Cream Tart Recipe

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How to make a trendy cream tart recipe

How to make a trendy cream tart made with a crisp tart dough, sweet vanilla custard filling and topped with fresh berries, flowers, and french macarons! 

Cream Tarts or Letter Cookies, Number cookies, cream cakes… they go by many names. But let’s call this deliciously trendy dessert what it is. A tart.

I first noticed this trendy treat on an instagram creator @adikosh123 but soon learned it’s a common amongst many bakers and we can see why! They are so pretty!

After much research (you know how I love researching a new project) I have devised what I think is the perfect cream tart recipe! Light, crunchy and easily changed up depending on the theme. Here’s another I created during my LIVE demo with my daughter. Such a fun project to do with kids and I was seriously impressed with her piping skills.

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Simply put, this yummy treat is made from a delicious short crust called Pate Sable (almond dough) which is commonly used in fruit tarts. The filling varies depending on the baker but most agree the most delicious is the traditional tart filling called diplomat or chantilly creme. One thing is for sure, no matter how you make one, this treat that first gained popularity in Israel is sure to be the next big thing in the US.

To make this cream tart is pretty easy. Check out my how-to video below for step-by-step instructions!


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Cream Tart Recipe

This cream tart recipe can be made many ways but this recipe uses traditional fillings that can be found in fruit tarts which is what this recipe is based on. Feel free to switch out flavors depending on your theme. 

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cream tart
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 42 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 593 kcal


Almond Sablé Dough

  • 2 1/4 cups All purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 8 oz unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk

Pastry Cream Filling

  • 16 oz milk
  • 2 1/2 oz sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 oz cornstarch
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 oz unsalted butter

Stabilized Whipped Cream

  • 8 oz heavy whipping cream
  • 2 Tbsp powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp instant pudding mix



  1. In a bowl, whisk together the AP flour, almond flour and salt.

    Put a paddle attachment onto your stand mixer, then combine butter and confectioner's sugar in mixer bowl. Mix on medium-low speed until combined, about 4 minutes.

    Mix in the egg and then the yolk, allowing each to be incorporated before adding the next. In 2 parts, add the flour mixtures, scraping down the sides of the bowl after each part.

    Turn bowl over with dough mixture onto a clean lightly-floured work surface. Divide in half, shape into flattened desks and wrap each 1 in plastic warp. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour, or overnight.

  2. Roll out dough to 1/8" thick on parchment paper. Use a template to cut two shapes. Chill in the freezer 5 minutes.

  3. Bake tart dough at 350F for 10-14 minutes until just starting to brown. Don't underbake or your tart wont be crisp. Let cool

Pastry Cream Filling

  1. Bring milk and first quantity of sugar to a simmer over medium high heat. Whisking constantly to avoid burning.

  2. Combine the eggs, cornstarch, and second quantity of sugar in a heat proof bowl and whisk to combine

  3. Add 1/4 of your hot milk mixture to the egg mixture VERY slowly while whisking constantly to temper your egg yolk mixture. Whisk until smooth.

  4. Put mixture in a piping bag with a medium round tip. 

  5. Slowly add the rest of the milk, whisking constantly. Return mixture to the saucepan and bring to a simmer.

  6. Once your mixture starts bubbling, reduce the heat to medium and continue whisking for 2-3 minutes to ensure the mixture is cooked and properly thickened.

  7. Pour your mixture into a heatproof container and place your butter cubes on top, allowing them to melt. Do not cover.

  8. Allow your pastry cream to cool until just warm to the touch. Stir in your butter and then add in your vanilla extra.

  9. Cover with plastic wrap so that it's touching the surface of the pastry cream to avoid a skin forming. Let cool completely before using.

Stabilized Whipped Cream

  1. Whip heavy cream to soft peaks with a whisk or stand mixer

  2.  Add in powdered sugar, vanilla and instant pudding (see blog post for other variations on how to stabilized whipped cream) Whip to firm but soft peaks. Don't over-whip.

Recipe Video

Nutrition Facts
Cream Tart Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 593 Calories from Fat 306
% Daily Value*
Fat 34g52%
Saturated Fat 19g95%
Cholesterol 166mg55%
Sodium 372mg16%
Potassium 77mg2%
Carbohydrates 64g21%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 38g42%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 1065IU21%
Vitamin C 0.1mg0%
Calcium 53mg5%
Iron 1.7mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Pairing a cream tart with my delicious white cake recipe or a chocolate cake is a sure-fire win at your next party.

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