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"

[email protected] 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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