Eclair Cake

This no bake Eclair Cake is easy to make and is always a hit! This easy creamy cake is topped off with a simple chocolate glaze for a totally irresistible bite.

Easy no bake Eclair Cake made with cool whip and graham crackers is always a hit! The creamy cake pairs well with the simple chocolate glaze

How to Make Eclair Cake

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I love having an arsenal of dessert recipes at my fingertips. In my kitchen, I keep a separate box for all the different recipe cards, newspaper cut-outs, and cookbook photocopies that I have around. One section of that box is labeled “Best Desserts.”

The star of that section is this recipe for eclair cake.

This is a “no bake” recipe that’s about as easy to make as you could imagine. No bake desserts are a love of mine, and this recipe is a great example.

You mix up the eclair filling, line a baking dish with graham crackers, and whip up a glaze.

It’s super easy, but makes enough to feed a crowd. Honestly, the hardest part of making this recipe is waiting overnight for it to sit in the fridge!

I love bringing this recipe to cook outs. Something about a hot burger fresh off the grill really compliments a smooth, creamy bite of this eclair cake.

Give it a try.

Easy no bake Eclair Cake made with cool whip and graham crackers is always a hit! The creamy cake pairs well with the simple chocolate glaze

Recipe Notes:

Sitting Overnight: As much as you might want to, you cannot skip the overnight wait time. This dish absolutely has to sit the fridge for the whole night in order to come out right. The time in the fridge helps the éclair cake to set up, and it gives the graham crackers time to absorb some of that creamy cake texture and get soft, mushy, and moist. Without the time in the fridge, your finished dish won’t have that soft, almost pudding-like texture.

Sugar Free: One of the things that is great about this recipe is that you can substitute sugar free mixes into the recipe. If you’d like, feel free to use a sugar free pudding mix or sugar free cool whip. The glaze ends up being pretty sweet, so I hardly notice a difference in taste when I use the sugar free versions.  

Glaze: I’ve had a few people tell me that they use their own homemade frosting on the top instead of the glaze I use in the recipe. That’s totally fine, of course. Whatever frosting recipe you want to use is fine. I like this glaze because it’s not too heavy, and it doesn’t overpower the taste of the éclair cake. I would recommend against using a really heavy frosting.

Eclair Cake

This no bake Eclair Cake is easy to make and is always a hit! This easy creamy cake is topped off with a simple chocolate glaze for a totally irresistible bite.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 (3.4 Ounce) Packages Instant Vanilla Pudding
  • 3 1/2 Cups Whole Milk
  • 8 Ounce Cool Whip
  • 2 (14.4 Ounce) Boxes Graham Crackers

Glaze:

  • 6 Tablespoons Butter
  • 6 Tablespoons Whole Milk
  • 6 Tablespoons Cocoa
  • 2 Cups Powdered Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla

Directions:

  1. In a medium mixing bowl, blend together instant vanilla pudding mix and milk. Using a hand held electric mixer, beat for 2 minutes, on medium speed. Gently fold in Cool Whip.
  2. In a 9 X 13 inch dish, lay a single layer of graham crackers, cutting as needed, to cover the entire bottom of dish.
  3. Evenly spread half the pudding mixture over graham crackers.
  4. Lay a second layer of graham crackers, fitting as needed, over the pudding layer.
  5. Pour the remaining pudding mixture over graham crackers.
  6. Lay a final layer of graham crackers, fitting as needed, over the pudding.
  7. Meanwhile, make the glaze;
  8. In a medium microwave safe bowl, add the butter and milk and heat just until butter melts.
  9. Add cocoa, powdered sugar and vanilla. Using a hand held electric mixer, mix until glaze becomes smooth and there are no longer any lumps.
  10. Pour glaze over top layer of graham crackers, using an offset spatula to cover top smoothly.
  11. Cover dish with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator overnight.

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Source: Very slightly adapted from Chef-In-Training

Easy no bake Eclair Cake made with cool whip and graham crackers is always a hit! The creamy cake pairs well with the simple chocolate glaze
Easy no bake Eclair Cake made with cool whip and graham crackers is always a hit! The creamy cake pairs well with the simple chocolate glaze

Kathleen

Kathleen is a recipe developer, passionate home cook and the author of the blog Gonna Want Seconds. She has been married to her best friend for 32 years and has two great kids, two Bernese Mountain Dogs, a Quarter Horse and a little green parrot. She is obsessed with cookbooks, cowboy boots, red wine and vintage costume jewelry. Kathleen's recipes are all tried and true, tested and tweaked and, most importantly, family and friend approved!

9 comments on “Eclair Cake”

  1. Oh thank you, my husband will love this!

  2. Can you think of a substitute for Cool Whip? I don’t like the taste of it and I really would like to make this recipe. Thanls.

    • Whipped cream, sour cream or whipped coconut cream would be good substitutes. I hope this helps!

  3. I am reading the ingredients and steps with my jaw dropped. This is crazy easy. I am so trying this! Thanks a mil.

  4. Someone made this for a gathering awhile back, and I lost the recipe, so I’m so glad to find this! Saving for next potluck.

  5. We made this for our Easter dessert. It was a hit and I was so surprised that it actually resembled the taste of a chocolate eclair! So good and so easy!

  6. I have this recipe and have made it for 15 years. I always use French vanilla pudding and heavy cream whipped. My frosting recipe has unsweetened baking chocolate instead of cocoa. I have made this dessert many many times in the morning and eaten it that evening and it’s always set up and the graham crackers are soft. So if you are short on time it’s always worked for me

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