No Bake Eclair Cake

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No Bake Eclair Cake is the perfect dessert to whip up in a snap and serve for any occasion. Rich vanilla pudding mixed with whipped cream and layered between graham crackers then topped with sweet chocolate frosting, everyone will enjoy this easy icebox cake!

This is a layered version of our other Easy Eclair Cake recipe that is also a huge hit.

No Bake Eclair Cake on a white plate with whipped cream

No Bake Eclair Cake

No need to heat up the oven, dessert can be made without it! No Bake Eclair Cake is so easy to make and yet it’s the thing everyone is always asking me to make. I love that I can make it the night before serving and it’s made from ingredients that are almost always in the pantry and refrigerator.

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The Ingredients

Here’s what you’ll need to make the No Bake Eclair Cake (the exact measurements and full recipe instructions are below in the printable recipe card):

  • Graham crackers
  • French vanilla instant pudding
  • Cool Whip – be sure to thaw before making the recipe.
  • Milk – I used whole milk.
  • Chocolate frosting – our 5-minute frosting recipe is delicious and quick, but you can also use store bought. One whole tub of chocolate cake/cupcake frosting from the baking aisle is just right for this recipe.
ingredients to make No Bake Eclair Cake

How to Make No Bake Eclair Cake

Start by whisking together the milk and instant vanilla pudding until well combined. Set the pudding aside to thicken, stirring occasionally.

Once the pudding is thick, fold in the thawed Cool Whip.

mixing vanilla pudding and Cool Whip together in a teal bowl

Place a single layer of the graham crackers in the bottom of a 9×13-inch pan.

a single layer of graham crackers in a pan

Next, add half of the pudding mixture.

pudding over top of the graham crackers

Add another single layer of graham crackers.

next layer of graham crackers

Spread on the remaining vanilla pudding mixture.

final layer of vanilla pudding

Add one last single layer of graham crackers.

topping the cake with graham crackers

Melt the chocolate frosting in the microwave in 15 second increments until it is completely melted. Pour the frosting over top of the eclair cake.

pouring melted chocolate frosting over the eclair cake

Refrigerate the eclair cake for 30 minutes to allow the frosting to set, then cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 8 hours.

finished eclair cake

The refrigeration period is when the layers of graham crackers become soft and cake-like. After the cake has chilled for at least 8 hours, slice into 12 servings.

a slice of No Bake Eclair Cake

Variations

Cinnamon Graham Crackers – Try making this eclair cake with cinnamon graham crackers instead of plain. It’s delicious!

Cheesecake Pudding – Instant cheesecake flavor pudding is a really good alternative to the French vanilla pudding.

Chocolate Pudding – To make a double chocolate eclair cake, use chocolate pudding instead of the French vanilla.

How to Store Leftovers

Cover the pan tightly with plastic wrap and keep the leftover eclair cake in the refrigerator for up to three days.

No Bake Eclair Cake

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No Bake Eclair Cake

No Bake Eclair Cake is the perfect dessert to whip up in a snap and serve for any occasion. Rich vanilla pudding mixed with whipped cream and layered between graham crackers then topped with sweet chocolate frosting, everyone will enjoy this easy icebox cake!
Servings: 12 servings
Prep: 20 mins
Chill time: 8 hrs
Total: 8 hrs 20 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 3 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 2 boxes (3.4 ounces each) instant French vanilla pudding mix
  • 16 ounce tub Cool Whip (this is 1 large tub, or use small 8-ounce tubs) thawed
  • 1 box graham crackers
  • 1 tub chocolate frosting

Instructions

  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the milk and instant vanilla pudding until well combined. Set aside to thicken for a few minutes, stirring occasionally. Once thickened, fold in the Cool Whip.
  • Place a single layer of graham crackers in the bottom of a 9×13-inch pan. Top with half of the pudding mixture. Add another single layer of graham crackers, then the remaining pudding mixture. Top with a final layer of graham crackers.
  • Scoop the chocolate frosting into a microwave-safe bowl and heat in 15-second increments until melted, stirring well between each cooking interval. Pour the frosting over top of the eclair cake.
  • Refrigerate the eclair cake for about 30 minutes until the chocolate frosting is set, then cover with plastic wrap and chill overnight, or 8 hours.
  • Slice the eclair cake into 12 servings and serve chilled.

Nutrition

Calories: 464kcal | Carbohydrates: 77g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 451mg | Potassium: 295mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 55g | Vitamin A: 174IU | Calcium: 152mg | Iron: 2mg

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10 comments on “No Bake Eclair Cake”

  1. 5 stars
    Wonderful! Made for church fellowship time! Everyone loved it ! Someone called it the most sinful desert ever I used crushed butterfinger bar in the filing mix! Yum! Whipped cream on the side!

  2. Sherri Redwine

    5 stars
    Ive made this recipe for years except i use 3 c of milk (instead of 3 1/2 c)and the 11oz pudding( instead of 3.4oz) also i have found that the Pillsbury Fudge icing is the best! Makes it fudgy

  3. 5 stars
    Well I didn’t have vanilla pudding but I had chocolate, and I didn’t have chocolate frosting but I had cream cheese frosting. I’m giving that a whirl. Not sure how it will taste, it’s just setting up. But it looks good..

  4. 5 stars
    i am thinking to put chocolate pudding on the bottom layer then vanilla pudding on the top layer my friend uses hersheys syrup instead of frosting on the top

  5. 5 stars
    I made the cake with this recipe except I substituted Butter cookie for the graham crackers. Everyone wanted the recipe.

    1. Svetlana Zaremba

      There are a few kinds of Cool Whip: 
      dairy, non-dairy, dairy lite (lower in fat) dairy with full fat, fat-free dairy

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