With the summer temperatures climbing, it’s time to go oven-free with these Easy Icebox Cakes! Fresh, creamy, and endlessly customizable, discover why this retro no-bake dessert never goes out of style.
We’re baking like it’s 1935 – as in, we aren’t baking at all. Easy icebox cake recipes are the best desserts for summer, no oven required! Made with simple and delicious ingredients, you’re going to love bringing these fresh desserts to all your summertime parties and cookouts.
These lush and creamy no-bake desserts were all the rage in the 1930s. Traditional ice box cakes consist of layers of wafer cookies and cream, sometimes with fruit and nuts, with no baking needed. The cake is refrigerated overnight, and the result is a bit like a trifle, with softened cookies similar to cake layers.
Why do they call it icebox cake?
The icebox cake hails from an era when ice boxes, a.k.a. non-mechanical refrigerators, were popping up in homes all over. Icebox cakes were a layered no-bake dessert that didn’t require baking in order to set, just an overnight stint in the icebox!
Food companies started printing icebox cake recipes onto cookie and wafer boxes at the time, boosting their popularity. And the rest is history, as they say.
How long does an icebox cake need to be refrigerated?
Most icebox cakes should chill in the fridge for at least 8 hours, ideally overnight. This gives the cakes enough time to set up and the cookies time to soften.
21 Icebox Cake Recipes to Try
Ready to cool down with easy icebox cakes this summer? Here are 24 recipes to get you started!
Old-Fashioned Icebox Cake
A true throwback to classic icebox cakes! An easy recipe made with only 5 ingredients including whipped cream and chocolate wafers, just like the good old days.
Peanut Butter Icebox Cake
What’s better than a slice of creamy peanut butter icebox cake smothered in hot fudge sauce? Let’s just say: not much.
Chocolate Icebox Cake
Chocolate lovers won’t be able to resist this decadent, layered no-bake dessert. Made with a triple-whammy of chocolate wafers, chocolate pudding, and chocolate ganache.
The Ultimate Lemon Icebox Cake
This recipe definitely answers the question as to what to do when life hands you lemons. You make this no-bake cake filled with shortbread and lemon cream, obviously.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Icebox Cake
Everything we love about a chocolate chip cookie, made into an irresistible no-bake dessert. Mascarpone cream lends a bit of flair to this easy recipe. It’s a creamy layered dessert you’ll never get enough of!
A classic icebox cake recipe that keeps it deliciously simple. Simple to make, simple to chill, and more than easy to enjoy at your next summer gathering!
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