Monday, March 28, 2011

Chocolate Eclair Cake


You know when your cousins have a grandma, but it's not your grandma?
It's like, kinda weird. 
At least to me.
Anyway, my cousins have a grandma.
And at her grandson aka my cousin's request, she made this amazingly delicious cake.
Chocolate Eclair Cake!

Good news!
It's a no bake cake. 
Or maybe that is bad. I like using my oven.
It heats my house.
Because I don't.
I'm cheap like that.

Although I did use my stovetop for this recipe.
So that counts.

Anyway, it was my cousin's birthday, and he wanted Chocolate Eclair Cake.
TO. DIE. FOR.

I knew I needed the recipe.
And I also needed an excuse to MAKE the recipe.
Good news. 
I found one.
More on that tomorrow. 

But for now.
Chocolate Eclair Cake.


Step 1: Gather Your Gear.
Step 2: Layer the bottom of a 9x13 dish with Graham Crackers
Step 3: Whip up Instant Vanilla Pudding. And Milk.
Step 4: Fold in Cool Whip.  *Side note: I love when recipes tell me to fold things in. We had to take "Foods" in 6th grade - which is essentially cooking, and Ms Mitsuda taught us how to fold. We learned with blueberries. In muffins. It's not that crazy of a concept. But my mind was blown. 
Step 5: Pour half of the pudding mixture over graham crackers
Step 6: Smooth out pudding mixture, and start melting your chocolate. I used the double boiler method. And it's a good thing I started at this point. It kind of took a while since I didn't chop the chocolate into smaller pieces.
Step 7: Layer second layer of graham crackers (is that redundant?)
Step 8: Pour remaining pudding mixture over graham crackers.
Step 9: Smooth. Like a criminal.
Step 10: Layer final graham cracker layer (seriously, can I say layer twice?)
Step 11: Add Vanilla and Corn Syrup to Chocolate Mixture.
Step 12: This is where I kinda goofed. I took the chocolate off the boiler. And added the powdered sugar. Everything got stiff and not gooey. I couldn't mix the sugar with the chocolate. Hot mess. Only not hot.
Step 13: Return chocolate to double boiler, mixing in powdered sugar. Skip this step if you are smart and keep chocolate on the boiler!
Step 14: Mix until shiny again!
Step 15: Pour well mixed, shiny, and gooey chocolate over top layer of graham crackers.
Step 16: Using a greased offset spatula (patting myself on the back for thinking to do that) spread chocolate mixture until smooth. Go fast. It firms up quickly and wont be spreadable.
Step 17: Take a few pictures of your gorgeous creation and refrigerate for at least 4-6 hours, preferably overnight.

Totally yum!



Here is the formal recipe:


Choclate Eclair Dessert
2 - Packages Instant Vanilla or French Vanilla Pudding
3 - Cups Milk
1 - 9 oz carton Cool Whip
Line 9x13" pan with whole graham crackers.
Mix pudding with milk and add or fold in cool whip.
Spread 1/2 of mixture over graham crackers.
Cover with another layer of graham crackers.
Cover with remainder of the pudding mixture.
On top of all this put a final layer of whole graham crackers.
Top with chocolate icing.
Chocolate Icing
2 - Squares Baker Unsweetened Chocolate
3 - Tbsp Margarine (I used butter, and had to use two additional Tbsp)
2 - Tbsp Corn Syrup
1 - Tsp Vanilla
1 1/2 Cups - Confectioners Sugar
Melt chocolate, margarine together and add corn syrup and vanilla.
Beat in confectioners sugar and then spread immediately over final layer of
 graham crackers.
Refrigerate at least 4 - 5 hours.
Better tasting if made the day before serving.

Courtesy of Grandma (not mine) Lee


7 comments:

  1. Oh man...I want this. I want this bad. But I can't. Cuz while a little yummy is good in moderation, I would eat the whole thing in a matter of hours...or an hour.

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  2. SUPER yum. especially the chocolate top. YUM YUM YUM. do you have any leftover? don't lie.

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  3. so, THIS is what heaven looks like! yummo!

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  4. Oh, that looks eeeeeevil.
    I want it.

    ~Keri

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  5. Kim, it was so good!! The chocolate ratio was perfect!

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  6. found your blog from Sugar & Dots, thanks for sharing :) I've had this before and it is DELISH!!!!
    mallorymallorah.blogspot.com

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  7. Dang it.
    This is sitting in the fridge taunting me.
    Why must I wait and wait and wait and wait to eat it?
    Torture I say. Torture!!!
    Can't wait for tomorrow. Breakfast is about as long as I anticipate lasting.

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