Chocolate Eclair Cake Recipe

This Eclair Cake recipe is an old fashioned icebox cake with layers of graham crackers, pudding, and chocolate frosting. An easy no bake dessert recipe!

One square slice of chocolate eclair cake with layers of graham cracker, pudding, and chocolate frosting, on a white plate and teal napkin.

There are desserts on this website that I have created over the years, and then there are some that my family made that are childhood treasures.

For example, this zucchini bread is the only one I grew up eating, even though I have created dozens more zucchini bread recipe variations!

And these Pecan Tassies were at every holiday gathering. You’ll love their buttery crust with pecan pie filling!

Today’s Eclair Cake though is the one dessert that I knew how to make at a young age. It’s easy enough for the kids to help make, and it tastes incredible.

What is an Eclair Cake?

How to make chocolate eclair cake image

A chocolate eclair cake is an easy, no bake dessert the resembles chocolate eclairs. 

Today’s recipe has layers of graham cracker with pudding and whipped cream filling. It’s topped off with a homemade chocolate frosting!

How to make Chocolate Eclair Cake

STEP 1: In a medium size bowl, whisk together pudding and milk. Fold in thawed cool whip and set aside.

STEP 2: In the bottom of a 13×9 baking dish, layer graham crackers, then half of the pudding mixture. Top with second layer of graham crackers and remaining pudding mixture. Finish with third layer of graham crackers.

STEP 3: Frost the cake by either making the homemade frosting recipe below. Or use a can of milk chocolate frosting. Remove foil liner, microwave 20 seconds. Stir and spread over the top of the cake.

STEP 4: Refrigerate cake for at least 8 hours. This is NON-negotiable. Refrigerating the cake allows the graham cracker layers to soften, which gives this dessert it’s signature flavor and texture.

 

Fork with chocolate eclair cake

How to make Homemade Chocolate Frosting for Eclair Cake Recipe

STEP 1: In a small saucepan, with double boiler, combine the baking chocolate with corn syrup. Heat on medium heat until chocolate is melted. Remove from heat.

STEP 2: Add vanilla, butter, milk and powdered sugar. Mix until thoroughly combined.

STEP 3: Frost the top layer of graham crackers. Cover and refrigerate until serving.

FAQ about Eclair Cake

How Many Packages of Graham Crackers for eclair cake

You will need one box of graham crackers. Each layer is approximately one package, and there are three packs in a box.

How to Store Eclair Cake

Cover cake with plastic wrap and refrigerate 8 hours before serving. Store leftovers covered in refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Can Eclair Cake be made in advance

Yes! You can prepare and refrigerate eclair cake up to two days in advance.

Can you use canned frosting on eclair cake

Yes. Instead of the homemade chocolate frosting, use one can of milk chocolate frosting instead. Remove lid and foil wrapper. Microwave 20 seconds. Stir and pour over top layer.

If you love today’s classic Eclair Cake recipe….here are a few other version you may enjoy:

  • This Strawberry Eclair Cake is made using Cheesecake JELL-O in the filling. Plus there’s no oven needed which means it’s perfect for the warmer weather!
  • 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!
  • I couldn’t resist making a No Bake Pistachio Eclair Cake recipe, using pistachio pudding mix! Topped with a classic chocolate frosting, you’ll love this version.
  • Too hot to turn on the oven? Try making this No Bake Peanut Butter version of a Chocolate Eclair Cake! Packed with Reese’s and peanut butter, it’s a chocolate lover’s dream.

13x9 baking dish with chocolate eclair cake. Teal napkin in background.

What you need to make Eclair Cake

If you want a quick glance at what’s needed for today’s recipe, look no further. For the printable recipe with measurements, scroll all the way down!

Ingredients:

  • Honey graham crackers
  • Instant french vanilla pudding
  • Milk
  • Cool whip
  • Chocolate Frosting

Tools:

  • Small bowl
  • Whisk
  • 13×9-inch baking dish

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Yield: 24 servings

Chocolate Eclair Cake

Chocolate Eclair Cake
Prep Time 15 minutes
Chill Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 15 minutes

This Eclair Cake recipe is an old fashioned icebox cake with layers of graham crackers, pudding, and chocolate frosting. An easy no bake dessert recipe!

Ingredients

For the Cake:

  • 1 box honey graham crackers (14.4 oz)
  • 2 pkg (3.4 oz each) instant french vanilla pudding
  • 2½ cup milk
  • 12 oz cool whip

For the Frosting:

  • 2 oz. unsweetened baking chocolate
  • 2 tsp corn syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 1½ cup powdered sugar
  • 3 Tbsp milk

Instructions

  1. Mix pudding with milk in a medium size bowl. Fold in thawed cool whip.
  2. Layer in a 13x9 dish: graham crackers, pudding, graham crackers, pudding, graham crackers.
  3. For the homemade frosting, mix the baking chocolate with corn syrup in a double boiler over medium heat. Stir until smooth. Add vanilla, butter, milk and powdered sugar. Mix until thoroughly combined.
  4. Frost the top layer of graham crackers. Cover and refrigerate 8 hours until serving.

Notes

You can swap out homemade frosting for one can of milk chocolate frosting. Remove lid and foil cover. Microwave 20 seconds, stir, and spread over graham crackers.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

24

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving:Calories: 131 Total Fat: 7g Saturated Fat: 5g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 2g Cholesterol: 6mg Sodium: 46mg Carbohydrates: 15g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 12g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 2g
*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

Recipe originally published April 29, 2011. Photos updated September 2019.

This Eclair Cake recipe is an old fashioned icebox cake with layers of graham crackers, pudding, and chocolate frosting. An easy no bake dessert recipe!

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38 comments on “Chocolate Eclair Cake Recipe”

  1. This looks great and I like how its not as time consuming as an eclair, but probably tastes as good or even better!

  2. Anonymous

    OMG! Now I have to go to the store and buy the ingredients for this! I can’t wait till we have it for all our summer bbq’s!!!!!
    YUM! Love your blog, Aimee!!

    Aunt Sandy

  3. We make a dessert similar to this a whole lot, especially since it’s so easy to whip together. Love it!

    Thanks for sharing with So Sweet Sundays! 🙂

  4. This looks so tasty! I happen to LOVE eclairs!!
    You have a great blog here–Keep up the good recipes!
    ~Leslie

  5. @Sinful Sundays- very easy, quite tasty 🙂
    @ Aunt Sandy- invite me over when you make them!! I’ll try to make it out!
    @ walking by faith- they really are easy! I’ve seen a few variations, but all look good.
    @ Leslie- thanks for the kind words!

  6. That looks so yummy! Thanks for sharing your recipe. 🙂

  7. One of my favorites! So creamy and delicious…. you can’t stop! I just came across your site and look forward to cooking some of your lovely recipes. Thank you.

  8. Anonymous

    Do you use sweetened or unsweetened baking chocolate?

  9. @ anonymous, thank you! I just clarified that recipe. I use unsweetened baking chocolate. Enjoy!

  10. Mmm, I’ve had this cake before and love how easy it is to make. I think I like it even better than the real chocolate eclairs.

  11. yum!!! I haven’t had this in years and now I seriously want to head to the store for the ingredients!!!

  12. Ok, so I couldn’t resist! 🙂 I made this for the holiday weekend and YUM!!! Posted about it on my blog and linked back to you. Thanks for sharing!!!

  13. lisa

    do you crunch up the crackers or just lay them in dish?

  14. Melissa

    I’ve been making this for years and it’s always a hit. I do make it a day or too ahead of time to make sure that the graham crackers have time to get soft.

  15. PatBlairCovey

    love to see more

  16. Suzanne

    Yet again looks lovely but full of stuff we’ve never seen in the shops here in UK 🙁

  17. Cheryl

    To make this even easier I buy store bought frosting. Put it in the microwave for a minute until it melts and pour it over the top and refrigerate. It’s perfect.

  18. Flavia

    Just wondering if it would turn out good if i pour some coffee over the graham crackers. i’m afraid the crackers could fall apart.

  19. How could I make vanilla pudding at home?

  20. ROXANNE DICKEY

    I’ve been making this for over 40 years. My son asks for it every year for his birthday. He likes it made exactly like this. For my husband & I, I add sliced bananas on top of both layers of graham crackers (before pudding mix). After trying the bananas (use about 1 1/2 per layer), you won’t go back. This is then called “Banana Chocolate Eclair Cake”. I also agree the homemade frosting is better.

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  22. Sandra

    Hi 
    We don’t have honey graham crackers here in Portugal . Can I use regular graham crackers? Or what could I use instead of the honey graham crackers?
    Thanks

  23. I tried this one Oh so Good ! Ty

  24. Bennie

    I can’t eat cool whip something in it gives me a headache. Would real whip cream hold up in this recipie?

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  28. Allyson Zea

    I actually tried this recipe for a girls night out, and everyone loved it! It’s now one of my go to recipes!

  29. Anna

    This is always going to be my favorite dessert! I’ve made it so many times. It’s the best!

  30. What a delicious dessert! Looking forward to enjoying this after dinner tonight! Looks too good to pass up!

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