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Meringue Napoleon Cake

Meringue Napoleon Cake

This tasty meringue Napoleon cake contains layers of cake alternated with dulce de leche cake cream & toasted nuts. An Eastern European classic & must-try!
Course Cake, Dessert
Cuisine Russian, Ukrainian
Keyword meringue napoleon cake, napoleon cake
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings 14 servings
Calories 786kcal
Author Natalya Drozhzhin


Meringue Napoleon Cake Layers

Meringue Napoleon Cake Cream

  • 28 oz Dulce de Leche
  • 1 lb room temperature butter
  • 2 cup toasted walnuts crushed
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream very cold


Napoleon Cake Layers

  • Place the flour, butter and margarine into a large bowl. Using your hands or a butter cutter, mix everything together, until the mixture resembles small crumbles.
    Cake dough in a bowl
  • Mix in the sour cream, baking soda and egg yolks. Mix until the dough is just combined, being extra careful not to over mix.
    Cake dough all together
  • Whip the egg whites together with the sugar until the texture turns thick.
    egg whites with sugar in a mixing bowl
  • Divide the dough into 8 equal pieces.
    cake dough pieces
  • Roll the pieces into thin layers. Using a plate or lid of a pot as a stencil, slice the dough into circles. Apply 1/4-inch of meringue on top of each cake layer and sprinkle it with nuts.
    cake layers with meringue
  • Bake each cake layer at 350°F for about 10 minutes or until golden brown.
    Baked cake layers

Cream for Napoleon

  • For the cream, whip the cold heavy whipping cream until you get soft peaks. 
    Heavy whipped cream being whipped in a mixer
  • Using a separate dish, whip the room temperature butter together with dulce de leche.
    butter and dulce de leche
  • Using a spatula, fold in the heavy whipping cream into the dulce de leche mixture.
    Whipping cream being folded in with butter cream with a spatula

Finalizing Napoleopn Cake

  • To form the cake, apply small amount of cream to the plate and put the first cake layer down. Apply the cake cream in between each layer.
    cake layer on a plate
  • Once finished with the last layer, place the meringue on the inside. 
    Napoleon cake on a tray
  • Using your fingers, slightly press on the cake. Apply the rest of the cream to the outside. Enjoy!
    Meringue Napoleon Cake


Calories: 786kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 63g | Saturated Fat: 30g | Cholesterol: 159mg | Sodium: 520mg | Potassium: 159mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 1782IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 2mg