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Old-Fashioned Icebox Cake

This Old-Fashioned Icebox Cake is a classic no-bake dessert that only requires 5 ingredients!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Chocolate Icebox Cake, Iceobx Cake, Old Fashioned Icebox Cake
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Chilling Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 15 minutes
Servings 16 slices
Calories 357.5kcal
Author Blair Lonergan


  • 3 ½ cups very cold heavy whipping cream
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 40 chocolate graham crackers (or more or less, depending on the shape of your dish)
  • Optional garnish: sprinkles, grated chocolate, crushed chocolate grahams


  • In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to beat heavy cream, powdered sugar, vanilla and salt until stiff peaks form.
  • Spread a very thin layer of the whipped cream in the bottom of a 9 x 13-inch dish.
  • Place a layer of the graham crackers or chocolate wafers in the bottom of the dish, breaking them as necessary in order to fit.
  • Gently spread ¼ of the whipped cream on top of the crackers. Top with a second layer of crackers and then another layer of whipped cream.
  • Repeat the layers until you have used a fourth layer of crackers and the final ¼ of the cream.
  • Garnish the cake with crushed chocolate grahams, sprinkles, or grated chocolate.
  • Cover loosely and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or up to overnight.


  • How to store Icebox Cake: Icebox Cake needs to be refrigerated. Covered loosely, it will last in the refrigerator for 3-4 days (but it's best within the first two days).
  • The cream needs to be very cold when you whip it, so keep it refrigerated up until the last minute. I also like to chill my mixing bowl in the refrigerator for at least 15-30 minutes before using it to whip the cream.
  • Icebox Cake with Cool Whip: I stuck with the old-fashioned version and used homemade whipped cream here, since it only requires a few extra minutes of prep. That said, you can also make the cake using thawed Cool Whip. You'll need about 7 total cups of Cool Whip.
  • Use either chocolate graham crackers or chocolate wafers for a classic taste, or mix up the cookies for different flavor combinations. You can use regular graham crackers, Oreo cookies, sugar cookies or gingersnaps.
  • Add fruit to the layers in your icebox cake. You can use sliced bananas, sliced strawberries, or spread thin layers of lemon curd throughout.


Serving: 1slice | Calories: 357.5kcal | Carbohydrates: 35.2g | Protein: 3.6g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 13.2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6.2g | Cholesterol: 71.3mg | Sodium: 293.7mg | Potassium: 120.8mg | Fiber: 1.3g | Sugar: 16.5g