TikTok Phyllo Crinkle Cake Recipe (Muakacha)

This viral TikTok phyllo crinkle cake has its roots in Middle Eastern desserts, however this muakacha is something you’re unlikely to have had before! Featuring crispy phyllo and a custard filling, it’s a sure winner for your Easter or Ramadan table. 

tiktkok viral phyllo crinkle cake muakacha

This dish has recently done the rounds on TikTok, and is the brainchild of TikToker Ramena, for whom this recipe has become her number one seller! 

Just looking at this recipe, it’s easy to see why – it has everything you could want out of a festive, Easter or Ramadan dessert – it’s crispy, creamy, and custardy. Dreamy! 

Simple ingredients, simple recipe

This dessert is super simple to make and only comprises easy-to-find ingredients. Requiring no long rising times, extensive stirring or any special skills, this cake is truly a delight to make. You’ll need phyllo dough, butter, sugar, milk, vanilla, and water to make this, unlike traditional muakacha which includes specialist ingredients such as rosewater, orange blossom or cardamom. Could it be any easier? Let’s get into the assembly!

How to make the TikTok crinkle cake

As the name implies, assembling this dessert is as simple as scrunching sheets of phyllo dough into a pan, liberally basting butter over the layers, pouring over a delicious custard and baking. Sound good? Let’s get cooking!

Tips for crinkle cake success

  • Limit the number of phyllo sheets you use for each layer – avoid using more than two per crinkle, as your sheets may get soggy.
  • Make sure your simple syrup is on the thicker side – simmer until a tacky, sticky consistency develops.
  • Stick to using a metal pan for optimal heat conduction and a crispy base – Ramena uses disposable aluminium pans, but a metal baking pan will deliver the optimal result. 
View the cook-along video here, and if you try this recipe, let us know how it goes! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag your photo #theculinarycartel on Instagram so we can see what you come up with. Happy cooking!
tiktkok viral phyllo crinkle cake muakacha

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I add toppings to the crinkle cake/muakacha?

For sure! We used chopped up easter eggs. Traditionally, this recipe is served with nuts, so feel free to experiment with pistachios, pecans, walnuts or anything that takes your fancy. 


tiktkok viral phyllo crinkle cake muakacha
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TikTok Phyllo Crinkle Cake

  • Author: Jess Bunn
  • Total Time: 1 Hour
  • Yield: 12 Servings
  • Diet: Vegetarian


This viral TikTok phyllo crinkle cake has its roots in Middle Eastern desserts; however, this muakacha is something you’re unlikely to have had before! Featuring crispy phyllo and a custard filling, it’s a sure winner for your Easter or Ramadan table. 


  • 1 package phyllo dough, defrosted
  • 220g of butter melted
  • 350ml milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 300g sugar (200g for syrup, 100g for custard)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 200g candy-coated mini eggs


  1. Heat the oven to 175C and line a 13×9 inch/ 30x20cm baking sheet with parchment paper. Grab 2 sheets of phyllo dough by the corners and scrunch in approx 3cm intervals. Click here to see the assembly in action. 
  2. Place the crinkled dough, folds facing upwards, into the baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes.
  3. Trickle melted butter evenly on top and bake for a further 10 minutes.
  4. During this time, make the custard by combining ½  cup sugar, 1 cup milk, 2 eggs and 2 tsp vanilla.
  5. Remove the crinkle from the oven, pour the custard evenly over the folds and bake once more for 30-40 minutes until crispy and golden.
  6. Finally, combine ½ cup water and 1 cup of sugar to create a simple syrup. Reduce until the syrup reaches a tacky consistency. Once the crinkle is ready, drizzle over the syrup, leave to cool and then enjoy!


  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: Middle-Eastern-inspired


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 406.38kcal
  • Sugar: 37.8g
  • Sodium: 146.84mg
  • Fat: 21.3g
  • Saturated Fat: 12.48g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 6,46g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 50.05g
  • Fiber: 0.43g
  • Protein: 4.61g
  • Cholesterol: 76.07mg

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