Yummy Pumpkin Eclair Cake

5 from 4 votes

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Pumpkin Eclair Cake is like a cross between pumpkin cheesecake and eclairs. One of the EASIEST, and most delicious, fall dessert recipes you will ever make!

Pumpkin Eclair Cake

This Pumpkin Eclair Cake is the perfect fall dessert. It has all of the flavor of pumpkin pie with a creamier and lighter texture. Run to the grocery store right now and pick up some pumpkin spice instant pudding mix, because it is only available for a little while and it disappears off the shelf FAST! I especially like this cake as an early fall dessert because it is a chilled cake and some of these “fall” days are still pretty warm

This dessert is called an eclair cake because you refrigerate it overnight. This softens the graham crackers and gives them more of a pastry texture. Eclair cakes typically have a thicker frosting, but I wanted to incorporate white chocolate, so I made more of a glaze. I love how it turned out because it doesn’t overpower the pumpkin flavor like a thicker chocolate frosting would have.

Tips for Making Eclair Cake

To melt the white chocolate chips, I put them in a glass bowl with a little bit of canola oil and put the bowl over a pot of simmering water. One really important thing to remember when covering the cake is to make sure that the plastic wrap or tin foil does NOT touch the top of the cake. If it sticks to the frosting, it will pull up the top layer of graham crackers when you take it off.

More Pumpkin Recipes

If you are in the mood for more pumpkin treats, try out these delicious pumpkin recipes.

  • Pumpkin Drop Cookies – With only 3 ingredients, these cookies are quick and easy to make.
  • Pumpkin Steamers – This pumpkin drink with warm you on a cold, autumn day. The drink is rich and creamy with flavors of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger.
  • Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Coffee Cake – This delicious coffee cake has a cream cheese layer and crumb topping that is out of this world. It’s perfect for a breakfast, brunch, snack, or dessert.
  • Pumpkin Cheesecake Mousse Cups – A smooth and creamy mousse that is simple to make, but looks elegant and tastes heavenly!
  • Pumpkin Cobbler – This is a traditional fall dessert at our house. A creamy pumpkin pie like layer is topped with a crunchy, buttery, crust. It is incredible served warm with homemade whipped topping or vanilla ice cream.

How to Make Pumpkin Eclair Cake

Slice of Pumpkin Eclair Cake on a red plate

Pumpkin Eclair Cake

5 from 4 votes
Pumpkin Eclair Cake is like a cross between pumpkin cheesecake and eclairs. One of the EASIEST, and most delicious, fall dessert recipes you will ever make!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine French
Servings 18




  • In a 9×13 pan, cover bottom with one layer of graham crackers (whole).
  • Mix pudding and milk and beat for 2 minutes on medium. Gently fold in Cool Whip.
  • Pour half of the mixture over the graham crackers and cover with a second layer of graham crackers.
  • Pour remaining pudding mixture over the top and cover with another layer of graham crackers. Refrigerate for 2 hours.
  • Combine remaining ingredients to make frosting. Beat until smooth.
  • Pour over graham crackers and refrigerate overnight.
  • Optional: Lightly sprinkle the top of the cake with cinnamon before serving.


Nutrition Information

Calories: 256kcalCarbohydrates: 41gProtein: 4gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 262mgPotassium: 136mgFiber: 1gSugar: 28gVitamin A: 160IUCalcium: 101mgIron: 0.9mg

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Echo Blickenstaff

Echo lives in Pleasant Grove, Utah with her husband, Todd, who works in advertising, and her four kids: two girls and two boys. She deploys her accounting degree as the blog’s resident problem solver. In her time outside the kitchen, Echo loves to get away from the phones and busy schedules and spend quality time with the family. Anywhere’s great – but getting out into nature in the mountains or on the beach – is the best kind of getaway.

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  1. 5 stars
    Thank you so much for sharing this amazing recipe! Will surely have this again! It’s really easy to make and it tasted so delicious! Highly recommended!

    1. I think it would taste good, but it might be a little hard to spread! It would have to be a thinner frosting.

  2. The recipe calls for a large box of pumpkin spice pudding mix. All I could find is the 3.4 oz. size. Is that the size I need?

    1. 5 stars
      I am not sure, I haven’t used vanilla pudding before for this recipe. But I would try adding pumpkin extract and a little pumpkin spice to the vanilla pudding.

  3. The recipe calls for 2 boxes of graham crackers but I only needed 1 box and still had a little bit left over. It was delicious by the way!

  4. The Pumpkin Pie Filling does not come in the sugar free flavor. Would I be able to use the vanilla pie filling and add some pumpkin to this to make up the pumpkin flavor. This recipe sounds great and I would love to try it. Thank you for all the recipes.

    1. Yes, that is a great idea for going sugar free on this recipe. I would also add a teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice to give it the extra pumpkin flavor. Please let me know how it turns out!