Air Fryer Recipes

Mountain cream cake


  • Rubber spatula
  • Stand mixer
  • Digital kitchen scale
  • 23cm/9-inch springform pan


For the dough

  • 75 ml whole milk
  • 75 ml water
  • 75 g unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 100 g all-purpose flour sifted
  • 170 g 3 large eggs at room temperature, the eggs should be weighed without shells

For the cream

  • 600 ml whole milk
  • 160 g granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 50 g cornstarch sifted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 egg yolks of large eggs at room temperature
  • 200 g unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 15 g granulated sugar to beat with the butter
  • Powdered sugar for decoration


For the dough

  • Preheat the oven to 200C/390F (top and bottom heat, no fan). Line the bottoms of two 23cm/9-inch springform pans with parchment paper and grease the sides with butter or cooking spray. If you have only one springform, you will need to bake one layer of the cake and then prepare the form again to bake the second layer.
  • In a saucepan, combine water, milk, unsalted butter, sugar, salt, and vanilla extract, then heat over medium heat until it starts simmering. Remove from the heat and add the sifted flour. Mix until no dry flour is left, bring back to the heat, and set it to low.
  • Cook the dough, mixing with a rubber spatula continuously for 2 minutes or until the dough forms a ball and the bottom of the saucepan is covered with white residue. Remove from the heat.
  • Place the dough into a large mixing bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Let it cool down for 10 minutes or until it’s no longer hot to touch but still very warm.
  • Start by adding the eggs a little at a time and mix with a hand mixer, a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, or even by hand using a wooden spoon, until they are fully incorporated. Then, add more eggs and repeat until all the eggs have been incorporated. Scrape the sides and the bottom of the bowl and beat one last time for just a few seconds to ensure thorough mixing. The dough should be smooth. When you lift the paddle, it should slowly fall from it, leaving a V-shaped tail. The dough should be firm enough to hold its shape. If you achieve this texture before all the eggs have been incorporated, stop adding them. If the texture isn’t there yet after you’ve added all the eggs, you may need to add an extra ¼ to 1 egg.
  • Split the dough into two even parts and spread unevenly between two prepared spring forms. This unevenness will create random bubbles on the surface of the cake layers during the baking, which represent the Carpathian mountains. If you’re using one spring form, cover the second part of the dough with a plastic wrap while the first part is baking.
  • Bake for 25-27 minutes or until reaching a deep, even golden-brown color on top. Remove from the oven and leave to cool down for 10 minutes before removing it from the form onto a cooling rack to cool down completely. Repeat the process if using only one spring form.

For the cream

  • Place milk, half of the sugar, and salt into a saucepan and heat over medium heat until simmering.
  • Meanwhile, combine the second half of the sugar with the cornstarch in a heatproof mixing bowl, then add the egg yolks and vanilla. Whisk until a homogenous consistency is reached without cornstarch lumps.
  • When the milk start simmering, remove from the heat and slowly add approximately ½ of it to the egg yolk mixture while whisking vigorously to temper the eggs. Then, pour the egg mixture back into a saucepan with the hot milk.
  • Cook over low heat for 5-9 minutes, whisking consistently until the mixture become pudding-like in consistency, then cook for about 2 minutes. Don’t stop whisking. If lumps appear, whisk vigorously and they will dissolve.
  • Remove from the heat and pour the mixture into a large, shallow dish. Cover the pastry cream with plastic wrap so they touch each other and let it cool down to room temperature. You can place it into the fridge to speed up the process. However, if you cool it down too much, you need to bring it back to room temperature before the next step.
  • In a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment (or use a hand mixer and a large mixing bowl), beat the butter at room temperature with 15g of sugar until white and fluffy.
  • Whisk the pastry cream (IMPORTANT! The pastry cream should be at room temperature at this point or it won’t mix well with the butter) until it becomes smooth again.
  • Then, add the pastry cream a couple of tablespoons at a time to the butter and whisk every time on medium until incorporated. Continue until all pastry cream is combined with the butter. Scrape the sides and the bottom of the bowl, then beat again for 10 seconds.

Assembling the cake

  • Onto a serving plate, place the clean ring from the spring form that you used to bake the cake layers. Cover the sides inside the ring with parchment paper, if desired, as it will make it easier to release the cake after chilling.
  • Place the first layer (the one that is less puffed up) inside. Press slightly to make it flatter.
  • Place all cream on top and even it out.
  • Cover with the top layer and press a little bit to attach it. Then, refrigerate for 2-3 hours or until the cream has set. Remove from the ring, peal the parchment paper if used, dust with powdered sugar, and serve.


Store in the fridge for up to 3 days. Also, you can make the choux pastry in advance and keep it in the fridge for 2-3 days, then bake.

You can freeze baked cake layers for up to 1 month but you can’t freeze the cream. It’s also not recommended to freeze unbaked choux pastry

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