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No Bake Vanilla Pudding Cake

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Making my no bake vanilla pudding cake could not be easier. It’s a delicious dessert that everyone will love that is super simple to make.

Of course there is a chocolate version for all the choc-a-holics out there. Try out this Easy No-Bake Chocolate Pudding Cake Recipe!

Today we’re going to take a handful of simple ingredients and turn them into a delicious dessert that you can make in just a few minutes. It works best if it sits overnight so you can make it in advance too! A winner all around.

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Pin showing the no bake vanilla pudding cake ready to eat.

No bake recipes are the best. They come together quickly which is a nice perk but it is also really nice to not have to think about baking something while still getting a tasty dessert out of the deal.

Baking is not everyone’s cup of tea and I can understand that. This no bake vanilla pudding cake is great because it comes out perfectly every time and there’s nothing fancy going on.

If you are a mediocre baker and still want to prepare a tasty dessert, try out this no bake vanilla pudding cake today! So simple that even little kids can help prepare this one, there’s no oven involved so it’s extra safe in that regard.

You can top your cake with whatever you like. The strawberry syrup is bright and fun plus it adds a tasty little fruity zing to the flavor profile. Feel free to swap it out for your favorites though, anything will go great with this vanilla cake!

Ingredients needed for a no bake vanilla pudding cake:

Let’s talk milk…when it comes to pudding you really have to pay attention. Instant pudding is tricky. You will want to use 2% milk or whole milk for this recipe. Anything less and the pudding won’t set stiffly enough to be used in a cake recipe.

a forkful of the finished no bake vanilla cake held up to the camera.

If you use milk alternatives like almond or oat milk the pudding won’t set either! I’d look for specifically dairy free pudding recipes in those cases and just make a vanilla pudding that you can sub in for the instant if you need it!

Other than that there’s nothing tricky about this recipe. You will need vanilla instant pudding, milk, whipped topping, honey graham crackers, strawberry syrup, and rainbow sprinkles or nonpareils!

That is all we will need to make this delicious no bake dessert. There’s really nothing to it! You’ll love the simplicity of this recipe and your family and friends will love the delicious end results.

ingredients needed to make no bake vanilla pudding cake.

Kitchen essentials for tasty no bake recipes:

When you head into the kitchen to make some of these great recipes you’ll want to have the best tools on hand.

Of course mixing bowls, a mixerspatula, and some whisks should be on your list if you don’t have ones that you love. I also like to have a set of cooling racks so that my recipes can properly cool before they’re scarfed down by my family!

I like these casserole dishes from Pyrex which are great for no bake recipes and for all your favorite dinners, brownies, cakes, and more.

You can’t go wrong with some good sharp knives and a cutting board. They will always come in handy in the kitchen for recipes of any kind, even desserts!

a look at the delicious no bake pudding cake vanilla.

How to make no bake vanilla pudding cakes:

Making this delicious no bake dessert is a breeze. It’s just like lasagna only better! We will be creating decedent layers of pudding, graham crackers, and whipping topping.

The no bake vanilla pudding cake will come together overnight in the refrigerator which makes this no bake dessert doubly nice…no need to serve it up right away! You can easily prepare this one in advance, it gives the graham crackers time to soften into a more cake like texture.

Spray a 9×13 pan with non-stick cooking spray

preparing pudding according to the box.

Step 1: Prepare the pudding according to the box directions.

graham cracker base layer in the casserole dish.

Step 2: Lay out half of the graham crackers in the pan (You may have to break some of the graham crackers up to make sure you fit in as many as you can to make a bottom crust.)

adding the first pudding layer.

Step 3: Cover the graham crackers with half of the pudding. Smooth it out so it is good and even.

Second graham cracker layer being added.

Step 4: Layer the remaining graham crackers over the pudding layer.

Adding the final pudding layer.

Steps 5-6: Cover the graham cracker layer with the remaining pudding. Top with the whipped topping. Refrigerate overnight or for at least 6 hours.

Whipped cream on top the last pudding layer.

Steps 7-8: Drizzle the strawberry syrup over the cake. Next sprinkle with the non-pareils. Enjoy!

Strawberry syrup and nonpareils added.

Looking for more easy to make recipes?!

Kids will love recipes like Easy Tater Tot Casserole Recipe, Ruby Tuesday Potato Cheese Soup Recipe, Ruby Tuesday Biscuits, Apple Hand Pies with Canned Pie Filling, No Bake Peanut Butter Cookies, Cheesy Tater Tot Casserole Recipe, and Fudge Recipes!

a slice of cake with a glass of milk.

I love to make Delicious Acorn Squash Casseroles, Easy Squash and Zucchini Casserole, Pork Chop Sheet Pan Dinner, Lemon Chicken Tortellini Salad, Easy No Bake Key Lime Pie, BLT Pasta Salad Recipe, Beef Pot Pie Recipe, Ham and Pineapple Pasta Salad, and Creamy Cauliflower Soup | Instant Pot Cauliflower Soup Recipe!

If you just want some simple no bake desserts you have to try Easy No Bake Key Lime Pie, No Bake Christmas Cookies, No Bake Pumpkin Dessert, Easy No Bake Cracker Candy Treats, No Bake Peanut Butter Cookies, Easy No-Bake Chocolate Pudding Cake Recipe, Delicious Cannoli Dip, and Chocolate Cheesecake Pie With Pudding!

Personally I wouldn’t miss out on Fried Apples Recipe, Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream, Coconut Pineapple Ice Cream, Delicious Homemade Apple Ice Cream, Cheesy Tater Tot Casserole Recipe, or Italian Pasta Salad With Pepperoni!

a close up view of a serving of the finished no bake vanilla pudding cake ready to eat.

Printable No Bake Vanilla Pudding Cake Recipe:

Here is the printable version of this no bake vanilla pudding cake recipe. It has some handy links, nutritional estimations, serving size info, and of course the instructions / shopping list for making this tasty dessert.

After you make this one a time or two you won’t even need the recipe but it’s a great resource for doing your shopping, planning meals, and shopping for kitchen essentials!

Yield: 12 Servings

No Bake Vanilla Pudding Cake

Featured image showing the finished no bake vanilla pudding cake ready to eat.

Making my no bake vanilla pudding cake could not be easier. It's a delicious dessert that everyone will love that is super simple to make.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Chill Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3-3.6-ounce boxes of vanilla instant pudding
  • 6 cups cold 2% milk
  • 8 ounces whipped topping, thawed
  • 80 Honey Graham Crackers
  • 1 ½ tablespoons strawberry syrup
  • Rainbow nonpareils or sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Spray a 9x13 pan with non-stick cooking spray
  2. Step 1: Prepare the pudding according to the box directions.
  3. Step 2: Lay out half of the graham crackers in the pan (You may have to break some of the graham crackers up to make sure you fit in as many as you can to make a bottom crust.)
  4. Step 3: Cover the graham crackers with half of the pudding. Smooth it out so it is good and even.
  5. Step 4: Layer the remaining graham crackers over the pudding layer.
  6. Steps 5-6: Cover the graham cracker layer with the remaining pudding. Top with the whipped topping. Refrigerate overnight or for at least 6 hours.
  7. Steps 7-8: Drizzle the strawberry syrup over the cake. Next sprinkle with the non-pareils. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 617Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 556mgCarbohydrates: 94gFiber: 3gSugar: 39gProtein: 11g

I am not a medical expert. These calculations are provided as a courtesy.

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