Icebox Cake Recipe
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Icebox Cake Recipe

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You don't have to bake to serve a wonderful dessert! This "cake" is made from chocolate wafers and whipping cream. It is so delicious.—Cindy Hawkins, New York, New York
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling
MAKES:10-12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling
MAKES: 10-12 servings


  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 package (9 ounces) chocolate wafers
  • Chocolate curls, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 235 calories, 18g fat (10g saturated fat), 55mg cholesterol, 138mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, beat cream until soft peaks form. Add sugar and vanilla; beat until stiff. Spread heaping teaspoonfuls on the cookies. Make six 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. Garnish with chocolate curls if desired. Refrigerate for 4-6 hours before serving. Yield: 10-12 servings.
Originally published as Icebox Cake in Reminisce July/August 1998, p63

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wkjanes User ID: 8395014 227153
Reviewed May. 30, 2015

"Amazing and cheap! Tou can find the wafers at Walmart. Only problem I had was finding a box with wafers in tact, most were broken."

bekabalas User ID: 8180913 215788
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2014

"I used the Dare Chocolate thins as I could not find the wafers and it turned out great! They are much easier to find!"

Summy User ID: 1386846 54013
Reviewed Jul. 28, 2014

"My mom made this cake for years because it was inexpensive, and yet still a luxury back in the 60s and 70s. We didn't make stacks, however. She just had me put whipped cream on each cookie and sandwich them on end until a long cake was formed. Refrigerating it is an important step for the wafers to absorb the moisture. I have found the wafers in my small town on the top shelf of the cookie aisle. Best cake ever, especially if you have a little one involved in making it. They will believe they are the king/queen of cakes. :)"

hbaseley User ID: 3311639 28858
Reviewed Aug. 31, 2012

"This is a great recipe! It's easy to make, has a nice presentation, appeals to a broad range of tastes and will compliment a variety of meals. You just can't go wrong with this one!"

sstetzel User ID: 158954 52117
Reviewed Aug. 10, 2012


They are also around the Vanilla Wafers, usually on the top shelf of the market."

Karen.Buske User ID: 6777614 47849
Reviewed Aug. 10, 2012

"My best friend has made this for years and I could never to this day find those chocalate wafers and still haven't. But thanks to mwaxham I hope I can now. Thank you so much. Now I know where to look for them. I love this dessert......"

mwaxham User ID: 520647 51798
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2012

"We've made this recipe for years - have it for Thanksgiving and Christmas. The hardest part is finding the cookies. They are called Famous Cookies and come in a long box. Usually I find them in the ice cream section or near it."

spikeg007 User ID: 4180436 47847
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2010

"I remember my Mother making this cake and wished she had made it more often. This cake is simple and tastes great"

MY REVIEW User ID: 4167616 46904
Reviewed May. 7, 2010

"I have had this cake since I was a little girl growing up in New York when my mother would make it. I now make it all the time. It is wonderful and very rich."

kitkaty User ID: 262050 51637
Reviewed Aug. 13, 2009

"I have been making this for years and make it always around the holidays...everyone loves it....look for the chocolate wafers in the supermarket.."

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