TikTok’s famous Phyllo Crinkle cake recipe is worth the hype

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It may come as a surprise, but even though I share a lot of my own recipes on Tiktok, I don’t spend a lot of time on the app. Sure, there’s a seemingly endless amount of food and cooking videos to scroll through (a vortex), but I have a job to do, and Apparently Watching recipe videos in the Test Kitchen does not count as “research”. Still, the algorithm is efficient, so rest assured that if there’s a new trend on #FoodTok, it will immediately appear on my For You page. And if it’s really well, it’ll probably pop up more than once as others on the app recreate, rehash, and riff on the recipe.

This is how, when quickly scrolling through TikTok in bed at a complitly normal hour I found this crinkle phyllo cake recipe. First, I saw the original video by Ramena from @RamenaSaidWowwhere she artfully folds sheets of phyllo dough together like an accordion, then drizzles them with butter, sugar syrup and a simple custard. Oooh, wowI thought looking at the crisp end result, It looks good. So I did what I do with all the best recipes: threw him a heart and went on with my evening.

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But the crumpled phyllo cake kept popping up. Other creators to the application went wild for the crispy, crunchy layers of folded phyllo, raving about the chewy interior, the bread pudding flavor, and the undeniable simplicity of the recipe. Don’t get me wrong: Not every TikTok recipe that takes off is a masterpiece. But Ramena’s multi-bake technique – which manages to soak up butter, custard and a sugar syrup without creating a soggy batter – sounded almost too good to be true. But after giving it a shot or three, I’m happy to report that this crinkle phyllo cake is well worth the hype. With a few simple ingredients, these fluffy, croissant-like layers are just an hour away.


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Here’s how to do it:

To make the Ramena recipe, start by holding 2 sheets of phyllo dough by the corners, as if you were shaking a sheet. Crumple the sheets into a fluffy accordion about 1″ thick. Highly recommend viewing Ramena’s Original TikTok to get the technique so you can get that trademark crease. Spoon into a 13×9-inch pan lined with parchment paper – pleats side up – and repeat until pan is full. Then cook the filo pastry alone for 10 minutes at 350°.

After the first cooking, baste 1 cup melted unsalted butter evenly over the filo pastry. Bake another 10 minutes. While cooking, whisk together 1 cup milk, 2 eggs, 1 cup of sugarand 1 tbsp. vanilla extract in medium bowl until blended. Remove the phyllo from the oven and pour the custard evenly over the phyllo before returning to the oven until the top is golden brown and crispy, 30 to 40 minutes.

Finally, you’ll want to prepare the syrup by simmering 1 cup of sugar, 1 cup of waterand 1 C. lemon juice in a small saucepan over medium heat. Sugar syrup will not go back in the oven, so you should aim to reduce the liquid until the texture is slightly thicker than simple syrup to avoid a soggy cake. Take the cake out of the oven and drizzle the syrup over it. Then let the cake cool before slicing and serving.

It’s a brilliantly simple recipe that practically begs for customization. So far I’ve tried a rose water version using floral extract in the syrup, another with chai spices mixed into the custard, and a more nutty version with crumbled pistachios sprinkled on top. above. The genius of the cake is that there’s room to riff at just about every step. Bake fruit on top during the final pass in the oven, replace the sugar syrup with a drizzle of dulce de leche, or nail chocolate chips into the phyllo folds. There is an endless scroll of content, I mean potential. Whatever you do, don’t sleep on Ramena’s recipe.