Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Éclair Cake

Seize the moment. Remember all those women on the Titanic who waved off the dessert cart. –Erma Bombeck

Ooey, gooey, chocolatey, delicious — this dessert is so easy to make and always a big hit. Trust me on this one {it tastes better than it looks :wink:}. Everyone loves it.

Éclair Cake
Crust
¾ cup {1½ sticks} butter
1½ cups water
1½ cups flour
6 eggs
Filling
1 package {8 oz.} cream cheese
2 large packages {5.1 oz. each} vanilla instant pudding
3 tablespoons milk
3 cups milk
16 oz. frozen whipped topping, thawed
8 oz. jar Mrs. Richardson’s hot fudge

• Heat oven to 400º. Lightly grease the bottom and sides of a jelly roll pan.
• In a medium saucepan, melt butter. Add water and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and add flour. Stir until it forms a ball; add eggs and stir until smooth.
• Spread the batter into the prepared pan; bake for 25 minutes {the dough will be puffy and golden brown}. Allow to completely cool before adding filling.
• To prepare the filling, beat cream cheese and 3 tablespoons milk in a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer until smooth. Add pudding mixes and 3 cups milk; beat until smooth. Allow to begin to set {about 3 minutes} and then fold in whipped topping. Chill.
• To assemble, spread chilled filling over top of cooled crust. Warm the hot fudge according to package directions and drizzle over top of filling. Cut and serve.

Serves 24

Notes:
• This is a very messy, sticky dessert and does not travel well. However, it is a crowd pleaser and is great to take to parties. To reconcile the two, take the crust and filling separate and assemble after you’ve arrived.
• The recipe calls for Mrs. Richardson’s Hot Fudge, but you can use your favorite. I’ve even used Hershey’s chocolate syrup instead of hot fudge. This time I used Peg's Homemade Hot Fudge Recipe {yum!}.

6 comments:

P. said...

Wow, that looks so good!

Marg said...

Yes that looks really really good. I'm adding this to my list of recipes, thanks Elizabeth.

JazznJenna said...

Looks delicious to me! I love anything with the creamy sweet cold stuff and the warm melty chocolaty stuff. Awesome. I would have a problem keeping that dessert's portion restricted to a healthy size.

Tina said...

I grabbed a spoon to taste it but the computer monitor is in the way! *pout* Looks delicious. Will be trying this one THANKS!

Rhonda said...

YUM!

Annelise said...

ah yes, so is THIS the yummy goodness that was on the plate kami brought me after the RS get together last week?! it was delish!!