No Bake Peanut Butter Eclair Cake

by aimee @ shugarysweets on July 14, 2013

Too hot to turn on the oven? Try making this No Bake Peanut Butter version of a Chocolate Eclair Cake!

No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Eclair Cake: a delicious no bake dessert filled with chocolate, peanut butter and #reeses

No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Eclair Cake: a delicious no bake dessert filled with chocolate, peanut butter and #reeses

Sometimes, you, my readers have the best ideas! Last month I shared a Strawberry Eclair Cake recipe. Which is basically a twist on the traditional Eclair Cake.

One of you suggested I make a peanut butter version. And I’m so glad you did! I used chocolate graham crackers instead of original honey, which gave a delicious chocolate twist to the cake!

I also added peanut butter to the pudding filling. Oh, and some whole Reese’s Peanut Butter cups. I made a homemade chocolate frosting, but if canned frosting is your thing, go for it! I also scaled this recipe down to a 9inch baking dish instead of a 13×9. It’s quite rich, so you don’t need as large a slice!!

No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Eclair Cake: a delicious no bake dessert filled with chocolate, peanut butter and #reeses

One bite of these and you will be so glad you tried this version! Be sure you let this cake sit in the fridge for at least 4 hours (or overnight) to help soften the crackers! It’s an important step, k?

No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Eclair Cake: a delicious no bake dessert filled with chocolate, peanut butter and #reeses

Speaking of the homemade frosting, I used one of my new favorite discoveries! TCHO Chocolate. I used their 99% unsweetened chocolate critters. They are so adorable too. But, word of warning, don’t let their cuteness be mistaken as a good snack. They are unsweetened. So unless you like to snack on unsweet chocolate, (NOT ME) don’t pop them in your mouth.

However, please please please use these for making delicious smooth and creamy frosting! I’m delighted in how smooth this chocolate melts. As some of you many know, chocolate can be difficult, temperamental product. And you want a good quality chocolate filled with rich creamy flavor, but also a product that melts perfectly. EVERY TIME. So far, TCHO Chocolate has been that perfect product!

TCHO provided me some samples, and I can’t wait to purchase this chocolate on a regular basis. I’ve already used the other samples (dark chocolate and milk chocolate) in upcoming recipes! So stay tuned!!

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No Bake Peanut Butter Eclair Cake

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 4 hours, 15 minutes

Yield: serves 8

Ingredients

    For the Cake:
  • 18 chocolate graham crackers
  • 1 box (3.5oz) vanilla instant pudding mix
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 8 oz Cool Whip
  • 16 Reese's Peanut butter cups
  • For the frosting:
  • 2oz unsweetened chocolate (I used TCHO 99% unsweetened chocolate)
  • 3 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 Tbsp corn syrup
  • 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 Tbsp milk

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat vanilla pudding mix with milk, until there are no lumps. Beat in peanut butter until smooth. Fold in the Cool Whip, set aside.
  2. In a 9inch square baking dish, layer 6 grahams. Top with half of the pudding mix. Top with 6 more crackers and the 16 Reese's PB cups. Top with the remaining of the pudding mix. Finish by topping with the remaining 6 graham crackers.
  3. For the frosting, heat unsweetened chocolate with butter and corn syrup on medium heat in a small saucepan. Whisk until smooth. Remove from heat and whisk in the powdered sugar and milk. Frost the top of the graham cracker layer and place in refrigerator.
  4. Refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight. Cut and enjoy!
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**TCHO chocolate provided me with samples. No other compensation was received. All views are 100% my own!**

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Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet July 14, 2013 at 3:13 pm

I had something like this today at a luncheon at church minus the peanut butter. Oh how I bet this is so much better adding it!
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aimee @ shugarysweets July 14, 2013 at 5:56 pm

The peanut butter is a nice addition! I do make a classic version as well (maybe more like what you had today). Both are awesome!!!
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Jenn@eatcakefordinner July 14, 2013 at 3:42 pm

GENIUS!!! Pinned!
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aimee @ shugarysweets July 14, 2013 at 5:56 pm

Thanks for pinning Jenn :)
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Renee @ Awesome on $20 July 14, 2013 at 4:15 pm

This looks pretty ridiculous. And that frosting looks silky and beautiful. Can’t wait to try it.
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aimee @ shugarysweets July 14, 2013 at 5:58 pm

Thanks Renee. It is a pretty ridiculous dessert ;)
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Victoria @ My Thoughts For Thought July 14, 2013 at 4:51 pm

I can’t believe how delicious this looks. I am not one for eclairs but I would be more than happy to try this!
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Eva @ Eva Bakes July 14, 2013 at 5:15 pm

This looks amazing, Aimee! I love no bake desserts in the summertime!
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Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) July 14, 2013 at 5:52 pm

This looks so simple but so incredible! I have to make this!
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Anne ~ Uni Homemaker July 14, 2013 at 5:53 pm

Wow…. this looks amazing! I love no-bake desserts in the summer time. Keeps the heat out of the house. I can go for a slice or two here… YUM!
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Marcie July 14, 2013 at 6:51 pm

Eclairs have been one of my favorite things since I was a kid. Something about that rich and creamy filling with that chocolate glaze. Yours look SO delicious, and I can never resist peanut butter!

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aimee @ shugarysweets July 15, 2013 at 10:11 am

Thanks Marcie, it’s hard to resist chocolate and peanut butter!!
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Eat Good 4 Life July 14, 2013 at 6:56 pm

Holly scraps this looks mighty delicious, but then again, everything you do does :-) I wish I could just dig in.
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aimee @ shugarysweets July 15, 2013 at 10:15 am

Awww you’re too sweet :)
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Sarah July 14, 2013 at 8:42 pm

I have never had an eclair cake, which is weird because I love eclairs and cake! Must get one into my life.
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aimee @ shugarysweets July 15, 2013 at 10:18 am

Oh you must try an eclair cake!! they are one of our favorite summer desserts!
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Kiran @ KiranTarun.com July 14, 2013 at 8:58 pm

PB eclair cake? No bake in the heat of summer?!? Sign me up a dozen, please :D
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Mary Frances @ The Sweet {Tooth} Life July 14, 2013 at 8:59 pm

Wow, I can’t believe a no bake can look that decadent! Gorgeous and so creamy!
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Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust July 14, 2013 at 9:38 pm

This is fabulous Aimee! I almost made an eclair cake with the peanut butter poptarts, but did the bars instead. That would have been too funny!
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aimee @ shugarysweets July 15, 2013 at 10:21 am

That would have been pretty funny!!!
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Averie @ Averie Cooks July 14, 2013 at 9:43 pm

Just by looking at the pics, would have never guessed this was nobake! Amazing! And that there’s PB cups stuffed in…oh yeah :)
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aimee @ shugarysweets July 15, 2013 at 10:22 am

I’ll stuff PB cups into everything!! :)
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Jocelyn @BruCrew Life July 14, 2013 at 11:06 pm

You know that I love every single thing about this cake! I’m sitting here drooling at how good I know this must have been! And that chocolate sounds fabulous…I will have to keep an eye out for it!
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Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen July 14, 2013 at 11:22 pm

It’s funny although I am not a huge peanut butter fan, I am a fan of resses pb cups and go weak at the knees when I see them!! LOL weird, I know. This eclair cake looks fabulous!!
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Julianne @ Beyond Frosting July 14, 2013 at 11:55 pm

How fun is this cake!? I love Eclairs. It’s my go-to dessert when I am out and about, I think because it reminds me of Boston cream donuts!
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aimee @ shugarysweets July 15, 2013 at 10:25 am

Well, stay turned because I have a delicious Boston Cream Donut recipe coming soon!!!!
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Julianne @ Beyond Frosting July 15, 2013 at 12:09 pm

Oh that is FANTASTIC news!

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Mimi @ Culinary Couture July 15, 2013 at 1:02 am

I love eclair cake! I was just thinking the other day about switching up the ingredients to make a different version, thanks for doing all the work for me :P I can’t wait to try this!
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aimee @ shugarysweets July 15, 2013 at 10:26 am

You’re quite welcome!! ENJOY!
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Veronica July 15, 2013 at 4:38 am

A friend sent me a recipe for a peanut butter eclair cake a while back and I totally didn’t take the hint that she wanted me to make it for her. She’d probably forgive me if I made her this version cuz it has Reese’s in it! Oh boy, this is over the top awesome!
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aimee @ shugarysweets July 15, 2013 at 10:26 am

Thanks Veronica. I think you totally need to make this for her…win some points!!
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Faith @ Pixie Dust Kitchen July 15, 2013 at 7:56 am

This looks like a giant, super creamy peanut butter cup- except it’s cake and has peanut butter cups in it, so it’s even better!
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aimee @ shugarysweets July 15, 2013 at 10:27 am

Exactly!!!
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Jessica@AKitchenAddiction July 15, 2013 at 9:21 am

Love the peanut butter variation! I wish I were eating a big slice right now!
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katie July 15, 2013 at 10:51 am

oh wow… i’m all over the peanut butter recipes right now! This is perfect for the summer months when you don’t want to turn on the oven!
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Ana Fernandez July 15, 2013 at 11:43 am

Yum! This looks great! totally love that is a no bake dessert, can´t stop drooling

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Kathy July 15, 2013 at 1:52 pm

Love this version with the peanut butter! I bet it tastes fabulous!
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Julie @ Julie's Eats & Treats July 15, 2013 at 5:24 pm

LOVE anything no bake in the summer and this look fabulous!
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Lynn@Southern Direction July 15, 2013 at 5:45 pm

So yummy…these look wonderful.
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Nessa July 15, 2013 at 6:34 pm

Nom nom :)

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Chandra@The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen July 15, 2013 at 6:57 pm

I don’t even know how to describe how amazing these look!
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aimee @ shugarysweets July 15, 2013 at 11:04 pm

I can tell by the drool on your chin that no words are necessary ;)
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Des @ Life's Ambrosia July 15, 2013 at 8:34 pm

ooooh No Bake Desserts are sooooo dangerous for the simple fact that they are so easy. This looks fantastic!
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Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen July 16, 2013 at 12:46 am

Oh, girl! This no-bake dessert is totally off…the…chain! Love that there is PB in this Éclair Cake!
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aimee @ shugarysweets July 16, 2013 at 12:38 pm

yeah, the richness from the PB is just incredible!! ENJOY!!!
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Kayle (The Cooking Actress) July 17, 2013 at 8:45 pm

MMM I love TCHO and omg I am in looooooooove with these bars. Nothing not awesome about these!
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Elizabeth @ SugarHero.com July 18, 2013 at 2:21 am

YEAH it’s too hot to turn on my oven, and YEAH I want to make this immediately! So glad you have the TCHO love. I’ve enjoyed their chocolate for years, and this post reminded me I need to pick up some more!
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aimee @ shugarysweets July 18, 2013 at 5:42 pm

I wish I had known about TCHO sooner!! It’s very good, I’m on it now though!!

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Emma July 18, 2013 at 2:01 pm

Would you just double the ingredients to make a larger version? I have an office full of guinea pigs that I frequently experiment on, and I know this 9×9 version will not get around far enough to satisfy all 14 of them. I can’t wait to see their faces when I bring it in. Thanks. :-)

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aimee @ shugarysweets July 18, 2013 at 2:18 pm

Yep, the original version is made in a 13×9 baking dish. Feel free to double it :)

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Marie July 18, 2013 at 4:15 pm

Planning on making this tomorrow!! My hubby LOVES Reese’s :) Question, are you using bite sized resees or the normal, larger sized ones?

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aimee @ shugarysweets July 18, 2013 at 5:39 pm

I used regular sized in the recipe. The minis were just decoration. Sorry for the confusion!! However, you could use whichever you have on hand :)

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Heather @ French Press July 18, 2013 at 9:10 pm

Oh My Goodness…eclairs, no bake, and peanut butter cups all in one. This is soon to be a family favorite I just know it
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David Hogman July 19, 2013 at 1:02 am

The peanut butter no bake cake and cookies look delicious and mouth watering. Love peanut butter..Thanks for uploading the recipes

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Ginger July 21, 2013 at 12:23 am

You had me at no bake! Now that’s my kind of recipe! ;) Can’t wait to try it out. Yum! :)

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Nicole August 29, 2013 at 5:27 pm

How would I turn this into a 9 x 13 size dessert?

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Amber DeGrace September 2, 2013 at 9:48 am

This turned out deliciously! I made two batches yesterday morning, one for a party in the afternoon and another for a party today. Thanks for a delicious (and easy) recipe! I’m now subscribed to your feed for more where this came from. Cheers!

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craig ballantyne September 13, 2013 at 4:04 am

I am going to try making the peanut butter no bake cake and cookies they look delicious and mouth watering. Thanks for uploading the recipes. If they don’t turn out right i will have fun with the kids making them.

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Wendy gill January 17, 2014 at 3:39 am

While your recipes look delicious ,could you please tell where you can buy ingredients like creamy peanut butter and vanilla cream .

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Catie January 20, 2014 at 9:03 am

I tried this as a pie, I used chocolate wafer and honey graham crackers as the pie crust and put a little homemade whip cream on it, it was to die for!

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Kristal February 4, 2014 at 2:31 pm

Did you use dark or light corn syrup and what % milk do you use?

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aimee @ shugarysweets February 4, 2014 at 3:21 pm

Hi Kristal,
I used light corn syrup and skim (fat free milk)…that’s what I had on hand. Any % milk should work just fine though!
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Sandrapaull June 20, 2014 at 10:19 pm

Where do you buy TCHO Choc

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