If you’re looking for an easy and delicious no-bake dessert then you’ve come to the right place! A lot of people don’t feel like being by the hot oven this time of year (although it doesn’t stop me!), so feast your eyes on this simple recipe with zero cooking time! I had never heard of eclair cake until my friend brought it to a birthday dinner for her husband. It was sooo good! Turns out they are quite popular on the ol’ Internet and are super simple to make. You hardly even need a recipe! Instead of making it in a typical 9″ x 13″ dish, I used small jars (these were from the dollar spot at Target). It’s so easy to pack these for a picnic or have a pre-portioned dessert waiting for you in the fridge.
It’s honestly really hard to mess up this recipe. Just layer the pudding, graham cracker crumbs and chocolate. Make sure to let it chill before serving. This way the graham cracker crumbs and vanilla pudding mesh to create a gooey, delicious consistency. And my favorite part of the whole thing is the chocolate frosting! Because, duh, chocolate. I might even try adding a chocolate layer in the middle next time. Either way it’s quite tasty!
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No-Bake Eclair Cake
Layers of vanilla pudding, graham cracker crumbs and chocolate frosting create this delicious no-bake dessert!
For the Pudding Layer
- 2 (3.4 oz.) packages instant vanilla pudding mix
- 3 cups whole milk
- 8 oz. Cool Whip thawed
- 10 oz. graham cracker crumbs
For the Chocolate Frosting
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 3 Tbsp. milk
- 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
In a large bowl, whisk together pudding mix, milk and cool whip for 2 minutes. Let sit for another 5 minutes until it slightly thickens.
Place a layer of graham cracker crumbs at the bottom of each jar (about 1/4 cup). Top with a layer of the thickened pudding mixture, then more graham cracker crumbs and another layer of pudding.
To make the frosting, melt butter in a medium sauce pan over medium-low heat. Add cocoa powder and stir until combined. Remove from heat and alternate adding the powdered sugar and milk until combined. Add vanilla and stir (or whisk) until smooth. Spread over the final pudding layer.
Chill in refrigerator for at least 3 hours before serving.