Cream Tart – Number Cake – Alphabet Cake

Cream Tarts, also known as Number Cakes or Alphabet Cakes, have been taking the dessert world by storm, with their stunning appearance and delectable flavors. After seeing these gorgeous desserts all over the internet for the past few months, I simply had to give them a try. What I discovered was that this cream tart is not only impressive to look at but also surprisingly easy to prepare.

One of the things that intrigued me about these tarts was the use of cookie layers instead of the usual sponge cake layers. I wasn’t sure how well the cookie layers would hold up, but I was pleasantly surprised by the results. The cookie layers have a slight crunch on the outside but get soft on the inside, creating a perfect texture combination.

To make the cream tart even more indulgent, I filled the layers with a delightful Mascarpone frosting and decorated the top with fresh berries and flowers. You can also decorate with macarons if desired. The fresh berries not only add a pop of color but also balance out the richness of the cream and buttery cookie layers.

How to make this cream tart

For this recipe, first, prepare the pâte sablée crust. To make the crust, mix softened butter and powdered sugar until it becomes light and fluffy. Add an egg, almond extract, and a mixture of flour, ground almonds, and salt. Form the dough into two disks and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Roll each out to about 10 inches in diameter. Use 9-inch and 4.5-inch cake rings to cut the desired shapes. Refrigerate before baking for about 30 minutes. Bake until golden brown.

For the frosting, mix together Mascarpone, powdered sugar, and vanilla in a large bowl. Fold the whipped cream into the Mascarpone mixture. Use a piping bag to pipe the frosting onto one cookie, sandwich it with the other cookie, pipe frosting on top as well and refrigerate.

To finish the tart, decorate it with fresh berries, flowers, chocolate, or macarons. This recipe is easy to make and can be prepared up to 24 hours in advance, making it a great option for various occasions. The combination of the buttery crust and creamy frosting is sure to impress your guests and satisfy your sweet tooth.

My daughters and I loved this dessert, and it has quickly become a family favorite. If you’re looking for a show-stopping dessert that is both easy to make and delicious to eat, I highly recommend giving the Cream Tart a try. If you do, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram as I love seeing how it turns out for you. Enjoy!

Other fruity tarts you may like to try

If you like fruity tarts you may also like to try this amazing Lemon Meringue Tart, a tart bursting with zesty citrus flavor, with a buttery pastry crust, tangy lemon filling, and fluffy, toasted meringue topping. I also highly recommend trying this Strawberry Basil Panna Cotta Tart, made with a layer of strawberry jelly, a silky smooth basil-infused panna cotta, and a crisp almond tart shell. This Key Lime Pie is another recipe you may like to try. It is made with a buttery graham cracker crust and a zesty filling of fresh lime juice and sweetened condensed milk, a dessert that is sure to please.

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Cream Tart

4 from 5 votes
Whether known as Cream Tart, Number Cake, or Alphabet Cake this dessert is simply impressive. Very easy to prepare and looks quite astonishing. Cookie layers filled with various frostings and decorated with fresh berries, flowers, and even macarons seem to be one of the cakes in trend this year.
Servings 10 servings
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


Pate Sablee

  • 1 cup (226g) unsalted butter , room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (60g) powdered sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 ¼ cups (280g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup (100g) ground almonds
  • 1/2 tsp (2g) salt
  • 1 tsp (5g) almond extract

Mascarpone Frosting

  • 9 oz (250g) Mascarpone cheese , room temperature
  • 2/3 cup (80g) powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp (5g) vanilla extract
  • 1 ¼ cup (300g) whipping cream , chilled


Prepare pate sablee.

  • In a large bowl mix butter with powdered sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg and continue mixing until well combined and creamy. Add almond extract and mix to combine.
  • In a medium bowl sift flour with ground almonds and salt, whisk, and add to the butter mixture.
  • Use a wooden spoon to incorporate the flour mixture into the butter until combined. Make sure you don’t overwork the dough.
  • Divide the dough in two and wrap each piece of dough with plastic wrap,  form into disks, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  • Roll each piece of dough between two pieces of parchment paper or plastic wrap until it's about 10 in (25cm) in diameter and about 5-6 mm thick.
  • Use a 9-inch (23-24 cm) ring to cut a circle and use a 4.5-inch (12 cm) diameter bowl or ring to cut the center. Remove the excess dough.  Repeat with the other piece of dough and refrigerate the dough rings for about 30 minutes before baking.
  • Preheat oven to 350F (180C).
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. Allow cooling completely.

Prepare the Mascarpone Frosting.

  • In a large bowl mix Mascarpone with powdered sugar and vanilla until combined.
  • In another bowl mix cream until stiff peaks form. Gradually fold into the Mascarpone mixture. Put frosting in a piping bag with a medium round tip, (9-11mm).
  • Place one piece of cookie on a serving platter, and fix it with a bit of frosting. Pipe even dollops of frosting on top of the cookie. Top with the other cookie and pipe again with frosting.
  • Refrigerate until ready to serve, up to 24 hours before serving.
  • Decorate with fresh berries, flowers , chocolate or macarons. Enjoy!



Serving: 1gCalories: 515kcalCarbohydrates: 39.2gProtein: 9.2gFat: 36.6gSaturated Fat: 20gCholesterol: 111mgSugar: 14.4g
Calories: 515kcal
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: alphabet cake, cake trend 2018, cream tart, number cake, tart cake

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  1. Alexis Briffa Author says:

    Thank you for this. Tried your filling in my cream tart for my daughters birthday and it was fantastic!

  2. Kathy Author says:

    This is beautiful! How long can I leave the tart out on display at room temperature? My niece would like a big 2018 fir her graduation party. I’ll assemble just before the party. And it will be on a table in an air conditioned room. But it will be hot outside and people will be coming in and out. Does the sugar keep the cream and cheese from spoiling? Or is this like a tiramisu where you wouldn’t want to to get too warm? Thank you!

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      Hi Kathy.

      If you refrigerate overnight it can stay at room temperature for about 2-3 hours

  3. Eli Author says:

    Hi, can we omit almond powder? And add something else,
    If not how I can prepare almond powder in home?
    Thank you so much for your recipes????????????????????????????????????????????????????

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      Hi Eli.

      You can use only flour, or you can blender some almonds.

  4. Hodaya Author says:

    Hey, Do I need to double quantities or are the quantities
    here enough for two layers?
    I want to make medium number 28

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      Hi Hodaya.

      If you want to make two cream tarts, you must double the quantities.

  5. Sema Author says:

    I made it twice, loved it. It was very easy, looked beautiful. Thank you!

  6. Sid Author says:

    I was really looking forward to making this tart and everything was going well until I started the mascarpone filling. I whipped up the cheese and sugar then added my imitation vanilla then started noticing that curds formed in the mixture, giving it a very lumpy texture. I was hoping that the lumps will bind after I added my whipped cream, but no luck. I am planning on remaking this but I wonder were I went wrong? Is it because I used imitation vanilla or is it possible that the temperature in the kitchen was a factor (it was approximately 100 degrees F when I was making this recipe)?

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      The problem is you mixid the mascarpone a bit too much.. when working with mascarpone it is essential to mix just for few seconds just until mixed with the sugar.. 

  7. TC Author says:

    Thank you so much for your recipe. I couldn’t believe I made something that beautiful to eat that was also so scrumptious!

  8. helena Author says:

    If my client is allergic to nuts , what can i use instead of ground almonds

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      Hi Helena.

      You can use only flour in this case.

  9. Marie Author says:

    Thank you for this beautiful cake recipe. Can I make the cookie/cake layers ahead of time? Like one week ahead and if it can be done how do I store it? Have you done it? Should I store it in the refrigerator or freezer or just outside? Thank you so much!

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      You can definitely make the cookie layers ahead of time.. keep them in an airtight container  room temperature.. refrigerating or freezing should work as well..  which way you like best

  10. Nadia Author says:

    How would you make this in chocolate flavour?

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      I would substitute 1/4 cup flour with 1/4 cup cocoa powder.. will work well

  11. Zahy Author says:

    Hi! Thank you for this recipe. Can I substitute the mascarpone cheese for cream cheese?
    Also, is almond meal the same as blended almonds?
    Thank you!

  12. Swati Author says:

    Love all your recipes. I’m going to use this recipe for an order but the client wants the buiscuit base in dark blue color. My question is will it stay as it is in texture when I color the dough. Thank you.

  13. James Author says:

    I made this cake but I found that the biscuit was quite hard. I didn’t cook it for very long and it didn’t quite brown. What have I done wrong?

  14. Roshi Author says:

    Wat is d substitute for egg? I am allergic to eggs..pls help

  15. Jennifer Author says:

    Can I sub mascarpone with Creamcheese. Also can I make it a head of time n how long should it store for?

  16. Ella Author says:

    Hi, i wanted to know how to make numbers and recipe for macaroons please.
    Thank you

  17. Anna Stoller Author says:

    Should I use whipping cream or heavy whipping cream? Thank you.

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      heavy whipping cream would be best but whipping cream works good too 

  18. Anna Stoller Author says:

    Hello, again! Another recipe I found uses COLD mascarpone cheese. Why do you recommend it at room temperature? Thank you.

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      Simply for easier mixing.. but feel free to use cold mascarpone if works best for you 

  19. Rajshri Sunil Author says:

    hi ,
    read in one comment that we can substitute almond flour for plain flour . so is it the same amount to be substituted . would there be any flavor difference for it

  20. Rina Kay Author says:

    I made this today for my Mom’s birthday – everyone loved it! It turned out great!

  21. Maighread Author says:

    Can I put gelatin in the mascarpone frosting? Mine becomes very soft quickly. Thanks

  22. Moshe Friedman Author says:

    How can I print the recipe?

  23. Shelby Author says:

    Hey could I make this with a sugar cookie recipe?

  24. Liz Author says:

    Hi, the ground almonds and almond flour is the same ? And If i dont want to use the 1 cup of ground almonds, i have to substitute the 1 cup of almonds with flour or only use the 2 1/4 of flour?

  25. Amina Author says:

    Do you have a recipe on how to substitute for a chocolate mascarpone cream? Thank you.

  26. Paola Author says:

    Hey I’m gonna make your recipe this saturday, but I’d like to let a bit more of dough in the center. If I do that, should I change the time in the oven ?
    Thanks, looks delicious 🙂

  27. Diana Author says:

    My son loves chocolate, can cocoa powder be added to the cake and cream?

  28. Diana Author says:

    My son loves chocolate, can cocoa powder be added to the cake and cream?

  29. I am going to make this for my daughter’s birthday. Do you think I could put some fruit (berries) on the bottom layer with the cream? Or do you think it would make the bottom layer too messy, or soft? Just wanted another opinion.

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      You can definitely add some berries with the cream :)Happy birthday!!

  30. Nonya Buisness says:

    1 star
    I would have loved to try this recipe- However the advertising on your page makes the recipe practically unreadable to people with difficulty reading, and you have no print recipe function. You should be more considerate of people who have different visual aid requirements. Do better.

  31. Would I be able to substitute flour with gluten free flour?

    1. Ella - Home Cooking Adventure Author says:

      Yes.. it should work good.

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