Cream Puff Cake

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5 from 8 votes
Cream Puff Cake is the perfect substitute for making those difficult french pastries. This cake is an elegant and decadent treat.
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 35 minutes
Total: 55 minutes
Cream Puff Cake square on a peach plate

This Cream Puff Cake is a family favorite. It’s just like cream puffs but a lot less fussier. This cake is an elegant and decadent treat that I’ve been making for years!

Cream Puff Cake square on a peach plate

This Cream Puff Cake is so much easier than making the intimidating french pastry. The choux dough seemed very difficult. However, baking it in one pan instead of piping out those individual tubes and trying to make them even and pretty convinced me that this recipe is a winner.

What is pate a choux? Find out here.

  • Easy Ingredients: All easy ingredients for an impressive dessert.
  • Family Friendly: This elegant dessert is a hit with the whole family
  • Makes Great Leftovers: I doubt there will be any left, however, if there are, it is a great leftover.

What You Need to Make Chocolate Eclair Cake

Cream Puff Cake square on a peach plate

Ingredients

  • flour
  • butter 
  • salt
  • eggs
  • instant vanilla pudding
  • milk
  • cream cheese
  • whipped topping 

Equipment

How to Make Cream Puff Cake – Step by Step

Cream Puff Cake on a peach plate with red and white stripe napkin and fork
  • Make Crust: First, bring the water, butter and salt to boil, next, add flour all at once and mix rapidly with a wooden spoon. Remove from heat and stir until the mixture leaves the sides of pan and forms a ball.
  • Eggs: Second, add eggs, one at a time, beating thoroughly after each addition until completely smooth
  • Bake: Third, spread in an ungreased 10- by 15-inch baking pan and then bake until golden brown, about 35 minutes. Crust will puff up the sides of the pan while in the oven.
  • Deflate: When removed from the oven, prick bubbles with a fork. Let cool.
Cream Puff Cake square on a peach plate
  • Pudding: Meanwhile, use an electric mixer to beat the pudding mix, milk and softened cream cheese together until thoroughly blended.
  • Topping: Finally, spread pudding mixture over the baked and cooled eclair crust and next, spread Cool Whip over pudding mixture and lastly, drizzle with chocolate syrup.
Shot of the top of a cream puff square cake with a full cake in the background and a fork and napkin

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Common Questions About Cream Puff Cake

HOW DO I STORE THIS RECIPE?

This can be stored in the fridge for two or three days but it must be in an airtight container or it will get soggy.

CAN I SUBSTITUTE PASTRY CREAM FOR PUDDING?

Absolutely, I wanted this recipe to have easily accessible ingredients but you can get an instant pastry cream here.

CAN I USE THE NO BAKE METHOD WITH THIS RECIPE?

Of course, you can use graham crackers as the base for this recipe, but this method is truly the closest to the decadent true french eclair.

CAN RECIPE BE FROZEN?

Certainly, this recipe can be frozen, I like to precut the slices and then freeze. Before serving let sit out for just a little while for the slices to come out perfectly.

Expert Tips for Making Eclair Cake

  • This Recipe Can be Doubled: A great recipe for a crowd.  Simply increase the ingredients proportionately and split it into two baking dishes before baking.
  • More Chocolate Too: Shavings of chocolate or even a layer of chocolate pudding as well as vanilla make this recipe a chocolate marvel.
  • Cooking tip: Choux likes steam, so put a piece of slightly damp parchment under the Choux as it cooks. The steam will help it rise.
  • Temperature: Important to use room temperature ingredients when making the Choux, including the eggs, for best results.
  • Fruit: To cut all the sweet and add a bit of freshness, I love to top this dessert with a few perfect raspberries. It is so elegant.

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Cream Puff Cake square on a peach plate

Cream Puff Cake

5 from 8 votes
Cream Puff Cake is the perfect substitute for making those difficult french pastries. This cake is an elegant and decadent treat.
Print Pin Rate
Servings: 12 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup butter 1-stick
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 3.4 oz packages instant vanilla pudding
  • 2 1/2 cups cold milk
  • 8 ounces cream cheese room temperature
  • 1 12 oz container frozen whipped topping thawed
  • Chocolate syrup for drizzling

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Eclair Base

  • Bring the water, butter and salt to boil until butter is melted.
  • Add the flour all at once and mix rapidly with a wooden spoon. Remove from heat and stir until the mixture leaves the sides of pan and forms a ball.
  • Add eggs, one at a time, beating thoroughly after each addition until completely smooth.
  • Spread in an ungreased 10- by 15-inch baking pan.
  • Bake until golden brown, about 35 minutes. Crust will puff up the sides of the pan while in the oven.
  • When removed from the oven, prick bubbles with a fork. Let cool.

Filling

  • Use an electric mixer to beat the pudding mix, milk and softened cream cheese together until thoroughly blended.
  • Spread pudding mixture over the baked and cooled eclair crust.
  • Spread Cool Whip over pudding mixture.
  • Drizzle with chocolate syrup.

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Expert Tips

  • This Recipe Can be Doubled: This is a great recipe for a crowd.  Simply increase the ingredients proportionately and split it into two baking dishes before baking.
  • More Chocolate Too: Shavings of chocolate or even a layer of chocolate pudding as well as vanilla make this recipe a chocolate marvel.
  • Cooking tip: Choux likes steam, so put a piece of slightly damp parchment under the Choux as it cooks. The steam will help it rise.
  • Temperature: Important to use room temperature ingredients when making the Choux, including the eggs, for best results.
  • Fruit: To cut all the sweet and add a bit of freshness, I love to top this dessert with a few perfect raspberries. It is so elegant.

    Estimated Nutritional Information

    Calories: 243kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 101mg | Sodium: 252mg | Potassium: 124mg | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 650IU | Calcium: 91mg | Iron: 0.8mg

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    83 thoughts on “Cream Puff Cake”

    1. This is a dessert my Mom and Aunt made all the time while I was growing up. It is wonderful! We actually melted chocolate chips with a little shortening to put on top which gave it a little more texture. It’s great!

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    2. New follower here – I love the setup of this blog!
      And oh my, this looks delicious! My kiddos will be happy with you this week, I think. 😉

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    3. Wish I had this right now! Looks yummy. Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can’t wait to see what you have for next week!
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    4. My mouth was watering before I could even finish reading the post! Those look DI-VINE! Thanks for linking up to Fine Finds Friday!!!!

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    5. Good timing on this one! This would be a perfect V Day dessert. Thanks so much for linking it up to Inspiration Friday this week! I’m glad you found us over at our new location and I hope we will see you coming back again! 🙂
      Vanessa

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    6. Ohooo this recipe must be saved by me and made soon!
      For sure this is different and sounds simple to make. Thanks for going through all your files and finding this to share with us.!

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    7. Oh, wow, I love the concept of your blog. Lucky for us, you do all the testing, lol. Well, I love eclairs, and making a cake out of it, just sounded way to good to pass up.

      Thanks for the recipe!!! This looks fantastic. Excited about your new party, make sure to come link it up in my directory on my blog, so I can come link up. I love cooking, and have some KEEPERS.

      I would LOVE if you came to link up to my party **Amaze me August** I am trying to reach 100 linkups, and then I will have a special giveaway, something made my me, lol. I’m pretty excited!!!

      Oh and just in case you were curious, how I clean my stove, check this out, he he.
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      Thanks a ton girl, and hope to see you soon!!!!

      Bella 🙂

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    8. outside of your photo being gorgeous…this recipe looks delicious! i could use a slice or two right now. thank you for sharing with tuesday night supper club!

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      • Thanks, Christy! I’m sure my hubby will appreciate the compliment on the photo (he’s my resident photog!) Thanks for hosting the linky! 🙂

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    9. Mmmmm…this recipe sounds absolutely divine. I saw your link-up at “Naturally Me Creations” and just had to come by to check it out!

      Your newest follower,
      Jenn/Rook No. 17

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    10. OK!…gotta go get my fix on,I’m a chocoholic!…thing I’ll go make a chocolate treat like this, and double duty with some hot chocolate,yum!
      ~JO

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    11. I have GOT to make this sometime soon. It looks easy and absolutely yummy! Thanks so much for sharing and for linking up to Making Your Home Sing Monday!

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    12. New follower from WEDS Hop. I couldn’t believe it when I saw this recipe on your blog. My mother has been making this for 40 + years & her mother used to make it to…small world. Bringing back lots of great memories. I love your blog. Looking forward to trying some new recipes.
      Thanks
      Michele

      http://www.musings-by-michele.com

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      • Thanks for the kind words, Michele! This is really a great recipe — I’m so glad it was shared with me at my shower! I’m now following you too! 🙂

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