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No-Bake Cheesecake Eclair Cake

No-Bake Cheesecake Eclair Cake is one ridiculously easy dessert to make! This icebox cake combines layers of graham crackers, cheesecake pudding, and cherry pie filling for a no-bake take on cheesecake everyone will love.

Slice of no-bake cheesecake eclair cake topped with cherry pie filling on a white plate, with a cup of espresso and more slices of eclair cake in the background

I saw a meme earlier this week about a midwest fall dress schedule and it was as follows:

  • 7am – winter coat
  • 10am – pants and light jacket
  • 1pm – shorts and hoodie
  • 4 pm – bathing suit
  • 7pm – bug spray
  • 10pm – winter coat

And let me just tell you, if you live in Ohio during the month of September this is 100% accurate. I mean, let’s be real – this still happens in October.

Two days ago I was out on a morning walk wearing a coat and gloves and by 1pm it was 75 degrees.

Basically I’m trying to tell you that while I’m all bring on all the fall baked goods, I’m also kind of sweaty by 1pm and looking to indulge in simple, delicious no-bake desserts.

Trust me though on those cool mornings, I’ll be whipping up pumpkin everything.

Bowl of cheesecake eclair cake filling next to a cake pan with a layer of graham crackers in the bottom

EASY CHEESECAKE ECLAIR CAKE

If there’s one thing I know you all love, it’s no-bake recipes. So I really wasn’t too surprised when everyone went crazy for my Eclair Cake a few weeks ago. 

I mean, it combines some of our favorite things: graham crackers, pudding, and chocolate. Pretty hard to go wrong!

Spatula spreading the filling for no-bake cheesecake eclair cake on top of a layer of graham crackers in a white cake pan

So I immediately started dreaming up some other flavor combinations for future eclair cakes.

Banana cream pie made the list, as did a pumpkin spice version. But first up was this Cheesecake Eclair Cake!

I mean, are you really surprised that I decided to share the cheesecake version first? After all of the cheesecake recipes I share? 

Overhead view of assembled cheesecake eclair cake in a white cake pan

This eclair cake could also be considered an icebox cake. 

What’s an icebox cake? Really it’s just layers of whipped cream or pudding alternated with layers of graham crackers or cookies. After it sets up in the fridge for a few hours, the graham cracker layer softens and turns into a cakey texture.

No baking required, and just a handful of ingredients needed. They’re unbelievably easy to make; in fact, they’d be perfect for kids to make.

For this recipe, I used cheesecake pudding mix in the filling and topped the whole thing with whipped topping and cherry pie filling. It totally gives you that cheesecake flavor without actually having to, well, bake a cheesecake. 

Cheesecake Eclair Cake in a white cake pan, bowl of whipped topping, and bowl of cherry pie filling on a marble countertop

HOW TO MAKE NO-BAKE CHEESECAKE ECLAIR CAKE

Assembling this No-Bake Cheesecake Eclair Cake – or cheesecake icebox cake, if you prefer – takes just a few minutes. You could easily pull it together in 15 minutes or less between running errands or helping your kids with virtual schooling.

Slice of no-bake cheesecake eclair cake topped with cherry pie filling on a white plate

It takes just a few simple steps:

  • Whisk together the pudding mix, milk, and thawed frozen whipped topping
  • Layer the cake in the pan, starting with a layer of graham crackers, then half the filling, another layer of graham crackers, the rest of the filling, and finishing with the remaining graham crackers.
  • Chill for at least 4 hours
  • Top with more whipped topping and cherry pie filling before serving!

You see? I wasn’t kidding when I said it is easy. The hardest part is letting it chill for at least 4 hours before you cut into it and devour it!

Slice of cheesecake eclair cake on a white plate, with a bite taken out of one corner

HOW TO SLICE ECLAIR CAKE

I’m the first to admit that it can be hard to get pretty slices of recipes like this. But remember when we made Key Lime Pie Bars? I shared a trick for slicing those that I used here, too.

Grab a large knife and run it under very hot water for a few seconds. Quickly wipe it dry on a clean towel and then slice the cake. The knife will be hot enough to cleanly cut through the whipped topping and filling.

Hand holding up a plate with a slice of no-bake cheesecake eclair cake, showing layers of graham crackers and filling

Just clean the knife off between each cut, running it back under the hot water as needed if it starts to cool off.

If you’re still having trouble, try popping the eclair cake into the freezer for a few minutes before slicing. It’ll help firm things up a bit before you take the knife to it.  

But even if you don’t have clean slices of this Cheesecake Eclair Cake, I can promise you it’ll still taste absolutely delicious. And that’s really the point, isn’t it?

White platter with six slices of cheesecake eclair cake topped with cherry pie filling
Slice of no-bake cheesecake eclair cake topped with cherry pie filling on a white plate

No-Bake Cheesecake Eclair Cake

Yield: 12-16 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes

No-Bake Cheesecake Eclair Cake is one ridiculously easy dessert to make! This icebox cake combines layers of graham crackers, cheesecake pudding, and cherry pie filling for a no-bake take on cheesecake everyone will love.


Ingredients

For the cake:

  • 2 (3.4-oz) packages instant cheesecake pudding mix
  • 1 (8-oz) tub frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 (14-oz) box graham cracker squares

For the topping:

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, thoroughly mix 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. 
  3. Evenly spread half of the pudding mixture over the crackers.Top with another layer of graham crackers and the remaining pudding mixture. Top with a final layer of graham crackers.
  4. Cover and chill for at least 4 hours. Before serving, top with additional whipped topping and cherry pie filling. 

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Christi

Friday 18th of December 2020

This is a super-good, easy and delicious recipe that was a huge hit with kids and adults alike. It is also an excellent dessert to let a kid make. This is a new FAMILY FAVORITE!

Jamie

Friday 18th of December 2020

I totally agree, Christi! Wait until you see the eggnog version I have posting next week! So good and festive for the holidays!

Tom Adger

Friday 2nd of October 2020

Not wild about graham crackers. I recently made a traditional cheesecake using ground up Oreos for the crust. Delicious! For this recipe, I am thinking of using Oreo thins, separate the halves with a knife, and layer them instead of graham crackers. Do you see a problem with that?

Jamie

Sunday 11th of October 2020

Not at all. Sounds delicious!

Tammy

Monday 28th of September 2020

Love every recipe I've tried from you. Thank you. Just have a quick question. Will the Graham crackers soften or stay crunchy.

Jamie

Monday 28th of September 2020

Hello! The graham crackers soften up and get kind of cakey. Hope this helps! Jamie

Emily

Sunday 27th of September 2020

Your cake looks stunning and the recipe sounds so easy! I will definitely try it soon. And thanks for the slicing trick, very useful!

Jamie

Monday 28th of September 2020

Thanks so much for stopping by, Emily! I appreciate you taking the time to comment. Happy Baking! -Jamie

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