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

4.80 from 25 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

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. 5 stars
    This is one of those desserts that looks like it takes some effort, but is SO EASY. And absolutely delicious. Looking forward to making it again!

  2. 5 stars
    I just made this eclair cake and am so impressed with the results. I have never used cool whip this way before. It made the whole process so much easier and quicker. This eclair cake is a keeper. Thanks for yet another delicious recipe.

  3. Can’t find the sugar free 1 oz jello but have the 3.4 oz. I saw you said it was ok, but that box only calls for 2 cups of milk. Should we still use 2.5 cups?

  4. 5 stars
    I made this for a get together at my cousin’s house and it was a big hit. Everyone loved the lightness of it and wanted the recipe. This is for sure a keeper. I was confused about the 1oz pkg size listed but saw you answered this in another comment.

    1. An easy great frosting for this that I use is simply melting chocolate chips and adding sweetened condensed milk to consistency..shiny and delicious

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