Caramel Apple Eclair Cake

Satisfy your sweet tooth with the delectable flavors of caramel and apple in this irresistible Caramel Apple Eclair Cake. Layers of cinnamon-spiced apple pie filling, velvety vanilla pudding, and crisp graham crackers are adorned with a luscious caramel sauce, creating a dessert that’s guaranteed to tantalize your taste buds. Whether you’re hosting a gathering or simply craving a delightful treat, this no-bake dessert is a breeze to make and is sure to impress everyone.


  • 1 ½ (20-ounce) cans apple pie filling (30 ounces in total)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 box cinnamon graham crackers
  • 2 (3.4-ounce) boxes instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 2 cups cold milk
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Homemade Caramel Sauce, caramel dip, or store-bought caramel topping


  1. Prepare Apple Pie Filling: Place the apple pie filling into a bowl and use scissors to cut the pieces of apple into smaller chunks. Add ground cinnamon and ground nutmeg to the apple pie filling, and set aside.
  2. Mix Vanilla Pudding: In a large bowl, mix together the instant vanilla pudding mix, milk, and powdered sugar until well combined.
  3. Prepare Pudding Mixture: Add heavy cream and vanilla extract to the pudding mixture. Use a hand mixer to beat together until creamy and thick, about 3-4 minutes.
  4. Layer Graham Crackers: In a 9×13-inch baking dish, place a single layer of cinnamon graham crackers.
  5. Layer Ingredients: Spoon half of the prepared apple pie filling over the graham crackers, followed by half of the vanilla pudding mixture.
  6. Repeat Layers: Repeat with another layer of graham crackers, apple pie filling, and vanilla pudding mixture.
  7. Top with Graham Crackers: Finish with a final layer of graham crackers on top.
  8. Pour Caramel Sauce: Heat the caramel sauce in the microwave until warm and pourable. Carefully pour the caramel sauce over the top layer of graham crackers, ensuring it covers the entire surface.
  9. Spread Caramel Sauce: Use a spatula to spread the caramel sauce evenly over the top of the cake.
  10. Refrigerate: Cover the cake with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4-6 hours, or overnight, to allow the flavors to meld and the cake to set.
  11. Serve: Once chilled, slice and serve the Caramel Apple Eclair Cake, and revel in the divine combination of flavors and textures!

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 12

Serving and Storage Tips:

Serving Tips:

  1. Chilled Delight: Serve the Caramel Apple Eclair Cake chilled for the best texture and flavor. The coolness enhances the creamy pudding and caramel layers, making each bite utterly delightful.
  2. Garnish with Fresh Apples: Before serving, garnish the cake with thinly sliced fresh apple slices for a pop of color and a hint of freshness. This adds a lovely touch to the presentation.
  3. Drizzle with Extra Caramel: For an extra indulgent touch, drizzle additional caramel sauce over each slice of cake just before serving. The extra caramel adds richness and decadence to every bite.
  4. Serve with Whipped Cream: Accompany each slice of cake with a dollop of freshly whipped cream for a heavenly combination of creamy sweetness. It’s the perfect complement to the rich flavors of the cake.
  5. Pair with Hot Beverages: Serve the Caramel Apple Eclair Cake alongside hot beverages such as coffee, tea, or hot cocoa for a cozy and comforting dessert experience.

Storage Tips:

  1. Refrigeration: Store any leftover Caramel Apple Eclair Cake in the refrigerator in an airtight container or covered with plastic wrap. Properly stored, it will stay fresh for up to 3-4 days.
  2. Avoid Freezing: Due to the creamy texture of the pudding and caramel layers, it’s not recommended to freeze the cake as it may affect the texture and consistency upon thawing.
  3. Individual Portions: If desired, portion the cake into individual servings before storing to make it easier to grab a quick treat whenever a craving strikes.
  4. Reheating: If you prefer to enjoy the cake slightly warm, you can gently reheat individual slices in the microwave for a few seconds before serving. Be cautious not to overheat to avoid melting the layers.
  5. Enjoy Fresh: For the best taste and texture, it’s recommended to enjoy the Caramel Apple Eclair Cake within a few days of preparation. The flavors may intensify over time, so savor it while it’s at its best.

By following these serving and storage tips, you can ensure that your Caramel Apple Eclair Cake remains fresh, delicious, and ready to enjoy whenever the craving strikes.


  1. Nutty Crunch: Sprinkle chopped pecans or walnuts between the layers for added texture and a nutty flavor profile.
  2. Caramel Apple Pecan: Drizzle each layer with caramel sauce and add a layer of chopped pecans for a decadent twist on the classic recipe.
  3. Apple Cinnamon Spice: Mix ground cloves and ginger with the cinnamon for a spicier flavor profile reminiscent of apple pie.
  4. Maple Glaze: Replace the caramel sauce with a homemade maple glaze made from maple syrup, powdered sugar, and a dash of vanilla extract.
  5. Cream Cheese Layer: Add a layer of sweetened cream cheese between the apple filling and pudding layers for an extra creamy texture.
  6. Salted Caramel: Sprinkle a pinch of sea salt over each layer of caramel for a delightful sweet and salty contrast.
  7. Chocolate Drizzle: Drizzle melted chocolate over the top layer of caramel for a decadent chocolate-caramel fusion.
  8. Apple Crisp Topping: Sprinkle a mixture of oats, brown sugar, and butter over the top layer for a crunchy apple crisp-inspired twist.
  9. Caramel Apple Trifle: Layer the ingredients in a trifle dish instead of a baking dish for a stunning presentation, perfect for special occasions.
  10. Almond Joy Inspired: Mix almond extract into the pudding for a hint of almond flavor and sprinkle shredded coconut over each layer for a tropical twist.


  1. Can I use homemade apple pie filling instead of canned? Yes, you can use homemade apple pie filling if you prefer. Just make sure it’s cooked and cooled before layering it in the cake.
  2. Can I use a different type of pudding mix? While vanilla pudding complements the flavors of this cake, you can experiment with other flavors like butterscotch or caramel for a unique twist.
  3. How far in advance can I make this cake? You can make the cake up to 24 hours in advance. It’s best to refrigerate it to allow the flavors to meld together.
  4. Can I make this cake without graham crackers? Graham crackers provide structure and texture to the cake, but you can substitute them with vanilla wafers or shortbread cookies if needed.
  5. Can I use whipped topping instead of heavy cream? While whipped topping can be used, heavy cream provides a richer flavor and texture. If using whipped topping, fold it gently into the pudding mixture.
  6. How do I prevent the graham crackers from becoming soggy? To prevent the graham crackers from becoming soggy, ensure the pudding mixture is thick enough before layering, and avoid adding excess liquid to the apple pie filling.
  7. Can I make this cake gluten-free? Yes, you can use gluten-free graham crackers and ensure that all other ingredients, including the pudding mix, are gluten-free to make the cake gluten-free.
  8. Can I omit the caramel sauce? While caramel sauce adds richness and flavor to the cake, you can omit it if desired. Alternatively, you can substitute it with chocolate sauce or a fruit syrup.
  9. How should I store leftovers? Store leftover cake in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Be sure to cover it well to prevent the graham crackers from drying out.
  10. Can I freeze this cake? It’s not recommended to freeze this cake as the texture may change upon thawing, particularly with the pudding and graham cracker layers.

With its heavenly layers of apple, pudding, graham crackers, and caramel, Caramel Apple Eclair Cake is a dessert dream come true. Whether enjoyed at a special occasion or as a delightful indulgence any day of the week, this easy-to-make treat promises to dazzle your senses and leave you craving more. So, gather your ingredients and treat yourself to the irresistible sweetness of this delectable dessert!