Thursday, March 26, 2009

Eclair Cheesecake

It's time for Carrie's Friday Foto Fun:-) And I am up to my old tricks again.

This little beauty that I made for a dinner party last week may not be pretty but it was really good!! It was inspired by a dessert that I always order at a local restaurant called Maxims. It is a brilliant creation of a layer of cheesecake, topped with a layer of chocolate cake, filled and frosted with chocolate buttercream, glazed with chocolate ganache and garnished with a mini eclair. What's not to like right? Would you like the recipe? Ok:-)



Eclair Cheesecake
Ingredients:
For Cheesecake Layer:
1-1/4 cups vanilla wafers, crushed
1/4 cup butter, melted
3-8 oz. packages cream cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
3 eggs
1 tbls vanilla
1-1/2 cups sour cream


For Chocolate Cake Layer:
1 Devil's Food Cake box mix and all ingredients it requires

For the Chocolate Buttercream Frosting:
1/2 cup solid vegetable shortening
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine, softened
3/4 cup cocoa or three 1 oz. unsweetened chocolate squares, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 cups sifted confectioners' sugar (approximately 1 lb.)
3-4 tablespoons milk


For Ganache:
8 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips
3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
2 tbls unsalted butter


For Whipping Cream for Assembly of the Cake:
1/4 cup whipping cream
2 tbls powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla


Directions:
1. In a small mixing bowl, combine wafer crumbs and butter and stir well. Press crumb mixture into bottom and 1 inch up the sides of a 9-inch springform pan. Chill.


2. In a medium mixing bowl, beat together cream cheese and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, melted chocolate and vanilla until smooth. Fold in sour cream. Pour mixture into crumb crust.

3. Wrap bottom and sides of the springform pan in foil and put it in a roasting pan. Fill the roasting pan with boiling water until it is half-way up the springform pan. Bake the cheesecake in the water bath for 1 hour and 10 minutes at 325. Turn off the oven and let cheesecake stand in the oven for 30 minutes with the oven door ajar. Remove and cool on wire rack. Cover and chill for at least 8 hours.

4. Bake Cake per the directions on the box.

5. In large bowl, cream shortening and butter with electric mixer. Add cocoa and vanilla. Gradually add sugar, one cup at a time, beating well on medium speed. Scrape sides and bottom of bowl often. When all sugar has been mixed in, icing will appear dry. Add milk and beat at medium speed until light and fluffy. Keep bowl covered with a damp cloth until ready to use. For best results, keep icing bowl in refrigerator when not in use.

6. For the ganache, place chocolate in a medium heat-safe mixing bowl. Heat cream and butter over medium heat then, bring to boil. Immediately pour cream over chocolate and mix until the chocolate is melted. Let stand for 5 minutes.

7. To assemble, frost cheesecake with the chocolate buttercream icing. Top with the chocolate cake. Frost the cake with the buttercream. Chill for 30 minutes.

8. For the glaze, place the fully chilled cake on a wire rack over a baking sheet. To cover cake, pour the ganache into the center of the cake. Working quickly, spread with a spatula over the sides of the cake to create an even coating of ganache.

9. To garnish, make the whipping cream. Chill a small bowl and your beaters. Put the cream, powdered sugar and vanilla in the bowl and whip until stiff. Fill a pastry bag with a star tip and pipe 14 stars on top of the ganache frosted cake. Chill for 5 minutes to set. Serve and enjoy:-)

Serves 14

49 comments:

BeLovedAiMeE said...

oh my....that looks sinful!!! yum.

jen721 said...

I will have to make this. Yummo!

~Sara said...

This looks wonderful. My hubby loves cheesecake. You would score high on his list!

Amy said...

Yummy!!!!!!!

Controlling My Chaos said...

That looks delicious.

Heather said...

Oh. My. Stars. I'll just come to your house and have you make it for me. It looks AMAZING!!

Linda said...

I am so not a dessert eater...but I really, really want a bite.

Kathy B! said...

WOW!!! YUM!!

You're right, what's not to like...
I won't be making it lest I begin to look like the Goodyear Blimp :)

kalen (kay) said...

please lord do NOT teach me how to make stuff like that - because honestly... i will eat it non-stop for days. i can't keep stuff like this in the house -or- make it very often... or i can't stop indulging! haha. looks absolutely yummy

BoufMom9 said...

OH MAMA! I am so going out and buying those ingredients TOMORROW! YUM!!!!!

Happy Friday!

Sugar Boogers & Tantrums said...

Wow! That looks and sounds great Susie! yummmmy!!!!

Betty said...

Oh My Goodness! This looks so delicious. :)

Alicia said...

Would I like the recipe????

NO!!

I just want to eat it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You're killin' me here!!! LOL

Missy said...

Seriously that looks delicious! Cheesecake is my weakness. Thanks for sharing the recipe!!!

Thanks for reading "Our Story". I enjoyed writing & love to hear that people enjoyed reading it.

Momma Ritz said...

I think I just gained 3 lubs ... looks SO yummy!!

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Melissa B. said...

I think I gain wait just by reading your blog...thanks so much for the recipes. Looks so yummy!

Sherry said...

OH< WOW!! That looks amazing!

Glenda, saved by grace said...

I gained weight just lookin at it!

Mamarazzi said...

mmmmmm that is gorgeous!!

blueviolet said...

As soon as you said cheesecake, I was sold! Yummy!!!!

Ann On and On... said...

Oh so much work for A LOT of pleasure! Yum!

Jennifer P. said...

oh my....I just gained 5 pounds LOOKING at that! yummy!

Karen said...

Oh yummmm!!

I'm saving this recipe. A friend;s birthday is coming up. She loves Chocolate cake, Cheesecake and eclairs... this will be just perfect!!!

The Blonde Duck said...

Simply sinful...and worth it!

lmerie said...

Yum Yum Yum!! Looks wonderful!

Christina said...

amazing!

Ryan Ashley Scott said...

I'm seriously making "mmmm" sounds and my husband is looking at me all funny. This looks so good.

Storm said...

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Emily said...

THANK YOU Susie for the photo and the recipe!!! YUMMMMMMMMMMMMM!

Shannon said...

YUM.

The only thing that would make this even better...

is for someone else to make it for ME!

HA!

Bird, Frizzy and Yaya said...

CUT IT OUT DARN YOU! I'm gaining weight just reading this post!

mommytoalot said...

My gosh..that is my dream cake!

Jill said...

Oh my goodness.. I can feel the fat cells gathering just as I read this.. YUMMY!

burpandslurp said...

fabulous. chocolate and chocolate and chocolate some more. I love the eclair on top.

Kendra said...

That's some serious good eats!

Teri said...

Oh, this is absolutely perfect! I promised my son I would bake a cheesecake this weekend. I love this recipe. Thanks!

Debbie said...

Oh good heavens. I would be a happy woman if I had that.

Angie Atkinson said...

OH MY GOODNESS!!!! That looks absolutely delightful. I'm pretty sure I gained a pound just by looking at it haha. Definitely keeping that recipe. Thanks!! :)

Keeper of the Skies Wife said...

I feel like I gain a pound just looking at your posts! :) Yum!!

Becca said...

This looks so yummy. I am thinking perhaps I will try it out for Easter.

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The Rambler said...

I just gained a couple pounds reading this post :)

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Z's Mom said...

OMG! This thing is so up my alley its not even funny! I think I would eat this until I got sick....because I don't think I could stop!!!! Thanks for posting the recipe....I'll be trying this one soon....hopefully won't be making myself sick though. ;)

Kate said...

I've been looking for a good chocolate buttercream recipe. I'll give this one a try

Lisa @ Stop and Smell the Chocolates said...

Yum!! You should link this one up to Dessert Friday!

Donna @ Way More Homemade said...

Mmmmmm... That does look and sound delicious. THanks for sharing!

chris said...

I made this wonderful cake that took 2 days. I might make it again but I'll add cherries or raspberries between the cheesecake and the chocolate cake and on the top for decoration/taste also. The recipe for the cheesecake says add chocolate but the ingredient part does not have chocolate listed. mmm

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