Eclair Cake

Oh my goodness…. I have an OBSESSION with this Eclair cake.  It is absolutely DIVINE!  And guess what?! is SO simple to make!  It does need to refrigerate it over night, so plan accordingly. This is my go to recipe for parties and get togethers.  Everyone ALWAYS asks for the recipe… well, I am going to let you in on the secret so you can impress your friends and family, too!

Eclair Cake

Servings 16
Calories 259kcal


  • 6.8 ounces Instant Vanilla Pudding 2 small packages
  • 3 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 12 ounces cool whip
  • 26 graham crackers


  • 6 Tablespoons butter
  • 6 Tablespoons milk
  • 6 Tablespoons cocoa
  • 2 cups powdered sugar


  • Blend milk and vanilla pudding packets for about 2 minutes. Fold in Cool Whip.
  • In a 9x13 pan, Layer graham crackers to cover entire bottom of pan. You may need to cut and shape the crackers to fit nicely.
  • Pour half of pudding/cool whip mixture on top and level.
  • Put another layer of graham crackers to cover entire surface. Cut and shape crackers accordingly.
  • Put the second half of pudding/cool whip mixture on top and level.
  • Put the final layer of graham crackers on top with bumpy side down. This will help the top look more smooth when you go to put the frosting on top. Once again, cut and shape crackers accordingly to avoid pits and cracks.


  • Microwave butter and milk just enough so that they are melted together. You do not need to boil it.
  • Add cocoa and powdered sugar and blend together. This will be a runnier frosting/glaze.
  • Pour over top of graham crackers and smooth out nicely.
  • Refrigerate overnight and Dig in!


Calories: 259kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 664mg | Potassium: 162mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 264IU | Calcium: 108mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. Michael Ann

    How did I miss this before? LOVE eclairs so I know I would love this. Thank you!

  2. Sallie

    how much cool whip?

    1. Chef in Training

      Sorry about that! I have updated it. 12 oz. cool whip.

    2. Judi

      I live in Australia. Can't find Graham's crackers. What can I use as a substitute?

    3. Lorna

      I think it must be digestive biscuits - as these are what you would use for a non-bake cheese-cake recipe. i live in UK and i'm going to try the recipe using digestives. (I'm thinking I might crush them first and turn this into a pudding dish?!)

    4. Jean Freeman

      A digestive biscuit may work or something similar that is square would be best.

    5. katie

      Digestive biscuits or wheatmeal biscuits work as a good substitute

    6. Carolyn

      Try McVitie's Original Digestive

    7. Anniep123

      An Australian equivalent for Graham crackers would be Arnotts Lattice Biscuits.

    8. Judy

      I'm making this now and using Marie biscuits. I'll let you know but I'm wondering if Lattice biscuits may have been better

    9. Nora Hull

      lightly sweetened whole meal crackers

    10. Bill

      I haven't tried this recipe (**YET!**) but I would think any cookie/cracker similar to graham crackers would/should work... I'd think "Nilla Wafers" would work nicely, except they are round... Broken in half and positioned just right might work or crushed and layer the crumbs carefully (???)

    11. Rose

      Digestive biscuits

    12. jane

      Graham Crackers are almost the same as Malt biscuits. especially in taste. The Malt Biscuits are more delicious though :-)
      I moved from NZ to the US, so it was trial and error for me finding substitutes

    13. Marilyn

      I live in the UK and wondered if you could let me know what Vanilla Instant Whip, cool Whip and Graham Crackers are please? And would you know what the equivalent for these items would be in the UK? Many thanks, Marilyn

    14. Sharmaine

      What is Cool Whip?

    15. carmel

      what is cool whip and where can I buy it please

    16. annie

      Filo stores. You can find them there. Or any asian shop :-)

    17. Susan

      The closest thing you will find is Arnott's Granita biscuit. Or the English Digestives. Problem is, they are significantly less sweet.

    18. Karen McBride

      Hi Lorna - Are those the baby biscuits? I used to travel to London quite a bit and thought those were close in flavor to our graham crackers!

    19. Brenda

      Cool whip is, basically just pre-made whipped cream. I'm sure you can substitute your own whipped cream. The recipe stated Vanilla instant pudding, not "Vanilla Instant Whip". Do you have vanilla pudding there? Look up a recipe for it if you don't have the instant packaged puddings that we have. There are several posts for cracker alternatives. Good luck.

    20. Lucretia

      Lorna Doone cookie's work really well,they don't get soggy and tatse great . A good substitute if you cant find graham cracker's or if you need to hold it for a longer time!

    21. Linda

      Vanilla instant pudding is a Jello Product. And Cool Whip is like a fake whip cream often sold in the freezer section of the supermarket. low in calories a lot of dieters like it ( not for me fun artificial taste) but very popular. especially used like this. good luck


    22. Linda

      Fake whip crème that mikes well with jello look in the freezer section

    23. Joan

      Cool Whip is a non dairy whipped topping. It is found in the freezer section. I am sure there are substitutes wherever you live!

    24. Ann


      A very thick birds custard would work for the vanilla pudding...when I briefly lived in England as a child that's what I ate as a pudding substitute

    25. Rene

      Cool Whip is the name brand of whipped cream, comes in a bowl-shaped container in the cooler section of the grocery dept.

    26. jennifer

      Instead of graham crackers you can use Chinese coconut crackers

    27. jennifer

      Instead of graham crackers you can use Chinese coconut crackers

    28. Debbie Price

      Maybe try vanilla wafers?

    29. Knell

      Cool Whip is imitation whipped cream using mainly hydrogenated oils and corn syrup. In my opinion it's nasty. Use real whipped cream if you can.

    30. Rickelle

      I found this in regards to Graham cracker substitute ------ I trusted Valli, however, and tested the recipe myself. When I brought home two packages of digestive biscuits – one coated in dark chocolate, the other plain – I quickly opened them and gave the biscuits a nibble. Hm. Oh yes, they could be used like graham crackers! They do actually taste similar! They weren’t icky and weird at all! And right there on the box was a disclaimer that these biscuits do not aid in digestion in any way whatsoever!

    31. Bridget


      My grandmother made this recipe for years with nilla wafers. She also added sliced bananas--and at times we make with chocolate or banana pudding--I have also added amaretto and sprinkled almonds at times.

    32. Suzette

      Do you have vanilla wafers? They would be a great substitute for the graham crackers.

    33. Sandra Rosewall


      Real Whipping Cream? I figure I can use Arnotts Granita Biscuits as they are still available in Australia and perhaps Vanilla instant pudding? (Not sure if that one is still available.) A lot of different products here in Australia have been subsituted over the years by companies which don't make our original recipes.................. :( They are nothing like the original ones. Sadly some recipes call for products we don't have anymore.

    34. Brenda Bullen

      Use Vanilla Wafers instead with a little cinnamon'

    35. Patti Graetz

      Try Marie Biscuits

    36. Margaret

      The chocolate eclair looks lovely.
      In Australia we don't have Graham crackers and cool whip. What are they and do they have an alternative please.

    37. Joanne Desmond

      Digestive biscuits are very similar to our graham crackers but you'll need to add more sugar. Actually I think Hob Nobs would be a better substitute :-)

    38. Florabryn

      I live in Australia and whilst I know our substitute for Graham Crackers which is Granita or Digestive biscuits, I don't know what Cool whip is. I would like to make this recipe so would be obliged if somebody could tell me what this ingredient is please.

    39. Marian


      Just to clarify for our friends not from the US. Cool Whip is a non-dairy whip cream replacement which comes frozen in a tub. Real, especially fresh, whipped cream will taste better. Cool Whip is great for folks who cannot tolerate dairy products. Vanilla Instant pudding is pudding you don't have to cook. You can substitute any pudding you prefer. It's basically whipped cream and pudding folded together. I think this recipe would work well with homemade shortbread to replace the graham crackers, too, IMHO.

    40. Marian

      Also, you can make a great glaze using semi-sweet chocolate chips and cream. Melt chocolate while adding cream a little at a time until you get the consistency you like this is the easiest way to make ganasche.

    41. Robyn

      Can you tell me what cool whip is equal to. I am in Australia.

    42. Judy


      Vanilla wafers are too thick..

    43. Judy


      You can use tapioca pudding...

    44. Adrienne

      Joanne, If you haven't already found an alternative; You could use short bread cookies.

    45. Anna

      whipped cream is what cool whip is.

    46. Trudy

      Kool whip is processed stuff that pretends to be whipped cream here in the States

    47. Chris


      Marie biscuits won't work, digestive will be better, Judy

    48. annie

      i use the cheap version of scotch fingers only 95c a packet works fine [ home brand ones from coles] is delicious

    49. Rh

      Can I freeze this cake?

  3. Hannah

    Do you have to use whole milk? Or could you substitute with low fat?

    1. Chef in Training

      You can use skim. The creamier your milk, the creamier it will be, but I have used skim before and it works just fine :)

    2. katie

      Digestive biscuits or wheatmeal biscuits work as a good substitute

    3. Nancy

      Looks super delicious, but I am diabetic. I will try this with half 'n half, as it has no sugar, sugar-free cool whip, and I'm thinking of maybe just using Splenda rather than powdered sugar, or maybe mix them up. Smucker's has sugar-free chocolate topping or else I may try the canned sugar-free frosting. I don't think there are sugar-free or low-sugar grahams, but I will look.

    4. Dr. Kim

      Splenda is a sweetener, substitute for sugar. It is NOT the same as powdered sugar, which is simply sugar that has been ground so fine that it has the appearance similar to flour or talcum powder. Powdered sugar is used to make frostings and icings, is used to coat the surface of doughnuts and cookies like Russian teacakes and Danish wedding cookies. Also used to sprinkle on surface of cakes as decoration, sifted onto French toast and crepes, lots and lots of other delicious uses.

    5. Sandra Rosewall


      We call powdered sugar Icing Sugar because it looks so fine almost like Talcum Powder and excessively sweet.

    6. John Williams


      I have made this recipe using Splenda and not powdered sugar and the icing comes out great! In fact Splenda makes both Sugar and Brown Sugar substitutes and even provides conversions as you use less then the regular stuff. As for the Graham crackers, I have yet found any that are low sugar.

    7. Andy


      The problem with using splenda in the place of powdered sugar is that if you convert it to get the approximate "sweet value" you use significantly less Splenda. The powdered sugar is used to stiffen the frosting/icing and using significantly less Splenda wouldn't accomplish that task. Similarly, using the "same amount" would taste untolerably sweet.

      P.S. Add the cream cheese to the mixture, you are missing out if you don't!

  4. Lyncat

    I love this dessert. It's even better with French vanilla pudding!

    1. Rosie

      I have made this for years and th only diffeence is mine calls for french vanilla

    2. Jane Bloomer

      Help I tried making the frosting twice and both times it came out horrible !!!!!!! What can I possibly be doing wrong I followed the recipe exactly and it came out a dry lump

    3. retiredteacher


      I like French vanilla best also. I normally would never use instant pudding (as opposed to cooked) or a non-dairy whipped cream substitute, but they are great in this. I can't imagine this tasting better with vanilla wafers or Lorna Doones though. It's not supposed to stay crisp, but I realize tastes differ. This is a crowd pleaser.

  5. Christy

    This is DELISH! I have the same recipe except mine just uses a thing of chocolate frosting melted in the microwave. It's super yummy but I want to try your frosting! It sounds super yummy! :)

  6. Cyndi W.

    I have a recipe very similar to this that has been a family favorite for about 20 years.. You're right... it's extremely easy and pretty much everyone who has it, loves it! In fact, my 25 year-old son just asked for this for his birthday dessert last week. :).

  7. Samantha

    Just wanted to thank you for this recipe! I am famous for not being able to cook or bake anything, but I made this for Thanksgiving and it was everyone's favorite. I will definitely be making it for Christmas. It was so easy and super delicious. It tastes exactly like an eclair!

  8. Jacy

    I use this all the time, too! Love it! The only difference is we use French Vanilla pudding instead of the regular vanilla. I think it gives it a richer flavor.

  9. Corinne

    I made this for an evening dinner group we belong to, and it was totally delicious! Thinking of making it for Easter dinner.

  10. Christine

    Well, I am totally blaming you for my new evening addiction. We made this for Easter dessert and I have been sneaking a piece each night after dinner ever since! It is so good! I should have taken your advice and doubled the chocolate topping. I think it would be even more yummy with a thicker topping.

    Thanks so much for sharing such a simple and devine dessert!

  11. Bettie

    This recipe is delicious. My family loved this dessert. It was so creamy and full of flavor. My only complaint is that I covered it with aluminum foil when I put it in the refrigerator and some of the chocolate stuck to the foil. Other than that this was an amazing simple dessert. Thank you for another recipe that my family loves.

    1. Connie Schrier

      Try spraying the aluminum foil with cooking spray. Shouldn't stick then!

    2. Bronwyn Ryan

      This is very easy to make and delicious . I used a homebrand cracker biscuit ( the type you would put cheese on) and it was fine. Not sweet and added a nice crunch. Coolwhip was replaced with whipped cream that was stabilised . I will pass this recipe around .

  12. Crystal

    My frosting did not come out like yours looks. It was very runny and did not thicken up at all. Any ideas what I did wrong? It was very tasty just not the thickness it should of been.

  13. ashley

    I love making this but I use french vanilla pudding as said before plus a cup of powdered sugar I think it makes it soo much better

  14. MzBaker

    OMGoodness! I"ll be making this one really soon!

  15. Sue Stewart

    If you are allergic to milk could you use Almond Mild or another substitute?

    1. Jamie

      Unfortunately, the pudding won't set with almond milk. I can't have dairy, and have tried to make pudding with almond milk.

  16. carol

    7 pages to get a recipe is stupid!!

    1. Chef in Training

      I apologize. My last print plug in is no longer available and I am working hard and fast to get another one installed. If you just copy and paste the recipe into a word doc, you can bypass printing the comments. Hoping to get this issue resolved asap. Thanks for your patience.

    2. MaryBeth

      We have a similar family recipe but ours has cream cheese with the pudding, milk and cool ship.
      Family favorite dessert.

    3. Lyn

      Heaven sent! :) I'm excited to try this.. I hope mine will turn out just like what's in the picture lol...
      Thank you for sharing!

    4. Donna Beck

      Can you please tell me what cool whip is I live in Scotland and in thinking it must be whipped cream?

    5. Ella Basco

      What is a cool whip?

    6. Pinkie

      I love cream cheese! Can you share your recipe? Thanks.

    7. Phil

      cool whip is a brand of fake whipped cream. best avoided.

    8. Donna

      Yes, please share the recipe with cream cheese. That would make it extra delicious. Thanks!

    9. Dr. Kim

      The advantage of using the Cool Whip is that it comes frozen, ready to use. All you have to do is thaw and use. That is part of what makes the recipe easy and fast.

    10. Melissa

      Cool Whip is chemical fake whipped cream. Use the real stuff for health and for taste.

  17. Melissa

    Hi, what can be substituted for graham biscuits and cool whip in Australia Not sure what these two items are. Thanks

    1. Bee

      From what I gather, you can substitute graham biscuits with Arnott's Granita or Shredded Wheatmeal. The Cool Whip is a name brand for a whipped cream like item that really isn't made from cream at all. So I gather you could substitute with whipping cream + gelatin

      Hope that helps!

    2. Alicia

      You can use Arnotts Lattice biscuits, I find that they taste better than Granita or Wheatmeal

    3. Beverly

      Melissa & Bree, I have lived in UK & Australia & have found that a product usually available in continental delis or wherever they sell imported foods in Oz & everywhere in UK called Angel Delight is equivalent to Cool Whip.

    4. katie

      Whipping cream and sugar for cool whip and digestive biscuits or wheatmeal biscuits.

    5. Carolyn

      Try McVitie’s Original Digestive instead of graham crackers. Cool Whip is a low calorie whipped cream substitute, but has a sturdier structure. You could used whipping cream--you need to whip until stiff, then fold in to the pudding for this recipe...I think that would work.

  18. Rosemary Millar

    Can this be frozen after it is made?

  19. Chocoholic

    I made this in a 13x9 pan and it's sitting in the fridge. I just wanted to say I followed the recipe to a T except using French Vanilla pudding and I must say the Cool Whip/Pudding mixture seemed to be waaaay too much. The picture shows a nicely proportioned cake. I used the cool whip mixture as directed and my cake is all the way to the top of the 13x9x2 pan. I don't get it. AND I didn't even use all the mixture! I think next time I'll either use a cup or so less mixture or maybe even use a 15x10 pan. I have a feeling I'll be wiping a whole lot of mixture off these pieces when I go to eat them. I love the way the cake is proportioned in the picture though. Mine didn't turn out so nice and flat. This shows to be about an inch high; mine is 2+ inches like I said.

    I would love to use a graham cracker alternative, like something light and flakey. Any suggestions? Of course with something lighter, the cool whip mixture will be too heavy so there'd have to be a little lighter alternative to that as well. Maybe something like a whipped cream filling. But then we're talking a whole different recipe at this point, aren't we? Lol!

    I tripled the frosting and I think it will help balance out my high cake! Besides, I'm a chocoholic...

    1. Chocoholic

      Ok, I tried it today. DELICIOUS! The cake settled a bit and the graham crackers softened immensely. I'm sorry. I should've saved my comments until after I tried it, not while it was sitting in the fridge!! Thanks Nikki!

    2. dana

      Maybe try lady fingers instead.of.graham.crackers? Or nilla crackers? Yumm!!! Id use graham crumbs of I eat same day..or tumble in some moisten lol sounds like a diet :)

  20. Margie Nuttall

    Thanks for a great, easy, and delicious dessert. I took it to church and it was a huge hit! I'm going to check out your other recipes! Thanks again!

  21. Christine Kish

    You can substitute whipped cream or some other whipped dessert topping for the cool whip. Any type of basic plain crisp cookie such as vanilla wafers work well in place of the graham crackers

  22. Olivia

    WOW this looks absolutely amazing. A version for Australian bakers would be fantastic.. Graham Crackers, Cool Whip and Instant pudding mixes are something we cannot readily get here. Or if we can, certainly not where I live in rural Victoria.

  23. Teena Wright

    Hi I live in Australia and want to know what I can substitute graham crackers and cool whip with as we don't have these here... Many thanx Teena Wright

    1. Chef in Training

      Hi Teena! I wish I could be more help, but I currently do not know any substitutes that work from experience. Maybe someone who makes this can help or comment when they find out compatible ingredients. You could try googling it too, maybe there will be some good alternative. Again, I am so sorry I can't be much help on substitutes. If you find some, keep me posted!

    2. Janet

      My daughter found this for me - hopefully it might help....

      Re: cool whip - what can I sub with?
      by gecko4474 » Thu Aug 08, 2013 3:14 pm
      This is a recipe I found in another post for a stabilized whipped topping. I have not tried it yet but it sounds very promising. GELATIN: 2 tablespoons cold water. 1 teaspoon unflavored gelatin

      WHIPPING CREAM: 2 cups chilled whipping cream 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1-2 tablespoons icing sugar

      1. In a very small saucepan, sprinkle gelatin over water and let stand for about 5 minutes to soften.

      2.Heat gelatin mixture over low heat until gelatin is dissolved, then remove from heat. Let it cool.

      3. Beat cream in a well-chilled bowl.

      4.Slowly add the icing sugar and vanilla to the whipped cream and whip until slightly stiff.

      5.Add melted and cooled gelatin to the whipping cream Continue whipping until cream holds its shape.

    3. Gayle

      Tried this recipe but it the pudding mix did not set.
      Very tasty but could not cut into squares and serve.
      Had to use spoon and eat out of pan

    4. Chef in Training

      I am sorry this happened. Did it sit in the fridge long enough? Did you use instant pudding mix? Also, the pudding never completely sets to a hard consistency, it just firms up a bit to hold shape. I am sorry it was not able to cut nicely. Hopefully it works better for you next time.

    5. Beverly

      Hi, as I said previously in another comment if you are in UK or Australia you could try Angel Delight instead of Cool Whip (available most places that sell imported foods in Oz) & Arnotts Granita or Lattice biscuits instead of Graham Crackers.

    6. Beverly

      Sorry I meant Dream Topping not Angel Delight which is an instant pudding!

    7. Dr. Kim

      This sounds like it will work well, and it may also help the filling layers to hold their shape better because of the gelatin. Thank you for sharing!

    8. Tina

      I just came across your Eclair Cake recipe, it looks delish! I want to make my own vanilla pudding & whip my own cream for the filling, I'm sure this will work fine.

      Olivia & Teena, you can sub cool whip for whipping cream & sugar & you can make your own vanilla pudding. You can even make your own graham crackers. I know this wouldn't be convenient as packaged. But, it is an option. Here is a recipe for graham crackers (I've not made these, I'm sure they're good).

      King Arthur Flour site
      1 cup (4 ounces) King Arthur Traditional Whole Wheat Flour or Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
      1 cup (4 1/4 ounces) King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
      1/4 cup (1 3/4 ounces) sugar
      1/2 teaspoon salt
      1 teaspoon cinnamon
      1 teaspoon baking powder
      1 large egg
      1/4 cup (1 3/4 ounces) vegetable oil
      1/4 cup (3 ounces) honey
      2 to 3 tablespoons (1 to 1 1/2 ounces) milk (approx.)
      additional milk for glaze
      cinnamon-sugar (optional)

      Here's a recipe for vanilla pudding (not tried it, I'm sure it's tasty). Wanted to help! :)
      Joy of Baking site
      Vanilla Pudding Recipe:

      3 1/2 cups (840 ml) whole milk (organic, if possible)

      1/3 cup (65 grams) plus 1/4 cup (50 grams) granulated white sugar

      1/4 cup (30 grams) cornstarch (corn flour)

      1/8 teaspoon salt

      2 large eggs

      1 large egg yolk

      2 teaspoons pure vanilla bean paste or pure vanilla extract

      1 tablespoon (15 grams) unsalted butter


      Lightly sweetened whipped cream and chopped nuts (walnuts, pecans, or almonds)

  24. Kim Nichols

    This looks delicious! I don't like to use Cool Whip because of the ingredients in it, could real whipped cream be used instead?

    1. Stacey

      I hate cool whip and have always used "real" whipping cream with a little bit of real vanilla extract to it. Just as yummy, if not yummier!

  25. Jackibon

    Can you use whipped cream instead? I don't know...never was a big Cool Whip fan. Recipe looks delicious!

  26. teresa

    This is a really good recipe.....I have been making this for at least 20 family loves it...and if we are dieting it is also good using low fat ingredients.

  27. Laura C.

    I LOVE this recipe. I remember making it years ago. So yummy!

  28. Tracy

    Use French vanilla pudding its better

  29. Theresa @DearCreatives

    Hi Nikki, This looks amazing! I pinned it for later. I can't wait to try it I love eclairs! Hope all is well.

  30. Betty Heyward

    I have not been able to find the graham crackers. Where do you buy
    Thanks Betty

  31. Gen

    Use French vanilla pudding with 3 cups milk and the cool whip. Also, use chocolate graham crackers. Make a ganache with bittersweet chocolate and pour over top. Absolutely fabulous!

  32. ladylasning

    i have made this without powdered sugar and you don't miss it. I also use the cinnamon graham crackers and it gives it better flavor to any kind of pudding. I have used chocolate and vanilla with the cinnamon. Just a FYI. Your picture makes me want some but i would have to go to the store for the cool whip and crackers.

  33. Stacey

    I've made this for years as well, but I've always layered with blueberry or cherry pie filling.

  34. sabeen

    Are we not going to cook the mixture of milk and instant pudding in this recipe? Is it ok to do that?

    1. Chef in Training

      you don't cook instant pudding mixes :)

  35. Dianne

    For the chocolate topping, you can get the Smuckers hard she'll chocolate....Shake well, put in microwave (with top off) for few seconds, pour over pudding mixture. Can't remember if it takes two bottles....very good, everyone always wants recipe.

  36. Orion

    Hi there, can I substitute cool whip with actual whipped cream? We don't have cool whip where I'm from.

  37. jx

    can i double boil the butter and milk instead of microwave?

  38. Sheryln Smith

    In England Digestive Bisquits are the same as Graham Crackers. Cool whip is a prepared whipping cream like substance with little or no calories.

  39. Sue

    When you indicate 2 packages of Grahman Crackers do you mean 2 sleeves or 2 boxes? I have a box of 3 sleeves that says 14oz and I am confused. Thanks..

    1. christine

      400g=14oz...1 box with 3 sleeves works perfectly in 9x13in pan :)

  40. Debbie

    im in Australia and i dont know what these graham crackers are ,. Can you explain or give me an alternative please. This looks like a very delish recipe and i want to make it. Thanks.

  41. Marketa

    Hello. Thanks for this recipe. I'm from Czech Republic and I don't understand, what is "cool whip". I cann't translate it. Can you help me please and explain to me, what is it? Thank you.
    Wish a beautiful day.

    1. Carolyn

      Cool Whip is a whipped cream substitute. Try using whipping cream--whipped until stiff--then fold into pudding.

    2. annie

      just use whipped cream

  42. jessica

    Like the taste, but it never firmed up, Could eat it with a spoon.. Will not serve this to my guests. Very soft.

    1. Chef in Training

      I am sorry yours never firmed up. Did you whisk the pudding and milk until the pudding formed? Did you use instant pudding?

  43. christine

    This recipe was very disappointing. There must be some mistake in the frosting, was like water, so before pouring over cake i added 1 full cup of icing sugar to mixture. Was still way too runny, so added yet another 1/2 cup. against my better judgement poured it over cake and let it stand overnight. made no difference. cut it for dessert, after 1st piece was removed the frosting ran everywhere...what a mess. If i chose to make again i will find my own frosting recipe.

    1. Chef in Training

      I am sorry you had trouble with this recipe. I just add more powdered sugar as necessary to get a thicker frosting consistency. It is supposed to be on the runnier side, but it does set up in the fridge.

  44. pat sannes


    1. pat sannes


    2. oliver

      Please make things easier for people who MUST use the sugar-free puddings, such as diabetics or dieters. State the sizes for both boxes, sugar-free boxes differ than regular pudding mixes. OR you can just state Large box or Small box, since both types come in just the two sizes....I used the Large but I have not yet tasted it to tell you if the Small would have been better. However, mine has a much truer vanilla pudding color to it, as opposed to the whiter lokking one that your picture shows....I'm sure either version will be good. I, too, had a problem with runny frosting. Luckily, I made a "practice" cake to cut into and that will tell me if wasted my time and ingredients, or if I will be able to just add a frosting to make it look more appealing.

  45. Effie

    Where do I buy cool whip?

  46. Rosa

    What's cool whip ??? I nave never heard of it here in Australia. What do we use in place of it. Sour cream or creme fresh , or just fresh whipping cream !!

    1. Carolyn

      Crème fraîche would probably work, or whipped cream. Somebody mentioned Dream Topping.

  47. Kelly Cooper

    This is an oldie but a goodie.... I want to let you in on a secret..... My Mother used to use Lemon Pudding in hers and if there were two on the table at the get together... hers was GONE and everyone would ask her what she did different to makes hers so much better :).... I love it too. Mom is gone now so all those wonderful recipes are up to me now. Food bonds us together no doubt. Just give the lemon a try and let me know what you think I bet you will love it :)

    1. Debbie

      Kelly , with the lemon pudding mix , did your mom use a chocolate topping or another flavor? We love lemon anything so this has me curious...

  48. juli

    Wtf is cool whip? Or graham crackers? We don't have these in uk!

    1. Judy E

      Cool whip is 'fake cream' ...use whipped cream with a bit of vanilla and/or icing sugar (if you want it sweeter)
      Graham crackers are like Digestive biscuits or Anotts Lattice biscuits,. Basically a plain biscuit. I'm in Australia and our products are similiar.

  49. Wendy Min

    Looks very nice your recipe. however I live in France and I don't know what Cool Whip and Graham Crackers are? What can I take in stead of that?
    Bye bye Wendy

  50. michael alzamora

    im addicted to sugar and chocolate .cant wait to try this,tomorow im fixing.

  51. Beverly

    Ok all you Aussies (& Brits) who don't know what to substitute for Cool Whip. You can either take the easy option & use ordinary whipping cream with enough icing sugar to taste (make sure it is thick enough though) or follow this recipe. Poly-Whipped Topping (homemade cold-whip)
    1 tsp gelatin
    2 tsp cool water
    3 Tbsp. boiling water
    1/2 c. ice water
    1/2 c. nonfat dry lowfat milk
    3 Tbsp. sugar
    3 Tbsp. oil
    Refrigeratea small mixing bowl. Soften gelatin with 2 tsp. cool water, then add in boiling water, stirring till gelatin is completely dissolved. Cold till tepid.
    Place ice water and nonfat dry lowfat milk in the chilled bowl. Beat at high speed till mix forms stiff peaks.
    Add in sugar, still beating, then oil and gelatin.
    Place in freezer about 15 min then transfer to refrigerator till ready for use.
    Stir before using to retain creamy texture.
    Makes 2 c..

    Graham crackers can be substituted with Granita or Arnotts Lattice biscuits.

    Hope this helps

  52. mary mongeon

    can you use real whipped cream instead?

  53. chris

    what is cool whip?

  54. Kari Miller

    Try it with French vanilla pudding mix. It tastes like a Boston cream pie. :)

  55. Linda

    Arnotts lattice biscuits in Australia I would imagene

  56. mavis

    What can I use other than Graham crackers don't have these in Tasmania Australia, I have looked every where ...please help

    1. jane

      Plain Malt Biscuits.
      I make lollie cake in the US with Graham crackers. not quite as good as Malt Biscuits but it works.

  57. Kellie

    Hi I was just wondering wot is cool whip also wot r Greham crackers as I'm in wa

  58. Mary Ann

    I have been making this for a very long time. To make it lower fat use fat free French vanilla pudding, fat free cool whip, and reduced fat Graham crackers.

  59. Barbara

    Our family calls this Eclair Pie. It is the most requested dessert. We use French Vanilla Pudding. Delish

  60. Jacqui

    What is vanilla pudding?

  61. marie myburgh

    I love your recepies, specially with all the church functions i got, i got no time to bake, i like your eclair and similar recepies that are plopless, non bake, quick and tasty thank you so much

  62. Mary

    Ahh this is so good! My mom has been making this recipe for decades! It's so delicious!!

  63. Jett

    Hi Nikki,
    I wanted to say thank you for all the work you put in to supply all your followers with these lovely cake recipes. and the replies that are needed. You are really dedicated to us on this site. I will be trying this Eclair Cake and Flourless Chocolate cake soon. Keep up the good work I do appreciate it.

  64. Karen

    Hi - what type of cocoa - sweetened? Unsweetened? Also, is it two 14.4 oz BOXES of graham crackers?

  65. Emily Head

    thanks for the recipe

  66. Kay

    Hi, saw your recipe and said I will have to pin it and try. Do you use honey graham cracker or just regular plain graham crackers? I guess it doesn't matter in the end.

    1. Chef in Training

      I use honey but really I think any would work! You will have to let me know how you like it :)

  67. Lizy Tish

    Just found this "shared" on my facebook page. I LOVE eclairs and this looks wonderful and easy. Can't wait to try it!

  68. wendy jordaan

    what can I use instead of grahams crackers?

  69. Erin

    Has anyone used lactose free milk at all or a skim milk? I have to have lactose free milk. Just curious as to what othres have tried :)

    1. Chef in Training

      my mom uses skim milk :) I have never tried it with lactose free though. The whole just makes it a bit creamier

  70. Tracy

    Does it matter if the cocoa is powdered or melted chocolate?

    1. Chef in Training

      I use unsweetened powdered cocoa

  71. Jacqueline

    I make this the "cheater" way

    Instead of making the topping I use magic shell ice cream topping
    Just run it under hot water for a minute before you open the bottle and spread on top!!

  72. Kathleen

    I use this recipe but for some reason thought it had sour cream in it. I think it added a nice tang to the pudding.

  73. Marelle Jackman

    Looks lovely but what is cool whip please I am in Australia

  74. Lorrie Murphy

    Could you please tell me what cool whip is? This recipe sounds easy to make and delicious.

  75. M.Mckenzie

    What is cool whip?

  76. L Heycox

    What are graham crackers...
    and what is cool whip......haven't heard of these....

  77. carol

    what in England would be vanilla pudding mix and also cool whip thank you so much

  78. suzy

    Can Cool Whip be replaced with real whipped cream? If so, I imagine more sugar would be necessary as Cool Whip is sweetened and real whipped cream is not. So how much? This sounds great!

  79. Hirane

    What's cool whip? I'm in new Zealand dying to make it

  80. phyllis

    I make this but instead of making my frosting I get a can of milk chocolate frosting and just microwave a few seconds to get it soft and then just pour over top easy also you can make this for people that can't have that much sugar just get sugar free pudding and lite cool whip also sugar free frosting in the can there is not much difference in the taste but a lot difference in calories hope this helps someone

  81. megan

    wat is cool whip please

  82. Karen

    I think fresh cream would be better
    Than cool whip personally ....

  83. anne

    Whats graham crackers

  84. Kaz

    I just wonder why so many people never read the comments before asking the same question that someone else has already asked! Come on people! Read the info - its not that hard!

  85. Judy

    Can someone please tell me what a "Graham biscuit" is?

  86. Marie Flegg

    Hi where I live I cannot find those crackers will Jacobs crackers do the same job, as I must ry this eclairs are my passion

  87. Toni

    My mom used to mke Icebox Cake. It's made just like this except with 1 box each chocolate and vanilla pudding and no Cool Whip or frosting. She only used the pudding to "cook," not the instant pudding. Assembly is the same, except sometimes she would just crumble graham crackers between layers and cover the top with them. For an 8x8 pan, use a small box of each flavor; for a 9x13 pan, use a large box of each flavor.

  88. Alison

    Hey I was wondering if I could substitute Whole Milk with 1% milk because that's all we drink in my house.

    1. Chef in Training

      yep! My mom makes this with skim and 1%

  89. Marion Donohue

    Please, I'm not sure what Cool Whip is?

  90. shanaye

    I am from South Africa, what is Grahams crackers and what can I use as substitute?

  91. Michelle Draper

    What can we replace for cool whip ??

  92. Marilyn Valentino

    I have been making this for more than 20 years. The frosting I make has a little more to it but it's about the same. Cinnomon grahams or chocolate are also good.

  93. Christine Blayney-Murphy

    I also live in Australia and I have no idea what Cool Whip is or what I can substitute with. Would cream be OK?

    1. Tabatha

      Heavy whipping cream whipped up will work too. :)

  94. Vicki

    What is cool whip please , I live in Australia and haven't seen this before, Thank you

    1. Lydia

  95. Lydia

    You can make cool whip yourself. Here is how:

  96. Trisha

    What are Graham Crackers. I live in Australia

  97. Kim

    Looks easy & delicious, but I would prefer not to use Cool Whip. Would real whipped cream work in this recipe?

  98. Tabatha

    If you don't want to take the time to make the frosting, you can grab a tub of chocolate fudge frosting, microwave it until soft and pour over top. Other than that, the recipe I have is pretty much the same. ;)

  99. AnnaMarie Cockerell

    I am thinking of using lattice biscuits instead of graham crackers cause they are square and we don't get graham crackers in Australia

    1. Patty

      yes we did Mama !! lol and not instant pudding but from scratch .. :) but this sounds so much easier..

  100. mamabear

    in my day we called this a icebox cake

  101. laura

    We have neither graham crackers, nor cool whip in Australia, nor am I quite sure what either is to substitute with, Any suggestions?

    1. Jerry Callender

      How about Vanilla wafrs? That's what I use instead - or some shortbread cakes would also be just fine.
      Instead of Coll Whip, which is oil, just whip some cream.

  102. Ivy

    Looks yummy, just one minor misspelled word "poor" . Did you mean "pour"?

    1. Chef in Training

      yes, I did and now its fixed :) Thanks so much

  103. Margaret Hitchman

    Hi, I am from the UK and saw this recipe on facebook. Please can you tell me what the equivelent items would be in the UK
    1. Vanilla pudding
    2 Cool Whip
    3 Graham Crackers

    Thank you for anyone's help, I would love to try this please

  104. Cheri


    This looks amazing! Thank you so much for sharing. Me and my lil girl are gonna try this soon as we can :)

  105. Mr.H

    I'm out in South Africa can oly whip be used as a substitute for cool whip.

    1. Lynn

      Yes, looking at all the comments above, Orley Whip is what I would use for this recipe.

  106. leesa

    can you convert some of the ingredients that we cannot access in Australia i.e cool whip. graham crackers, I think powdered sugar must be caster sugar in our language

    1. Lyn Battersby

      I just made it using 12 Sponge Finger biscuits cut in half and 2 tubs Vanilla Fruche instead of Cool Whip. This also brought the fat content way down.

    2. Rosemary

      powdered sugar is broken down more than castor sugar. Whir the castor sugar in the blender or food processor until it is powdered.

  107. Patty

    It is called an Ice Box cake ... my mom use to make it all the time for us as lil kids !! have not made it in yrs. ,,,, going to make one this weekend ... thanks for sharing !!!!

  108. Jenny Jones

    This seems a cheat pudding as I don't like using pre packet ingredients. How do you make the vanilla whip pudding from scratch?

  109. Jeannie Roslyn

    Can you use coconut milk instead of milk?? I cannot use milk. With so many substitutes there has to be one that works. Graham crackers are usually found in the cracker area of the store..and whipped cream can be used instead of artificial cool whip. Yuck. This recoil looks divine. Thanks for sharing.

  110. Cheryl A. Squirrell

    Saw this posting on a friends FB and HAD to 'comment'............ I have made this cake for more years then most of the younger generation has been texting. The recipe you've posted is made using graham crackers and they do NOT taste like Eclair's (like it's suppose to)........the OLD recipe has a secret that no one EVER figures out.... And it's definitely NOT graham crackers but rather UNsalted Saltine Crackers!!!! The rest of the ingredients are the same except for using 4 cups of whole milk. Once the cake is put together and sits for at least 24 hours (this is necessary because then the saltines become soft like pastry!), then it really DOES taste just like an eclair! Oh and buying a can of GOOD dark chocolate frosting - microwaving it until is soft enough to pour over the cake is a quick/easy topping and always what I've used since WAY back! So that's the REAL story and secret of the ECLAIR CAKE recipe!!!! ALWAYS a hit and never has anyone guessed the 'secret ingredient'!

    1. sheri clark

      how many saltine crackers do you need to use instead of graham crackers? I'd like to try it. thanks

    2. Dr. Kim

      Enough to cover the bottom of the pan, times 3 for the 3 layers.

  111. Cindy

    Man, tough crowd here with so much nitpicking.

    I absolutely loved this recipe. I made it *exactly* according to the recipe. It set up,filled a 13x9 pan, cut perfectly, and was eaten up!
    Thank you for such a great dessert recipe!

  112. Catherine


    Eclair Cake: I'm sorry to say that I have tried this recipe - word for word - in my opinion and the other 4 in the family's opinion this cake is F L A T, no savor at all, it tasted like a pudding for babies! I do not advise anyone to make it unless some fruits or liquor (grand-marnier, or other) is added, it may resemble a poor brother to Tiramisu. I'm so disappointed, I had to throw most of it away. Not even close to an Eclair.

  113. Michelle B

    am I wrong in how I am reading the recipe? you have 2 (14.4)oz packages of graham crackers. Do you mean the 2 packages in the 14.4 oz box or you want 2- 14.4 oz for a total of 28.8 ozs. Thank you

    1. Candy

      Michelle B ~ Buy the smaller size box of Graham Crackers, the one with 3 packages in it (I don't know the weight). You will have enough crackers for this cake with a few crackers left over.

  114. Gloria Biamonte

    My mother made this in the 50's, wi!th just the pudding. Very good!! I'm sure w/cool whip it will be even better! I will use room temp. butter, not melted butter w/milk. I will let you know if it's 5 stars or not!! LOL

  115. Debi


  116. Susan

    The icing was very thick and hard to spread. I followed the recipe, but I think next time I'll add more milk.

  117. Angie


    If how fast this "cake" disappeared is any indication, then I would definitely give it 5 stars! The recipe is easy, and by doubling the icing, I created a delicious, unique dessert for my latest French-themed party. Most people went back for seconds and there was a debate over who would take home the small bit left at the end of the evening. I am going to try the Nutella/Strawberry version next! Thanks for sharing....

  118. Lyn Battersby

    As an Australian, I don't have access to Graham Crackers or Cool Whip, so I "Aussied" it up by substituting with Sponge Finger Biscuits and Vanilla Fruche. It looks great so far.

  119. Sharon Gates-Hodges


    Thank you so munch! I am so glad I found your website!

  120. Claire

    In the UK, I think cool whip would be Dream topping(you'll find it next to jelly in the supermarket) and I think any biscuit could be used digestive, malted milk or maybe plain hobnobs? :)

  121. Tammy Ogden

    Looks yummy!!! I got to try this ")

    Thanks for sharing.

  122. Patty

    Do you think this could be made up to two or days before serving ? Or no? Thank you

  123. Starr

    Mmm!! Lovely recipe! Glad I found your site! My mother-in-law used to make this for family gatherings and it was divine! I had kind of forgotten about it, until I saw this shared on a friend's FB page! I'm totally making this for my next get together w/ friends!

  124. heidi harwood


    Hiya I'm desperate to make your chocolate eclair pudding but unsure on some ingredients. The vanilla instant pudding mix I'm not sure what that is. Also the cool whip is that instant whip and do we need to make it up as the whip before adding it. Are the Graham crackers just like Jacob crackers for cheese. What do you mean by 3 1/2 cups milk mug size ? Or can you give me fl oz. So so sorry for all the questions but it's a must make, it looks awesome :-)

  125. Rebecca Mangrum

    Thank you, I have GOT to make this. I love making homemade desserts and this one sounds easy and delicious.

  126. Stormythomison

    My husband loves Eclaires, so I'm going to make this on Father's Day for him!

  127. K. Howell

    I used White Chocolate pudding instead of Vanilla ....delish. Took to Neighborhood Assoc. Meeting. Success !

  128. Amber C.

    I cheat and use the "tub" frosting, (Milk Chocolate, of course) I also use French Vanilla instant Jello Pudding. Makes these a bit richer!!

  129. Mark

    Looks delicious. I'd substituted the cool whip though with real cream though.

  130. AJ

    You can also use Tennis Biscuits if you live in South Africa.

  131. Karen

    Can you substitute vanilla wafers for graham crackers? I don't like graham cracker crusts.

    1. mairlyn

      What can I substitute chocolate topping (or frosting) for as I don't eat chocolate maybe vanilla or lemon, thank you

    2. Dr. Kim

      Or carmel/caramel topping

  132. margaret w

    Every time I make this everyone devours, but it has never once sliced up like the picture with pretty layers. Usually its a gooey mess. I tried freezing it and it sliced easier but when it thawed enough to eat, it didn't hold shape. I know three other ladies who have made it and they say same thing.

  133. john the cooker.


    I am a metal worker but I cook a lot. If interested the foundry site has a cooking page in it. This recipe has great potentials BUT the ingredients listed as a HUGE disappointment. Make a cooked vanilla pudding or make your own from scratch, it's not that difficult and the final product is FAR SUPERIOR to the "instant pudding" that was recommended. Even cooked, package pudding mix will be superior to the instant. Then the use of cool whip?!?!?!?!?!? My goodness, is real whipped cream so difficult to make?!?!?!? I haven't tried this modified recipe yet, but I can guarantee it would be FAR superior to the one posted here. It is great idea, making Eclairs in a cake pan for a party of such, but let's get some decent and real ingredients, PLEASE!!!!!

    1. Dr. Kim

      Your suggestions sound very delicious, but take more time to make. The advantage to the original recipe is that is easy, fast, and cheap. Anyone can make it, even if they are not a "great cook." However, I think if the two were served side by side, yours would be the clear winner on taste.

  134. Wendy

    I am going to give your recepies a go tfor my friend to sell in her code shop to help her through troubled times. Thank you humbly for sharing on Facebook. Please ad me to your newsletters. Do you have a recepie book I can get? Thank you Wendy.

  135. amie hoving


    I made this for my husband and friends of mine and they absolutely love it its easy to make I would recommend making it

  136. Candy

    I've been making this Eclair Cake for 30 years. One of our family favorites! (I use French Vanilla pudding and unsweetened chocolate squares rather than cocoa.)

  137. Jill Sharrow


    This eclair cake sounds Awsome. That's my favorite cake anyway. Can't wait till I can get everything to make it. With summer coming on the no bake part is great too, especially when we are camping.
    Thanks for sharing


    I love easy deserts for family and church

  139. Paula B.


    Most delicious and so easy to make. Thank you so much.

  140. Nilvia Ruggiero

    What a great site..I love everything and can't wait to try it easy. .and sounds yummy too. THANKS

  141. Gerrie Esterhuizen

    The Eclair cake looks devine, I would like to makeit, but what is "Cool whip"and Graham crackers. What can I replace it with, I am from South Africa



  142. heather kersten

    what is cool whip

  143. Gloria S. Carroll

    Love this cake!

  144. Megan


    I accidentally bought cook and serve pudding. I'm guessing it will be fine I just have to cook it and let it cool before I can mix in the whip and layer it?

  145. shelia herold

    Looks so good

  146. Donna Michael

    I love the recipes that is posted. Keep them coming.

  147. Lisa

    I dont live in the USA so have never met cool whip.....what is it?
    What can I use instead?

  148. Nina Bye

    I need to bring something to a family picnic and made this everyone loved it ,could not believe
    how easy it was thank you

  149. Hilary


    This was awesome. I used chocolate graham crackers instead and doubled the frosting recipe as the blogger suggested. It was delicious. Next time I might try it without the cool whip.

  150. Colleen Bryan

    Will try looks delious

  151. Allie


    Hey Nikki!! Love the recipe! Wondering if you had the nutritional information on it?? I want to make it for my father in law, but he's on a low sodium, low fat diet so I wanted to make sure he could eat it!


    1. Dr. Kim

      You can check on the packages of the ingredients (graham crackers, pudding, Cool Whip, etc.) for sodium content to estimate. But I think sodium in this recipe would be almost nothing.

  152. Andy Malkasian

    Your recipe calls for two boxes of graham crackers. That seems like a lot. Did you mean two of the three packages from a 14.4 oz. box?


  153. Janet

    Heavenly! Super easy and delicious!

  154. Maureen

    Thank you for sharing.

  155. Margaret Harvey

    what is cool whip

  156. Shané du Toit

    This looks absolutely devine.
    I live in South Africa,could you maybe advise as to a substitiute for Graham crackers and Cool whip as I can not seem to find them in our store..

  157. Sharon


    I'm posting a link to this recipe on my blog this Friday. Thanks for a delicious recipe. I can't have sugar so make it with sugar free pudding and cool whip and everyone else enjoys it too!

  158. hassina

    hi! wow cool recipe.thanks . wat are graham crackers? I'm from south Africa haven't heard of them.could u plz suggest a substitute.thank u.

    1. Sharon

      They are a sweet flat, square "cracker" (biscuit to you!) You could substitute Mari biscuits, only they are round. Do you get square vanilla wafers?

  159. Ronell

    What is Cool Whip? I am from South Africa, we have a product called Orly Whip, which is a non dairy cream - kept in fridge and whipped like cream. Is it something like that?

    1. Sharon

      A frozen whip cream like product. When I lived in South America I substituted one that was powdered and I had to add milk to and whip up. Orly whip sounds like the same thing or at least similar.

  160. Gloria

    I live in Aust... what are Graham Crackers please & is powdered sugar Stevia?

    1. Rosemary

      Gloria, you can make powdered sugar by putting regular granulated sugar in a blender or food processor and pulsating or blending until it is powdered. It is mostly used for making frosting and sprinkling on donuts, cakes, cookies and so on.

    2. julie

      thanks heaps forthat tip your amazing

    3. Sharon

      Powdered sugar is icing sugar.

  161. Kim Linville

    For those who don't know what Cool Whip is please use Heavy whipping cream and mix it on high speed with your mixer. (Tip: Don't whip too fast at first or you will make a mess. Go slow and gradually go faster.) It will put air into it. Add enough sugar to sweeten it. Not too much. Just taste it as you go so you are happy with the flavor. It's better than Cool Whip.

  162. margaret dempster

    In Australia I cant find graham crackers, what can I use as a substitute. Thanks

  163. Dr. Kim

    I will try your recipe soon, but I love cinnamon Graham crackers, so I plan to try those as the crust. My husband loves eclairs! I will let you know what he thinks of the dessert.

    I also like the comment about using lemon pudding as the filling. If I make that, I think I may try ginger snap cookies as the crust.

    Other suggestions for crust, if you can't find Graham crackers or don't like them: How about lady fingers? or just about any kind of cookie, crushed (use your favorite kind)? Cookies may make it too sweet for some people. One person above uses saltine crackers without salt: so, how about Israeli matzah? For those who aren't familiar with it, matzah is a flat, saltine cracker-like wafer, the original "unleavened bread" for Passover. The kind I bought was plain whole wheat, no salt and no sugar, which would be a good selection for those wanting to limit their intake of those. The brand I bought is Osem, and they have many varieties, including chocolate-coated orange, raspberry, and plain. And it fits PERFECTLY into an 8" x 8" square cake pan. The Osem Company is Israel's leading exporter of kosher food to the USA. No, I am not Jewish, but I love Jewish food. Perhaps this would be easier to find than graham crackers, outside the USA.

    1. Dr. Kim

      I looked up "graham flour" on Wikipedia, and it was very interesting. It is a type of wheat flour that is made by separating the various parts of the wheat seeds (also called wheatberries) before they are ground up into flour. There is some difference in the ways that the individual ingredients are milled, but I did not look at the details. After milling, the ingredients are mixed back together, in certain proportions. It mostly affects the texture and taste of the flour, as well as the shelf life.

      Graham crackers are a flat, crispy, cracker-like lightly sweetened cookie.

  164. Sarah Ponsart


    I just made this tonight for Father's Day for my hubby and it was sooo yummy! I changed it a bit, i crushed the Graham crackers and mixed them with butter and sugar and layered them instead of using the whole crackers. We really loved it! Thank you so much for the recipe.i think this will be another go-to recipe for special occasions.

  165. Maija

    Is there a way to replace cool whip with something else? I'd prefer cream cheese or mascerpone cheese. Thanks!

    1. Chef in Training

      you can substitute sweetened whip cream straight across :)

  166. jeannette


    love love love made this for fathers day and was a major hit!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  167. Sandraterlaje

    Sounds so good!!!!

  168. Roberta


    I make this all the time and my recipe calls for one of the puddings to be white chocolate. Makes it a little better! Imagine that! I make this all the time and it is a crowd pleaser!

  169. Donna D.

    Hi there,
    The ingredients list whole milk and then "milk". Is this a mistake? If not- is it skim milk? I'm looking forward to trying these!

  170. Lynda W., Columbia, MD

    Someone had posted this on facebook, and I since it looked good, and easy to make, I thought I'd give it a try. I made a half recipe in an 8x8 pan and my whole family LOVED it!! This is now one of my favorite desserts! I'm making a full recipe for a party this weekend; my family told me I also have to make one to leave home... Not all recipes that look good turn out to taste as good as you hope, however, this one is FABULOUS! Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe..

  171. Sariann Knerr


    I'm hoping this cake is as good as everyone says. It was a pain to make. It was difficult to get the spaces all filled with pieces of graham cracker. I could have used more pudding mixture. The cocoa and powdered sugar should be sifted first. My top graham cracker layer started floating when I poured on the icing. It looks messy. Not pleased. I'll see his it goes over at my work luncheon.

  172. Ray

    This eclair cake looks soo good! Thanks!

  173. Rosemary

    I used to make this "cake" when my children were young. A group of us young mothers got together once a month just to chat and commerizerate and this was one of our favorites. Also a Banana Split cake that is on

  174. Veronica Andrew

    Hello I am in Tasmania & we dont have "graham crackers" was wondering for a substitute for these caeackers if you could explain texture & taste of these crackers so I could find a substitutr to use ... thanxu ...

  175. Deborah Plant

    I love this recipe of chocolate eclaire's I will try them out
    I would also like some other easy no bake recipes too!

  176. Teresa Selove


    Eclair cake is my absolute favorite dessert!
    I am so happy to now have the recipe!

  177. Connie

    I think this would be even tastier with cream cheese in the pudding mixture :-)

  178. colleen

    The No Bake Éclair dessert, it says blend milk and pudding, but then for the frosting it does not say how much milk to use. Do I separate the 3 1/2 cups milk or use additional milk and how much? Looking forward to making this.

  179. julie

    could you please tell me what graham crackers are and cool whip !!!!!!! have no idea

    1. Andy Malkasian

      Graham crackers are similar to English Digestive biscuits.

      Cool Whip is artificial whipped cream (crème Chantilly)

      If you want to use whipped cream in place of Cool Whip, use 1/4 C of powdered sugar (icing sugar) and a teaspoon of vanilla. There is corn starch in powdered sugar that serves to stabilize the whipped cream.

    2. Teri

      Thank you!!!! I HATE HATE HATE Cool whip!

  180. Pam

    Can the Eclair Cake be frozen?

  181. michelle power

    Where do u get half of the ingredients in Ireland have u alternatives

  182. Tiffany

    You can also take a can of chocolate frosting heat it in the microwave and pour/spread on top

  183. Collette Baker

    For the frosting, you can also use a chocolate store bought icing/frosting and put in microwave a few seconds to get soft and spread over top of the cake. Much easier and delicious also. Love this cake....

  184. maricar tiamzon

    Hi ma'am ur recipes are very impressive... just want to know what is this whole milk? Sori ma'am but im not familiar with whole milk. Can u give me a better brand u are using for ur cakes. Thank u so much.

    1. Chef in Training

      Whole milk is just milk with a little more fat in it. you can use any milk you want for it. I have used skim and it turned out great!

  185. Teri

    But WHY always the cool whip?????? It is an AWFUL product. REAL whipped heavy cream makes it so much better & is REAL, not whipped garbage (cool whip).

  186. Pat

    I'm always looking to try new & easy recipies. I'm going to try the eclair cake first, looks so good & easy to make. Thanks!

  187. Cheryl Deger


    Does the recipe actually need 2 (14.4oz) boxes of graham crackers? Also there is only two of us, would like to half the recipe and make it in a 8inch square pan? Do you think it would work? Thank You...

    1. DONNA


      I only used one box graham crakers

  188. Bianca Espinoza

    Hi I just made this fabulous dessert! I doubled the icing as noted, but it doesn't quite look like urs. Maybe because I used nesquik ... It didn't come out so dark so you can see the graham crackers.. I wonder if I was supposed to have used unsweetened cocoa instead? Can't wait to try tomorrow tho :)

  189. Tara

    How long do you need to refrigerate? If I made it in the morning, would it be ok for evening? I want to make it for a BBQ tomorrow, but don't have all the ingredients.

    1. Roselynn Kohler

      Yes it would be ready for the evening serving!

  190. Shelby


    Hi. Was I supposed to put two layers of Graham crackers each time instead of just one layer? I only ended up using one box of Graham crackers so it didn't seem to turn out right :/ wasn't firm enough.

  191. kim

    What are grahams crackers and cool aid where do we get in ozland? Just done commercial cooking course level 111 and would like to try this

  192. Peggy Brooks

    I was wondering where to get Digestive Cookies. I love them, and they are not bad for you. They have lots of fiber, and taste great. 2 pluses from 1 cookie

  193. Betty Hicks

    This looks sooooo good. Can't wait to try

  194. carol

    Has this ever been made with another kind of pudding, like cheesecake, or chocolate, or french vanilla!!

    1. Judy Gross

      I always use French Vanilla.

  195. Justine

    Can you make this frozen?

    1. Sharon

      yes you can...found out because my icing kept melting in the frig even....................

  196. Sharon


    These where good....except for icing...kept melting...going to use chocolate chips next time..........................

  197. DONNA


    I too am now obsessed with this cake. It is soooo delicious and simple too! The only change i made was 3 cups milk and and i make a ganache for the frosting. Everyone that tastes it wants the recipe. thanks for sharing. There arent enough stars to rate this cake :)

  198. Nichole

    If I make the eclair cake in the afternoon could we still have it tht night or do u have to let it sit over night

  199. NaD

    I use a similar receipe and my family loves it. Instead of the chocolate topping we use a can of cherry pie filling. Looks very pretty for the holidays

  200. Gerlyn

    My mouth is watering already just from the photo

  201. Alison


    Have made this eclair cake many times and it is excellent but frosting recipe needs to be quadrupled

  202. Kim


    Can I use sweetened condensed milk? I use this to "make" milk if I run out of milk and won't be able to get to the store for s few days

  203. Paula

    Is the cocoa in the Eclair Cake unsweetened cocoa or is it the same kind used in making hot cocoa?

    1. Chef in Training


  204. yvonne

    can you convert this to an english recipe please as dont recognise the ingredients

  205. david ferguson

    Hi I would like to try this recipe but we dont get cool whip here in Australia so what could i use as a replacement for that ingredient please

    1. Beverly Zimmerman

      Sweetened real whipped cream would be fine to use.

  206. Judy Gross


    WE have been making this in our family for years. But we make it even simpler by using canned frosting from the store. Milk chocolate or dark chocolate, whichever your family likes best.

  207. Beverly Zimmerman

    Want to make it even better? Use French Vanilla Instant Pudding instead. Otherwise, I think our recipes are the same.

  208. Peta

    Hi my name is Peta & I live in Australia. What is Cool Whip. I don't know what it is as I can buy an Australian comparable product. Thanks for your help

  209. Nanette Hedley

    Such delicious looking recipes! What a shame I am over in the UK and cannot get the ingredients to try them out but it is nice to look and use imagination to savour. I have USA connections so have tasted Graham crackers and the no bake éclair cake recipe came to me via my cousin.

  210. Julie M.


    I topped this with a ganache and it worked beautifully! Thanks!

  211. Kim Garton


    This is a good old Amish recipe. I have been making it for years.

  212. Lee Reynolds

    The Eclair cake looks amazing! I just saw this on Facebook and will be making this weekend! All your recipes look amazing!
    Thanks for some yummy desserts!!!!

  213. Sharon


    Sounds awesome but what is cool whip' vanilla pudding and graham crackers??.... Can you do the recipie for the English market equivalents please would love to try it:)

    Kind a Regards"
    Sharon M:)

    1. Sheila

      To all y'all that can't get graham crackers or boxed vanilla pudding, look up the recipes on the internet. I found one for the graham crackers. Calls for wheat flour, wheat bran and wheat germ. Maybe that would be a problem too. The vanilla pudding from scratch should be a lot easier.

  214. Dawn LaRock

    Looks so delicious, but since I have to stay away from chemicals & artificial flavorings & so on, I do not eat Cool Whip. Taste it now & taste like poison to me. Can I use real cream, somehow ?

  215. Moira

    Hi, I would love to try your Eclair cake but as I live in South Africa I am not sure what Cool Whip is. It's sounds to me what our Orly Whip is ~ an artificial cream ~ in liquid form. If it is do you beat it up first before adding it to the vanilla pudding.

  216. LucyLu

    It pains me to think how many calories this has in it. I avoid Cool Whip. Read the ingredients.

  217. sasakia oni

    You wrote 2 instant vanilla pudding . did you meant 2 packets of it please.
    Thank you

  218. Donna W.

    I make this using French vanilla pudding. For the frosting I use a can of ready made chocolate frosting. Microwave about 10-15 seconds for easy spreading. Yummy!

  219. Coleen

    The Eclair Cake is wonderful. I get requests to make it for every family get together. Love love love it. It is nice to prepare with my nieces.

  220. Coleen


    Awesome Eclair cake. Has become my most requested dessert for family get dinners. Love it!!!!!

  221. wanda

    can this be lightened up with sugar free pudding, skim milk, etc?

  222. Mae

    Hi just wondering if you can use Sao biscuits or what other biscuits can I use I'm a cook in nursing home and limited budget this would be a change for them and I have done similar just with sponge underneath Thank you.

  223. sarah

    Can i use homemade custard instead of the instant pudding?

  224. Joanne Desmond

    Clotted cream would be tastier than cool whip. Cool whip is a whipped cream like topping that can be frozen. It has a lot of sugar in it which is probably why I like it so much :-) Clotted Cream would be even richer than cool whip. I can't hardly find it in the US and it's expensive (the clotted cream)

  225. Judy Gesky

    You can use the tub of store bought frosting....microwave for 30 seconds. It will thicken back up while refrigerated. Much easier than trying to frost the crackers!!

  226. Karyn


    I use canned whipped icing when I'm in a hurry.

  227. Gill

    Please can you tell me what vanilla pudding is, and graham crackers are, as we are in England and May be called by another name . Thank you Gill

  228. Moira

    Hi! Re the Eclair cake. You mention a 9x13 pan. Is that inches? We here in South Africa work in cms so not sure!
    Thank you

  229. Karla

    I make this dessert basically the same except I use a can of milk chocolate frosting for the top. Just microwave until pouring consistency. Best dessert I think I've ever had!! Can't make too often or I'd be in trouble lol.

  230. Cybthia Whitcher


    Made this for a party and it was a huge hit!!!!

  231. maria ieraci

    What is cool whip, thankyou

  232. Maureen supple

    is cool whip the same as whipp d cream in a can. And what do we use instead of graham biscuits. Not sure what they are. Live in Melbourne Australia.

  233. Suzanne

    The only thing missing is WHAT SIZE PAN?!?!?

    Making this today... Thanks!!

    1. Chef in Training

      Sorry so late... its a 9x13 inch pan

  234. Maureen Shaw

    How easy (or not) is it to cut? Won't the filling just spill out?

    1. Jennifer @ItSuxToBeFat

      It did not spill out for me. When you let is sit overnight, it firms up and is super easy to cut and dish out. I used a spatula and it was perfect!

  235. Thomas


    I have grown up with this desert. The only difference we use is instead of 2 vanilla pudding mixes, we use 1 vanilla and 1 butterscotch

  236. Christine

    Question: do you think this would be a good cake to put candles in? Trying to find an easy recipe to make for Xmas Eve which also happens to be my little one's birthday (which we are having 2 other separate celebrations with real cake & cupcakes, so trying to find an easier solution to the Xmas eve celebration!)

  237. Lauren

    If anyone is using the fake whipped cream cool whip, which to your body is like eating styrofoam, and is using packaged pudding mix, and is using a microwave, they have no right to call themselves a chef. Use real ingredients!

  238. J. New

    Hi, just curious I am an Australian and I don't have any idea what cool whip and powdered sugar are ?????

  239. Cam Joyce

    I use French Vanilla pudding,,,gives it a better flavor.

  240. Lili

    It looks delicious...but for people that can't have dairy...we can only look!
    I wish there were more amazing recipes like this but dairy free!!!

  241. Karen

    Can this be made with real whipped cream. Cool Whip is disgusting.

  242. Jennifer @ItSuxToBeFat


    Made this for Christmas and it was amazing! My whole family devoured it. I doubled the frosting like you suggested and used Dark Cocoa Powder! So yummy! Thank you for a great recipe!

  243. liz


    have had this before, but could never find the receipe, going to have it for super bowl

  244. Cathy Porzio

    This turned out really well. Everyone loved it. It calls for 2 boxes of graham crackers and I didn't even use 1 full box for a 13 X 9 pyrex pan. Maybe the recipe allows for some of the crackers being broken or a pan without curved corners. I would definitely make it again and double the chocolate frosting.

    1. Kayc

      I'm wondering the same thing! Only used 1/2 of one box???

  245. Betty Dickson

    I was wondering if the graham crackers could be put in a blender with some butter, little bit of brown sugar and a little bit of vanilla. Put a layers inthe bottom of the pan, pushing it down. then for the next layer sprinkle on the remaining graham cracker mixture. I was thinking cutting the graham cracker whole would not be easy.
    What do you think?

  246. Rosie


    I have been making this for a few years now the only difference is I use FRENCH VANILLA PUDDUNG I have servered it @ parties (big crowd pleaser) and to my family for dessert

  247. Robin

    What are graham crackers? Are they like lattice biscuits?

  248. Chris

    Can't stand cool whip, can I use whipping cream instead?

  249. vera williams


    Wat is cool whip in the éclairs?



  251. Amy

    I'm probably getting too literal here but the recipe calls for the milk and pudding to be "blended" for two minutes. I'm assuming this should be done in the blender?

  252. Kayc

    I'm confused about the amount of graham crackers - I made this and only needed 1/2 of one box. Recipe calls for 2 boxes???
    Thanks for sharing!

  253. Olivia

    Hi there, I'm from South Africa and having a slight problem with some substitutes for this recipe....

    1. What is vanilla instant pudding and what is a substitute for this?
    2. Whole Milk - I'm assuming this is full cream milk?
    3. Cool whip - I've read that its whipped cream in a can or the fresh cream that you whip yourself.
    4. What is graham crackers and what is a substitute for this?
    5. I'll figure out the measurements - some how. :)

    Any help or clarity on this will be greatly appreciated!! :)

    THANK YOU!! :D

  254. Pj Klohs


    Instead of using milk and cool whip, try coconut milk and whip up some coconut cream instead of cool whip.

  255. nadiema

    I live in Cape Town, can I use cream cracker instead of Graham crackers

  256. Cat


    I can't believe how many people are asking the same questions!!! "What is Kool Whip and what are Graham crackers?". This has been answered I don't know how many times. Why don't you just take some time to read through the comments??
    Other than that, I think the recipe looks great and I will try it - with fresh whipped cream of course. No substitutes in our house!

    1. Marg Blair

      This is the first time I have used this site and had no idea there had been people asking the same question ! No need to be so rude . It would be more helpful if the ingredients listed gave an alternative !

  257. Laurie

    Do you use salted or unsalted butter? Does it matter?

  258. Brigitte Nelson

    Hi Nikki,
    Could you come up,with a healthier version, one that does not use cool whip or boxed pudding mix? For people that are trying to combine good taste with nutrition, this is not good.

  259. Sue


    Made this for Easter dessert and it was absolutely amazing! Definitely a huge hit and by far one of the best desserts i have made. I also doubled the chocolate topping even before reading that you did it!.

  260. Sue Drzewiecki

    I make this all the time and for diabetics, you can use the sugar free pudding and then they can have this treat also!

  261. Glenda


    I would substitute cool whip with the real stuff. It does look yummy.

  262. Nanette Allison

    Came across your sight while looking at an old friends site from Lamesa, Texas. I live to cook and can't wait to try your Eclair Cake. We have a Brunch at our church every month September- May and this looks like a recipe we could use.
    Thank you for sharing and Happy Chefing!

    Nanette Allison

  263. Michael Lewis


    I can only find Jello instant vanilla pudding - how can I change to to be like French Vanilla?

  264. Raewyn Lulich

    For cooks living in Australia what is cool whip and graham crackers we don't have anything with these names here

  265. Shifra Rosenfeld

    Can I substitute another milk (soy or rice)?

  266. Denise

    We don't get Cool Whip in South Africa, but we do get Orley Whip which I presume is the same thing. My hubby detests it, so would normal whipped cream substitute?

  267. carlene

    What substitutes pudding mix? I may not find it here in the Philippines.

  268. Vera

    I live in Greece. Can’t find cool whip. What can I use as a substitute?

    1. Kimberly

      Make your own whipped cream

      2 tablespoons sugar
      1 cup heavy whipping cream

      Place a metal mixing bowl and metal whisk into the freezer for 10 to 15 minutes.

      Place the sugar into the mixing bowl and add the whipping cream. Whisk just until the cream reaches stiff peaks. Store any unused portion in an airtight container for up to 10 hours. When ready to use, re-whisk for 10 to 15 seconds.

  269. Michelle

    Where can l buy cool whip

  270. Marg Blair

    Please ,what is Cool Whip Thank you
    Margaret in Tasmania

  271. Andrea

    Can you get graham crackers in Australia? I see a lot of recipes that use graham crackers on here. What would be a good substitute?that I can get in Australia?

  272. karin coombe

    Hi I am in England do you know an equivalent to Vanilla Instant Pudding mix, cool whip, and graham crackers or give me a description of what they are so I can try and find an equivalent, I would so like to make this recipe. I have christening coming up and this would so be a tasty treat. Thank you in advance for your response.

  273. Booshana Weerasinghe

    I am a Srilankan.Here in Sri Lanka, we don't have vanilla pudding mix.Is there a substitute? This looks so yummy, but some ingredients are not available.Please specify.Thank you.

  274. faaiedah

    Hi im in South Africa, what is equivalent to graham crackers and what is powdered sugar.

  275. Lauren


    I only used one package of graham crackers and doubled the icing recipe. SUPER yummy!

  276. Marie Theresa Patterson

    I would love to try this delicious Eclair Cake, as I live in Australia some products are named a little different, could you please tell me What Cool Whip is, Grahmes Crackers, are they like a sweet biscuit, Powdered Sugar, would this be icing sugar???
    Theresa Patterson.

  277. Karol Bagnell Thompson

    The Eclair Cake is FABULOUS! Everyone has asked for the recipe.

  278. Kaye Kelly


    I've never heard of Cool Whip, but as I live in New Zealand it may not be available here. Can you suggest an alternitive or tell me exactly what it is so I might be able to come up with something to substitute for it, please?

  279. Jean McGuinness

    Sorry this may sound dumb but what is cool whip thanks

    1. marlene


      whip cream you buy ready to use

  280. Nancy

    I have the recipe from a year ago- I noticed the powdered sugar in frosting was changed from 1/2 cup to 1 cup-- what was your reason...

  281. nancy

    I was reading the comments below and had not noticed that you also changed the amount of milk? and the amount of cool whip- did it make the pudding heavier? I just made the old recipe last night before I decided to print it out for friends and then discovered it had been changed- what will the difference be overall- thanks- BTW-- everyone RAVED over it!!

  282. marlene


    can I substitute real pudding for instant?

  283. Jaye

    Does it matter if you use Cook & Serve Pudding or Instant

    1. Chef in Training

      yes, it needs to be instant :)

  284. Susan Bright


    This is truly a delicious recipe. I have made it twice and get compliments and requests for the recipe constantly.

  285. Liz

    You only need 1 box of Graham crackers!!!

  286. Geri

    Made vanilla eclair pie, it had just the right amount of sweetness.

  287. carolyn Volk

    For Frosting, can you use a can frosting, Choc.

  288. Rachel

    Is there a substitute I can use for the milk? For a dairy-free option?

  289. Eileen Kirby

    Just wondering what it cool whip.
    Cannot get graham craker biscuits were I am,
    Will Marie plain biscuits do.

  290. Linda

    Thank you for the eclair recipe.

  291. Sara


    This recipe was amazing!! Just made it for the 4th of July. Easy and it really does taste like an eclair. This is in my save pile. Would be awesome for a potluck!

  292. Crystal

    I want to make this for a party but don't have access to a refrigerator at the venue so it will sit out for approx 5 hours. Will that work or does it need to be kept cold??

  293. Maya

    For the frosting, you can omit the sugar. Use dark cooking chocolate instead of cocoa , add milk and butter and boil on low heat

    1. Gracie

      O this is a yummy dessert yum yum !

  294. Marie


    Over all this recipe's taste was good but other then that I believe there were some steps left out. I made this recipe exactly how it says to and 2 days later I took it out of the refrigerator for a birthday we cut it open and it was very runny. Something needs to be changed with this recipe! First make sure you make the pudding as it says on the box and let it set before doing anything else! Once the pudding is set and solid then fold in the cool whip make sure it's cold then layer your cake. Thanks for the idea anyways.

  295. Diana L.


    I made this for my girlfriend's birthday yesterday. It was dessert for girl's weekend at camp. It was a HUGE success. Seriously. The girls couldn't even wait for plates, they just dug in with spoons! I have to share this recipe with everyone now. So good. I'll be making again for sure!

  296. E Major


    This was so good! I made it for an event, but my husband polished it off before it could get there. I almost hate sharing how easy the recipe is; everyone asks for it

  297. Tara

    I followed this recipe to a T and my finished product was a soggy, collapsed mess. Not worth the time or money. Very disappointing!!

  298. Jackie

    Can you use graham crumbs instead of the crackers?

  299. Helen Sparrow


    I am in Australia, what is cool whip?