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Chocolate Eclair Torte Recipe

I take this impressive dessert to the table whole, then slice it and serve. It can be made ahead of time and refrigerated until you're ready to serve. —Janaan Cunningham
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 40 min. YIELD:12 servings


  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 2-1/2 cups cold milk
  • 2 packages (3.4 ounces each) instant French vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • ICING:
  • 2 ounces semisweet chocolate
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar


  • 1. In a large saucepan, bring water and butter to a boil. Add flour all at once and stir until smooth ball forms. Remove from the heat; let stand for 5 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Continue beating until mixture is smooth and shiny.
  • 2. Line a large baking sheet with waxed paper. Draw a 10-in. circle on the waxed paper. Grease the paper. Drop batter by rounded tablespoonfuls just inside the circle outline.
  • 3. Bake at 400° for 40-45 minutes or until golden brown. Transfer to a wire rack. Immediately prick with a fork and cool completely. Cut off top third of puffs. Pull out and discard soft dough from inside.
  • 4. For filling, in a large bowl, whisk milk, pudding mixes and vanilla for 2 minutes; let stand for 2 minutes or until soft-set. Fold in whipped topping. Place bottom ring of cream puffs on a serving platter. Spoon filling inside. Top with top ring. Refrigerate.
  • 5. For icing, in a microwave, melt chocolate and butter with milk; stir until smooth. Stir in vanilla. Add confectioners' sugar and stir until smooth. Cool for 5 minutes. Drizzle over top of cake. Serve immediately. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 12 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 313 calories, 17g fat (11g saturated fat), 104mg cholesterol, 256mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (21g sugars, 0 fiber), 5g protein.

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dr_mom User ID: 36195 156567
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2013

"Everyone loved it at a recent dinner. To make it easier to cut the tops off, I will make with more generous scoops of dough the next time. Mine turned out like mini cream puffs and were rather hard to handle. Will shoot for regular puff size the next time."

cook46ingrndle User ID: 1816652 157206
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2012

"Fantastic dessert! One of my family's favorites."

chefsusie User ID: 3719096 107185
Reviewed Feb. 18, 2009

"I have made this many times. I make my own vanilla pudding or a creme anglaise, and a hot fudge chocolate sauce...fantastic and easy to make ahead!"

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