Chocolate Eclair Cupcake Recipe combines everything you love about classic Eclair Cake into a cupcake. From the cream filling to the chocolate topping, this dessert does not disappoint.

Cupcake in half sitting on a white plate.
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Chocolate eclair cupcakes make an easy to serve no bake dessert with so much flavor. It starts with a basic cake mix but the final results are anything but basic. Each cupcake is filled with vanilla custard and topped with chocolate ganache.

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Why this recipe is amazing:

  • Quick and Easy. The cupcakes are made with a cake mix and the filling is instant pudding.
  • Eclair flavor in cupcake form. It’s a fun to eat treat that is great for parties.
  • Simple instructions. These easy step by step instructions are easy to follow.

Ingredients: 

Ingredients for eclair cupcakes- cake mix, oil, eggs, pudding mix, condensed milk, heavy cream.

Cupcakes: 

  • Yellow Cake Mix 
  • Vegetable Oil 
  • Large Eggs 

Filling: 

  • Instant Vanilla Pudding Mix
  • Sweetened Condensed Milk 
  • Whole Milk 
  • Heavy Cream (whipped) 

Frosting: 

  • Heavy Whipping Cream 
  • Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips 

Variations and Substitutions

  • Whipped Topping. You can substitute cool whip instead of making homemade whipped cream.
  • Topping. Sprinkle graham cracker crumbs on top of the cupcakes.

Step by step instructions

Pudding mixture in a bowl.

Step 1. Make the filling by mixing together the sweetened condensed milk, pudding mix and milk in a medium bowl. Combine until smooth.

Whipped cream in a bowl combined with pudding mixture.

Step 2. Gently stir the homemade whipped cream into the pudding milk mixture until combined. Place in the fridge until ready to use.

Cupcake batter in a bowl.

Step 3. Combine the cupcake ingredients. Evenly pour the batter into the cupcake liners. Bake based on the package instructions.  

Cupcakes with the core removed on a wire rack.

Step 4. Next, remove the cupcakes from the oven and place on wire rack. Once they are cool and room temperature, remove a small middle portion of the center of each cupcake for the filling.

Cupcakes on a wire rack with filling in the center of each one.

Step 5. Use a piping bag to fill each cupcake with pudding mixture. Don’t overfill the cupcakes.

Bowl with chocolate chips and heavy cream ready to go in the microwave.

Step 6. Get out a microwave safe small bowl and place the heavy whipping cream inside. Microwave for 1 minute then add the chocolate chips to the bowl.  Allow the mixture to sit for 2-3 minutes so that the chocolate can melt and then stir.

Cupcake being dipped in melted chocolate.

Step 7. Carefully, dip the tops of the cupcakes into the chocolate ganache mixture.  

Cupcakes on wire rack topped with chocolate.

Step 8. Serve and enjoy these delicious cupcakes.

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Chocolate Eclair Cupcakes on a platter.

Tips for Success

  • Cool completely. The cupcakes need to cool completely before filling with pudding mixture.
  • Don’t overfill the cupcakes. It will be messy and hard to top with chocolate if you use too much filing.

FAQ’s

How to store?

Place leftovers inside an airtight container. Refrigerate up to 5 days.

Can I use a double boiler to melt the chocolate?

Yes, feel free to use the stove top and a double boiler to make the chocolate topping. This is another option if you do not want to use the microwave.

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Eclair Cupcakes

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Chocolate Eclair Cupcake Recipe combines everything you love about classic Eclair Cake into a cupcake. From the cream filling to the chocolate topping, this dessert does not disappoint.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 38 minutes
Servings 24
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 259

Ingredients

For the Cupcakes:

  • 1 Box Yellow Cake Mix
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1/2 cup Vegetable Oil
  • 3 Large Eggs

For the Filling:

  • 1 box Instant Vanilla Pudding Mix 3.4 ounces
  • 1/2 cup Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 3/4 cup Whole Milk
  • 1 cup Heavy Whipping Cream whipped

For the Frosting:

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Instructions

For the Filling:

  • Mix together the sweetened condensed milk, pudding mix and milk until combined.
  • In a separate bowl, beat the heavy whipping cream with a stand up mixer until stiff peaks form.  Gently stir the homemade whipped cream into the pudding mixture until combined.
  • Refrigerate until ready to use.

For the Cupcakes:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line 2 muffin tins with cupcake liners.
  • Mix together all the cupcake ingredients.  Pour the batter into the cupcake liners and bake based on the package instructions.
  • Remove from the oven and let the cupcakes cool completely on wire racks.
  • Remove a small middle portion of each cupcake that is approximately 1 ½ inches wide and 1 inch deep.
  • Spoon the filling mixture into af piping bag and pipe the pudding mixture into the center of each cupcake. Make sure just to fill it to the top of the cupcakes.

For the Frosting:

  • Place the heavy whipping cream in a large microwave safe bowl.  Microwave for 1 minute.
  • Add the chocolate chips to the bowl.  Let the mixture sit for 2-3 minutes so that the chocolate can melt.  Then whisk until the topping is smooth.
  • Dip the tops of the cupcakes into the chocolate ganache mixture.
  • Then the cupcakes are ready to serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Refrigerate the leftovers, covered, for up to 5 days.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 259kcal, Carbohydrates 25g, Protein 3g, Fat 17g, Saturated Fat 7g, Polyunsaturated Fat 4g, Monounsaturated Fat 5g, Trans Fat 0.04g, Cholesterol 41mg, Sodium 198mg, Potassium 160mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 17g, Vitamin A 282IU, Vitamin C 0.3mg, Calcium 73mg, Iron 1mg

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