So I decided I wanted E to be Éclairs, because I love French Food, and I’ve been dying to figure out a way to make a Chocolate Éclair cupcake that does not have graham crackers or whipped cream in the recipe. That is not French and that is not a real Éclair.
An éclair is a pastry made with choux dough filled with a cream (crème patisserie) and topped with a ganache. Thus, I knew I needed to perfect the perfect choux dough to begin with. It wasn’t too hard to come up with a really good batch. It took two tries. The first batch was wonderful flavor wise, but the texture was slightly denser than I wanted.
After the choux dough was perfected, I came up with how to pipe the custard in – I decided the best way was to utilize any holes that formed naturally in the baking process, and any that didn’t, I would insert the nozzle through the top of the cupcake which would eventually be covered in chocolate ganache.
Then I needed to actually come up with the pastry cream recipe (crème patisserie). I have now piped these things with pistachio custard, vanilla custard and vanilla and coffee pastry creams. Each one is delicious, so you can choose if you want to find something different. I share the recipe for the vanilla pastry cream (crème patisserie) here, but definitely feel free to change it up.
Then I needed to top it off with a delicious ganache, and I needed it to be slightly thicker in texture than a more standard glaze so it will hold nicely. And thus, the Éclair cupcake was born.
They were absolutely amazing, I loved them – the kids loved them, my husband loved them. The different flavors change them up so you can enjoy them any way you want. Perfection in a cupcake.
Previous A-Z Entries:
- A – Avocado Fries with Garlic Lime Chili Aioli
- B – Bacon Popcorn
- C – Chicken Kiev with a Twist
- D – Basil Dip
- E – Real Chocolate Eclair Cupcakes
- F – Melted Brie and Bacon on Grilled Flatbread
- G – Grilled Creamy Parmesan Tilapia
- H – Spicy Jack Bacon Jalapeno Hamburgers
- I – Italian Beef Risotto
- J – Easy Jalapeno Poppers
- K – Kiwi Tropical Smoothie
- L – Creamy Pesto Linguine with Shrimp
- M – Nutella Breakfast Muffins