Pumpkin Fudge Eclair Cake

Themed desserts make a party that much more fun.  This Pumpkin Fudge Eclair Cake would be perfect for either a Halloween or Thanksgiving party.  Just change your sprinkles and candies for the appropriate holiday.

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Ok, so one day later after telling you I was over pumpkin, and here I am posting…yup, pumpkin.

Go ahead and tell me how wishy washy I am.  I can handle it.  For the record I made this last week, or maybe it was the week before that.  It was definitely before I started to feel iffy on pumpkin.

Anyway, I was looking through pictures and realized that Halloween is next week, so if I want to share this fun Halloween themed eclair cake, it had to be now.  So pumpkin it is!   Not that I don’t like pumpkin.  Maybe it’s because the weather dropped from sunny and warm to sunny and down right cold but now all I can totally think about is mint.  And chocolate.

But I always think about chocolate, so that’s nothing new.

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The sudden drop in temperature meant we had to scramble to make sure the furnace was working.  New air vents and a night of smelling warm, dusty air, and we are now ready to face the cold.  Well…not really ready for it at all, but prepared to handle it better.

My office is at the back of our house and is always pretty chilly.  I think that finding my little space heater should be top priority today.  My fingers are a little chilled as I try to type right now.  Or I could go bake.  That always helps warm things up.  Well at least it warms the kitchen.  Maybe I should move my computer into the kitchen?

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Did you find the pumpkin spice pudding after I shared this Pumpkin Cookies and Cream Fudge?   I sure hope so because it is one of the key ingredients in today’s recipe.

Eclair cake is  definitely one of those desserts that you look forward to seeing at any potluck dinner.  My kids go crazy for this stuff.  You would think they didn’t get any kind of sugar treats the way they down this stuff.  But we all know that’s far from the truth.  I crank out desserts, and they help me eat them.  It’s just what we do around here.

Anyway, I thought it would be fun to make some layers in the eclair cake with different flavored puddings.  And of course since I still had a box of pumpkin pudding in my cupboard, that just made sense to go with that.  Chocolate pairs so well with pumpkin that I knew a fudge pudding had to be the other layer.

The best part of this cake are the chocolate graham crackers.  They are so good dipped in peanut butter or frosting.  Just a thought for the leftovers when you finish making this cake.

What flavor pudding should I use in the next eclair cake?

I’m totally thinking mint :-)

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Pumpkin Fudge Eclair Cake

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 24 squares

Pumpkin Fudge Eclair Cake

Pumpkin and fudge pudding layered with chocolate graham crackers makes an impressive dessert for any Halloween or Thanksgiving party.


1 box instant pumpkin spice pudding (3.4 oz.)
1 box instant chocolate fudge pudding (3.4 oz.)
3 cups milk, divided
2 cups Cool Whip + extra for topping
1 box chocolate graham crackers
1 container canned chocolate fudge frosting
Halloween candies


  1. Whisk together the pumpkin pudding and 1 1/2 cups milk. Fold in 1 cup Cool Whip. Set aside. Repeat with the chocolate pudding.
  2. Place a layer of graham crackers in the bottom of 9x13 pan that has been sprayed with non stick spray. Gently spoon the chocolate pudding mixture over the crackers in the pan. Place another layer of graham crackers on the pudding. Gently spoon the pumpkin pudding over those crackers. Top with one more layer of crackers. Break crackers to fit if necessary.
  3. Place the canned frosting in the microwave for 30-45 seconds. Stir until melted and smooth. Pour over the top layer of crackers and smooth out. Top with colored sprinkles. Refrigerate until set. Cut into 24 squares and serve with extra Cool Whip and candies if desired. Keep refrigerated.


*If you cannot find the pumpkin pudding, use vanilla pudding and stir in 1/2 cup pumpkin puree + 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice before adding the Cool Whip.



Other ways to use up the pumpkin spice pudding mix:

Chocolate Chip cookies made with a pudding mix

M&M Pumpkin Pudding Cookies

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Pumpkin Cookies and Cream Fudge


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  1. Kentucky Lady 717 says

    Love your recipes, and love it when you show step by step how you make a dessert… hope you will continue to do this…..

  2. says

    Your new title is queen of eclair cakes! I’ve never made one (seriously, why haven’t I?) but they look so easy and so holiday-ish (sorry, that came out sounding wishy-washy … :) Those layers are so fun and definitely attention grabbing. Hehe, I was practicing the piano in our back room and it was so cold! my fingers were stiff and that’s when I gave up on wearing athletic shorts around the house – its full on sweapants now! :)
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  3. says

    Where in the world does one find Pumpkin Spice Pudding? Just came home from grocery shopping and I just happened to need some lomon pudding so I checked to see if there was anything diffferent. Certainly wold’ve picked this up if I’d seen it. What do you think about maybe adding pumplkin to vanilla pudding? Must be another way to make this.
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  4. Debi says

    Sounds so good but I can’t find chocolate grahm crackers, so I’m gonna use regular grahm crackers. I’ll let you know how it turns out unless you have any suggestions where I can get them. I live in Chicago.

  5. Aubrey Z says

    This was soooo easy to make! Looked everywhere for that pumpkin pudding, and couldn’t find it.

    Dishing it out tonight to those football guys, can’t wait for their feed back!


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