Strawberry Eclair Cake Recipe

This Strawberry Eclair Cake is an easy no bake dessert with fresh berry flavor. A fluffy cream filling is layered with graham crackers and topped with chocolate frosting. If you love strawberries dipped in chocolate you’ll love this eclair cake.

This treat reminds me of our favorite Chocolate Covered Strawberries! or give our homemade chocolate cupcakes with strawberry frosting a try next!

Eclair cake with strawberries being lifted out of a pan.

Why this Eclair Cake is Best

Chocolate Eclair Cake is one of my favorite desserts. It’s so easy to make too, and it feeds a crowd!

If you’ve never made it before, it’s just layers of graham crackers with a pudding filling and topped with chocolate frosting. Today’s recipe is a variation on my original eclair cake, with the added bonus of strawberries!

  • Easy no bake recipe.
  • Made with fresh strawberry slices!
  • Delicious homemade chocolate frosting layer.
  • A light dessert with a decadent taste!

You’ll love bringing this No Bake dessert to potlucks and parties! It makes a wonderful Valentine’s Day dessert too.

This cake is sometimes referred to as an icebox cake. Because you assemble and store in your icebox (refrigerator).

Ingredient Notes

Ingredients needed to make strawberry eclair cake.

Our eclair cakes are so easy. Layers of graham crackers, pudding filling, berries, and frosting. We love making our own chocolate frosting, but you can also use store bought and melt in microwave and pour over dessert.

  • Instant Cheesecake Pudding Mix gives a tangy cream cheese flavor to the light pudding filling. If you can’t find this flavor, use vanilla pudding instead.
  • Cool whip – Stabilized whipped topping is combined with the pudding mix to make the filling. While you CAN use real whipped cream, I like the taste and texture of the cool whip more for this recipe.
  • Chocolate frosting – This recipe includes directions for making a homemade chocolate frosting that sets up perfectly on top of the chilled eclair cake. If you’re short on time (or energy!), you can use a store bought icing instead. Our chocolate sour cream frosting would also be delicious here.

How to Make Eclair Cake

Step by step photos showing how to make strawberry eclair cake.
  1. Make pudding filling. I start by combining the pudding with milk, then folding in the cool whip by hand.
  2. Assemble. Line a sheet cake pan with graham crackers. Add half the pudding filling on top, then arrange half the strawberries on top of that. Repeat all layers again. Add one final layer of graham crackers to top it off.
  3. Make chocolate frosting. Melt baking chocolate with corn syrup. Whisk in vanilla, powdered sugar, butter and milk until smooth. Spread the frosting on top of the cake.
  4. Chill. Cover the Strawberry Eclair Cake and refrigerate for at least 4 hours. Slice and serve!
Slice of strawberry eclair cake on white plate with a bite taken.

Recipe FAQs

Can I make eclair cake with other kinds of berries?

Yes, you can! Raspberries would be delicious in this chocolate eclair cake too.

How far in advance can I make eclair cake?

You can prepare this eclair cake up to several days in advance. It keeps well in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. The longer it sits though, the softer the graham crackers become.

Does it have to be instant pudding mix? Or can I use the cook and serve kind?

Instant pudding mix is key to making this an easy dessert.

Strawberry eclair cake with one slice removed out of baking dish.

More No Bake Dessert Recipes

  • Easy to make, this No Bake Cheesecake is perfect any time of year. For a little more sweetness, top it with some Cherry Pie filling!
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter Lasagna is a no bake, light yet decadent dessert! Packed with flavor, you’ll watch this disappear in no time!
  • 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!
  • Too hot to turn on the oven? Try making this No Bake Peanut Butter Eclair Cake version of a Chocolate Eclair Cake!
  • Avalanche Cookies– the perfect combo of chocolate and peanut butter.
  • Lemon Lush

Strawberry Eclair Cake

4.77 from 26 votes
By: Aimee
This Strawberry Eclair Cake is an easy no bake dessert with fresh berry flavor. A fluffy cream filling is layered with graham crackers and topped with chocolate frosting. If you love strawberries dipped in chocolate you'll love this eclair cake.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 15 servings

Ingredients 

For the Cake:

  • 1 box Honey Graham Crackers 14 ounce
  • 2 packages Instant Cheesecake JELL-O Pudding mix 3 ounce each
  • 2 ½ cups milk
  • 12 ounce Cool Whip thawed
  • 1 pint fresh strawberries hulled and sliced

For the Frosting:

  • 2 ounce unsweetened baking chocolate melted
  • 2 teaspoons light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 Tablespoons unsalted butter melted
  • 1 ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons milk
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Instructions 

  • Mix pudding mix with milk using a whisk. Beat for about 2 minutes, by hand. Fold in Cool Whip, set aside.
  • Layer a 13×9 baking dish with one layer of graham crackers. Top with half of the pudding mix. Lay half of the sliced strawberries on top of the pudding. Repeat the layers with grahams, remaining pudding and remaining strawberries. Top with one more layer of Grahams.
  • For the frosting, mix melted baking chocolate with corn syrup. Add vanilla, butter, powdered sugar and milk and whisk thoroughly until smooth. Spread over top layer of graham crackers.
  • Cover and refrigerate cake for 2 hours or overnight. ENJOY!

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.
  • Can’t find the cheesecake pudding? Use vanilla or french vanilla flavor instead.

Nutrition

Calories: 210kcal, Carbohydrates: 33g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 15mg, Sodium: 202mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 26g
Course: Cake
Cuisine: American
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Posted on March 17, 2022

Comments & Reviews

  1. haha! I love that you make stuff skinny and then eat a bunch…yup, that’s me too! How fun to have a strawberry patch in your garden…we tried to plant some last year. I’m thinking our yard doesn’t like fruits and veggies because nothing grows very well. I love this fun twist on the classic pudding dessert!

  2. Love. I also use sugar free puddings and low fat whipped toppings and try to convince myself I can have dessert every night. 😉

  3. A strawberry patch in your yard?! Lucky you! That would be awesome – this dessert looks amazing and perfect for company 😉

    1. Thanks Becca! I just pinned your grilled chicken, will be definitely trying that when our strawberries are ripe!!

  4. Yum, this looks so good! It is a perfect dessert for a summer day, and so easy to make! Definitely bookmarking this one. Thanks!

  5. I’ve got a box of the Cheesecake pudding in the pantry and was wondering what to do with it…now I know. Yummo!!

  6. I’ve never had an eclair cake Aimee, but I just had a trillion ideas from this post. So…I may have to make one soon! 🙂

  7. Oh my gosh – so… this used to be my signature dish before I learned to cook (but with French Vanilla pudding). I used to feed dinner guests Hamburger Helper and this for dessert… and maybe canned corn or green beans. I would say I’ve come a long way (and haven’t had this yummy dessert since… may have to give it a whirl again!)

    1. Haha, love your honesty (and your menu)! I used to serve this too as MY signature dessert (with the French vanilla pudding). I’ve come a long way, but I still enjoy this dish! I may always enjoy it, LOL.

  8. Hooray for no-bake desserts! This one looks amazingly easy and something that everyone will love.

  9. I love no bake recipes and your strawberry eclair cheese cake looks amazing!!

  10. Delish! Thanks for sharing such a wonderful and easy dessert. You are so lucky to grow your own strawberries.

    As an FYI ~ I tried to save the recipe and it would not work.

    Pat

    1. Hmmm, I just checked Pat and the save button seems to be working okay. Maybe there was a glitch. Sorry bout that! Thanks for stopping by.

  11. This looks so creamy, delicious, and easy! I love eclairs, and the no bake thing is very appealing!

  12. It is nice having creamy, cool easy desserts to fall back on! We are a family that has to have dessert every single day, whether no matter the weather and no matter our schedule! Love this Aimee!

  13. Love this recipe! I’m always looking for yummy treats to make in the hot summer months where I don’t have to turn on my oven! This one is now on my list!

  14. What a beautiful dessert and I love eclairs. Our social Sunday is Live, come over to the party.
    Wanda Ann @ Memories by the Mile

    1. What an amazing and easy dessert! I love nutella and strawberries. We have a crepe place that makes a nutella with fresh strawberries with whipped topping. It’s AMAZING!! Can’t wait to make this recipe!! I have 3 containers of fresh strawberries waiting to be eaten in my fridge. Thanks for the recipe!

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