No-Bake Double Chocolate Eclair Cake


Play pretend-pastry chef for a day with this no-bake Double Chocolate Eclair Cake.DSC01240

To me, a good bakery’s pastry case is like an actual wonderland in this bleak real word. It gives me the feeling I always imagined I’d have as a kid if I could hop into the board game Candy Land and stroll the sugar-lined pathways. But as much I love desserts, I’ll admit I don’t have the patience for anything too fancy.

I have the appreciation for it, certainly, and I’d even argue that I do have the skills to achieve fine pastry results. But when it comes to the discipline and time required, forget it. The older I get, the less patience I have. I mean look at me, I can’t even be bothered to BAKE a cake half the time.

This Double Chocolate Eclair Cake even assembles fast. The only thing you’ve got to be patient on is the chilling overnight, which I can totally dig because I’m all “Zzzz” when that’s going down. It’s pure witchcraft that, just by chilling layers of fluffy chocolate filling and graham cracker, we’re able to make it taste and texturally feel like an eclair.

It’s super weird I know, but I swear it works! Give it a shot, and you’ll be amazed. Traditional eclair cakes are favorites as is, but I love this doubled-up chocolate twist. Talk about baking smarter, not harder; you get the decadence of an extra chocolaty eclair without all the fuss and swearing.

Heck, you’ll swear you’re ready for pastry school after this.

(Is that a thing?)


A Few Tips Before You Get Cooking:

  1. This may be obvious but if you want to make a traditional eclair cake, simply swap the chocolate pudding mix for vanilla pudding mix and omit the cocoa powder.
  2. Be careful not to over-beat your filling; that’s how you make butter, which is not what we’re going for here.
  3. Feel free to opt for bittersweet or dark chocolate on top, if you prefer.
  4. You don’t have to do the cocoa powder dusting on top; it’s just for looks after I butchered smoothing the chocolate topping out nicely.
  5. This is a dessert that gets better the more it chills! You’ll find it even more delicious the second day.
  6. Since this needs at least 8 hours to chill, plan ahead to make this the day before you want to serve it!


No-Bake Double Chocolate Eclair Cake

By The Smart Cookie Cook

Yield – about 18 slices


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Colleen Bierstine

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