This Bavarian cream recipe is very versatile and you can use it in many dessert recipes. Bavarian cream takes a little work to make, but once you do it a few times it will be a go cake filling to for you!

Once you have how to make Bavarian cream mastered, you can make it easily and will love making it for your desserts!

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Bavarian cream Recipe

Bavarian Cream cake filling

What is Bavarian Cream?

Bavarian Cream would be considered a traditional custard, that is similar to a pastry cream, but thickened up with gelatin. The best part is that it is only 7 ingredients total that are needed to make this amazing dessert filling recipe!

I also do know some people that refer to this as Vanilla custard filling, I personally think it sounds so much better calling it Bavarian cream. It just sounds so much fancier!

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How to use Bavarian Cream

One of my favorite uses for Bavarian cream is as a cake fillings! You can use it for other desserts like cream puffs or in a banana pudding. You can also use this Bavarian cream recipe to fill homemade donuts too! It is a totally tasty filling that I love using in my Boston Cream pie and my Boston Cream Cupcakes.

I do suggest using a piping bag to pipe the Bavarian cream if you are going to be using it to fill pastries, donuts or cupcakes. It is much easier to pip into something then try to scoop it.

If you are baking a cake and filling it with this Bavarian cream, then use a spatula and put it on the cake. Be sure your cake is totally cooled before you fill any cake that you are filling with it.

You can also have a really tasty dessert cake by you can add a layer of strawberries or raspberries on top of the Bavarian cream between the layers of cake. I have used the chocolate cake from my turtle cake that is amazing and put Bavarian cream cake as a filling and skipped all the turtle cake toppings and it tasted amazing!

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Perfect Cupcake Filling!

This filling is also amazing in cupcakes, there are so many cupcakes that I love to use it with, but my favorites are chocolate cupcakes, strawberry cupcakes, Chocolate chip cupcakes and vanilla cupcakes.

My favorite frosting to use if I am filling cupcakes is either chocolate buttercream frosting, strawberry buttercream frosting or vanilla buttercream. Of course if I am making cupcakes, I always make sure to have an icing swirl because they look so much prettier with it.

This Bavarian Cream recipe makes enough Bavarian Cream for filling 12 cupcakes or for filling a 9 inch round cake. You can easily double or triple the recipe.

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What does it mean to Bloom Gelatin?

For this Bavarian Cream recipe you are going to need to bloom gelatin. If you have never done this before it may sound difficult in the instructions but it is really, really easy.

To bloom powdered gelatin, just put a small amount of cold water in a shallow bowl and then sprinkle the gelatin evenly over the top of the water. It will begin to absorb the water and swell in size over the course of a few minutes. It takes roughly 5 minutes for gelatin to bloom.

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Bavarian Cream Recipe Ingredients

This Bavarian cream recipe is very versatile and you can use it in many dessert recipes. Bavarian cream takes a little work to make, but once you do it a few times it will be a go cake filling to for you!

Bavarian Cream Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons cold water
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons gelatin
  • 1 1/2 cups half-and-half
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream, cold

How to Make Bavarian Cream

In a small bowl, sprinkle the gelatin on top of the cold water and set the bowl aside.

Bavarian Cream Recipe

In a sauce pan over medium heat heat the half and half to a boil. Make sure to keep an eye on it so it doesn’t boil over.

Bavarian Cream Recipe

While the half and half is heating up whisk the egg yokes and sugar together in a medium bowl.

Bavarian Cream Recipe

Once the half and half has come up to a boil slowly add about a 1/2 cup of the half and half into the egg mixture while whisking the whole time.

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Add the remainder of the half and half to the egg mixture.

Pour the mixture back into the pan and cook this mixture over medium heat till it reaches 195 degrees. If there is any lumps you can strain it at this point.

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Add your bloomed gelatin to this mixture and stir it till it melts. Pour the mixture into a bowl and place it on top of a larger bowl that has 2 cups of water and ice.

Ice Bath for Bavarian Cream

Place the cold heavy cream and vanilla into the bowl of your mixer and whip until medium peeks.

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Take the custard off the water bath and scrape down the sides.

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Bavarian Cream Recipe

Stir in 1/6th of the whip cream to the egg yolk mixture to lighten it.

Bavarian Cream Recipe

Carefully fold the whip cream into the custard till it is incorporated.

79 Weight Watchers SmartPoints for the entire recipe. 6 weight watchers points per serving if using to fill 12 cupcakes.

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