Friday, April 22, 2011

Chocolate Eclair Cake


A few weeks ago we celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary.  Since our anniversary fell during the week, we we decided to stay in and grill out.  We grilled skirt steak (our new favorite) and had crack potatoes.  YUM!

For dessert I made this Chocolate Eclair Cake.  I haven't made this dessert in years.  I'm not sure why because it is Chicken Legs' all-time favorite dessert.  I decided to surprise him and make it for our anniversary dinner.  OMG - I forgot how good this is!  It gets better the longer you let it sit.  I only made a half batch and we almost finished it all by ourselves.  It is so light; it is hard to stop eating!  This is a great recipe for a crowd.  It is easy to make and makes a ton.  Make it tonight and it will be perfect in time for Easter dinner.


As part of our anniversary celebration, I decided that we needed to have some updated photos made.  We haven't had professional photos taken since our wedding day; unless you count the photographers at Disney World.  :) We got married at the University Chapel in Auburn, AL, and I wanted to have the photos done at the same location.  

We used T2 Photography in Auburn, AL.  They came highly recommended by a friend (who happens to be a professional photographer as well).  We had such a fun time with Sarah & Thomas.  They made us feel so comfortable in front of the camera and had tons of great ideas to update our photos.  They posted a sneak peak of our session on Facebook this week.  We love it and can't wait to see the rest of them!







Chocolate Eclair Cake
(Printable Recipe)

1 box graham crackers
2 (3 1/4-ounce) boxes French vanilla instant pudding
3 1/2 cups milk
1 (8-ounce) container Cool Whip, thawed
1 can chocolate frosting

Spray the bottom of a 9x13 pan with cooking spray. Line the bottom of the pan with whole graham crackers. In bowl of an electric mixer, mix pudding with milk; beat at medium speed for 2 minutes. Fold in whipped topping. Pour half the pudding mixture over graham crackers. Place another layer of whole graham crackers on top of pudding layer. Pour over remaining half of pudding mixture and cover with another layer of graham crackers.

Heat the container of prepared frosting, uncovered in the microwave for 1 minute. Pour over the top of the cake. Refrigerate for at least 12 hours before serving.

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21 comments:

  1. I also haven't has this dessert in years - forgot how good it is!

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  2. Looks like you had a fun trip back in history. My mom used to make this and I can't remember the last time I had it, but remember liking it - your's looks awesome.

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  3. Happy Anniversary Stephanie. Really nice photos. I still have those "crack potatoes" bookmarked. Have got to give them a try.

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  4. Happy Anniversary. :)

    Delicious cake and so easy to put together. I'm going to have to try this out.

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  5. Happy Anniversary. You guys are a beautiful couple.

    Now Steph, how am I ever gonna get on my diet again....

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  6. Yum! This is my favorite dessert too! I try not to make it too often because it's so addictive!

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  7. How awesome to get pictures done again like this! Happy Anniversary!

    I was thinking about this cake just the other day! Thanks for posting a scaled down version of it!

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  8. Did yoos say CRACK ???

    Aw. "Crack Potatoes".

    Damn.

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  9. Stephanie, Continued congratulations on your anniversary. The photos are wonderful. I have NO CLUE how I found your blog. Probably one of those I read somewhere, then clicked, and clicked, and VIOLA! I've just been following for so long. Then to find out you are a LOCAL, and had your wedding and anniversary pics done in my neck of the woods. FABULOUS! (War Eagle!) Thought I'd "de-lurk" and tell you that I've read for awhile now, and tried, and drooled over, many of your recipes. All fabulous. Keep up the good work!

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  10. Hollie - thanks for de-lurking! I grew up in Auburn and my parents still live there. Thanks for the sweet comments.

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  11. What beautiful pictures! Happy Anniversary! (And I love your shoes!)

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  12. Happy, Happy 15th Anniversary!

    Gorgeous pictures! And fabulous looking dessert!....i've been dying to make this recipe too for a long time. I hope to make it SOON now that you've reminded me about it. :-)

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  13. Congratulation on your 15 years together, you both looked amazing and happy in your pictures. Here's to 15 more years.

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  14. I made this dessert to bring to a friend's house for Easter and it was a HUGE hit by all!! Everyone wanted the recipe. This will be a go-to recipe for the summer. Thanks for sharing!

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  15. Love that eclair cake, made it a few years ago and it's so simple! Happy Anniversary!

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  16. I love this dessert! It's so good. Always a crowd pleaser! For family get togethers or parties, I cut them up small and put them in cupcake liners. They look great on a tray!

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  17. Yum, I can't wait to try this. Also thinking of trying another variation with bananas in it.

    Thank you for sharing!

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  18. Making this tonight for a surprise on Tuesday evening. I thought I'd make it tomorrow night, but you seem to say it tastes better if it sits longer... so tonight it is! :)

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  19. This is an all-time favorite in my family. The only difference is my mom always made a homemade chocolate icing. It's so simple to make:
    1C. Sugar
    1/4C. Cocoa
    1/4C. Milk
    bring to a boil for 2 minutes then remove from heat.
    add 1 stick butter and 1 tsp. vanilla, let cool briefly then pour on top! AMAZING!

    I also use all low fat ingredients and it is just as fabulous. Now I want to make the PB version. Thanks for sharing!

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  20. Oooh, my Grandma always made this for my birthday. Favorite. Cake. Ever.
    She usually just melted chocolate chips for the top, but they would get too hard. I like the idea of making your own topping, like Jen above.
    Thanks for sharing!
    Stephanie

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