How to Make a Trendy Cream Tart

Learn how to make your own trendy letter or number shaped cream tart. It tastes divine! You can easily customize this tart with your own letters or numbers.

Cream Tart

This cream tart is bursting with flavor! The cookie layers are crisp on the outside, yet soft on the inside. The filling is a rich and creamy mascarpone whipped cream. Top it with your favorite fruits and you have a perfect mouth-watering dessert.

This dough and filling makes enough for one double-layer letter. 


Tart Dough:

  • 2 egg yolks
  • 4 tbsp very cold water
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 16 tbsp (2 sticks) cold unsalted butter, cut into ¼” cubes

Cream Filling:

  • 8 oz mascarpone (1 cup)
  • 1 cup chilled heavy cream
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  • Fruits
  • Cookies
  • Fresh or gumpaste flowers
  • Candies
  • Apricot jam (for optional glaze)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together the egg yolks, water and vanilla; set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, sugar and salt. Using a pastry cutter, cut the butter into the flour mixture until the texture resembles coarse cornmeal, with butter pieces no larger than small peas. Add the egg mixture and mix with a fork just until the dough comes together. Mix with your hands, if needed.
  4. Transfer the dough to a piece of parchment paper, and sprinkle the paper with flour. I first rolled my dough out to ¼” thick, but that was too thick, so I went a little thinner.
  5. Use a template to cut out 2 letters or numbers with a sharp knife. Transfer the dough to a cookie sheet and bake for approximately 12 – 16 minutes or until the edges start to brown.

  6. While the cookies are cooling, prepare the filling.
  7. Beat mascarpone and heavy cream with sugar in a large bowl until the mixture begins to thicken. Add the vanilla extract. Continue beating until the mixture holds a stiff peak.
  8. Place the filling into a piping bag and pipe dollops of the cream beginning with the inner and outer edges of the cookie. Place the second cookie on top and repeat the process with the filling.
  9. Add your favorite toppings! Brush the fruit with watered down apricot jam for shine.

Recipe Notes

*Keep refrigerated. Best eaten the day it's prepared.

17 responses to “How to Make a Trendy Cream Tart”

  1. Anna Masangkay says:

    Just love the perfect sweetness! I would recommend refrigerating the dough before cutting. We love the creamy and stable filling 😍 thanks heaps for sharing this yummy recipe!

  2. Rossy says:

    Hi Can I refrigerate the dough over night before using it?

    • Stephanie says:

      I usually bake it right after I prepare the dough so I’m not sure about using it the next day. I dont see why you couldn’t though. good luck with your cookie!:)

  3. Betsy R says:

    Is there anyway to make the biscuit a little more like a cake?

  4. Hailee says:

    I’m wanting to make this for my mom but gluten free. Do you think using gluten free flower would change the consistency of the cookie?

  5. Esther Peña says:

    Beautiful and delicious

  6. Domina says:

    Hi, love this tutorial thanks for sharing. Can you advise what size letters/numbers this recipe accounts for?

  7. Asta says:

    Perfect cake! I will make for my daughter’s birthday it will be four letters so will need a lot of ingredients 😊

  8. Sugery says:

    I would like to make this for my church but how do I know it’s enough, how do I count and make sure for how many people. Thanks for all your help I just love this idea.

  9. Darling says:

    How much is something like this. This is gorgeous

  10. Roni says:

    Hi, im about to order the numbers stencils…
    Do you know if the stencils shown in the video are 6 inches or 8?

    • Stephanie says:

      Hi! I made the stencil in a word document by enlarging the S as big as I could and printed it out on a regular 8.5 x 11″ piece of paper. No need to buy a stencil. Just make your own! 🙂

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  12. Jess says:

    Hi – I want to make this for my boyfriend with two numbers – would you recommend doubling recipe for that? It would be 4 number 3s. Also, want to do chocolate and curious what motifications or how much cocoa powder you would recommend?

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