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St. John Paul II Loved This Cake—and We’re Giving You the Recipe for It!

The pope-saint loved it so much, he ate 18 slices of it when he was younger!

Today, October 22, Catholics around the world are celebrating the feast day of pope-turned-saint, John Paul II.

Many are expected to celebrate today’s event as the Polish saint was one of the most loved popes of this century. Some have even referred to John Paul II as “John Paul the Great” because of the many contributions he has given to the Church, such as his efforts in building bridges with other faiths. (Read: A Prayer for the Intercession of St. John Paul II)

But beyond being a person whom Catholics, and even some non-Catholics, looked up to, St. John Paul II was also a regular human being who had sweet tooth! In fact, his favorite food was a traditional Polish cake which is now known as the Kremówka papieska or Papal Cream Cake.

It was said that back then, young John Paul II and his friends would put together their money and buy this special cake and share it with each other. There was even an instance when he passed his high school exams, the future pope celebrated it by eating 18 slices of the cake for a contest!

But what is in this cake that made John Paul II love it so much? Recreate one and taste for yourself through this easy recipe!

Papal Cream Cake Recipe

Photo from Barbara Rolek / The Spruce Eats

The Papal Cream Cake is simply a puff pastry with cream and custard in the middle and powdered sugar on top. But the custard and buttercream, paired with the pastry itself, is so delicious that many people could get enough of it. (Read: Pope John Paul II Rose Graces White House Rose Garden) So if you want to make one for your loved ones, here’s what you’ll need!


  • 2 sheets puff pastry dough, thawed
  • 2 cups milk
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • A pinch of salt
  • 5 tbsps cornstarch
  • 6 large egg yolks, beaten
  • Powdered sugar​, for garnishing

Follow the procedure here.

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