Renee's Kitchen Adventures: Chocolate-Strawberry Eclair Cake

Monday, February 10, 2014

Chocolate-Strawberry Eclair Cake


I've got a fun treat for everyone today!  I have teamed up three of my favorite bloggers for an Easy Valentine's Day Dinner menu.  We've put our aprons on and prepared a four-course meal that anyone can throw together, from the well seasoned cook to the most novice cook!   It's a wonderful way to celebrate those you love.  Just follow along and click on the images and links for all the recipes to this meal.

Let's get started...


Here at Renee's Kitchen Adventures, we are going to start off with dessert, because that is my contribution to this great meal!

Chocolate-Strawberry  Eclair Cake is super easy! Creamy layers of strawberry kissed pudding layered between chocolate grahams and topped with a thick, fudgy icing. It's the perfect ending to this great meal!  There is no baking required and just a few simple ingredients.  You will need to plan a little ahead for the dessert course, as this no bake dessert does need time to set up in the fridge. 


Fashioned from the famous eclair cake that uses graham crackers and pudding mix, this is a twist on the classic version that you will LOVE!

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Chocolate-Strawberry Eclair Cake


Servings - 9   Serving size - 1/9th of the recipe    Points Plus per Serving - 9 Points+
Calories - 315.1,   Total Fat - 9.5g,   Carbs - 57.3,   Protein - 3.4g,   Fiber 2.3g

Ingredients:

12 whole chocolate graham crackers
2 TBS chocolate syrup, divided
1 - 1 oz. box of sugar free, fat free white chocolate pudding mix
1 cup 1% milk
1- 8oz. package of frozen sweetened strawberries, thawed*
1 cup Cool Whip Free®, thawed (about half an 8oz. tub)

for the frosting:
2 oz. unsweetened baking chocolate, melted
3 TBS unsalted butter, melted
2 tsp. light corn syrup
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
2 TBS 1% milk

Directions:
  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the pudding mix with 1 cup milk.  Whisk until thickened.  Mix in the thawed strawberries and the liquid that is with them into the pudding.  Fold in the thawed whipped topping. 
  2. Spray an 8" x 8" glass baking dish with a light coating of cooking spray.  Arrange 3 whole graham cracker rectangles to cover bottom plus half of one. Drizzle the crackers with 1 TBS of chocolate syrup.  Spread 1/2 of the pudding mixture on top of the chocolate syrup and crackers.  
  3. Arrange another layer of graham crackers on top of the pudding.  Drizzle with the remainder of the chocolate syrup.  Top with the rest of the pudding mixture.  
  4. Arrange a final layer of crackers on top of the pudding mixture.
  5. for the frosting: In a small bowl, combine the melted chocolate, melted butter, corn syrup, and vanilla extract.  Stir in the powdered sugar.  Add in enough milk so the frosting can spread easily.  
  6. Frost the top layer of graham crackers with the frosting.  Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.  (the crackers need time to soften up and get "cake like".)
  7. Cut into 9 pieces and serve cold. 
Adapted from HERE 

*I used frozen sweetened strawberries in this because the strawberries available to me right now are not great.  If you have access to good quality fresh berries, you can substitute about a cup or so of fresh chopped berries plus a couple of TBS of granulated sugar for the frozen sweetened ones.  

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So NOW onto the rest of this fabulous meal: 


Marion of Life Taste's Good  has whipped up a delicious appetizer. Double Tomato Bruschetta is easy, but so elegant and flavorful. The perfect start to this great meal!

http://ourlifetastesgood.blogspot.com/2014/02/double-tomato-bruschetta.html


For the next course, Michele of Flavor Mosiac has put together this beautiful salad.  Spinach Strawberry Champagne Salad is bursting with gorgeous color and flavor!

http://flavormosaic.com/spinach-strawberry-champagne-salad/


And last, but not least, the entree...is brought to you by Shelby of The Lives and Loves of Grumpy's Honeybunch.   Creamy Chicken Linguine  is a luscious pasta dish with an amazingly easy sauce!

http://www.grumpyshoneybunch.com/2014/02/CreamyChickenLinguine.html#axzz2srujizdm

I hope that you check out all the recipes from this menu and give them a try to share with all your sweethearts this Valentine's Day! and have a Happy Valentine's Day!!



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10 comments:

  1. Renee, your Chocolate Strawberry Eclair Cake looks amazing! I love this Valentine's Day meal.

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    1. I love this meal too...I'm excited to try all the recipes!

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  2. Oh EMMMM GEEEEE!!! That cake looks amazing! I can't believe how simple it is to make! I am so looking forward to enjoying every aspect of this menu, and I'm excited to be a part of it. Thank you Ladies!! ~Marion

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  3. gah! yumyumyum! Love the graham in there!!

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    1. it really tastes so decadent, yet it's not over the top on fat and calories!

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  4. Um, in case you were wondering, your eclair is insulin worthy - swoon! :D

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  5. Oh, yum! What a fun twist on an eclair cake.

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  6. Renee,
    This eclair cake looks so luscious and inviting! :) I just want a big slice of it right now with all of that cream and chocolate! Fabulous post! Pinned & shared!

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