Last night a few friends and I had a small birthday celebration for one of them. I volunteered to bring the cake. When it came time to make the cake, however, I decided I didn't want to do a traditional cake. I was in the mood for something fun and different. I decided to try a recipe I've had for years but had never made: Cream Puff Cake. (I didn't take a picture, this is courtesy of the world wide web. I'm not sure who the credit goes to. Also, mine looked better. ;)).
I thought it was really yummy and it was really easy, so I thought I'd share it here for others to try.
Cream Puff Cake
1 C water
1 stick of butter
1 C flour
1/4 tsp. salt
2 large pkg instant vanilla pudding (Though I found one would have been enough)
1 container of lite cool whip (you can definitely go for lite, fat free, etc with this. The rest is rich enough that you won't even notice.)
Boil water and butter. Add flour and salt, stir with a wooden spoon. Turn the heat down when batter sticks together. Remove from heat and add 4 eggs, one at a time, with wooden spoon. Put in ungreased jelly roll pan (or bar pan or cookie sheet with sides) and bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes. Crust will be puffy; pat it down and cover with plastic wrap until ready to use. Uncover when ready, then spread with a thick layer of pudding (made according to box directions), then cool whip. Drizzle chocolate syrup on top. (I recommend drizzling more generously than the picture above!)