A favorite family recipe: Éclair Cake

2013-04-15T00:00:00Z A favorite family recipe: Éclair CakeBarb Ruess nwitimes.com
April 15, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Last week while visiting D.C., we stayed with my aunt. She is also the official family history keeper for that side of the family and while there we got to look through the albums she has compiled. It was especially fun to follow my great-grandparents from Italy to this country. Seeing all that family history made me remember that I have some handwritten recipes from that side of the family tucked away in my recipe box. Last night while cooking dinner, I dug them out. This one popped out as something I'd like to make soon. I remember this dessert making an appearance at nearly every large family function... holiday parties, wedding showers, family reunions. It's nothing fancy (though it has a fancy name) but it is pretty yummy.

Eclair Cake

Courtesy of my great aunt.


  • graham crackers
  • 2 large boxes instant vanilla pudding
  • 3 1/2 cups milk
  • 8 oz cool whip

Chocolate topping:

  • 2 oz baking chocolate
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  1. Grease a 9x13 baking dish. Line the dish with whole graham crackers (not crushed).
  2. Mix pudding with milk, fold in cool whip and pour over the graham crackers. Cover with another layer of graham crackers. Set aside.
  3. In a medium-sized saucepan, melt the chocolate with the butter. Remove from heat and stir in milk and powdered sugar until well mixed. Spread over the top of the final graham cracker layer.
  4. Refrigerate at least 4 hours and up to overnight. Serve chilled.

Barb lives in Crown Point with a hungry family that includes three kids. You can find her out running, wishing for a day warm enough to visit Lake Michigan, on Twitter and writing her daily blog, Quick Like A Bunny where you never know what she'll be talking about.

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