Chocolate Eclair Cake
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Recipe type: dessert
Cuisine: French
Serves: 12
  • Crust:
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 large eggs
  • Filling:
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 large box (5.1 ounces) vanilla instant pudding
  • 3 cups milk
  • Whipped topping:
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3 Tablespoons confectioners' sugar
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Topping:
  • chocolate syrup or homemade chocolate sauce
  • Homemade Chocolate Sauce (makes about 1 cup):
  • ¼ cup cocoa
  • 1cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup evaporated milk
  • ¼ cup butter
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  1. Preheat oven to 400. Very lightly grease a 9 x 13 glass baking pan.
  2. For the Eclair Crust: In a medium saucepan, place butter and water and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and whisk in flour. Immediately, mix in one egg at a time, mixing completely before adding another egg. Spread this very thick mixture into the pan, covering the bottom and sides evenly. Mixture will be very wet and gooey. I used my fingers for this. *If the sides of your pan are too greased you won't be able to get the mixture to stay up the sides so make sure to just lightly grease. No big deal it's nice if the crust to go up the sides a bit.
  3. Bake for 25-30 minutes OR until golden brown and puffy (Mine only took 25 minutes.) You may want to check it occasionally-you don't want to overcook the crust, it will ruin the cake! Remove from oven and let cool (don't touch or push bubbles down - it is supposed to look a little funky - it will settle a little as it cools).
  4. Whipped Topping: After the bottom layer is cool, whip the cream together with the confectioners sugar and vanilla with an electric mixer until soft peaks form.
  5. For the Filling: Whip softened cream cheese in a medium bowl. In separate bowl make vanilla pudding by beating the pudding mix and the milk for 3 minutes and put in the fridge until set. Make sure pudding is thick before mixing in with cream cheese. Slowly add pudding to cream cheese, mixing until no lumps remain. Let cool in fridge. When the crust is completely cooled, pour filling in. Top with layer of whipped cream. Serve with a drizzle of chocolate syrup (homemade recipe below or just use Hershey's syrup).
  6. Homemade chocolate topping: Stir cocoa and sugar together well. In a saucepan combine milk, butter, salt, and vanilla. Stir in dry mix. Heat, stirring until it reaches a boil and is thick. You want it to coat the back of a spoon. I boiled mine for two minutes whisking constantly. It will still be thin once you are done with this step. It will thicken as it cools.
  7. Use to top cakes, ice cream, etc.!
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