Recipe: Eclair Cake

I saw the recipe for this eclair cake over at It's a Keeper last week. I bookmark recipes like crazy, some live on my browser as tabs for months before I leave them to the fate of the ridiculously named "to make soon" folder in my bookmarks. But this one called to me and I'm so glad I did because it was fantastic. The musicmaker and I don't usually agree on desserts but we both really enjoyed this, as did my mom and the naughties who helped me make it. I think this would be perfect for entertaining as it's pretty simple, looks fancy and really does appeal to various tastes. The bottom is like a cream puff crust and then comes a layer of yummy custard and finally cream and drizzle. Seriously the texture is and flavor is so perfect.
Ingredients
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup salted butter (if you use unsalted butter add 1/4 tsp salt)
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 pkgs. (3.4 oz) Vanilla Instant Pudding
  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 container (8 oz) Cool Whip
  • Chocolate fudge ice cream topping drizzling
Directions
  1. Bring cream cheese to room temp (you'll have about an hour from when you start the recipe to when you'll be ready to use this so this will take a couple hours so try to think ahead or you can just wait a little longer)
  2. Preheat oven to 400 F
  3. Bring butter and water to a boil. Remove from heat.
  4. With a wooden spoon stir in flour it will ball. (you'll need the strength of the wooden spoon I tried to rebel and had to switch)
  5. Stir in eggs one at a time. Wait until the egg is fully combined before adding the next egg. stir fast so the eggs don't cook.
  6. Spread into a 10x15 inch pan (I like jelly roll pans). We kind of had to spread and pat this was slightly annoying but totally worth it.
  7. Bake for 35 minutes at 400 F. Allow to cool.
  8. If your cool whip is frozen bring it out to thaw.
  9. When you're ready (crust cooled, cool whip thawed and cream cheese softened) use a mixer whip the cream cheese. Then add the pudding mix and  milk.
  10. Spread the pudding mixture over the crust.
  11. Spread the cool whip on top (I only used about 2/3 of the 8oz container and I liked those proportions)
  12. Drizzle chocolate fudge ice cream topping over when you're ready to serve.
Enjoy.
Enjoy.
Really Enjoy.


Comments

  1. I’m so glad you liked the recipe! It’s a big hit in our house! And, you’re right…it’s also a great dessert to serve guests! :)

    I usually use sugar free pudding and Cool Whip — you don’t even miss the sugar! That way my diabetic grandmother can enjoy some too!

    Thanks for the shout out!

    Christina @ It’s a Keeper
    http://www.everydaytastes.com

  2. Mmmmm this looks delicious! I posted a reeeeally easy and YUMMY recipe tonight. Just an FYI. Have a great weekend!!

  3. Oh man this looks way too good. I’m going to have to try it.

    found you via be different act normal

  4. YUMYUMYUM! Can’t wait to try this thanks for sharing! And I love that you call your kids the naughties. Too funny. (Found you at along for the ride linky party :)

  5. This sounds delicious! I love eclairs.

    megan
    craftycpa.blogspot.com

  6. love the bowl/finger/spoon licking photos! haha! I’d like the counter if that stuff got on it! The cake looks FANTASTIC! <3

    xoXOxo
    Jenn @ Peas & Crayons

  7. This looks amazing!!!!

  8. I LOVE eclairs!!!! Thank you SO MUCH for sharing this recipe! Can’t wait to give it a try. I host a party on Thursday’s called DIY Thrifty Thursday and I would love you to link up this and any other ideas you have!
    http://www.thrifty101.blogspot.com

  9. Yep – this looks to die for! I hope to have a reason to try this soon. Because it’s Tuesday? Is that a good enough reason to make a cake?

    ~Jessa
    http://www.jessajill.blogspot.com

    • Jan Beckwith says:

      Do you really have to have a reason to make a cake? If I get a notion to make a cake, it doesn’t matter what day of the week it is! Just find a great recipe and head off to the kitchen!! If you’re hesitating because it’s just you…I’m sure folks you work with or a neighbor would love to help you eat it up!!!

  10. The Girls say Omnomnom- We gotta make this~
    http://chameleongirls.blogspot.com/

  11. My mom used to make this cake years ago and it is sooo good! Thanks so much for the reminder, I may need to make this soon! Yum.

  12. *pout* That’s look delicious!! I would love it if you would link this project up to my blog party, A Marvelous Mess….each week I pick one project to feature on my side bar!! Here is the link: http://tinyurl.com/3chfp5t

  13. Mmm…yummy! My mom used to make this for me and my sisters when we were younger. Brings back memories. :)

    I used to do the bookmarking thing too, but I just joined Pinterest, which makes it a little easier. Btw, I’m pinning your recipe.

    Best,
    Lauren

  14. thanks all, Lauren yes I opened a pinterest account a couple weeks after I wrote this and I LOVE it for that exact reason it’s been awesome

  15. looks yummy!!

  16. This looks so yummy! I love the pictures of the kiddos! PRECIOUS!

  17. I saw this recipe too and I really want to make it! Yours looks delicious!

  18. O.M.G. Need I say more?!?

  19. Yummmmy!!! I’m your newest follower from Creative Bloggers Hop. Please follow http://sweetcalifornialiving.blogspot.com/

  20. MmM looks delicious! Hey! I’m having a linky party at my blog called A Themed Baker’s Sunday where this week’s theme is lemons! If you have any lemon recipes I would love for you to join!!
    Alyssa
    http://cupcakeapothecary.blogspot.com/2011/04/themed-bakers-sunday-2.html

  21. Oh my, oh my, oh my…

  22. Oh My Goodness! That looks delicious!!! I’ll have to see if I can come up with an excuse to make that!! :)

  23. Yum…there’s nothing else that needs to be said!

  24. OHHH my my my! I must make this!

  25. Oh dear. . . oh dear, dear, dear. This is going to be dangerous! But someone’s gotta do it. . . right?? ;0)

    Thanks for sharing!!

  26. ADORABLE! YUMM! Im your newest follower!

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  27. that looks soooo yummy! looks like your little chefs had a good time too!

  28. Wow! This looks SOOO good! I want to make one tonight! :) I’m so glad you linked this up at Week 1 of Inspire Me Monday at Homemaker in Heels! :)I’m your newest follower, too, btw! Can’t wait to see all I have missed! Have a great day!
    Crysta
    http://www.homemakerinheels.com

  29. OOOOO that’s way fancier than my NaNa’s graham cracker, cool whip, pudding layered dessert! Don’t tell her I’m trying it! :)

    Visiting from Polka Dots on Parade

    http://megschmitt-neveradullday.blogspot.com/

  30. This looks TO DIE FOR! Thanks for posting!
    http://www.lovelycraftyhome.com

  31. That looks delicious!

  32. Stopping by from Polka dots on parade. That looks really yummy!

  33. You were featured at Today’s Top 20! WOo HOO!

    Amanda
    http://www.todaystoptwenty.blogspot.com

  34. Oh, I was doing so well on my diet! Sigh. This is a must try. Thank you for sharing the deliciousness. : )
    I shared your recipe on my Friday Favorites post. Feel free to grab a featured button if you want. Have a beautiful weekend!

  35. Hi Marissa,

    This looks AMAZING. My mom makes eclaires and it takes her forever to make the pastries and the cream and stuff them all. I am definitely forwarding this recipe to her! :)

    Thanks for linking up to Foodie Friday. I hope to see you again next week!!

  36. Doesnt that just look wonderful!! Wow!

  37. Love this!!! I really need to give it a try!
    Thanks for linking up to Think Pink Sundays – I featured you today!! http://www.flamingotoes.com/2011/04/crush-of-the-week-think-pink-features-4/

  38. this looks delish! plus it’s got everything I like… puffy pastry… custard… cream… and chocolate! I told ya it got everything or almost everything i like! ^^)thanks for sharing! will be featuring this tomorrow!

  39. I love the licking of the spatula! Always my favorite part!

    Thanks so much for linking up to Make & Share today! sorry about the party linky interruption I promise we’ll be back up by next friday .)

    Can’t wait to see what you come up with then!

    Christy

  40. That looks awesome! Love the photos of the girls, brings back fond memories!

  41. If its good enough for those two cuties, its good enough for me!!! Looks delish! I’m so glad you linked it to the Tuesday To Do party! Can’t wait to see what lovely you post next!
    smiles!
    Jami

  42. I made this one too! lol! I saw it over at It’s a Keeper and had to try it(I didn’t get any photos though- we ate it too fast)! Yours looked like it turned out great- thanks for linking up!

  43. You have been featured at SSB! Check it out at the link below:

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    Feel free to snag the I Was Featured button for your blog! Hope you’ll visit again soon!
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  44. Oh my goodness Sweetie!!!! YUM! Gotta try this!
    xoxo
    Robin
    All Things Heart and Home

  45. Yummmm licking the beater! Got to try this!

  46. Oh this looks amazing!!! Congratulations on being featured!
    Hope you can come see me at http://willcookforsmiles.blogspot.com/
    ~New friend :)

  47. Looks divine…

    Thanks for linking to Creative Juice Thursday. Hope to see you back this week.

  48. Oh my goodness – Yummy!

  49. This looks A-mazing! I am so trying this one out! HAha… I book mark recipes like crazy!

  50. That looks DIVINE!

  51. This looks absolutely delicious!

    Please it with my girls over at my Sundae Shake Up link party! I’m sure they would love it, since my blog is a 1950’s vintage icecream parlor theme!

    Thanks,

    Jacque @ Jacque’s Soda Parlor

    thesodaparlor.blogspot.com

  52. They make it look even more yummy! :)

  53. I am really wanting to make these recipes, however I can’t figure out how to print both pictures and the recipe. Any ideas?

  54. HERES MY EASY CHOCOLATE ECLAIR (TAKES LESS THAN 10 MIN)
    1 PKG GRAHAM CRACKERS
    1 LRG INSTANT BOX EACH OF VANILLA AND CHOCOLALATE PUDDING MIXES
    1 LRG COOLWHIP
    1 CONTAINER OF CHOCOLATE FROSTING
    DIRECTIONS:
    LINE 8X10 PAN WITH SINGLE LAYER OF GRAHAM CRACKERS. MAKE VANILLA PUDDING ACCORDING TO DIRECTIONS. ADD 1/2 OF COOLWHIP TO VANILLA PUDDING, MIX WELL. POUR OVER LAYER OF GRAHAM CRACKERS & SPREAD. SPREAD ANOTHER LAYER OF CRACKERS OVER VANILLA PUDDING. MAKE CHOCOLATE PUDDING ACCORDIND TO DIRECTIONS & ADD REST OF COOL WHIP TO CHOC PUDDING. POUR OVER GRAHAM CRACKERS. PLACE 1 LAST LAYER OF GRAHAM CRACKERS ON TOP. MELT CHOCOLATE FROSTING FOR 1 MIN IN MICROWAVE. STIR UNTIL SMOOTH, THEN POUR ON TOP. PLACE PAN IN REFRIG OVERNIGHT. DO NOT COVER WHEN IN REFRIG!!!! THIS IS SOOOO DELICIOUS!! EVERYBODY ALWAYS ASKS FOR RECIPE. HARDEST PART IS THE WAITING!!! :)

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