Baking Bits: Chocolate Eclair Cake

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Have you ever had adessert that you could just eat the whole thing? Well, that was me this pastSunday at our family lunch. My brother and sister-in-law were so gracious tohost all of us at their house. What a pleasant lunch and joyful afternoonit was.
The lunch was oh so YUMMY(a pinterest recipe)and then the kids went outside to play, while my mom, sister-in-law and I satinside watching and talking. It was so relaxing and blissful!!
Then, came the mostfabulous dessert I have tasted in a long, long time! I took one bite and knew Iwas hooked! I took a second bite and soon realized I could eat the wholething!! Yepit was just thatdelicious. Then, my daughter (22mos) climbed up in my lap and wanted a taste.She cleaned my plate up in seconds. She loved it! I then had to break her heartand tell her that was all she could have.
Next came my 3yr old sonasking for chockit (aka chocolate) inhis sweet, mousy voice. How could I refuse? So, I got a little more on theplate and helped feed him (mostly so the chockitwouldn’t get all over his nice shirt. He cleaned the plate too. So, here I amhaving only had TWO bites of this deliciousness and my kids have cleaned up theplate twice!
That’s when I decided this must be made again! And I knew theperfect timeour upcoming Small Groupmeeting!! So, I made the dessert today for our meeting tomorrow night. It’ssetting up in the fridge as I type and it’s all I can do not to go out there and try it! BtwI did get myself another piece while all the kids were playing. And Iate the whole thing!!
So, this dessert doesn’treally have a name, but my sister-in-law’s best friend (who made it for my SIL) said she’s heard it called Chocolate Éclair Cake. So, we’ll go with thatfor now at least. Maybe I’ll come up with anothername someday, but this one will work for now.

Here’s what you’ll need: (**Revised)
Graham Crackers
Sugar Free cool whip
Sugar Free French VanillaPudding mix (2 packages)
Sugar Free Chocolateicing
**2-3 cups milk (this is necessary if you’re using the sugar free cool whip)

1. Combine cool whip andpudding mixes in a medium bowl.

2. Line bottom of 9x13pan with a layer of graham crackers.

3. Spread half of cool whip/pudding mixture overthe crackers. This was a little difficult with the spatula, so I eventually gota butter knife and used it. It was a little easier.

4. Put another layer ofgraham crackers over the mixture (I did mine facing the other direction justbecause I’m weird like that.)

5. Spread the remainingcool whip/pudding mixture over that layer of crackers.

6. Microwave the icing in30 second intervals until it’s nearly runny. You don’t want it to be quite aliquid, runny mess, but runny enough to easily pour over the top.
Now, I made mine a dayahead so it could set-up a little more and the chockit wouldn’t be too runny. But, you can serve immediately ifyou like. (I will add the final picture once we cut into it at small group tomorrow night. But, until then…trust me…it’s YUMMY!!)
After it sets yourdesired amount of time, take it out and serve to everyone you know. Okaynot everyoneyou know, because you don’t have enough for that. Unless you only know 3 peopleand if that’s the case, simply take some door todoor and you’ll make some new friends instantly! I promise! And, if they won’ttake it, just invite me over! I’ll be glad to help you out!
What’s your go-todessert? Do you have a simple, yet scrumptious dessert that everyone begs youto make when they get together? Feel free share in the comments below or leavea link back to your own blog where we can find the recipe!

Update 1: This turned out a little “flatter” than I expected. Here’s why…DON’T, I repeat DON’T use Sugar-free cool whip unless you absolutely have to! And if you do, I recommend using 2 of them. It doesn’t interact with the pudding mix the way it should. It didn’t fluff up like it was supposed to. So, instead I recommend using Fat-Free cool whip if you don’t want to use the leaded stuff. And, I would also recommend using just regular Chocolate icing instead of sugar-free. It was okay, but after sitting for a while it was a little gummy instead of smooth and creamy. I’m pretty sure it’s the artificial sweetener in it. And, while you’re at it…you might as well use regular pudding mix! At this point, the calories and weight watching is a waste! So go ahead…live it up! But, seriously do try this recipe! I just wouldn’t use all sugar-free ingredients. But, it was still good and people ate it. I just think I’ll have to make it again to redeem myself!

Update 2: Okay, so I was determined to re-make this dessert and make it right! First of all, I used the small cool whip instead of the large one. USE THE LARGE ONE!! Second, because I used the small one, I added 2-3 cups of milk, which helped it fluff up more. It tastes about the same with the milk added in, but you do have to let it set-up for a while. Unlike the non-milk recipe. So, here’s the recipe I would use in a “normal” setting (not with diabetics involved):
Graham Crackers
Fat-Free Cool Whip (16oz)
Sugar Free French Vanilla pudding mix (2 pkgs)
Chocolate Icing (the real stuff)

Then, just follow my directions as I wrote them. Sorry for any confusion on my part. I really thought I knew what I was doing…but that should’ve been my first clue! I don’t usually know what I’m doing when it comes to cooking!! So, hopefully this has taught me a valuable lesson – don’t post until you try it and know for sure! Even if you’ve had it before and are just positive you know what you’re doing – cause you probably don’t!

Happy Cooking!!

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Annette has been married to her husband and best friend since 2003. Together they are raising their six children to follow the Lord’s will, no matter what. Annette longs for the day when she will meet all her angel babies who have entered heaven before her. She enjoys creating fun and engaging printables, unit studies and curriculum for homeschool families. You can follow her crazy life at In All You Do where she blogs about marriage, parenting, and homeschooling all while maintaining her sanity. She is also the owner of Thrifty Homeschoolers, where she shares free printables and resources from around the web as well as deals on curriculum and homeschooling resources. You can also keep up with her via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.
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