Mason Jar Fever: Chocolate Eclair Cake in a Jar

Way back in the day {like before I knew what natural light for photography was}, I shared a family recipe that is always a hit: Chocolate Eclair Cake.  It is one of those non-baker desserts that you literally cannot.mess.up but always pleases a crowd.  Check it out but ignore the awful pictures please {although a few of them are updated}!  One problem we sometimes have with the cake is serving it so I decided to do the food version of “put a bird on it” and put it in a jar.
chocolate eclair finished with label

The idea behind the cake is the same: layers of graham crackers, a pudding mixture and a topping of chocolate.  It just takes a slightly different form:

What You’ll Need:
Graham crackers
2 small boxes of vanilla instant pudding
3 cups of milk
1 container of cool whip {I use low fat}, thawed
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Frosting
1/2 cup of milk
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 cup of sugar
2 Tbsp of butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla

Let’s Make It:
1)  Mix pudding and milk in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk until thickened.

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Refrigerate for about 5 minutes to get a good pudding consistency.  Fold in cool whip.
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2)  Place graham 5-6 graham crackers in a large bag.  Gently crush with the back of a wooden spoon or spatula.

3)  Fill the bottom of a mason jar with enough graham cracker crumbs to create a visible layer.
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4)  Top graham cracker layer with a layer of pudding mixture.  Add another layer of graham cracker crumbs followed by pudding mixture.  Repeat until your jar is full ending with a pudding layer.  Put jars in the refrigerator while you prepare the frosting.

5)  In a heavy saucepan, bring milk and butter to a boil stirring frequently with a whisk.  Whisk in cocoa and sugar and boil for 1-2 minutes, whisking constantly.

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Turn heat to low and whisk in vanilla.   Pour into the jars to create the chocolate top.

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Refrigerate for at least an hour or until chocolate is set.
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What is your favorite no bake dessert?  Do you like the idea of serving desserts in individual jars?

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Chocolate Eclair Cake in a Jar
Recipe type: dessert
 
Make a super simple dessert that requires no baking and is served in a mason jar! It is guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser.
Ingredients
  • Graham crackers
  • 2 small boxes of vanilla instant pudding
  • 3 cups of milk
  • 1 container of cool whip {I use low fat}, thawed
  • Frosting
  • ½ cup of milk
  • ⅓ cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 2 Tbsp of butter, softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla
Instructions
  1. Mix pudding and 3 cups of milk in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk until thickened. Refrigerate for about 5 minutes to get a good pudding consistency. Fold in cool whip.
  2. Place graham 5-6 graham crackers in a large bag. Gently crush with the back of a wooden spoon or spatula.
  3. Fill the bottom of a mason jar with enough graham cracker crumbs to create a visible layer.
  4. Top graham cracker layer with a layer of pudding mixture. Add another layer of graham cracker crumbs followed by pudding mixture. Repeat until your jar is full ending with a pudding layer. Put jars in the refrigerator while you prepare the frosting.
  5. In a heavy saucepan, bring ¼ cup of milk to a boil stirring frequently with a whisk. Whisk in cocoa and sugar and boil for 1-2 minutes, whisking constantly. Turn heat to low and whisk in butter and vanilla. Pour into the jars to create the chocolate top. Refrigerate for at least an hour or until chocolate is set.

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  1. Oh my goodness! This looks so heavenly. Pinning!
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  2. This looks insanely delicious! And it’s not even that hard to make. I will save the recepy so I can make it later on. Thank you for sharing!
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