No Bake Éclair Cake Recipe

no bake eclair cake recipe
Yields: 12 Servings Difficulty: Easy Prep Time: 15 Mins





This no bake éclair cake is a classic dessert that my family has been making for years! This no bake éclair cake is always a crowd-pleaser! This recipe is made by layering tea biscuits or graham crackers and creamy vanilla pudding, topped with a delicious silky chocolate ganache.

no bake eclair cake

Éclair cake is one of the easiest recipes or desserts of all time. This recipe is perfect for when you don’t have time to prep a fancy dessert but still want to impress. Make this recipe for your next BBQ, picnic, family or friends get together, or make it just for you!

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What is an éclair cake?

This no bake éclair cake is an inspired dessert based on the classic French dessert, eclairs. This no bake éclair cake has the flavors of classic French eclairs, vanilla filling, and chocolate ganache. This recipe is made by layering tea biscuits or graham crackers and creamy vanilla pudding, topped with a delicious silky chocolate ganache.

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What you will need for this no bake éclair cake recipe:

Instant vanilla pudding mix– use your favorite brand of instant vanilla pudding mix.

Milk- we used whole milk for this recipe.

Cool whip- we used thawed cool whip for this recipe, but you can use homemade whipped cream as well!

Tea biscuits/ graham crackers- we used our favorite tea biscuits for this recipe, but you can use graham crackers instead.

Heavy cream- for the chocolate ganache.

Dark chocolate- for the chocolate ganache.

If you want, you can replace the chocolate ganache with chocolate frosting.

How to make no bake éclair cake:

1.    To a large bowl, add the milk and the instant vanilla pudding. Mix well with a whisk and set aside for 10 minutes.

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2.   Mix with the whisk to break any lumps and add the cold whip into the bowl.

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Rich And Delish

Rich And Delish



3.   Fold lightly with a spatula until well combined.

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Rich And Delish

4.   Assemble the tea biscuits/ graham crackers to the bottom of the pan.

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Rich And Delish



5.   Add half of the vanilla cream mixture onto the tea biscuits/ graham crackers.

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Rich And Delish

6.   Spread an even layer with a spatula.

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7.   Top the cream with another layer of the tea biscuits/ graham crackers, and repeat with the other half of the vanilla cream mixture.

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Rich And Delish

Rich And Delish



8.   Top the cake with the last layer of tea biscuits/ graham crackers.

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9.   Make the chocolate ganache by placing dark chocolate and heavy cream in a small bowl.

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10.  Place the bowl in the microwave for a minute or until the chocolate is melted.

11.  Take the bowl out of the microwave and let it sit for 10 minutes.

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12.  Mix with a whisk or a spoon until creamy and smooth.

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13.  Spread an even layer of chocolate ganache on top of the cake.

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Rich And Delish

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14.  Cover the cake with plastic wrap and place it in the fridge for at least 8 hours. Serve cold and enjoy!

eclair cake puff pastry

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Rich And Delish



Frequently asked questions:

Do I have to use a cool whip for this recipe?

No! you can replace this cool whip with homemade whipped cream!

What this cake tastes like?

This cake tastes like the classic French dessert, éclair. This cake is made with vanilla cream and topped with chocolate ganache, just like classic éclair.

Can I freeze this no bake éclair cake?

Yes! This cake freezes great! Simply freeze it in a freezer friendly airtight container for up to a month. When ready to thaw the cake, thaw it in the fridge overnight, not at room temperature.

How long will this cake last?

This cake lasts for up to 5 days stored in the fridge in an airtight container. Simply cover the cake with plastic wrap and it will be good for up to 5 days.

How to serve this no bake éclair cake?

Serve this no bake éclair cake cold from the fridge. You can serve it as is or serve it with fresh fruit on the side.



How long does this no bake éclair cake needs to chill in the fridge?

This no bake éclair cake needs to chill in the fridge for at least 8 hours. We suggest chilling it in the fridge overnight for best results. When letting the cake sit in the fridge overnight, it lets the crackers soak the vanilla cream and makes the crackers soft and moist, and that’s what you want for this recipe!

Can I use chocolate frosting instead of chocolate ganache?

we topped the cake with chocolate ganache, but if you have a favorite chocolate or even vanilla frosting that you LOVE, use it on top of the cake! Make this cake yours!

Tips to perfect this recipe:

  • Let the cake sit overnight in the fridge- as much as you like to eat this cake, you will have to let it sit in the fridge overnight for the best result. When letting the cake sit in the fridge overnight, it lets the crackers soak the vanilla cream and makes the crackers soft and moist, and that’s what you want for this recipe!
  • Use your favorite chocolate frosting- we topped the cake with chocolate ganache, but if you have a favorite chocolate or even vanilla frosting that you LOVE, use it on top of the cake! Make this cake yours!




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