I live in constant fear that my gas oven will die on me. It's happened before and for a baking fanatic like me it was my worst nightmare realized. If you saw my oven for yourself you'd sympathize. So can you blame me for always being on the lookout for no-bake desserts?
My sister sent me this recipe for a chocolate eclair cake from Cook's Country a while back. I'd never heard of it before but apparently it was quite well-known. The no-fuss version is to layer a mixture of instant vanilla pudding and Cool-Whip between graham crackers, top the whole thing with ready-made chocolate frosting and refrigerate for a few hours. Cook's Country amped it up big time by making everything, but the graham crackers, from scratch.
The flavors of the cake were great but I wish the graham crackers had held up their shape more, especially when it came time to slice. Not sure how the folks at Cook's Country were able to get such nice, clean cuts because my crackers were kind of mushy. Maybe next time I won't let the cake chill overnight; perhaps a few hours will suffice.