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

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
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.

-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 Responses to “Eclair Cake”

  1. 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!


  2. Donna-FFW — February 5, 2009 at 5:37 am

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


  3. Bridgett — February 5, 2009 at 7:25 am

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


  4. 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.


  5. 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!


  6. Maria — February 5, 2009 at 8:27 am

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


  7. 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!


  8. Debbie — February 5, 2009 at 10:09 am

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


  9. 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.


  10. ourlifeinfood — February 6, 2009 at 8:36 am

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


  11. Cathy — February 6, 2009 at 11:41 am

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


  12. 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!).


  13. 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! :)

    ~Miss Rachel~


  14. 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.


  15. 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.


  16. 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!


  17. hael — July 25, 2012 at 9:02 pm

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


    • Jamie — July 27, 2012 at 10:53 am

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

  18. Miranda — November 17, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    This is Paula Deen’s recipe.
    It’s in her Just Desserts Cookbook too. It really tastes like an eclair!


Leave a Comment