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Are you looking for a decadent, easy-to-whip-up dessert? I’ve got just the thing! This Easy Cream Puff Cake is always a crowd favorite, and it’s easy to see why! With a buttery, homemade crust, creamy vanilla center, and whipped topping, what’s not to love? The best part is, you probably have everything on hand to make it. Go ahead and check out the video below to see how easily this dessert comes together!

Doesn’t this cream puff cake look absolutely delightful? With rich cream cheese, sweet vanilla pudding, whipped cream, and chocolate syrup, it’s no wonder this dessert disappears almost as fast as I can make it. Try out this recipe at your next potluck or get-together! Don’t say I didn’t warn you though – it’ll be gone before you can blink!

Start by preheating the oven to 450°F and greasing a 9×13 baking pan. Then, in a small saucepan, combine water, butter, and salt. Bring mixture to a boil, then remove from heat. Pour mixture into a medium mixing bowl and add flour a little at a time. Stir continuously until a soft dough forms. Let the dough cool for 10 minutes.

Add eggs to the dough mixture and beat until thick and smooth. The dough surface should have a satin sheen. Cool again for 5 minutes, then pour into greased pan and bake for 15 minutes.

Then, remove the pan from the oven and poke the dough with a knife several times to allow puffed-up air to escape. Reduce oven heat to 350°F and bake another 20 minutes. Allow pan and dough to cool for about 30 – 45 minutes before adding the cream filling.

To make the filling, beat softened cream cheese in a large mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together vanilla extract, vanilla pudding mix, and milk. Add to cream cheese and mix slowly at first and then beat well. Pour over baked cream puff. Cover with Cool Whip and drizzle with chocolate syrup. Store in fridge until ready to serve.

Trust me, this is one dish you won’t want to pass up! Get the full ingredient list and instructions below!

Makes 12 servings

20m prep time

35m cook time

4.7
Rated 4.7 out of 5
Rated by 10 reviewers
Ingredients
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 small packages instant vanilla pudding
  • 1 cup flour
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, very soft
  • 3 1/2 cups milk
  • 8 ounce whipped topping defrosted
  • 1/4 cup chocolate syrup
Preparation
  1. Preheat oven to 450°F and grease a 9×13 baking pan.
  2. In a small saucepan, combine water, butter, and salt. Bring mixture to a boil, then remove from heat.
  3. Pour into a medium mixing bowl and add flour a little at a time. Stir continuously until a soft dough forms. Let dough cool for 10 minutes.
  4. Add eggs to the dough mixture and beat until thick and smooth. Dough surface should have a satin sheen. Cool again for 5 minutes, then pour into greased pan and bake for 15 minutes.
  5. Remove pan from oven and poke the dough with a knife several times to allow puffed-up air to escape. Reduce oven heat to 350°F and bake another 20 minutes.
  6. Allow pan and dough to cool for about 30 – 45 minutes before adding cream filling.
  7. To make the filling, beat softened cream cheese in a large mixing bowl.
  8. In a separate bowl, whisk together vanilla extract, vanilla pudding mix, and milk. Add to cream cheese and mix slowly at first and then beat well. Pour over baked cream puff.
  9. Cover with Cool Whip and drizzle with chocolate syrup. Store in fridge until ready to serve.

Recipe adapted from Plowing Through Life