One of my favorite memories growing up is watching my grandma make one of her specialties: chocolate pudding icebox cake. It's a dessert that she made for her six children growing up and then later for her grandchildren and great grandchildren. It's a recipe that's been passed down and her chocolate pudding icebox cake is a dessert that you'll always find on the table at our family parties. It's inexpensive, easy to put together, and always a crowd pleaser. Her recipe called for layers of creamy chocolate pudding and graham crackers, and topping off a slice with whipped cream is always a must.
There are many other recipes and flavors for this kind of cake, but they all have one thing in common - it's a no-bake dessert. The layers 'cook' or soften in the refrigerator making this an ideal dessert for the summer months since you don't have to turn your oven on. It's also usually a fast dessert to make since most of total time is the cake chilling in the fridge.
Save your air conditioning this summer and check out 13 of our favorite icebox cake recipes below.
1. Chocolate Icebox Cake
Forget the boxed chocolate pudding because this homemade recipe is even better and just as simple.
For the chocolate pudding, try and find high-quality bittersweet chocolate chunks, for the best flavor. This icebox cake is creamy, full of chocolate flavor, and even Grandma would approve!
2. Lemon Icebox Cake
Refreshing, tart, and bursting with fresh lemon flavor, this lemon icebox cake won't disappoint. In an electric mixer, whip together butter, heavy whipping cream, powdered sugar, lemon zest, and lemon juice until peaks form. Layer graham crackers, lemon curd, and the lemon whipped cream in a pan and refrigerate.
You can always make this the night before if you're tight on time.
3. No-Bake Oreo Funfetti Icebox Cake
I'm a sucker for anything funfetti flavored, so I might just be asking for this icebox cake for my birthday this year (hint, hint, husband!). You can't go wrong by layering golden Oreos and cream cheese-funfetti mousse.
4. Mint Oreo Icebox Cake
With just five ingredients, you can have this decadent mint Oreo icebox cake ready in no time for your next event. Line a baking dish with parchment paper and layer mint Oreos and whipped cream. Finish off this dessert with a drizzling of chocolate syrup, crushed Oreos, and chocolate chips.
5. Chocolate Peanut Butter Icebox Cake
On the shelf the greatest food combinations is chocolate and peanut, and if they're in a dessert together, that's even better. Just whip up a simple peanut butter whipped cream (no stand mixer necessary) and use that in between thin layers of store bought chocolate wafer cookies.
It's best to let this cake sit overnight, so the chocolate wafers soften up.
6. No-Bake Strawberry Icebox Cake
With an electric mixer or by hand, whip the heavy cream to stiff peaks. The first layer will be graham crackers (chocolate graham crackers would be good, too), then the whipped cream, slices of strawberries, and the final layer being even more whipped cream. A generous drizzle of chocolate ganache makes this super decadent.
7. Banana Pudding Icebox Cake
8. No-Bake S'mores Icebox Cake
This cake has all the necessary components to a s'mores, but with a twist. You'll find layers of graham crackers, marshmallow creme, and chocolate ganache.
9. No-Bake Summer Berry Icebox Cake
Need some inspiration for your Fourth of July celebration? This icebox cake is creamy, refreshing, and full of fresh strawberry and blueberry flavor..
10. No-Bake Black Forest Icebox Cake
When it's hot out and you don't want to turn the oven on, let the icebox or refrigerator do all the cooking! This recipe for Black Forest icebox cake gives you chocolate flavor from the chocolate wafers and shavings, richness from the whipped cream, and sweetness from the fresh cherries. What more can you ask for?
11. Chocolate Chip Cookie Icebox Cake
If you want to make a dessert for guests of all ages to enjoy, make this icebox cake recipe! Homemade or store bought chocolate chip cookies are layered with a homemade mascarpone (or cream cheese) whipped cream and topped with cookie crumbs.
12. Cannoli Icebox Cake
Fresh cannoli filling, graham crackers, and semisweet chocolate chips make up this simple and light icebox cake. The cannoli filling recipe uses mascarpone cheese, but feel free combine half mascarpone cheese and half strained ricotta cheese, which in my opinion, is the way to go.
13. Ice Cream Sandwich Sundae Icebox Cake
Beat the heat by making a pan of this ice cream sandwich sundae cake. It has all the ingredients that are in a classic ice cream sundae- caramel sauce, hot fudge, maraschino cherries, whipped cream/cool whip, and chopped peanuts.
This is a great recipe to make a day or two in advance since it's stored in the freezer.
This article was originally published on June 6, 2018.