Eclairs – Daring Bakers

It’s been a while since I’ve been able to participate in a Daring Bakers Challenge. But I was excited to see this months challenge was eclairs. I’ve never made eclairs but really enjoyed eating them in the past. This month really flew by. I made these eclairs last weekend with plenty of time to write up my post. Then we had some family members in town and I just couldn’t find time to write this up until today. So I am a day late on posting, but better late than never!

I followed the recipe exactly for the dough and the chocolate glaze. For the pastry cream, I was worried that chocolate would make the eclair too chocolatey (is there such a thing? I say no, but hubby thinks there is).

I decided to do a raspberry pastry cream, but didn’t have raspberries on hand at the time I made it. Instead did vanilla pastry cream. For half of the pastry cream, I mixed in some mushed up raspberries after sending hubby to the store for me 🙂 The other half got the vanilla pastry cream.

I myself am not a huge fan of pastry cream. I much prefer whipped cream in the center of eclairs.

As I mentioned, I followed the recipe exactly for the dough. That includes the timing and the propping of the door with a wooden spoon. Based on what other Daring Bakers had said, I decided to cut slits into the eclairs immediately after baking and then letting them cool in the cooling oven. The ones that didn’t deflate were wonderfully hollow.

At first, I had the oven door entirely open but I did notice the eclairs were starting to deflate, so I closed the oven door and then propped it open to let them cool. The eclairs that were very close to the door did deflate while the others did not.

Thanks to our hosts (Tony Tahhan and Meeta) this month for choosing such a great recipe. I definitely enjoyed making the eclairs, although I doubt I’d make them again. It was a significant amount of work and hubby wasn’t crazy about them.

I’m not going to post the recipes here, click through to the hosts’ posts to see the recipe. The recipe I used for the pastry cream can be found here. As I mentioned, I didn’t have raspberries when I made it so I just left them out. Once it was completely cooled, I added 1 pint of smashed raspberries to 1/2 of the cream.

This chocolate glaze was amazing. I made 1/2 of the chocolate syrup recipe and it was perfect for the glaze. The leftover glaze was used on bread and then mixed with whipped cream for frosting.

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25 Responses to “Chocolate Fudge Cake”

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    Eva @ Eva Bakes — June 17, 2013 at 8:10 am

    Happy birthday! Today is my husband’s birthday, and he also requested a chocolate cake. I baked him Ina Garten’s Beatty’s chocolate cake. Your chocolate cake may be the one I bake for my birthday later this year. 🙂

    • beantownbaker — June 17th, 2013 @ 8:48 am

      That’s a really good chocolate cake recipe too! Tell your husband happy birthday!

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    Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic — June 17, 2013 at 9:06 am

    Happy birthday! A no frills chocolate fudge cake sounds perfect 🙂

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — June 17, 2013 at 9:16 am

    This looks amazing!! And happy birthday!!!

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    tracy {pale yellow} — June 17, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    Happy Birthday! Noting like a perfectly simple chocolate cake to ring in a new year! This one looks scrumptious!

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    Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) — June 17, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    That is seriously one gorgeous cake!!! I think I’m in love!

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    carolg — June 17, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    happy birthday and thanks so much for the chocolate cake- can’t have too many chocolate cake recipes

    • beantownbaker — June 18th, 2013 @ 4:02 pm

      I couldn’t agree more!

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    Jessamyn — June 17, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    We’re birthday buddies! Hope you had a great day!

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    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — June 18, 2013 at 7:05 am

    Happy Birthday! Your cake looks amazing!!

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    carolg — June 18, 2013 at 8:44 am

    and if i want to make this 9 x 13?any caveats? i never know if i can just change pan size and oven time/temp?

    • beantownbaker — June 18th, 2013 @ 4:05 pm

      Two 9″ round pans is the same amount of cake batter as a 9×13 pan. I’d probably use the same temp and start checking around the same time. But I would expect it to take longer to bake in the end.

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    carolg — June 18, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    tnx- 9 x 13 is easier to tote

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    Nutmeg Nanny — June 18, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    Oh goodness, this looks indulgent! I need to make this for my husband as soon as I can!

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    Karen - Cinnamon Freud — June 18, 2013 at 11:48 pm

    Happy birthday! This cake is to die for- looks so chocolatey and fudgey. Hope you had a great day!

    • beantownbaker — June 19th, 2013 @ 7:13 am

      Thanks! I had a great birthday this year.

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    krimpetgirl — June 23, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    Tomorrow is my birthday and I am making your birthday cake for my big day!


    • beantownbaker — June 23rd, 2013 @ 7:56 pm

      Happy birthday tomorrow!! Hope you enjoy the cake as much as I did.

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    Shashi @ — July 5, 2013 at 6:16 am

    Wow – this cake looks so good! I am always looking for chocolatecake recipes to try – so glad to have stumbled on your blog!

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    Amber Berry — August 3, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    I just made this for my mom and brothers Birthday tomorrow 🙂 I will come back and let you know how mine turned out 🙂 thanks for the recipe and happy late Birthday!

    • beantownbaker — August 4th, 2013 @ 6:42 pm

      Definitely let me know how it goes!

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    Amber Berry — August 4, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    The cake turned out amazing and was a huge hit! Most of the kids weren’t a huge fan but i don’t think they have learned to appreciate dark chocolate 🙂

    • beantownbaker — August 5th, 2013 @ 7:14 am

      Glad it was a success (for the adults!)

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