5 Minute Graham Cracker Pudding Cake

2018-09-12
  • Yield : 1 5 x 9 loaf
  • Servings : 6
  • Prep Time : 5m
  • Ready In : 4:00 h
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Nutritional Info

This information is per serving.

  • Calories

    270
  • Calories From Fat

    50
  • Total Fat

    5g
  • Saturated Fat

    1g
  • Trans Fat

    0g
  • Cholesterol

    5mg
  • Sodium

    560mg
  • Carbohydrates

    50g
  • Dietary Fiber

    2g
  • Sugar

    25g
  • Added Sugar

    5g
  • Protein

    4.5 oz, 135 g

This recipe for 5 Minute Graham Cracker Pudding Cake goes back to my childhood. My father made this cake or loaf. So this recipe is over 50 years old. Its origin is unknown, and an Internet search turned up one similar recipe that included cream cheese and whipping cream. That recipe also served 6, but the nutrition values are bogus claiming 210 calories per serving when it actual has 680 calories per serving. How can the nutrition values for a recipe be off by a factor of 3? There are two possibilities, the nutrition information was calculated for 18 servings instead of 6 or the number of servings in the recipe is wrong.

5 Minute Graham Cracker Pudding Cake is so simple a child can make it. Always provide adult supervision if you trim the graham crackers to fit your dish.

Cook’s Tip

Like Tiramisu made with dried ladyfingers, the graham crackers will absorb moisture and soften. The cake should be refrigerated at least 4 hours or overnight before serving. Use within 4 days to prevent the cake from becoming too soggy.

Most loaf pans/dish have angled sides being wider at the top versus the bottom. It may be necessary to trim the first and second layer of crackers to fit the pan. As you build up your cake, a gap will form between the full and half crackers across the width of the pan. You can fill the gap with pudding or trim the crackers to fit the pan.

Instant pudding sets up very fast. If you trim your crackers to fit the width of your pan, do so before building up the cake will make assembly easier. The crackers were not trimmed to width for the cakes pictured.

Substitutions

You can substitute 2 cups (500 ml) of cold homemade pudding for instant pudding. Always use cold pudding to precent the cake from becoming soggy.

You can use any flavor pudding and graham crackers.

Chocolate Graham Cracker & Pudding Cake

Equipment

One 5″ x 9″ (13 x 23 cm) loaf pan.

Nutrition Information

The nutrition information for 5 Minute Graham Cracker Pudding Cake will vary depending on the number of layers in your cake and whether or not you trim your graham crackers to fit the width of your loaf dish.

This recipe makes a 5 to 7 layer (graham crackers) cake. The nutrition information is based on a 7 layer cake. Subtract 25 calories for a six layer cake and 50 calories for a 5 layer cake.

Ingredients

  • About 1 1/2 packages (175 g) graham crackers
  • 3.5 oz. (100 g) package instant pudding (any flavor)
  • 1 3/4 cups (425 ml) cold reduced fat milk

Method of Preparation

Step 1

Cover the bottom of the pan with graham crackers trimming the crackers if necessary. Prepare pudding per package directions using 1 3/4 cups of milk. Cover graham crackers with pudding (about 1/3 cup, 80 ml). Use next layer of graham crackers to spread out the pudding below. Repeat with layers 2 through 6 covering the last layer of graham crackers with pudding. Trim crackers to fit your pan if desired. Use a spatula to evenly cover the last layer of crackers with pudding.

Step 2

Cover pan with plastic wrap or aluminum, foil and refrigerate at least 4 hours.