Classic Icebox Cake Recipe

Classic Icebox Cake Recipe
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Icebox Cake

Molly Aronica

Icebox Cake

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, Pork Free, Alcohol Free, Kosher

Daily value:



  • Fat 17g 26%
  • Carbs 35g 12%
  • Saturated 9g 43%
  • Fiber 1g 6%
  • Sugars 20g
  • Monounsaturated 5g
  • Polyunsaturated 2g
  • Protein 3g 7%
  • Cholesterol 41mg 14%
  • Sodium 258mg 11%
  • Calcium 32mg 3%
  • Magnesium 25mg 6%
  • Potassium 112mg 3%
  • Iron 2mg 10%
  • Zinc 1mg 4%
  • Phosphorus 74mg 11%
  • Vitamin A 123µg 14%
  • Vitamin C 0mg 0%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 6%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 9%
  • Niacin (B3) 1mg 6%
  • Vitamin B6 0mg 1%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 21µg 5%
  • Vitamin B12 0µg 2%
  • Vitamin D 0µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 1mg 3%
  • Vitamin K 2µg 2%
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