No-Bake Layered Cake

Need a simple dessert recipe without turning on the oven? Try this No-Bake Layered Cake with vanilla pudding between layers of graham crackers topped with melted chocolate.

This is an easy recipe that is ready in under 30-minutes. The adults and kids alike will approve.

A slice of no bake layered cake recipe topped with cream and chocolate!

No-Bake layered cake-

This recipe was inspired by two of my no-bake desserts: the No-Bake Chocolate Spartak and Vanilla Wafers Dessert. Though I love to bake, I don’t always enjoy desserts that require a ton of time, especially during the summer months. This no-bake dessert is the answer to that dilemma. It’s rather easy to make, tastes wonderful and you don’t have you turn on the oven. Winner!

Using graham crackers for the layers still gives the cake a beautiful and the vanilla pudding goes so well with the graham crackers.

How to make the cream for this simple no bake layered cake.

Step by step pictures of how to make the vanilla pudding cream for the no bake layered cake recipe.

How to make a no-bake layered cake-

A no-bake dessert so easy to make.

  • Prepare the vanilla pudding and melt chocolate.
  • Layout graham crackers making a layer.
  • Cover with cream.
  • Continue with remaining cream and crackers.
  • Garnish cake with crushed crackers and melted chocolate.

Step by step pictures of how to assemble this no bake layered cake recipe!

This is a great cake to make for a simple dessert at home or a great idea to take to a potluck. No one will ever guess that you used graham crackers as the layers.

Picture of the no bake layered cake on a cake platter with chocolate drizzle.

NOTE: You can also top the cake with fruit instead of chocolate. Any of your favorite berries will work.

Don’t forget to tag us on social media if you make this cake. We love to see your creations! #ValentinasCorner

No bake layered cake recipe with fruits on top.

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5 from 3 votes

No-Bake Layered Cake

A no-bake layered cake with graham crackers and a vanilla pudding cream topped with melted chocolate.
Prep Time20 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Russian
Keyword: no bake layered cake
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 209
Author: Valentina's Corner

Ingredients

  • 1 (14.4 oz) box graham crackers
  • 1 (5.1 oz) package instant vanilla pudding
  • 1 3/4 cups cold milk
  • 4 oz cream cheese, room temp
  • 1 (8 oz) cool whip
  • 1/2 cup chopped milk chocolate
  • 3 Tbsp heavy whipping cream

Instructions

  • In a bowl, whisk together milk and instant pudding until it starts to thicken, about 1 min.
  • In a separate bowl, beat cream cheese until creamy. Add cream cheese to the pudding, mix just until cream cheese is incorporated. Add the cool whip, beat again. 
  • Refrigerate until ready to assemble the cake.
  • Place a mixing bowl over a double boiler, bring water to a boil. 
    Add heavy whipping cream and milk chocolate to the bowl. Keep mixing until the chocolate begins to melt. Remove from heat and continue mixing until there are no chunks of chocolate. 
    Set aside to cool.
  • Spread a small amount of cream over a platter.
  • Add four graham crackers in a row. Cover generously with cream. Repeat until you have six layers.
  • Cover top and sides of cake with remaining cream.
  • Take the 3 leftover crackers and finely crush. 
  • Coat sides and top with the graham crackers. 
  • Drizzle melted chocolate over the top of the cake. 
  • Enjoy immediately or refrigerate. The cake is best if eaten the same day.
Nutrition Facts
No-Bake Layered Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 209 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 38mg13%
Sodium 98mg4%
Potassium 162mg5%
Carbohydrates 13g4%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 480IU10%
Calcium 107mg11%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Show 22 Comments
  • Larissa 05/11/2019, 9:22 pm Link Reply

    Hi. Recipe says to eat right away or same day. Would that make the crackers hard still?I thought it would need to be overnight to make sure cake is soft.
    Thanks!

    • Valentina's Corner 05/11/2019, 10:53 pm Link Reply

      You can enjoy the cake either way, Larissa. 🙂

  • Jonathan L. 11/06/2018, 9:15 pm Link Reply

    My daughter and I made this recipe with cherry compote and homemade dark chocolate frosting. It was wonderful. Thanks for the idea.

    • Valentina's Corner 11/07/2018, 11:37 am Link Reply

      That sounds wonderful, Jonathan, serious cravings here.
      I love that you made this with your daughter, so special! <3 Thanks for visiting our online home, stop by again. 🙂

  • Doreen Strauss 10/06/2018, 11:26 pm Link Reply

    Hi love the recipe but do you think a shortbread cookie would work or a suggestion for a firmer cooki? Thank you love your site and how knowledgeable you are♥️

    • Valentina's Corner 10/08/2018, 12:13 pm Link Reply

      Hi, Doreen. Welcome to our online home. Though I’ve never tried this recipe with a shortbread cookie and cannot be for sure, I don’t see why it wouldn’t work. Sorry, that wasn’t very helpful. Please let us know if you try it, we’d love the feedback.

  • Helene 06/10/2018, 7:32 pm Link Reply

    Can I omit the cream cheese? Would that change the consistency of the pudding?

    • admin 06/10/2018, 11:51 pm Link Reply

      Cream cheese is vital in this recipe, Helene, sorry. 🙂

  • Juju 04/23/2018, 6:28 pm Link Reply

    I have made this with both graham and chocolate crackers. Great both ways!

    • admin 04/24/2018, 4:37 pm Link Reply

      That’s wonderful to hear, Juju. Thanks for sharing and good to know for everyone else. Appreciate it. 🙂

  • Nina Carter 04/02/2018, 5:29 pm Link Reply

    This looks absolutely scrumptious! I love to bake, and lately I’ve been abandoning my comfort-zone and trying lots of new recipes.

    I just GOTTA try this one! I love graham crackers….And who wouldn’t love this beautiful stack of creamy sweet goodness, complimented by fresh fruit, or velvety flowing chocolate drizzle??

    This is amazing! Thanks for Sharing your culinary talents!?❤️

    • admin 04/02/2018, 11:51 pm Link Reply

      Trying new recipes is always a great idea, Nina! 🙂 I hope you give this no-bake a try and love it. 🙂

  • Angie 03/21/2018, 9:34 pm Link Reply

    I just made this with my kids (ages 3&7), I love that this is easy and safe for the kids to take charge in the kitchen! It is Delicious and will be PERFECT for Summer here in CA! Thanks for the great recipe! (I actually have been looking to create a cake cream recipe that has a pudding base, this is exactly what I imagined it would taste like!)

    • admin 03/22/2018, 11:12 pm Link Reply

      Angie,
      Thanks so much for sharing that with me. I loved hearing that. Made me smile real big. Many blessing to you and your family. <3

  • syeda 03/13/2016, 8:14 am Link Reply

    Scrumptious!!!

    • admin 03/14/2016, 1:40 pm Link Reply

      Thank you!! 🙂

  • Svetlana 02/09/2016, 4:33 pm Link Reply

    Valichka I made this cake and like everyone loved it thanks soo much I love how it doesn’t involve SOO much work it was a joy to eat and make thanks so much may GOD Continue to Bless your creativity in the kitchen !!:))

    • admin 02/10/2016, 12:04 am Link Reply

      That’s awesome Svetlanochka. So glad to hear that!!. 🙂 🙂 🙂 Many blessings to your family as well, and I sure appreciated your blessing in our creativity kitchen:-). You’re way too kind..

  • Anna 02/04/2016, 12:53 pm Link Reply

    Another no bake…yay!!! I love those simple and easy to make cakes. Cant wait to try:))

    • admin 02/04/2016, 5:02 pm Link Reply

      Thanks Anna.. I love these easy cakes as well!!!!:):)

  • Sweet Somethings Blog 01/28/2016, 9:31 pm Link Reply

    I grew up making graham cracker cakes! They are so good once they soak up all the moisture from the cream! Yum!

    • admin 01/28/2016, 10:49 pm Link Reply

      That’s awesome! I guess I am a little late to the idea, hehe. Better late than never :O)..

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