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Eclair Cake

by Jamie on February 4, 2009

Post image for Eclair Cake I am not a huge doughnut fan unless the doughnut happens to be an Eclair. There is something about deep fried dough with oozing vanilla pastry cream and chocolate frosting that makes my smile. I first sampled a cake version of my ever so beloved eclairs at a work related pot luck lunch. I was shocked to learn how truly simple this cake was to assemble, not to mention the handful of ingredients that led up to one tasty, crowd pleasing cake. I have probably made this five times since it first crossed my lips last spring, but I have yet to blog about it for whatever reason. However, when I made this on Tuesday evening, I was sure to snap some pics of it before diving in! I think I really enjoy this recipe because it is so simplistic, yet it produces something that is quite delicious! This recipe is perfect for someone just starting out in the kitchen, someone looking for a quick and easy weekday dessert or someone simply looking for something sweet and scrumptious!

Eclair Cake

Ingredients
2 (3.5 ounce) packages instant vanilla pudding mix
1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
3 cups milk
1 (16 ounce) package graham cracker squares
1 (16 ounce) package prepared chocolate frosting
Directions
1. In a medium bowl, thoroughly blend the pudding mix, whipped topping, and milk.
2. Arrange a single layer of graham cracker squares in the bottom of a 13×9 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.
3. Melt frosting in microwave for 30 seconds and Spread the frosting over the whole cake up to the edges of the pan.
4. Cover, and chill at least 4 hours before serving.

Variations:
-Substitute chocolate grahams with chocolate pudding and vanilla frosting.
-Use cinnamon grahams with cheesecake pudding and chocolate frosting.
-Try chocolate grahams with coffee flavored chocolate pudding and dark chocolate frosting.
The variations are endless…Have fun!


{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

Almost Mrs.White February 5, 2009 at 2:54 am

I made this Sunday! My fiance loves it. I do mine just a tad bit different and make my own frosting. I might have to try canned frosting next time!

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Donna-FFW February 5, 2009 at 5:37 am

Sounds so easy and looks so perfect. Kid friendly. LOVE the idea.!!

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Bridgett February 5, 2009 at 7:25 am

Your pictures are just amazing. I am drooling on the keyboard at 8am :)

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beautifuliving February 5, 2009 at 7:35 am

I’m not a fan of éclair’s but your description and photo have me thinking I might need to try me some éclair cake. It looks and sounds yummy.

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creativecarryout February 5, 2009 at 8:23 am

I just bookmarked this for the next time I need a quick and yummy dessert. Thanks for the recipe!

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Maria February 5, 2009 at 8:27 am

I am loving the layers on this cake! It looks super duper good!

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Ingrid February 5, 2009 at 9:12 am

Well, you've come back with a bang! :-)
Doesn't get much easier! I have almost all the ingredients and am going to definitely give it a try though I'll need to make my own frosting.

Thanks you always passing along yummy & easy recipes!
~ingrid

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Debbie February 5, 2009 at 10:09 am

Looks good and I like the fact that it is simple…great!

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pinkstripes February 5, 2009 at 12:57 pm

The eclair cake looks delicious and is something my husband would love (eclairs are his favorite thing ever). Thanks for sharing.

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ourlifeinfood February 6, 2009 at 8:36 am

This looks delicious, and so easy! Thanks for the recipe!

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Cathy February 6, 2009 at 11:41 am

This looks delicious, and easy to put together! I’ve got to try this one!

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Jamie February 8, 2009 at 7:17 am

Ha! Another baking addict named Jamie! I love it! And this éclair cake looks fantastic! MMMmmmm can you tell that I am licking my screen?

Come over to my house (blog), I’d love for you to visit (anyone named Jamie!).

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Rachel September 8, 2009 at 10:46 am

My family has been making this for years! Almost everyone requests this instead of birthday cake! :) It's sooo rich, easy, and delicious! :D We've never even thought of trying variations though, they all sound spectacular! I'll have to try them! :)

Blessings!
~Miss Rachel~

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Donna-FFW December 3, 2009 at 11:54 am

Blogged about this today Jamie, left an award there for you too. Thanks for a great recipe.

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Dawnberry June 27, 2011 at 10:35 am

I have made this several times for different events and everybody loves it! Thanks for the recipe.

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Mary Ellen October 24, 2011 at 9:50 pm

My friend brought this to our bible studies all the time. It’s been a hit for years!

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hael July 25, 2012 at 9:02 pm

if instant vanilla pudding mixes are not available…what would you substitute?

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Jamie July 27, 2012 at 10:53 am

Hael-
You can use any type of vanilla pudding. They recipe is quite forgiving.
-Jamie

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Miranda November 17, 2012 at 5:17 pm

This is Paula Deen’s recipe.
http://www.pauladeen.com/recipes/view2/451
It’s in her Just Desserts Cookbook too. It really tastes like an eclair!

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