One of my very favorite fast desserts is Chocolate Eclair Cake. It’s an icebox cake made with graham crackers, instant pudding, whipped cream and frosting. I think most people would agree, it tastes better than the sum of its parts!
Most versions of this dessert are made in a 13×9 inch dish and are double this, but I make a smaller batch cake and assemble it in an 8 inch square dish.
Here are a few more recent photos of the cake. Most versions of Chocolate Eclair Cake use three layers of graham crackers and 2 layers of the pudding mix, but I’ve made it a couple of times with four layers of graham crackers and 3 layers of pudding mix.
The three cracker, two pudding layer version is probably the best.
To be honest, it’s been years since I’ve made a full batch Chocolate Eclair Cake. I almost always make it as a small batch or even a loaf pan size batch using half a box of pudding mix. The recipe below fits an 8 inch square. For a loaf pan size eclair cake, just halve everything except the chocolate icing.
Small Batch Chocolate Éclair Cake
- 1 3.4 oz box of Jell-O instant vanilla pudding
- 1 1/2 cups milk 2%
- 1/2 of an 8 oz tub Cool Whip or you could use 1/2 cup whipping cream, whipped and sweetened with some powdered sugar
- 1/2 a box graham crackers or however many you need to make 3 layers
- 3 tablespoons softened butter
- 3 tablespoons natural unsweetened baking cocoa
- 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 3 tablespoons of warm milk
- 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla
- Whisk pudding mix and milk for about 2 minutes. Pudding should start to thicken. Fold in the whipped topping or freshly whipped cream.
- Arrange graham cracker squares across the bottom of an 8 inch baking dish. You may need to break some of them into small pieces to cover the bottom of the dish. Spread some of the pudding mixture across the graham crackers. Layer on more graham crackers and more pudding mix twice so that you have a total of 3 layers of graham crackers and two layers of pudding mixture.
- To make the icing, beat the butter, cocoa powder and sugar together, then add milk and beat until creamy and smooth. Beat in vanilla.