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Strawberry Cream Puff Pie

by Laura

Today’s recipe is a fabulous strawberry cream puff pie and would be perfect to serve mom on Mother’s Day.  If you have made the recipe before that I have shared for the eclair torte, it is similar to that but a cream puff version.  Also, the filling is similar to the filling that was in the Lemon Cream Puff recipe that I shared with you last month.

This filling uses orange rind, which I think I love more than the lemon. Next, you add fresh strawberries to that and it’s even better.  The orange and strawberry go so well together. Love it!  The recipe originated from Melanie over at My Kitchen Cafe.  She calls it a cream puff cake.  I thought it was more like a pie, so I am calling it cream puff pie.

Strawberry Cream Puff Pie | realmomkitchen.com

**Update** I shared this recipe on a local TV show called Good Things Utah in April 2016. Follow the link provided to check out the video of the recipe.

Here is what you need to make the

Strawberry Cream Puff Pie

  • EGGS
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Strawberry Cream Puff Pie | realmomkitchen.com

Strawberry Cream Puff Pie


  • Cream Puff Base:
  • 5 Tbsp butter
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 2/3 cup flour
  • 3 eggs
  • Cream Cheese Mixture:
  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tsp fresh orange zest
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2/3 cup powdered sugar
  • Topping:
  • 2 cups sliced strawberries
  • 2 tsp sugar


  1. For the cream puff layer, preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Bring the butter, water and sugar to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add the flour all at once and stir quickly until the mixture pulls away from the sides of the pan. Remove the pan from the heat and stir the mixture until smooth. Let cool for 5 minutes.
  2. Add the eggs one at a time and beat until the mixture is shiny with a satiny sheen. Don’t overbeat. Lightly grease the bottom and sides of a 9-inch spring form pan (or in a pinch, you could use a 9-inch circle cake pan). Using an offset spatula, spread the mixture on the bottom and one inch up the sides of the prepared pan. Bake for 25 minutes.
  3. Remove from the oven and prick pastry with a toothpick 10-12 times. Return to the oven and bake 5-10 minutes more until golden brown but not over baked (you can insert a toothpick into the center and if it comes out with sticky dough, it still needs longer in the oven). Cool completely.
  4. For the cream cheese mixture, beat the cream cheese until smooth. Gradually add the powdered sugar (if you want to ensure there are no lumps, sift the powdered sugar into the cream cheese) and beat with the cream cheese until mixture is smooth and light. Add the remaining ingredients and beat until stiff peaks form. Spread onto the cooled cream puff shell.
  5. Top with fresh sliced strawberries (I mixed 2 cups of strawberries with 2 teaspoon sugar and let them hang out in the fridge while I was prepping the cake) or you can use a 16-ounce bag of frozen strawberries that have been thawed. Mix the thawed strawberries and juice with 1-2 teaspoons sugar and bring to a simmer in a saucepan. Cook until slightly thickened. Cool completely and use as topping for the pie.
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This is the original photo from this post. The above photo was updated in June 2016.


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stephen October 3, 2010 - 1:47 pm

hi could you please let me know want flour to use as you only put 2/3 cup of flour
thank you have a great week

Carol May 13, 2010 - 2:10 pm

Laura, that looks AMAZING! Ohhhhh do I wish I had a piece right about now! I saw the photo on DessertStalking and HAD to check it out. I can’t wait to try it…

Joline Cosman May 6, 2010 - 5:07 pm

I “stumbled this” !!! You’ll be famous for it !
Can’t wait to try !

Katherine May 3, 2010 - 11:36 am

This looks great!!! Thanks for posting, beautiful picture too.

Julie May 2, 2010 - 8:14 pm

My son was looking at the screen when this popped up and thinks it looks great!

Karin in NC May 2, 2010 - 3:32 pm

I saw the picture and had to try it! I made it last night for my husband and a bunch of his single Marine friends that live in the barracks. They were in heaven! One told me he was going to commission me to make it next weekend again. So glad you shared the recipe it is a keeper!

Melanie May 1, 2010 - 9:22 pm

Your “pie” looks beautiful, Laura! So glad you liked this recipe…

lindsay May 1, 2010 - 5:21 pm

oh my that looks yummy!!! Thanks for sharing, I will have to try it out.

Kathy @ The Sugar Queen May 1, 2010 - 1:39 pm

I like that it can be spread in a pan, and that there is no need for a pastry bag. Looks great, and something I’d like to try for sure!

Tina from PA May 1, 2010 - 10:46 am

Another great recipe to put on my “Try soon list”.This looks so good ,and I like that it doesn’t make enough for an army.Thank you again for sharing!

Tina May 1, 2010 - 8:35 am

That is beautiful Laura!!! very summery I am going to try this one out. I love strawberry desserts and anything with cream cheese.

Tina May 1, 2010 - 8:35 am

That is beautiful Laura!!! very summery I am going to try this one out. I love strawberry desserts and anything with cream cheese.


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