No-Bake Chocolate Eclair Cake Recipe

This delicious and easy dessert is perfect for any occasion! Layers of graham crackers, creamy vanilla pudding, and rich chocolate frosting come together to create a taste sensation that mimics everyone’s favorite pastry – the éclair!


  • For the Crust:
    • 1 (16 ounce) package chocolate graham crackers
  • For the Pudding Layer:
    • 2 (3-ounce) packages instant vanilla pudding mix
    • 3 cups milk
    • 1 (8-ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • For the Chocolate Sauce:
    • ¼ cup milk
    • ⅓ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 1 cup white sugar
    • 2 tablespoons butter
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Prepare the Crust: Line a 9×13 inch baking dish with parchment paper. Crush the chocolate graham crackers into a fine crumb. You can use a food processor or a plastic bag and rolling pin for this step. Press the crumbs evenly into the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Set aside.
  2. Make the Pudding Layer: In a large bowl, whisk together the instant pudding mixes and milk until smooth. Let the mixture sit for a few minutes to thicken slightly. Gently fold in the thawed whipped topping until just combined.
  3. Assemble the Cake: Pour half of the pudding mixture over the prepared graham cracker crust. Spread evenly. Top with a single layer of whole chocolate graham crackers. Pour the remaining pudding mixture over the graham crackers and smooth the top. Cover the dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or until set.
  4. Whip Up the Chocolate Sauce: In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, whisk together the milk, cocoa powder, and sugar until smooth. Bring to a boil and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in the butter and vanilla extract until melted and combined. Let the sauce cool slightly before pouring over the chilled cake.
  5. Serve and Enjoy! Cut the cake into squares and serve chilled. You can garnish with additional whipped cream, chocolate shavings, or a dusting of powdered sugar for an extra touch of elegance.

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