Chocolate Eclair Cake

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Chocolate Eclair Cake

Last night I dreamt that God wanted me to build a boat. Not just any boat. I had to build an ark! Like Noah. Then I woke up. I realized it’s still raining and that maybe I’m going a little nuts. Having an Evan Almighty kind of a month!

Nothing nutty though about this cake. I’m sure you all have had this before, maybe even make it yourselves. This post however is then for those of you who have never tried Chocolate Eclair Cake. You need this in your life. Just like you need an umbrella that doesn’t flip inside out while walking outside.

So, go, run in the rain and get what you need to make this today!! Tonight for dessert you will thank me. Unfortunately I have been eating too much of this kind of treat, and not doing enough of the running. I keep telling myself though that when the weather changes (to sunny) then I will change too. Hahahaha. I laugh. In the meantime, I will be spending my day baking up some more donuts, because I can and I want to!

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.

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No Bake Chocolate Eclair Cake recipe and video tutorial:

Chocolate Eclair Cake

Chocolate Eclair Cake


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


  1. Mix pudding with milk. Fold in cool whip. Layer in a 13x9 dish: graham crackers, pudding, graham crackers, pudding, graham crackers.
  2. At this point, you can cheat and top with canned milk chocolate frosting. Or you can go that extra mile and show your family you care and make the good stuff. You won't regreat going the extra mile, it's worth it, trust me. But, I wouldn't judge you. I've used canned too. When I'm impatient. Or lazy. Or just having a regular Monday.
  3. But on the good days, this is how you make the chocolate frosting. Mix the melted baking chocolate with corn syrup. Add vanilla, melted butter, milk and powdered sugar. Mix until thoroughly combined. Frost the top layer of graham crackers. Cover and refrigerate until serving.


Classic "no bake" Chocolate Eclair Cake. This is our family's favorite dessert! So easy, so delicious.

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33 comments on “Chocolate Eclair Cake”

  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!

  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.

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

  13. 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!!!

  14. lisa

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

  15. 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.

  16. PatBlairCovey

    love to see more

  17. Suzanne

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

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. How could I make vanilla pudding at home?


    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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  23. Sandra

    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?

  24. I tried this one Oh so Good ! Ty

  25. 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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