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A Napoleon dessert made with phyllo dough on a wooden cutting board topped with dried apples and red flower berries in the background.

Napoleon Dessert with Caramel Mascarpone Filling

This flaky Napoleon dessert is the perfect no stress holiday recipe for when you want to impress your guests but don’t want to slave all day over a dessert!
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Cuisine: French
Keyword: easy impressive desserts, how to make a Napoleon cake, impressive desserts, Napoleon with phyllo dough
Prep Time: 35 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 1 Napoleon dessert
Calories: 547kcal
Author: Sam Adler


  • ¾ cup unsalted butter separated
  • Baking spray
  • 1 package Athens Foods Phyllo dough defrosted completely
  • 3 large fuji apples peeled and diced small
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 8 oz tub of mascarpone cheese
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon heavy cream separated
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 2 ½ cups confectioners sugar
  • cup homemade or store bought caramel sauce
  • Freeze dried apples for garnish


  • Preheat your oven to 375° F. In a small pot melt ½ cup of butter. Roll out one package of Athens Foods phyllo dough, keeping it covered with a damp paper towel while you work. Spray a half sheet tray or cookie sheet with baking spray, then layer the first sheet of phyllo dough down. Brush the dough with melted butter and continue stacking the layers of phyllo, brushing each one with melted butter before stacking another. Brush the top layer with butter too. When all the layers are stacked, cut the dough into thirds (on the shorter side, not long).
  • Bake for 8 mins until golden brown and super crispy. Cool.
  • Meanwhile, make the caramelized apples:
  • In a medium sized pot, melt the ¼ cup of butter and add in the apples and sugar. Stir until the sugar dissolves, bring to a boil, then simmer for 20 minutes until golden brown. Keep an eye on it to make sure it doesn't burn. In a small cup dissolve the cornstarch in one tablespoon of heavy cream, then add to the pot. Mix and continue to simmer until the mixture thickens, about 3 minutes. Cool.
  • Make the filling:
  • In the bowl of a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the mascarpone until light and fluffy. Add in the confectioners sugar and mix on low until combined. Add in the caramel sauce and the last teaspoon of heavy cream. 
  • Assemble the Napoleon:
  • Take one stack of phyllo dough and pipe or spoon the filling on top. Top with caramelized apples, and another layer of phyllo. Continue stacking until you have 3 stacks of each. Garnish with freeze dried apples and enjoy!


You can make the phyllo dough 1 day in advance. You can make the cream filling 3 days in advance The apples are best made day of. 


Nutrition Facts
Napoleon Dessert with Caramel Mascarpone Filling
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 547 Calories from Fat 279
% Daily Value*
Fat 31g48%
Saturated Fat 18g113%
Polyunsaturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 89mg30%
Sodium 100mg4%
Carbohydrates 63g21%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 45g50%
Protein 4g8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.