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Chocolate Strawberry Pudding Cake

Chocolate Strawberry Pudding Cake is an easy no-bake and impressive dessert which features fresh juicy strawberries. 

No Bake Chocolate Strawberry Pudding Cake is an easy and impressive dessert which features in-season fresh and juicy Florida grown strawberries. - www.kudoskitchenbyrenee.com

When you’re looking to impress your family and friends with an uncomplicated no-bake dessert that looks like you spent hours preparing, look no further. This no-fuss, Chocolate Strawberry Pudding Cake is the dessert you’ll be proud to serve!

No Bake Chocolate Strawberry Pudding Cake is an easy and impressive dessert which features in-season fresh and juicy Florida grown strawberries. - www.kudoskitchenbyrenee.com
No Bake Layered Chocolate Strawberry Pudding Cake with Whole Strawberries and Whipped Cream - www.kudoskitchenbyrenee.com

My inspiration for this No-Bake Pudding Cake comes from a recipe my mom has been making for years and years which she calls chocolate eclair cake.

The difference between what my mom makes and the recipe I’m sharing today is that I used fresh strawberries layered between chocolate graham crackers and instant vanilla pudding, mixed with strawberry gelatin.

Then I topped it all off with a rich, creamy, chocolate ganache which is semi-sweet chocolate chips mixed with heavy cream.

No Bake Layered Chocolate Strawberry Pudding Cake with Whipped Cream and Fresh Strawberries - www.kudoskitchenbyrenee.com

How to make chocolate strawberry pudding cake:

  • Line a loaf pan with parchment paper that has been trimmed to size, making sure to leave enough paper on the sides for easier removal once the cake is set.
  • Trim the graham crackers to fit the bottom of the parchment-lined loaf pan. *Note – gently score the crackers with a paring knife to make them easier to break and so they don’t crumble.
  • Set the loaf pan aside while preparing the pudding and strawberries.
How to make easy No Bake Layered Chocolate Strawberry Pudding Cake with chocolate graham crackers, fresh strawberries, pudding, and topped with chocolate ganache. - www.kudoskitchenbyrenee.com
  • In a large bowl, prepare the instant pudding according to package directions.
  • Stir in the strawberry gelatin and mix well to combine.
  • Trim and slice approximately 3 cups of strawberries.
How to make easy No Bake Layered Chocolate Strawberry Pudding Cake with chocolate graham crackers, fresh strawberries, pudding, and topped with chocolate ganache. - www.kudoskitchenbyrenee.com
  • Add the prepared pudding to a pourable container and layer half of the pudding mixture on top of the first layer of graham crackers.
How to make easy No Bake Layered Chocolate Strawberry Pudding Cake with chocolate graham crackers, fresh strawberries, pudding, and topped with chocolate ganache. - www.kudoskitchenbyrenee.com
  • Layer the sliced strawberry on top of the pudding layer and then trim enough graham crackers to form the middle layer.
How to make easy No Bake Layered Chocolate Strawberry Pudding Cake with chocolate graham crackers, fresh strawberries, pudding, and topped with chocolate ganache. - www.kudoskitchenbyrenee.com
  • Pour the remaining pudding on the second layer of graham crackers along with an additional layer of sliced strawberries.
  • Top the entire dessert with a final layer of trimmed to fit graham crackers.
  • Set aside.
How to make easy No Bake Layered Chocolate Strawberry Pudding Cake with chocolate graham crackers, fresh strawberries, pudding, and topped with chocolate ganache. - www.kudoskitchenbyrenee.com
  • To make the chocolate ganache, melt chocolate chips with hot, heavy cream and stir well until the ganache is smooth and creamy.
How to make easy No Bake Layered Chocolate Strawberry Pudding Cake with chocolate graham crackers, fresh strawberries, pudding, and topped with chocolate ganache. - www.kudoskitchenbyrenee.com
  • Carefully pour the chocolate ganache over the top layer of graham crackers and spread in a smooth, even layer.
  • Refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or place in the freezer until solid.
  • To remove the No Bake Layered Chocolate Strawberry Pudding Cake from the pan, allow the frozen treat to sit at room temperature for 30-45 minutes, and then use the parchment paper to gently lift the cake out of the pan.
  • Garnish the top of the cake with whipped cream and fresh strawberries.
  • Slice. Serve. Enjoy!
How to make easy No Bake Layered Chocolate Strawberry Pudding Cake with chocolate graham crackers, fresh strawberries, pudding, and topped with chocolate ganache. - www.kudoskitchenbyrenee.com
No Bake Layered Chocolate Strawberry Pudding Cake - www.kudoskitchenbyrenee.com

Additional strawberry recipes:

No Bake Chocolate Strawberry Pudding Cake is an easy and impressive dessert which features in-season fresh and juicy Florida grown strawberries. - www.kudoskitchenbyrenee.com

No-Bake Chocolate Strawberry Pudding Cake

Renee – Kudos Kitchen
This no bake dessert features layers of chocolate graham crackers, fresh strawberries, and instant vanilla pudding which is flavored with strawberry gelatin. Then it’s topped with a luscious chocolate ganache for the perfect finishing touch.
3.67 from 3 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
refrigeration time 6 hrs
Total Time 6 hrs 20 mins
Course Dessert – Cake
Cuisine American
Servings 12 slices
Calories 240 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 – 3 sleeves of chocolate graham crackers
  • 2 pints fresh strawberries 1 pint sliced to ¼” thickness and 1 pint reserved as whole berries.
  • 1 box (3.4 ounces) Instant French vanilla pudding
  • 2 cups cold milk
  • 1 box (3 ounces) strawberry gelatin
  • cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ½ cup heavy cream heated to a low-simmer
  • reserved strawberries 4-5 cut in half lengthwise, and the remainder left whole.
  • whipped cream for garnish

Instructions
 

  • Line a loaf pan with parchment paper that’s been trimmed to fit. Approximately 30″ x 5″
  • Carefully score the chocolate graham crackers with a paring knife and fit them into the bottom of the parchment lined loaf pan. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the pudding mix and milk until thickened.
  • Add the strawberry gelatin to the pudding mix and whisk until smooth.
  • Add the pudding mixture to a pourable bowl and pour (or spoon) half of the pudding mixture on top the graham crackers in the loaf pan.
  • Top the pudding mixture with an even layer of sliced strawberries.
  • Top with more graham crackers that have been trimmed to fit.
  • Add the remaining pudding mixture, another layer of sliced berries, and a final layer of trimmed graham crackers. Set aside.
  • In a microwave-safe bowl, heat the heavy cream until hot, but not boiling.
  • Add the chocolate chips to a medium bowl and pour the heated cream over the chocolate.
  • Stir well until all the chocolate is melted and the ganache is creamy and smooth.
  • Pour the ganache evenly over the top layer of graham crackers and smooth.
  • Refrigerate for 4 – 6 hours or freeze until hard.
  • If frozen, remove from the freezer at least 30-45 minutes before serving.
  • Remove the cake by lifting it from the loaf pan using the parchment paper.
  • Place the cake on a serving plate and garnish with whole strawberries around the side, whipped cream and half strawberries on top, if desired.

Notes

Tools and equipment:
loaf pan
parchment paper
large bowl
medium bowl
paring knife
cutting board
whisk
spatula
wooden spoon

Nutrition

Serving: 1sliceCalories: 240kcalCarbohydrates: 25gProtein: 4gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 19mgSodium: 64mgPotassium: 320mgFiber: 4gSugar: 16gVitamin A: 232IUVitamin C: 46mgCalcium: 84mgIron: 2mg
Keyword chocolate strawberry pudding cake
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Recipe Rating




Al

Sunday 17th of February 2019

Layers flopped. It froze it for several hours! Just a mess when I turned it out. Trying to figure what I did wrong

Renée

Sunday 17th of February 2019

I'm so sorry to hear that, Al. Can you walk me through it? Maybe we can pinpoint what went wrong.

Nikki@SoulfullyMade

Tuesday 20th of February 2018

Just gorgeous! This will be dessert at my house soon! Oh my goodness this is divine!

Renée

Wednesday 21st of February 2018

Thank you so, so much! I'm glad you're going to make it!

Cindy Kerschner

Monday 19th of February 2018

I never thought to use chocolate graham crackers. Genius!

Renée

Wednesday 21st of February 2018

Chocolate and strawberries are a natural. That's where my inspiration for the chocolate graham crackers came from. Thanks, Cindy!

thatskinnychickcanbake

Sunday 18th of February 2018

This is a real beauty! Each layer adds a yummy dimension!!!

Renée

Wednesday 21st of February 2018

Thank you so much!

carolinescookingblog

Sunday 18th of February 2018

I love the colors of this and it looks like a great dessert to serve a crowd.

Renée

Wednesday 21st of February 2018

Thank you. I love the colors together too. The red strawberries really pop on top :)