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Icebox Cake

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
    12 servings


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


  • 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.
  • Frost top and sides with remaining whipped cream. Garnish with chocolate curls if desired. Refrigerate for 4-6 hours before serving.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 235 calories, 18g fat (10g saturated fat), 55mg cholesterol, 138mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.

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  • Skye
    Apr 18, 2020

    This was called "Silhouette Pudding" in the old, red, 1952 Betty Crocker Cookbook. The lovely thin chocolate wafers are made by Nabisco. They can be difficult to find, but are worth the search. As others have mentioned, look on the top shelves in the cooky aisle. They are called "Famous Chocolate Wafers." It is a long yellow box, you can see the wafers through the cellophane overwrap. They run about $5.00 a box. Layer the wafers in small stacks for ease of preparation and then put stacks together in a long log, cookies all running in the same direction. If your cookies are broken, just put them back together on the stack, you will never know they were broken. If you have a box where they are really broken, then just make your pudding by layering the broken pieces with the whipped cream in a bowl. It will be just as delicious. If making this for company, try hard to find a box with the most cookies intact, as the presentation is just as beautiful as the taste. Use whole bean vanilla if you have it. It makes the flavor even better. Also, try using superfine (Baker's) sugar in the cream. It dissolves instantly and gives the cream a cleaner taste. Chocolate curls are nice, but to keep the pure and lovely flavor of the cake, crush a few of those broken pieces into crumbs and sprinkle on top for garnish. Finally, slice the cake diagonally for the best presentation. The only other garnish you would need is a dessert fork, but a fanned strawberry really gilds the lily. Try this icebox cake with thin gingersnaps or toll house cookies for variety. Have a most lovely and blessed day. Stay safe, everyone. (To bmc870, Google up "Famous Chocolate Wafers" to see the package. Pizzelles would work, but try to find the Famous cookies. You will not be disappointed.)

  • bmc870
    Jan 21, 2020

    What kind of cookies? Pizzelles would be great if I could find chocolate.

  • Madelyn
    May 29, 2019

    My mom made this as well? She would line up the cookies on a row like a log. Then cut it at a diagonal . It is really pretty cut that way.

  • Donna
    Oct 6, 2018

    I haven't made this is such a long time. My mother always made it for dessert when she had dinner parties in the 60s. I couldn't wait to dig into the leftovers the next day. It's ridiculous how delicious it is for something so simple to make.

  • Andreia
    Oct 6, 2018

    This was the first "cake" my mother taught me to make when I was in 5th or 6th grade - I was SO proud of my accomplishment when my grandparents

  • wkjanes
    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
    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
    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
    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
    Aug 10, 2012

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