If you love the classic eclair cake you’ll do back flips for this death by chocolate eclair cake variation. The chocolate mousse-like filling is sandwiched between chocolate graham crackers, then topped with a chocolate ganache and garnished with chocolate whipped cream. This eclair cake is a chocolate lovers dream come true!
As if it could get any better, it’s also a no-bake dessert that’s fabulous for a potluck, family or office party. It seems almost too good to be true. If you’re a fan of chocolate covered cherries, you may like my Chocolate Cherry Eclair Cake, too. Make this chocolate eclair cake one day in advance to allow the graham crackers to soften and become almost brownie-like in flavor. It’s a magical cake that’s sure to become a keeper in your recipe file.
- 1 (24 oz) package chocolate graham crackers
- 2 (8 oz) packages cream cheese, softened
- ½ cup powdered sugar
- ½ tsp pure almond extract
- ½ tsp pure vanilla extract
- 3 cup half & half
- 2 (3.9 oz) boxes instant chocolate fudge or chocolate pudding
- 1 (12 oz) package milk chocolate chips
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 (8 oz) chocolate frozen whipped topping, thawed (See Cook's Note)
- In a medium size mixing bowl using an electric mixer cream together the cream cheese, powdered sugar, almond and vanilla until creamy around 1-2 minutes.
- Add the half & half and both packages of pudding to the creamed cheese. Whip on medium-high speed for 2 minutes until fully combined and creamy. .
- In the bottom of a 9 x 13-inch baking dish arrange one layer of graham crackers breaking to fit as needed. Spread with ½ of the chocolate filling. Repeat ending with a third layer of graham crackers.
- In a microwave safe dish melt together the chocolate chips and heavy cream. Heat in 20 second increments stopping to stir each time. Repeat until completely smooth then cool slightly.
- Pour the slightly cooled ganache on top. Chill for at least 4 hours or overnight.
- To serve, top each piece with a dollop of chocolate whipped topping.
- Store chilled.
2 cups heavy cream, plus additional to form a paste
1/4 cup granulated sugar
3 Tbsp cocoa powder
Optional: ½ tsp espresso or ½ tsp vanilla extract
Place the cocoa and sugar in a medium mixing bowl. Mix together the sugar and cocoa powder with enough heavy cream to form a paste. (This helps prevent lumps) Add the cocoa paste to the cream. Beat with a mixer until stiff peaks form. Chill until serving.