Classic Icebox Cake Recipe

Icebox Cake
Molly Aronica

If you're anything like me, then when it comes time for dessert, it's all about whipped cream. I could care less about the ice cream or slice of pie underneath, just as long as there is fresh whipped cream on top. The traditional icebox cake, comprised of equal layers of cookies and cream, is the ultimate sweet treat for whipped cream enthusiasts like me. 

While most traditional icebox cakes call for homemade chocolate wafers, when the temperature spikes, or you're pressed for time, a box of cookies from the store will work just fine. Whether you choose to make mini stacks or one big cake, this is a dessert that comes together in just minutes. 

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In a large bowl, beat together the cream, sugar, and vanilla with either a whisk or an electric beater until it forms soft peaks (be sure not to overdo this step, or the whipped cream will separate).  

To build the mini stacks, place a cookie in the bottom of a cupcake liner and top with a thin layer of whipped cream. Repeat for two more layers, ending with a cookie on top.

To create one big cake, line a loaf pan with plastic wrap and add a single layer of cookies to the bottom (it's OK for the edges to overlap slightly) followed by a layer of whipped cream. Continue layering until there is one inch of space left at the top. Cover the cake(s) with plastic wrap and chill in the fridge overnight. 

To serve, lift the cake out of the pan using the plastic wrap lining. Remove the top layer of plastic wrap and cut into slices with a sharp knife. Serve immediately.


Calories per serving:

300 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Low Potassium, Kidney Friendly, Vegetarian, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free

Daily value:



  • Fat 136g 209%
  • Carbs 280g 93%
  • Saturated 69g 344%
  • Fiber 12g 46%
  • Sugars 160g
  • Monounsaturated 42g
  • Polyunsaturated 17g
  • Protein 27g 55%
  • Cholesterol 331mg 110%
  • Sodium 2,063mg 86%
  • Calcium 260mg 26%
  • Magnesium 197mg 49%
  • Potassium 898mg 26%
  • Iron 14mg 76%
  • Zinc 4mg 28%
  • Phosphorus 596mg 85%
  • Vitamin A 982µg 109%
  • Vitamin C 1mg 2%
  • Thiamin (B1) 1mg 50%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 1mg 69%
  • Niacin (B3) 10mg 49%
  • Vitamin B6 0mg 12%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 169µg 42%
  • Vitamin B12 1µg 12%
  • Vitamin D 2µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 5mg 25%
  • Vitamin K 16µg 20%
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