hearts, initials, even short words work. The base layers can be the original tart crust or a traditional sugar cookie, cake layers, puff pastry — you name it. For the filling, pipe dollops of pastry cream, stabilized whipped cream or buttercream using a large open piping tip. A little smear of jam wouldn’t hurt either. Then top with your choice of beautiful, tasty toppings, stand back and enjoy! To get you started, let’s take a look at these 10 Cream Tart “Number Cakes”!
2. This chocolate raspberry version by Shani’s Sweet Art has a chocolate tart base topped with chocolate diplomat cream, strawberries, raspberries, chocolate candies, macarons and flowers. See more HERE. (includes recipe and tutorial)
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