Cream Puff Cake Sundae #Recipe by Karen Rose Smith





I've been making this dessert for years because it's a favorite and friends ask for it (particularly their kids) again and again.  It's especially good for picnics but delicious any time of year. With a homemade puff pastry base, peanut butter, cream cheese pudding and chocolate fudge topping, how can you go wrong?  I hope your family enjoys it too.

CREAM PUFF CAKE SUNDAE

1 cup water
1 stick margarine (1/2 cup)
1 cup flour
4 eggs

Bring the water and margarine to a low boil. Stir in the flour until it forms a ball. Remove from the heat.

COOL SLIGHTLY--about 10 minutes. If you don't let this mixture cool, your eggs will scramble in the dough!

Stir in the eggs one at a time after the batter mixture is slightly cool.

Slightly grease a 9 x 13 inch cake pan and spread the batter over it.
Bake at 450 degrees for 15 minutes, then at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

COOL COMPLETELY.




FILLING
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter (melted in microwave--I do it 30 seconds at 1100 watts)

After base pastry is baked and COOLED, then dribble melted peanut butter over it and refrigerate while you make the rest of the filling.


2 (3.4 oz. boxes) vanilla instant pudding
3 cups whole milk  (If you use whole milk, the dessert shouldn't get watery if you serve it the next day.)
1 (8 oz.) package softened cream cheese
8 oz. Cool Whip
Hot fudge topping--I use Smuckers. (1/4-1/2 cup melted in microwave for 20-30 seconds--1100 watts--so it's easy to dribble.)

In a large mixer bowl, combine the pudding mix and milk until thickened.  Add the softened cream cheese until smooth. (If the cream cheese isn't soft enough, you might get little lumps. But it's still good!) Spread this over the COOLED puff pastry with the peanut butter layer. Top it all with 8 oz. of Cool Whip and refrigerate.  Melt hot fudge topping and drizzle it over the Cool Whip before serving! Feeds a bunch. 







USA TODAY Bestselling Author Karen Rose Smith is an only child who delved into books at an early age. She learned about kindred spirits from Anne of Green Gables, solved mysteries with Nancy Drew and wished she could have been the rider on The Black Stallion. Yet even though she escaped often into story worlds, she had many aunts, uncles and cousins around her on weekends. Her sense of family and relationships began there. Maybe that's why families are a strong theme in her novels, whether mysteries or romances. Her 87th novel will be released in 2015.

Readers often ask her about her pastimes. She has herb, flowers and vegetable gardens that help her relax. In the winter, she cooks rather than gardens. And year round she spends most of her time with her husband, as well as her four rescued cats who are her constant companions. They chase rainbows from sun catchers, reminding her life isn't all about work, awards and bestseller lists. Everyone needs that rainbow to chase.
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