"A delicious, creamy filling on top of a light choux pastry gets glazed with a rich chocolate ganache. This dessert sounds fancy but it is so easy to make and it's a definite crowd-pleaser!" — Laney Jane
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cold heavy whipping cream
2 (3.5 ounce) packages
instant vanilla pudding mix
bittersweet chocolate, chopped
This cake is amazing. It's one of the first desserts I've made that was completely finished by my family. It is even better the next day, so I would recommend making it the day before you plan on serving it so that the flavors really meld. The ganache should be properly chilled in order to get the eclair texture. I used semi-sweet chocolate chips and the ganache tasted great. Please don't substitute anything else for this crust, either--the crust what makes the cake taste like a true eclair. The pastry shell stays firm enough to support the filling without getting soft or soggy. I have tried other eclair cake recipes that call for graham cracker crumbs in layers and they do not have the delicious and realistic eclair taste that this recipe has. Freeze the beater(s) along with the mixing bowl and your whipped cream will form stiff peaks faster. And make sure your bowl is completely clean before attempting to whip the cream; that's why you whip it before you mix the pudding. Fold in pudding with a spatula and don't overmix and it will stay fluffy. Hope this helps!
this was very easy to make but did use a lot of bowls, utensils, etc. and time. i had a feeling the faux cream filling (made with pudding mixes) was not going to be that great, and it wasn't. the crust got a little soggy for my taste (that dough probably really wasn't mean to be a bottom crust of a "cake"). will most probably not make again.
UPDATE: the second time around I beat the dough a lot more, until it was more creamy, and it spread easily in the pan. It poofed up like the recipe said and wasn't as eggy tasting. It was perfect!
This is so delicious! My crust didn't poof up like the recipe said so I was a little worried, but it came out just fine. It was a bit eggy; I might try it with 3 eggs instead of 4 next time. Make sure you use heavy whipping cream (if your grocery store doesn't carry "heavy cream"), especially for the ganache, and it to a boil before adding it to the chocolate. It also must sit for 1-2 minutes before whisking it together. Otherwise it may not harden.
I can't say enough about this cake. It is delicious! The choux pastry is simple to make, and the slight saltiness of it is perfect with the creamy filling and chocolate ganache. I made it for a friend's b-day and everyone loved it. I am looking for a reason to make it again soon!
I think this is an amazing dessert. Everytime I make everyone raves how good it is. Very easy to make. I found if you use the better chocolate the ganache turns out perfect. I use Ghirardelli bittersweet baking chips. Saves on chopping chocolate also just dump the bag in a bowl and add the hot cream turns out perfect everytime.
I made this for my husband tonight, and he said it was the best dessert I've ever made. I agree. The flavor of the filling was perfect and the chocolate on top was so rich. This took me a bit of time, but it was quite easy and worth every minute. YUM. Have a cup of tea ready, because this is so rich and delicious. Thanks for the recipe! It is wonderful!
I have made this several times, and everyone has always loved it. I have as of yet to actually make it as a single cake though. I have done it in mini loaf pans, and piped out like eclairs from the store. Mede 75 for a banquet, and none were left, everyone thought I bought them. This is by far the best eclair recipe that I have made. Just follow directions...easy
My first attempt turned out pretty good but not perfect. My ganache didn't harden so I think I may have gotten the wrong kind of chocolate. The shell was pretty good but a little thick. Other than that, it was really good. The filling was perfect!
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Eclair Cake with Chocolate Ganache
Serving Size: 1/12 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 12
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 350
This dense chocolate cake is perfect for those who avoid flour or gluten.
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