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Easy 3 Ingredient No Bake Pudding Cake!

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Pudding Cake is a great way to have your cake and not heat up the house!!!! This is my go to recipe for pot luck gatherings. It’s quick and easy to make and transports well. People are amazed at how simple it is to complete the recipe. Everyone always asks for the recipe, so be prepared.

Not only is the pudding cake easy to make, the ingredients aren’t costly.  The 3 ingredients are easy to keep on hand and you can add chocolate syrup or sprinkles for added color, too. I also love that I can easily turn this into a Weight Watcher recipe by using low fat and sugar free items! Be sure to try it with chocolate pudding, too. YUM!

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Easy 3 Ingredient No Bake Pudding Cake!
 
I used the 4 serving size boxes of pudding. I know they make 6 serving size, too. Those would also work, you would just have LOTS of pudding and need to put less cool whip on top. Enjoy!
Ingredients
  • 3 small (4 serving size) packages instant pudding Prepared as directed (6 cups)
  • 8 oz cool whip thawed
  • 1 Box graham crackers
Instructions
  1. Lay out graham crackers in a 9 x 13 pan
  2. Cover graham crackers with half of pudding
  3. Layer graham crackers over the pudding layer
  4. Cover graham cracker layer with remaining pudding
  5. Top with cool whip
  6. Refrigerate overnight or for at least 6 hours
  7. Cut & serve like cake

 

Michele Brosius
Michele is a married mom of 3 adult children. She is currently enjoying spending time with her husband in the empty nest. Michele can be found working on a healthy lifestyle, camping or having some frugal fun. Not necessarily in that order!
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51 Comments

  • Reply
    Mer
    October 29, 2013 at 9:44 am

    This does look delicious! I’ll be keeping this in mind–there always seems to be one holiday party or event I forget until the night before, and no one wants to start baking then!

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      vicky fields
      January 22, 2016 at 3:33 pm

      I have made this before without this recipe. I used chocolate pudding mix,very good.

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      Kaye Arnold
      July 2, 2017 at 7:38 am

      I make this but with sugarfree banana cream pudding and I add bananas to it also.

      Layers:
      Graham crackers, pudding, sliced bananas and Cool Whip. Repeat and end with Cool Whip on top. Sprinkle crushed graham crackers on top of Cool Whip. Enjoy!

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      Kaye
      July 2, 2017 at 7:40 am

      I make this but with sugarfree banana cream pudding and I add bananas to it also.

      Layers:
      Graham crackers, pudding, sliced bananas and Cool Whip. Repeat and end with Cool Whip on top. Sprinkle crushed graham crackers on top of Cool Whip. Enjoy!

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      Donna McDonald
      July 17, 2017 at 11:27 am

      I have made this for years, I use cheesecake pudding, on top 3rd layer of graham crackers I put cherry, apple, peach, etc. Whatever you like pie filling then cool whip. Awesome!

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    Dee
    April 8, 2014 at 10:07 am

    What size packages of pudding do you use?

    • Reply
      Michele Brosius
      April 8, 2014 at 3:46 pm

      I use the large boxes of pudding. Thanks

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        jeanette timmons
        June 11, 2014 at 1:16 pm

        If you used the Lg. pkg.’s, did it equal the 6 cups, like the recipe states, or did you use 3 Large pkg.’s and make more? Thanks.

        • Reply
          Michele Brosius
          June 11, 2014 at 9:27 pm

          I think the big boxes vary by brand. The store brands I have seen all come in different sizes. 6 cups of pudding is what I use. Check the box for servings. Each serving would be 1/2 cup. Hope that helps.

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        Kathy
        January 4, 2015 at 10:42 am

        This is confusing. The recipe says 3 small boxes, but when asked what size box, you replied that you use the large. Which is it?

        • Reply
          Michele Brosius
          January 4, 2015 at 11:57 am

          You will need approx 6 cups of pudding which is 3 small boxes or 2 large (I think) the box sizes keep getting smaller.

          • Loretta
            August 27, 2017 at 10:34 am

            What’s the drizzle on top? Thanks

          • Michele Brosius
            August 27, 2017 at 3:01 pm

            It’s chocolate syrup. Thanks for stopping by!

    • Reply
      pat
      September 3, 2016 at 11:32 pm

      Recipe calls for 4 serving size.

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    Bettie McBrine
    April 10, 2014 at 8:20 am

    I just made this for my birthday cake as I am on weight watchers and real cake is not an option! I used 2 boxes of sugar free, fat free chocolate pudding and 1 sf, ff vanilla pudding and ff coolwhip. I plan on cutting very generous portions (9×13 pan cut into 9 slices) and as far as I can figure it will still only be 6pts! That to me is amazing! Thanks so much for posting this…I was so worried about what I could have (and enjoy!) for my birthday treat!

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    kim
    April 12, 2014 at 4:01 am

    made 3 of these. 1 with almond milk& 2 regular. little suggestion. when using almond milk prepare as directed for pie filling(less milk). same if using a disposable aluminum pan. i made 1 in the throw away pan for work. didn’t firm up as well as in my glass pan for the one I made for home.

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      Kathy
      April 4, 2015 at 12:36 pm

      I’ve never had luck with pudding using almond milk. Will try one more time using less.

      • Reply
        Teri
        May 14, 2017 at 2:27 pm

        Macadamia milk is rich & creamy. You may have better luck with that. If you are vegan or have a milk intolerance, be aware that most pudding mixed contain milk ngredients.

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    Jackie
    June 8, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    I have been making these since the 1950’s and my mother made them before that. Sometimes we would make a layer of chocolate and a layer of vanilla. Its easy and delicious. We did layer of graham crackers, pudding, another layer of graham crackers and pudding and one more layer of graham crackers (top should be graham crackers). We lightly sprinkled last layer of graham crackers with milk and refrigerated. We didn’t use whip cream or any topping, as they were great without it and less calories.

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    Judy
    September 28, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    I make something very similar but I use choc, and vanilla pudding. The key to mine is you need to use the pudding you cook, not instant. Makes the graham crackers soften and yummy. I also use real whipped cream. Makes all the difference! My family fights over it!

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      Diane Crosby
      May 20, 2016 at 1:19 am

      I make this just like you do, Judy. My Dutch grand mother made it every Christmas . Oh! except she didn’t use whipped cream, just a top layer of graham crackers. This is so good !!

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    SHARON
    October 29, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    I LOVE THESE SHORT QUICK INGREDIENT RECIPES.

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    loretta
    November 16, 2014 at 7:55 am

    hi

    i have a question

    im american living in germany
    we dont have cool whip here
    what can i use, instead of cool whip

    thanks
    loretta

    • Reply
      Michele Brosius
      November 16, 2014 at 7:24 pm

      HI, Whipping cream would work. Whip cream and sweeten it with sugar. Good luck.

  • Reply
    Sue Priestley
    January 2, 2015 at 6:57 am

    I live in England so could you tell me what graham crackers are as this sounds yummy

    • Reply
      Rita
      March 29, 2015 at 2:48 pm

      similar to a digestive cookie, just a little thicker and crisp

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    i-squared
    February 2, 2015 at 5:20 pm

    I have made this often over the year with many different varitions…i also use pound cake or any other cake as the base ans layering in between. also adding fruit such as banana, apples strawberry, is simoly delicious….if you add cream cheese to the pudding mixture you got yourself a cheesecake too

    • Reply
      Michele Brosius
      February 4, 2015 at 9:42 pm

      What a great selection of variations to the recipe. Thanks for sharing!

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    Vickie @Vickie's Kitchen and Garden
    June 12, 2015 at 6:58 pm

    This sounds delicious and looks amazing! /Thanks for sharing at the #homeMattersParty

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    Debbie
    January 12, 2016 at 7:20 am

    I wonder how it would be if you used graham crackers on bottom as directed, then a layer of sliced bananas, Then after you put on half the pudding mixture, put a layer Nilla Wafers instead of graham crackers. Then more bananas and more pudding.

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      Michele Brosius
      January 16, 2016 at 9:38 pm

      Sounds delicious to me!

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      Sandi
      February 2, 2016 at 11:23 am

      I will let you know this evening, as I am doing exactly that. My 9 year old triplet grandchildren love banana pudding with vanilla wafers & bananas & I think this ” cake ” will surpass it. I’m going to put cinnamon Graham’s on the bottom, pudding & sliced banana, wafers, pudding, banana, wafers, pudding & cool whip. I’m going to then stand the graham crackers long ways all the way around the inside of the pan. When I make the pudding I line the sides with wafers when I’m done, as that way they stay put!

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      Michele Brosius
      March 10, 2016 at 11:33 pm

      Yum!

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    Sandi
    February 3, 2016 at 11:14 am

    I made this & included bananas, vanilla wafers & butterfinger baking pieces & it was WOW! I used 3 5.1/2oz boxes of pudding with 7 cups of FF milk with store brand whip topping. Layered using cinnamon graham crackers for base & around the all sides of my dish. I sprinkled the candy pieces on top for contrast & added zip. The grandkids loved it & said it was even better then my southern banana pudding & it’s their new Favorite Desert?

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    Annette Roy
    February 12, 2016 at 10:52 pm

    I have made this recipe . Only I used crumbled up Canadian Maple leaf Cookies. Vanilla pudding cool whip. It is SOOO Good.

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    marilyn
    March 10, 2016 at 11:26 pm

    Do I crumbled the graham crackers or put them whole thank you

    • Reply
      Michele Brosius
      March 10, 2016 at 11:32 pm

      The graham crackers are whole. Thanks for stopping by!

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    Maria
    January 30, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    How cold pudding has to be before you pour et over coockies ?

    • Reply
      Michele Brosius
      January 30, 2017 at 7:47 pm

      I have only done this with instant or prepared pudding. I would make sure it’s cooled completely and set if you are using cooked pudding. Thank you!

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    Dorothy White
    June 1, 2017 at 7:20 am

    This is also very good using angel food cake instead of graham crackers.

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    joyce
    November 15, 2017 at 7:03 pm

    Can you half this recipe for an 8×8 pan?

    • Reply
      Michele Brosius
      November 16, 2017 at 11:16 am

      That should work. I have honestly never made it in a smaller version. Let me know how it turns out. THANKS

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