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I forgot to add the vanilla at the end of making my vanilla pastry cream for eclair cake. Can I add it now after its been in the frig overnight? I'm going to fold in whipped cream also.

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If your pastry cream can handle being stirred (most do and as you will be including whipped cream anyway), you should be fine. Stirring will soften your pastry cream a bit, but not make it completely liquid.

You can even add the vanilla to your cream, whip it together and need not worry about stirring well enough or uneven distribution of liquid in your pastry cream.

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    Good suggestion, I would add it to the whipped cream.
    – Max
    Apr 7, 2016 at 13:45

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