Banana Eclair Cake
Layers of cinnamon graham crackers, vanilla pudding and fresh banana make this no bake Banana Eclair Cake a huge summer hit! To top it off, I literally topped it off a cinnamon glaze!
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It’s not secret I love Eclair Cakes. I’ve made traditional, pistachio, strawberry, and peanut butter. I had a reader inform me that she made my peanut butter eclair cake and added bananas. My mind went WHAT?!?! I love that idea.
And that’s where today’s version originally started out. But then I realized, we were out of peanut butter. And graham crackers. And I was craving something sweet.
My husband had picked up a box of cinnamon grahams on his last trip to the grocery store. He went on and on about how he loved these as a kid. So to save him from himself (and devouring the whole box), I decided to use them in my eclair recipe. (you’re welcome Michael)
Only, in saving him, I ruined my chances of eating healthy for the day. One bite of this Banana Eclair Cake and I knew game over. I immediately texted my sister in law and offered to drop off dessert. I found this to be THAT good. The kind of dessert that I know I would take a fork to every time I opened the refrigerator (anyone else do this??).
A couple tips about making this cake:
- when layered the cake, place the grahams on top of the bananas upside down. So that the cinnamon sugar side of the cracker is touching the banana. As the cake chills out in the fridge, the cinnamon sugar caramelizes on the bananas. I found this out by accident. A very happy accident.
- give your cake plenty of time to chill. I suggest a minimum of 4 hours. The goal is to allow the grahams to soften. They taste better, and they CUT better once soft. You can even make this the night before!
- When cutting, use a serrated knife. It helps cut through the grahams a little better. Don’t expect each piece to be served in a beautiful presentation. They will slide, and fall, and it’s OKAY.
So now that you have the perfect Father’s Day dessert…or 4th of July potluck recipe…good luck not eating it all yourself!
Banana Eclair Cake
Yield: serves 12-15
Prep Time: 15 minutes (plus 4 hour chill time)
For the cake:
- 1 box (14.4oz) cinnamon graham crackers (whole)
- 2 boxes (3.4oz each) instant french vanilla pudding **
- 2 1/2 cup milk
- 12 oz Cool Whip (thawed)
- 6 fresh bananas, sliced thin
For the glaze:
- 3 cup powdered sugar
- 1/4 cup milk
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- In a medium bowl, combine the instant pudding with the milk. Whisk together for several minutes until smooth. Allow to thicken, about 5 minutes. Fold in the Cool Whip and set aside.
- In the bottom of a 13x9 baking dish, place a single layer of cinnamon crackers (cinnamon side UP). You may have to break some of the crackers to fit, don't worry if they overlap.
- Pour half of the pudding mixture over the crackers. Top with half of the sliced bananas.
- Place the next layer of crackers over the bananas, cinnamon side DOWN. Top with the remaining pudding mixture and remaining bananas.
- Place the final layer of crackers over the bananas, cinnamon side DOWN.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the glaze ingredients until smooth. Pour slowly over the top layer of crackers. Refrigerate cake for at least 4 hours, or overnight. Slice and serve. Store remaining cake in refrigerator for up to 3 days. ENJOY.
Here are a few of my favorite Eclair Cakes:
Strawberry Eclair Cake: use those fresh berries to make this seasonal dessert!
Pistachio Eclair Cake: Such a fun twist with pistachio pudding!!
Peanut Butter Eclair Cake: made with chocolate grahams, peanut butter, and Reeses. This should solve all cravings!
Here are some more delicious Eclair Cakes from my friends:
- Tiramisu Eclair Cake from Cinnamon Spice and Everything Nice
- Chocolate Raspberry Eclair Cake from Six Sisters Stuff
- Strawberry Shortcake Eclair Cake from Inside BruCrew Life
- Chunky Monkey Eclair Cake from The Girl Who Ate Everything