Éclair Cake


This éclair cake is a very quick and simple no-bake dessert. It uses graham crackers and a pudding mixture. It tastes just like an éclair, but there is enough for a crowd! It is a great recipe for children who are learning to cook since there is no baking involved or any power kitchen tools. Just a bowl and a spoon!

Prep Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
4 hrs
Total Time:
4 hrs 25 mins
1 9x13-inch pan

This irresistible eclair cake recipe comes together super easily with just five ingredients!

Éclair Cake Ingredients

These are the ingredients you’ll need to make this decadent éclair cake recipe: 

  • Milk: This rich and creamy eclair cake starts with three cups of milk. 
  • Whipped topping and pudding mix: A container of frozen whipped topping and two packages of instant vanilla pudding mix are the convenient secret ingredients. 
  • Graham crackers: Layers of graham crackers break up the creamy layers with welcome crunch. 
  • Chocolate frosting: The recipe calls for a package of chocolate frosting, but you can make homemade frosting if you want to go the extra mile. 

How to Make Éclair Cake

You’ll find the step-by-step recipe with detailed instructions below, but here’s a brief overview of what you can expect when you make this éclair cake at home: 

  1. Stir the milk, whipped topping, and pudding mix together. 
  2. Line a baking pan with graham crackers.
  3. Spread half of the whipped topping mixture on top of the graham crackers.
  4. Repeat once, ending with a layer of graham crackers. 
  5. Chill the cake, cover with frosting, then chill again. 

Can You Make Éclair Cake Ahead of Time? 

Yes! Since the éclair cake is served chilled, it’s the perfect make-ahead dessert. You can store it for up to five days, but it will be best in the first day or two — the graham crackers will likely become a bit soggy over time.  

How to Store Éclair Cake

Cover the éclair cake tightly (or place it in an airtight storage container) and store in the refrigerator for up to five days. 

Can You Freeze Éclair Cake? 

Yes, you can freeze éclair cake for up to three months. Wrap the cake (pan and all) in a layer of storage wrap, then follow it up with a layer of aluminum foil. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight.

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

“I loved how quick, easy, and efficient it was,” raves one Allrecipes community member.”My kids can make this safely at home and it's great for selling at our grocery store with minimal expense! To top it off, it's delicious.”

“Excellent,” according to gamma penny. “Served at our group dinner and everyone wanted the recipe. So easy. I made a chocolate ganache (dark chocolate chips) in place of icing.”

“This is an easy, DELICIOUS recipe,” says ERIKANELSON. “ I get requests to make it at least once every holiday season. I add a bit of pure vanilla extract to the pudding mixture to intensify the vanilla flavor.”

Editorial contributions by Corey Williams


  • 3 cups milk

  • 1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed

  • 2 (3.5 ounce) packages instant vanilla pudding mix

  • 1 (16 ounce) package graham cracker squares

  • 1 (16 ounce) package prepared chocolate frosting


  1. Stir milk, whipped topping, and pudding mix together in a medium bowl until well combined.

  2. Arrange a single layer of graham cracker squares in the bottom of a 9x13-inch baking pan. Evenly spread half of the pudding mixture over the crackers; top with another layer of crackers and the remaining pudding mixture. Top with a final layer of graham crackers. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

  3. Spread frosting over the chilled cake up to the edges of the pan. Cover again and chill for at least 3 1/2 hours before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

395 Calories
14g Fat
65g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 14
Calories 395
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 7g 33%
Cholesterol 4mg 1%
Sodium 481mg 21%
Total Carbohydrate 65g 23%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 46g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 74mg 6%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 191mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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