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Magic Chocolate Éclair Cake (No-Bake!)

Magic Chocolate Éclair Cake Recipe (No-Bake!) – This easy layered dessert tastes just like a French éclair, but is made with graham crackers, French vanilla pudding, and a quick chocolate ganache to create a simple no-bake “cake!”

chocolate eclair cake

Sometimes people assume that because I am a recipe developer and avid home chef that I always do all of my own cooking. Ab. So. Lute. Ly. Not.

Don’t get me wrong, I obviously love being in the kitchen… But, next to cooking up a new wonderful dish for my family and friends, my next favorite thing in the whole world is having someone else make me something special and delicious. It’s pretty magical.

And speaking of sharing magic, my friend Sherrie is one of the lovely folks that often treats me to her own culinary creations. She is a great cook, a busy mom, and is a whiz at coming up with effortless family-friendly recipes!

For my birthday this year Sherrie made me a dessert that all the members of her family request for their birthdays… Magic No-Bake Chocolate Éclair Cake. It is so wonderfully creamy and chocolatey, and tastes just like a French éclair. I had to share this no-bake pudding cake recipe with you and your family!

easy no-bake eclair cake with chocolate ganache

Magic No-Bake Chocolate Éclair Cake

This easy no-bake treat is made with French vanilla pudding, graham crackers, and a chocolate icing that mimics the flavors of classic French éclairs. The graham crackers absorb the moisture from the “pastry cream” layer, making them soft and cake-y. Every bite is like that perfect section of an éclair that’s loaded with creaminess and thick chocolate ganache.

It takes very little time to put together the ingredients in this Éclair Cake recipe, and then it just sits in the fridge until chilled and ready to serve.

Not only is it simple to make, but cool and rich no-bake chocolate éclair pudding cake is also a true crowd-pleaser! It’s terrific to bring to a potluck or to serve to the family as a fun weekend dessert. And I can attest to the fact that it is an excellent twist on a classic birthday cake!

magic eclair cake no-bake

What Ingredients You Need

This Éclair Cake recipe is one of my favorites because of how few ingredients are needed. Most of them are pantry staples, too!

Here is everything you need to make the best no-bake Chocolate Éclair Cake:

  • Graham crackers
  • French vanilla pudding – boxed or homemade
  • Milk
  • Cool Whip
  • Semisweet chocolate chips
  • Half and half
  • Corn syrup

Note: The corn syrup adds a lovely shine to the Éclair Cake frosting, but it is not necessary if you’d prefer to leave out.

graham crackers, chocolate chips, vanilla pudding

How to Make Easy No-Bake Éclair Cake

You only need a couple of minutes to put together this no-bake pudding cake, and then it chills in the fridge for a few hours until ready to serve. It’s great to make ahead in the morning and enjoy for dessert that night!

Here’s how to make our super simple, incredibly satisfying Chocolate Éclair Cake recipe:

First, set out a 9X13 inch baking dish. Lay graham crackers over the bottom of the dish, in a single layer. You can break them if you need to in order to fit in the pan.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the boxed pudding mix and milk. Beat with an electric mixer, on medium-high, until thick and smooth. Then use a spatula to gently fold in the Cool Whip. You don’t want to overwork the mixture to ensure that it stays fluffy and creamy.

If using homemade pudding, just fold the Cool Whip into your readymade pudding. It doesn’t need to be chilled, but should be cooled to at least room temperature.

no-bake pudding cake

Next, spread the pudding and Cool Whip mixture evenly over the graham crackers. Then lay a second layer of graham crackers over the top.

no-bake vanilla pudding graham cracker cake

Then, make the chocolate ganache: In a clean microwave-safe mixing bowl, combine the chocolate chips, half & half, and corn syrup (if using). Microwave for 1 minute, then stir to melt the chocolate chips. If needed, microwave another 30-60 seconds. Stir again until smooth.

Pour the thick chocolate ganache topping over the graham crackers.

Get the Complete (Printable) Magic No-Bake Chocolate Éclair Cake Recipe Below. Enjoy!

homemade chocolate ganache

Smooth the ganache into an even layer. Then cover and refrigerate the no-bake Chocolate Éclair Cake for at least 4 hours, until chilled and firm.

Serve cold, with a dollop of homemade whipped cream on top, if you like.

easy no-bake chocolate eclair pudding cake

RECIPE HACK: I love this ganache-style chocolate topping because it reminds me of the chocolate on real French Éclairs. However, you can also use a southern-style brownie frosting, or in a pinch, even a tub of chocolate frosting from the grocery store.

How to Make Chocolate Brownie Frosting from Scratch

What ingredients you need:

  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter softened
  • 5 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 ½ tablespoons corn syrup or honey
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 ¾ cup powdered sugar
  • 5 tablespoon heavy cream
  • 1 pinch salt
  1. In a medium bowl, use a hand mixer on medium speed to beat the softened butter and cocoa powder together until very smooth.
  2. Scrape the bowl, and then beat in the corn syrup or honey and vanilla extract. Turn the mixer on low, and beat in the powdered sugar and a pinch of salt.
  3. Next, add one tablespoon of heavy cream at a time while continuing to blend, until the frosting is perfectly smooth.

I hope you give Sherrie’s fabulous No-Bake Chocolate Éclair Cake recipe a try soon, and that your family loves it as much as we do!

magic eclair cake (no-bake!)

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Magic Chocolate Éclair Cake (No-Bake!)

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 minute
Chill Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 16 minutes
Magic Chocolate Éclair Cake (No-Bake!) – This easy layered dessert tastes just like a French éclair, but is made with graham crackers, vanilla pudding, and a quick chocolate ganache to create a simple no-bake "cake!"
Servings: 12 servings

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Set out a 9X13 inch baking dish. Lay graham crackers over the bottom of the dish, in a single layer. Break them, if needed, to fit the bottom of the pan.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the pudding mix and milk. Beat with an electric mixer, on medium-high, until thick and smooth. Then use a spatula to fold in the Cool Whip.
  • Spread the pudding mixture evenly over the graham crackers. Then lay a second layer of graham crackers over the top.
  • In a clean mixing microwave-safe mixing bowl, combine the chocolate chips, half & half, and corn syrup. Microwave for 1 minute. Then stir to melt the chocolate chips. If needed, microwave another 30-60 seconds. Stir until smooth.
  • Pour the chocolate ganache topping over the graham crackers. Smooth into an even layer. Then cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours. Cut and serve.

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Notes

In a pinch, y0u can skip the chocolate ganache topping a use a tub of chocolate frosting of quick “brownie frosting”.
Chocolate Brownie Frosting from Scratch
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter softened
  • 5 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 ½ tablespoons corn syrup or honey
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 ¾ cup powdered sugar
  • 5 tablespoon heavy cream
  • 1 pinch salt
  1. In a medium bowl, use a hand mixer on medium speed to beat the softened butter and cocoa powder together until very smooth.
  2. Scrape the bowl, and then beat in the corn syrup or honey and vanilla extract. Turn the mixer on low, and beat in the powdered sugar and a pinch of salt.
  3. Next, add one tablespoon of heavy cream at a time while continuing to blend, until the frosting is perfectly smooth.
 

Nutrition

Serving: 1slice, Calories: 369kcal, Carbohydrates: 43g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 19g, Saturated Fat: 10g, Cholesterol: 21mg, Sodium: 209mg, Potassium: 329mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 23g, Vitamin A: 237IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 146mg, Iron: 3mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, French
Author: Sommer Collier

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2 comments on “Magic Chocolate Éclair Cake (No-Bake!)”

  1. This is so good and delicious!! Everyone at my house enjoyed this! I will definitely make it again!

  2. I love chocolate eclair cakes! Brings me back to my childhood years!