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Strawberry Icebox Cake

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Strawberry icebox cake is the perfect no-bake dessert that is super refreshing and always a huge hit! With minimal ingredients and only 20 minutes of prep, your friends and family will be raving about this delicious strawberry dessert every time you make it!

Strawberry Icebox Cake

I love creating easy desserts that seem like I put a lot of time and effort into them even though I didn’t. Some of my favorites are no-bake oreo pie, no-bake coconut balls, and, of course, this strawberry icebox cake. 

Strawberry Icebox Cake

There are so many reasons to fall in love with this no-bake strawberry dessert! 

  • 20 minutes of prep
  • Easy to make
  • No-bake! Perfect even on the hottest days, so you don’t have to turn on the oven!
  • Full of delicious flavor! 
  • It looks like you spent all day in the kitchen (but you didn’t!) 
  • Perfect for all occasions or just because!
  • Family favorite!
Strawberry Icebox Cake

Once you make this Strawberry icebox cake, you will be making it again and again.

Strawberry Icebox Cake

Ingredients:

  • 1 Pound Fresh Strawberries, Hulled and Sliced
  • 2 Cups Heavy Cream, Chilled
  • 8 Ounces Cream Cheese, Softened
  • 1 Cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract or Vanilla Bean Paste
  • 16-20 Graham Crackers

How to Make Strawberry Icebox Cake

  • In a large mixing bowl, whip the heavy cream until stiff peaks form. Set aside.
  • In another mixing bowl, beat the softened cream cheese until smooth.
  • Add the powdered sugar and vanilla extract to the cream cheese. Mix until well combined and creamy.
  • Gently fold the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture until fully incorporated. This will create a light and fluffy filling.
  • Spread a thin layer of the cream cheese mixture on the bottom of a 9×13-inch baking dish or similar-sized dish.
  • Arrange a single layer of graham crackers on top of the cream cheese mixture, breaking them if necessary to fit.
  • Spread a generous layer of the cream cheese mixture over the graham crackers.
  • Place a layer of the sliced strawberries on top of the cream cheese mixture, covering it evenly.
  • Repeat the layers with graham crackers, cream cheese, and strawberries, alternating until you run out of ingredients. The final layer should be the cream cheese mixture.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight to allow the graham crackers to soften and the flavors to meld together.
  • Garnish with additional sliced strawberries if desired. Slice and serve the Strawberry IceBox Cake. Enjoy!

What Is The Origin Of The Icebox Cake


The origin of the icebox cake dates back to the early 20th century. It is believed to have been invented in the United States, likely in the 1920s or 1930s. The concept of layering cookies or crackers with whipped cream or custard and allowing it to set in the refrigerator or “icebox” was likely a result of the popularity of iceboxes before the widespread use of electric refrigerators.

The cake gained popularity during the mid-20th century as a simple, no-bake dessert that could be easily assembled with readily available ingredients. It became particularly popular during times when ingredients were scarce, such as during the Great Depression and World War II, due to its simplicity and use of basic pantry staples. Today, variations of the icebox cake are still enjoyed, with different types of cookies or crackers and flavored whipped creams or fillings.

Strawberry Icebox Cake

Tips, Tricks, and FAQs

  • When making this dessert, choose ripe strawberries. These are much sweeter and give this cake a delicious flavor. They also help add some natural sweetness to the cake as well as moisture to help soften the other layers. 
  • If you want to adjust the sweetness of the cake, you do this by adding more or less of the powdered sugar. If you want it sweeter, add more, less sweet, add less sugar. 
  • Make this strawberry icebox cake truly your own by experimenting with different variations, such as adding a layer of chocolate ganache or crushed nuts between the layers.
  • We always use graham crackers, but you can also use ladyfingers, vanilla wafers, or even chocolate chips. 
  • For a fun twist, you can substitute other fresh fruits, such as raspberries or blueberries, for the strawberries.
  • When slicing the cake, use a sharp knife. This helps get some nice clean cuts. 
Strawberry Icebox Cake

What Other Flavor Icebox Cakes Can I Make

There are countless flavor variations you can explore when making icebox cakes. Here are some ideas to get you started:

  1. Chocolate Icebox Cake: Use chocolate wafers or chocolate graham crackers layered with chocolate whipped cream or a chocolate pudding filling. You can also add layers of chocolate ganache for extra richness.
  2. Lemon Icebox Cake: Alternate layers of lemon-flavored cookies or graham crackers with lemon curd and whipped cream flavored with lemon zest. Garnish with fresh lemon slices or lemon zest for a refreshing touch.
  3. Oreo Icebox Cake: Use Oreo cookies layered with a mixture of whipped cream and crushed Oreo crumbs. You can also add layers of chocolate pudding for extra indulgence.
  4. Banana Pudding Icebox Cake: Layer vanilla wafers with sliced bananas and vanilla pudding or banana pudding. Top with whipped cream and additional banana slices for garnish.
  5. Coconut Icebox Cake: Alternate layers of coconut-flavored cookies or graham crackers with coconut whipped cream and shredded coconut. You can also add a layer of coconut custard or pudding for extra coconut flavor.
  6. Mocha Icebox Cake: Layer chocolate wafers or graham crackers with coffee-flavored whipped cream and chocolate ganache. You can also add a hint of coffee liqueur for an extra kick.
  7. Peanut Butter Chocolate Icebox Cake: Alternate layers of peanut butter cookies with chocolate whipped cream or pudding. Drizzle layers with melted peanut butter for extra flavor.
  8. Raspberry Almond Icebox Cake: Layer almond-flavored cookies with raspberry preserves and whipped cream flavored with almond extract. Top with sliced almonds and fresh raspberries for garnish.
  9. Tiramisu Icebox Cake: Layer ladyfinger cookies with a mixture of coffee-flavored whipped cream and mascarpone cheese. Dust each layer with cocoa powder for an authentic tiramisu flavor.
  10. Banana Split Icebox Cake: When I think of summer, sunshine and banana splits are the two things that come to mind. This Banana Split Icebox Cake is what dreams are made of! This is a no-bake Banana Split Icebox Cake that has perfectly sweet layers of graham crackers, bananas, a creamy spread, and more. 
Strawberry Icebox Cake

Feel free to mix and match flavors or create your own unique combinations based on your preferences and available ingredients!

Strawberry Icebox Cake

Storage

You will want to store your strawberry icebox cake tightly covered with plastic wrap in the fridge. This will keep for up to 3 days. 

Do not let the cake sit out long before cutting and serving. This will cause it to soften and lose the texture of the cake. 

Strawberry Icebox Cake

Can I make this ahead of time?

Yes, you can make your strawberry icebox cake ahead of time. In fact, you want to let it sit in the fridge for at least 4 hours before serving. This allows the graham crackers to soften and the flavors to meld together.

You can even make this dessert the night before you want to serve it. I highly recommend making it the night before.

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Strawberry Icebox Cake

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Strawberry icebox cake is the perfect no-bake dessert that is super refreshing and always a huge hit! With minimal ingredients and only 20 minutes of prep, your friends and family will be raving about this delicious strawberry dessert every time you make it!

Ingredients

  • 1 Pound Fresh Strawberries, Hulled and Sliced
  • 2 Cups Heavy Cream, Chilled
  • 8 Ounces Cream Cheese, Softened
  • 1 Cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract or Vanilla Bean Paste
  • 16-20 Graham Crackers

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, whip the heavy cream until stiff peaks form. Set aside.
  2. In another mixing bowl, beat the softened cream cheese until smooth.
  3. Add the powdered sugar and vanilla extract to the cream cheese. Mix until well combined and creamy.
  4. Gently fold the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture until fully incorporated. This will create a light and fluffy filling.
  5. Spread a thin layer of the cream cheese mixture on the bottom of a 9x13-inch baking dish or similar-sized dish.
  6. Arrange a single layer of graham crackers on top of the cream cheese mixture, breaking them if necessary to fit.
  7. Spread a generous layer of the cream cheese mixture over the graham crackers.
  8. Place a layer of the sliced strawberries on top of the cream cheese mixture, covering it evenly.
  9. Repeat the layers with graham crackers, cream cheese, and strawberries, alternating until you run out of ingredients. The final layer should be the cream cheese mixture.
  10. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight to allow the graham crackers to soften and the flavors to meld together.
  11. Garnish with additional sliced strawberries if desired. Slice and serve the Strawberry IceBox Cake. Enjoy!

Notes

Prep time: 20 Minutes

Refrigeration time: 4 hour or overnight

Total time: Approximately 4 hour and 20 minutes

Yields: 8-10 servings

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

10

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 429Total Fat: 28gSaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 77mgSodium: 222mgCarbohydrates: 40gFiber: 2gSugar: 23gProtein: 5g

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