Eclair Dessert With Homemade Pastry Cream

Prep Time 10 mins Inactive Time 4 hours Cook Time 12 mins Serves 8

No bake eclair cake with layers of vanilla wafers, homemade pastry cream and chocolate ganache. Top with fresh fruit and whipped cream and serve for any special occasion.


  • Voortman Bakery Vanilla Wafers (approximately 16-18 wafers per layer)

Vanilla Pastry Cream

  • 1 1/2 cups half and half
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 vanilla bean, split


  • 8 ounces chocolate (I mixed semi-sweet and bittersweet)
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon butter, unsalted


Line a 8" X 8" pan with parchment paper and set aside. 

Vanilla Pastry Cream

Bring half and half to a simmer over medium heat in a medium saucepan. In a separate medium bowl whisk together sugar, eggs, egg yolk and flour to blend. Add warm half and half whisking into egg mixture. Return to saucepan and whisk over medium heat. Add split vanilla bean. Cook for about 5 minutes and let mixture get to a boiling point and let boil for 1 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract. Transfer to a small bowl and place plastic wrap directly on the pastry cream. Chill in the refrigerator.


In a medium bowl break apart chocolate into small pieces and set aside.

In a small saucepan over medium heat bring heavy whipping cream and butter to a boil. Pour over chocolate and mix until melted and smooth.

Assemble Eclair Dessert

Place a layer of vanilla wafers on the bottom of the pan.  Pour half of the pastry cream over the wafers and spread evenly.  Repeat layering using the remaining pastry cream, and finish with a third layer of vanilla wafers.  Top with ganache and let set in the refrigerator.  Top with fresh fruit and add whipped cream if desired. 


Recipe Notes

The vanilla pastry cream needs to be chilled for at least four hours before assembling the cake. Make this first or can me made a day ahead.  Dessert is best if enjoyed the same day it was assembled. 

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