This Eclair Cake recipe is just brilliant - it's actually a huge Eclair cake with less work than with the classic eclairs. Whenever you feel like eating some eclairs, you can make everybody happy and with less effort.
On the other hand, no one says no to an Eclair cake at an event and it's the simplicity which makes it charming. The airy and tender pastry, together with the classic vanilla cream will always stand out. I like to keep it as simple as possible and I wouldn't recommend anything else than powdered sugar for decor, maybe only some fruit on top.
The Eclair cake is easy to make, you only need to be organized, in the Video you can find the detailed process but, if you don't have patience to watch it all, the steps with pictures below will help you.
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1. The filling
We will start with the filling because it needs time to cool - by the time we'll have prepared the dough, the cream will be ready as well.
So, in a bowl, mix together 150g sugar and 60g starch.
Then add 2 eggs, vanilla extract and 200ml milk, beat well with a whisk, making sure there will be no lumps.
Place 400ml milk in a heavy-bottomed saucepan over heat.
When it comes to a boil, carefully pour in the mixture we prepared before and whisk constantly.
Cook over heat, mixing all the time - it will soon become dense and lumps might form easily if you don't pay attention.
So, when it starts to get thicker, stir vigorously until smooth, then remove from heat.
Transfer to a bowl to cool down quicker and definitely cover it with some plastic bag or plastic wrap. This prevents from forming a thin skin on top while cooling.
2. The Eclair Cakes
Now we are going to make 2 eclair cakes - for this, mix 100ml milk, 100ml water, 80g butter and 0.5 tsp salt in a saucepan, place over heat and bring to a boil.
Then add in the flour and beat quickly with a whisk - you'll get a dense and thick dough.
Let chill on the table for 5-10 minutes.
Now add 4 eggs one by one.
First add 1 egg, whisk to incorporate, then add the next one, whisk and so on.
After the 4th egg, the batter resembles a thick sour cream in consistency.
Transfer half of this batter into a pan lined with parchment paper, smooth out.
My pan is 28cm in diameter and I recommend using a cake pan with removable sides.
Bake in the preheated oven to 200 degrees C for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown.
While baking, the batter will rise, when cool, it will get smaller - anyway, it will not look smooth and uniform but it's only normal, it's eclair cake.
Let cool for 15 minutes, move a knife around the sides of the pan and remove the ring.
Carefully pull the paper and remove the cake from the pan.
Line the pan with parchment paper again, put the sides back, transfer the rest of the batter into the pan, smooth out and bake.
After baking, let this second cake cool as well.
3. Assembling the cake
When the two cakes and the filling are ready and we have the 200g butter at room temperature, we start to assemble the cake.
Add 200g softened butter in the filling and beat well with the mixer.
Decide which of the two cakes will be the top and which will be the bottom.
Now put one of them back in the pan with removable bottom - notice the parchment paper, it will help me transfer the cake more easily to a plate.
Spread over the vanilla filling.
Smooth out with a spoon, hiding the bumps in the dough.
Arrange the second cake on top and press gently so that it sticks well together.
Now refrigerate for 4-6 hours or even overnight.
After this time, move a thin knife along the interior sides of the pan.
Remove the ring and carefully turn the cake onto a plate.
You can see this better in the video.
Dust with powdered sugar on top and maybe decorate with some favourite fruit.
Serve and taste, it's absolutely delicious, elegant, simple and appreciated by everybody.
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