Strawberry Cream Eclair Cake

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If you guys follow me on Instagram, you might have seen a little announcement I made yesterday!  We are expecting baby number three this September!  I’m 16 weeks along- finally out of the first trimester and finally feeling good! I swear the first trimester feels like it’s never-ending.  And now that I’m not eating crackers and cheese, or pretzels every 15 minutes I’m finally enjoying some of the foods I love again.  Including sweets! Oh they just sounded awful that first trimester.  I’m especially loving tart and fruity desserts…..just like this Strawberry Cream Eclair Cake.  

Eclair Cake is one of my families’ favorite desserts.  My mom makes it almost every holiday and family get together.  I decided to spruce up our classic family recipe and make it a perfect dessert for Spring, especially Easter!  

Fresh strawberries, greek yogurt and PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese make a deliciously tart and creamy filling for a soft and fluffy eclair shell.  

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PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese makes any dessert delicious, and it’s no different with this Strawberry Eclair Cake.  I love using PHILADELPHIA because I know it’s high quality cream cheese.  The milk used to make the cream cheese is sourced from farmers, local to where  the cream cheese is made ,and it goes from farm to fridge in just six days.  The stuff is fresh! AND there are no preservatives in the Original PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese.

There’s a reason it tastes so good my friends.  

And what I love about the strawberry cream filling is that it isn’t too sweet.  Vanilla Greek yogurt and freshly mashed strawberries sweeten it up, but you can still taste that rich, cream cheese flavor.  And the Greek yogurt keeps it slightly tart.  It’s heaven to this prego lady.  

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A layer of cool whip goes over the strawberry cream layer and once it’s chilled for a bit the  cake is served with additional slices of fresh strawberries!  It’s the perfect fresh and fruity, light and creamy dessert for your Easter celebration or any celebration this Spring! 

Strawberry Cream Eclair Cake
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Ingredients
  1. 1/4 cup butter
  2. 1/2 cup water
  3. 1/2 cup flour
  4. 2 eggs
  5. 3/4 cup mashed strawberries
  6. 10 oz vanilla Greek yogurt
  7. 8 oz cream cheese, soft
  8. 8 oz cool whip
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Grease an 8X8 inch square pan, set aside.
  2. In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Beat in yogurt until creamy then mix in mashed strawberries. Chill in fridge until ready to fill the crust.
  3. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt butter and water together. Bring to a boil then remove from heat. Immediately whisk in flour, then the eggs, one at a time. Spread the batter into the prepared pan, spreading evenly all around and up the sides of the pan. Bake for about 20 minutes or until golden and puffed up. Remove from oven and let cool.
  4. Once cooled, pour the strawberry cream filling into the eclair shell. Spread a layer of cool whip over the top. Chill for one to two hours before serving. Serve with fresh sliced strawberries on top of the cake.
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Lowes Gas Grill Giveaway!

Today’s is another great giveaway celebrating Carrian’s 30th birthday! And this one should get you pretty excited about summer!  Who is ready to start summer grilling?  Lowe’s is giving away an awesome Master Forge Outdoor Gas Grill!  We got our first real grill last sumer from Lowes and we have absolutely loved it! We went from grilling rookies to grilling almost every week night and every weekend during the summer.  And now that the weather is finally warming up here, we’ve started to use it again.  I love grilling because it’s such a great way to eat healthy- we love grilling meat but also love grilling veggies!  Grilled meat, grilled veggies, add a green salad and you’re golden! 

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Simple Banana Bread Recipe {with Banana Greek Yogurt} + Giveaway!

This week I’m helping my friend Carrian, from Sweet Basil, celebrate her 30th birthday with lots of great giveaways! Scroll to the end of the post to enter today’s giveaway! 
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This Utah weather is so, totally confused.  Here we are, mid-April and on Sunday it rained…and snowed…and rained and snowed some more.  Can we please just get the sunshine from here on out? The only good thing about the gloomy, cold weather Sunday was it got me in the mood to bake.  And in the mood for a loaf of warm banana bread.    

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The smell of banana bread baking in the oven might be my very favorite baking smell ever.  To have a warm slice with butter seeping into it on a blustery day was perfect!  My little family of four ate the whole loaf in a day (which means Brett and I ate it all).  I stumbled upon Kelly’s, from Eat Yourself Skinny, banana bread recipe and it looked like a winner–and super simple.  I adapted it just slightly with some of the things I had, including Banana Greek yogurt.   The yogurt amps up the banana flavor and makes the bread so incredibly moist.  And just perfect (even though it’s a little sunken in).

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Banana Bread made with Banana Greek Yogurt
perfectly golden and moist banana bread made with banana greek yogurt!
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup butter, soft
  2. 1/2 cup suar
  3. 1/2 cup brown sugar
  4. 2 eggs
  5. 5.3 oz banana flavored greek yogurt (like Chobani!)
  6. 2 large ripe bananas, mashed
  7. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  8. 1 1/2 cups flour
  9. 1 tsp baking soda
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Grease a 9X5 inch loaf pan and set aside.
  2. Combine flour and baking soda in a small bowl and set aside.
  3. In a stand mixer, cream butter and sugars together. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Mix in greek yogurt, then mashed bananas. Slowly mix in flour + soda mixture.
  4. Pour batter into greased 9X5 inch pan and bake for 45-60 minutes.
Notes
  1. adapted slightly from Eat Yourself Skinny
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Today’s giveaway is an awesome Get Cookin’ Cookware Set with great prizes from Anolon, Wushtof, and Microplane.  I could use all of this amazing stuff!  Enter the rafflecopter below for a chance to win! 

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