Camp Site Eclair

I was brainstorming about a good dessert to have for Father’s Day coming up,

when I came up with this idea:  A Camp Site Eclair Dessert.

I know the Daddy in our family, loves camping, fishing, and marshmallows! So this whole dessert was going to make him very happy, because there is a whole lot of marshmallow fondant involved! And as a bonus, there are other surprise treats everywhere!

I decided to make it ahead of time (with a little help from the Daddy in celebration, and our kiddos.)  Thankfully, we can save all of the decorations on top, make the dessert again next week, and redecorate.  Because I wanted to be able to share the idea with you all, our blog readers, in case you’d like to replicate the idea, or let it spark an idea of your own in some way.

So this decorated dessert is the pan variation of No Bake Eclair. You may remember we shared this recipe before, as individual cup servings, that looked like this:

You can find that recipe and directions for the cups version here.

 

This is what our No Bake Eclair Dessert originally looked like, before covering with crushed

graham cracker, for a nice dirt ground effect, to set the scene for our camp site.  Here is the easy, no-bake

recipe for it. You can whip this part up ridiculously quickly!

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No Bake Eclair

Participating Ingredients:

  • graham crackers
  • 2 boxes instant vanilla pudding
  • 8 oz. cool whip
  • 1 can of chocolate frosting and 2 tbsp. milk
  • 3   1/2  cups of milk

 

Directions:

Mix the pudding and milk with the blender- let it get a little thick. Add the cool whip in.

Butter a 9X13 in. cake pan. Place WHOLE graham crackers in the bottom of pan. You will need to break some though.

On top of graham crackers add 1/2 of the pudding/cool whip mixture.

Put on another layer of crackers and then the other half of the pudding mixture.

Place last layer of graham crackers on top.

In a separate bowl empty the frosting and add 2 tbsp. of milk. Mix so the frosting is creamy and easy to spread.

Frost the crackers and enjoy!

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Now to share as much as I can, about how we decorated the pan of No-Bake Eclair:

The ground as I said, is the top frosting layer, covered in lots of very crushed graham cracker.  On top of that, everything is made out of marshmallow fondant, various kinds of candy, and little pretzel sticks.

Now please keep in mind, we are no fondant artists, yet! This is our very first time working with the stuff.  This is actually marshmallow fondant, which is made so easily with mini marshmallows, confectionery sugar, and water.   Then of course, we used some food dye. (Not food coloring, but food dye, used for coloring icing.)  I very easily found 2 videos on making marshmallow fondant, and coloring it, just by Googling. I will put them at the end of this post, for your convenience.

 

Don’t mind the father’s face, lol.  We really didn’t expect it to show much. It was just quickly smushed together. lol

He is completely made of white/uncolored marshmallow fondant, and then painted with food dye and a brush.

 

The camp fire is made of colored fondant for the flames, pretzel sticks, and chocolate rocks that we found in the cake aisle of Michael’s Arts & crafts.

 

 The tent and family feet are also all fondant, and pretzel sticks to hold the tent up.

 

Here’s a helicopter view.

The trees and bushes are green dyed fondant, molded around Hershey Kisses, and then more green dye painted on the trees & bushes, for texture.  The pine tree uses a pretzel for the trunk.

 

 This is a set picnic table.  The table top probably could have been another layer higher.  But the table and bench seats are made of Andes Candies, the plates are Smarties Candies, and the little triangle napkins is plain marshmallow fondant.

All of the logs you see here and there, are Tooties Rolls, with a little edible black writing pen to show some grooves and bark.

The 2 fish on the scene are Swedish Fish.

The marshmallow on a stick is actually fondant, but we could have just used a mini marshmallow, since we had plenty left from  making the fondant.

 

 The water is plain fondant, painted with blue and green dye.

The sign face is fondant, with a pretzel stick, and more chocolate rocks. (Love those!)

 The tent, and the family dirty feet, is my favorite part!

It was so fun to make, and we thought it came out pretty good!!

Between shopping for the goods, and making it all, it was almost a day project, but a fun family one!

Please tell us you are a at least little impressed, even if you aren’t.   Either way, hope you find yourself inspired to play with some fondant, and get creative with food, too!!

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Making Marshmallow Fondant

 

Coloring Fondant

 




 

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Comments

  1. Paula says:

    Oh. My. Stars.

    You are so blasted creative! I want to be just like you when I grow up!

  2. WOW! That is amazing! Any Dad would love that! It would also be fun at a campout party.
    Thanks for sharing on Blog Party!
    ~Liz

  3. LOVE it!!!! We love camping too!! Very very cute!!!
    I made bonfire cupcakes for a party last week that I am dying to link to your party tomorrow!

  4. Sheryl says:

    This is so cute! This would make any Dad feel special. Thanks!

  5. Leslie says:

    Wow. The detail is great. What a neat idea.

  6. I LOVE THIS!!! I think the top of the cake is one of the sweetest I’ve ever seen and any Dad would love it!! Thanks SO much for linking it up to Think Pink Sundays!! I’ve already shared it on FB!!

  7. Randi says:

    That is unbelievable!! You did such an amazing job. I love all the details!

  8. tisha says:

    So fun!! I don’t think I could eat it though! Such a piece of artwork :-)

  9. This is TOO CUTE! I’m going to share it with a couple of my friends that do a LOT of cake decorating! Hopefully they will “Like” you on Facebook as I have done.

  10. That is just too adorable. I wish I was as creative and talented as you.

  11. This is sooo cute!!! I think the tent with the feet sticking out is my favorite part too!! You did an amazing job!!

  12. Susan says:

    Wow! This is absolutely amazing! What a lovely (and delicious) way to honor the Dad in your family!

  13. Tabitha says:

    Oooh! I love eclair. Haven’t had it in years. I bookmarked this. The campground is adorable. Thanks so much for sharing. :-)

  14. Jamie says:

    I love the little feet poking out of the tent!! Thank you for sharing. I’m a new follower I hope to see you at http://diyhshp.blogspot.com/

    P.S. I have a link party every Monday. I would love for you to stop by next week and link up your table.

  15. that looks great!! and I love eclair! I actaully had some a few minutes ago that we made last night!!

  16. Oh wow! This is just too adorable (and delicious) looking :) I wanted to invite you over to show off your recipe at These Chicks Cooked Recipe Spotlight. Have a great day!
    Katie

  17. Nikki says:

    this looks awesome! great job! I found your blog through a link party and LOVE it! I am your newest follower and would love it if you would check out my blog and follow me too! Thanks!
    -Nikki
    http://chef-n-training.blogspot.com/

  18. Shoregirl says:

    This is super adorable!! What a great Father’s Day dessert!

  19. I just LOVE LOVE you creative cake!

    Thanks for linking to THIS WEEK’S CRAVINGS! Tomorrow we post the TOP CLICKED recipe, make sure to come by and take a look. Today we opened this week’s theme “30 MINUTE MEALS”. We hope you stop back by and link up again! Happy Blogging!

    http://momscrazycooking.blogspot.com/search/label/THIS%20WEEKS%20CRAVINGS

  20. Sheryl says:

    Thanks for sharing this yummy creative cake with us at my link party. I hope you will share more of your recipes with us tomorrow at Cast Party Wednesday! http://www.ladybehindthecurtain.com
    I hope to see you there!

  21. Megan says:

    Love, love, love your camping cake! The feet peeking out is my favorite touch and there are so many small details! Great job.

  22. Looking back on my first party. Please come back over to Cast Party Wednesday and share any new recipes you might have. Thanks, I hope to see you there, —Sheryl @ Lady Behind The Curtain—
    http://www.ladybehindthecurtain.com/?p=31460

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