Pistachio Eclair Cake

by aimee @ shugarysweets on March 1, 2014

Delicious, no bake Pistachio Eclair Cake is the perfect dessert at the end of the day!

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Pistachio Eclair Cake: an easy recipe for a no bake eclair cake!

I am obsessed with eclair cakes. It could be because they are so easy to whip up, it could be because they don’t have to bake.

But mostly, it’s because they are delicious.

Growing up my mom used to surprise us with giant pudding parfaits. She would take chocolate pudding and vanilla pudding and swirl them in great big shake glasses and top them with cool whip. There was always one for each of us.

Occasionally she would use different puddings, and I always loved it when there was pistachio.

I’m such a sucker for pistachio pudding. I love the creamy texture, the little bits of pistachio nuts, the color!

Pistachio Eclair Cake: an easy recipe for a no bake eclair cake!

Today’s eclair cake recipe using pistachio pudding as the main flavor. I love to make this before going to bed, refrigerating it all night, and all the next day and enjoying it for dessert. I like my graham crackers to fully soften! However, I have totally eaten it immediately after making it too. The crunch grahams give it a completely different texture!

As for the frosting, there are a few options.

  • make your own milk chocolate frosting (like I did in this recipe)
  • spread on a can of milk chocolate frosting
  • spread on a can of MELTED milk chocolate frosting

I did option 3 for today’s recipe. Normally I would make my own (it’s my favorite way, by far)…but sometimes you don’t have time or ingredients. Spreading on a can of frosting works just fine in a pinch. HOWEVER, taking that can of frosting and melting it in the microwave for one minutes results in a whole different texture. You get a fudgy, creamy frosting that once refrigerated takes on a rich chocolate flavor! Only do this option if you will have time to refrigerate for up to 3 hours. ENJOY!

Pistachio Eclair Cake: an easy recipe for a no bake eclair cake!

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Pistachio Eclair Cake

Prep Time: 3 hours, 15 minutes

Yield: serves 12 large or 24 small

Delicious, creamy No Bake Pistachio Eclair cake recipe!


  • 1 box (14.4 oz) honey graham crackers
  • 2 pkg (3.4oz each) instant pistachio pudding mix
  • 2 1/2 cup milk
  • 12 oz Cool Whip
  • 1 can Pillsbury Milk Chocolate frosting, melted


  1. Mix pudding with milk, using a whisk, for 2 minutes. Fold in cool whip. Set aside.
  2. In a 13x9 baking dish, lay a single layer of graham cracker on bottom of pan. Pour half of the pudding mixture over the grahams. Place another layer of graham crackers. Pour remaining pudding mixture over grahams. Top with final layer of graham crackers. Pour melted chocolate frosting over top layer of grahams.
  3. Cover and refrigerate for 3 hours (or overnight). ENJOY!

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Lisa @ Flour Me With Love March 1, 2014 at 8:59 am

I love pistachio; this looks and sounds amazing! Can’t wait to try this :)
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aimee @ shugarysweets March 2, 2014 at 3:05 pm

Thank you Lisa :) So glad you stopped by!


Julianne @ Beyond Frosting March 1, 2014 at 3:15 pm

I too love you eclair cakes!
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Mary Frances March 1, 2014 at 6:48 pm

I have a feeling I would be obessed with eclair cakes if I made them! :) I really like how distinct the layers are! A showstopper for sure!


aimee @ shugarysweets March 2, 2014 at 3:03 pm

Thanks Mary Frances. So many great flavors can be made into an eclair cake!!


Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet March 2, 2014 at 9:58 am

It’s been way too long since I made the eclair cake. Loving this pistachio version! Pinned! Happy weekend, Aimee!
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aimee @ shugarysweets March 2, 2014 at 3:01 pm

Thanks for pinning Anna! Hope you had a great weekend too!


Emily @ Life on Food March 2, 2014 at 2:18 pm

Oh my husband would die for some of this sweet treat. I love that it is so easy to put together too.
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aimee @ shugarysweets March 2, 2014 at 2:55 pm

Thanks Emily, it is such an easy dessert! And so many flavor possibilities!


Jenn@eatcakefordinner March 2, 2014 at 4:25 pm

You read my mind. I had just pinned a recipe for this :) Yours looks fabulous.
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aimee @ shugarysweets March 3, 2014 at 10:02 am

Thank you Jenn :)


Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust March 2, 2014 at 5:42 pm

I need to make an eclair cake. I keep meaning too and never do. It’s on my list for summer for sure!
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Rebecca {foodie with family} March 3, 2014 at 9:41 am

Wow, Aimee. This seems so dreamy. I adore creamy pistachio filling and I love eclair cake. I ADORE this combo.


Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures March 3, 2014 at 10:28 am

Super simple but still beautiful and delicious! Great recipe!
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Jess @ On Sugar Mountain March 4, 2014 at 10:58 am

Although I adore baking in all its forms, sometimes you just need a no-bake treat to inhale immediately – I mean enjoy with friends. I definitely didn’t mean eating the entire glory that is this eclair cake on my own…
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Nutmeg Nanny March 4, 2014 at 3:42 pm

Oh wow, I love eclair cakes so much! This pistachio cake is fantastic!!
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Kelly - Life made Sweeter March 7, 2014 at 4:00 am

All your elcair cakes look amazing – I’m such a sucker for pistachios, so I love that you made a pistachio version :) Can’t wait to give this a try – pinning :)
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Patti March 26, 2014 at 11:39 am

Have you made this with the fat free/sugar free pistachio pudding? wondering if it works as well?


aimee @ shugarysweets March 26, 2014 at 11:42 am

It would work just fine!! ENJOY!
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Rashmi July 12, 2014 at 9:44 pm

Hi Aimee,

I love this recipe. Thank you so much for sharing it. I read it-pinned it-made it! All in a day!! Has turned out perfect.


aimee @ shugarysweets July 13, 2014 at 8:38 am

So glad to hear it!! Thanks for stopping back and letting me know :) ENJOY!


gena August 21, 2014 at 10:48 pm

This cake looks amazing. Such a nice twist from the original Éclair Cake. Can’t wait to try this. Thanks for posting.


aimee @ shugarysweets August 22, 2014 at 7:40 am

Thanks Gena! We love it!!


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