Icebox Cake

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. + chilling


10 servings

Updated: Sep. 12, 2023
You don't have to bake to serve a wonderful dessert! This icebox cake is made from chocolate wafers and whipping cream. It is so delicious.—Cindy Hawkins, New York, New York


  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 40 thin chocolate wafers
  • Chocolate curls, optional


  1. In a large bowl, beat cream until soft peaks form. Add sugar and vanilla; beat until stiff. Spread heaping teaspoons on the cookies. Make 6 stacks of cookies; turn stacks on edge and place on a serving platter, forming a 14-in.-long cake.
  2. Frost top and sides with remaining whipped cream. If desired, garnish with chocolate curls. Refrigerate before serving, 4-6 hours.
Icebox Cake Tips

What else can you add to icebox cake?

This is a fun recipe to really make your own. We suggest swapping out the chocolate wafers with your favorite cookie for a fun twist. You can also add layers of chocolate, chopped nuts, fruit, or peanut butter between the wafer layers. Need more inspiration? Check out these icebox dessert recipes for ideas!

How can you serve icebox cake?

Traditional chocolate curls are great, but you can also garnish this cake with your favorite chopped nut, or even fresh fruit! This cake is a nice and cool summer treat for any birthday party or get-together.

How should you store icebox cake?

True to its name, this icebox cake is best stored in the refrigerator, in an airtight container for 2-3 days. You can also freeze this cake for up to 1 month covered with aluminum foil. Thaw for a few hours in the refrigerator before serving.

—Ellie Crowley, Taste of Home Culinary Assistant

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 281 calories, 21g fat (12g saturated fat), 55mg cholesterol, 161mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.