Icebox cakes are pretty much the darling of easy, delicious no-bake desserts for a crowd. These cool and creamy confections keep the oven off, are easy to pull together, and require a template and some creativity more than an actual recipe. Once you have the basics down, the sky's the limit and you can begin to create flavor combinations to suit your tastes and occasions. To inspire your creativity, here are 10 ideas for icebox cake ideas you can make with store-bought ingredients.
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1. Banana Split
Graham Crackers + Whipped Cream + Strawberries + Bananas + Chocolate Sauce
This ice cream sundae meets icebox cake is made for celebration. Consider it the delicious solution for serving sundaes to a crowd, without worrying about the ice cream melting. Layer whipped cream and fruit between sheets of graham crackers, top with more whipped cream, then drizzle with chocolate sauce.
2. Buttery Blueberry Lemon
Shortbread Cookies + Lemon Curd + Whipped Cream + Blueberries
For an icebox cake that comes together fast, yet feels kind of fancy, go with bright flavors and seasonal ingredients. This dessert leans on a trio of tart lemon curd, whipped cream, and sweet, fresh blueberries sandwiched between layers of buttery shortbread cookies.
Vanilla Wafer Cookies + Whipped Cream + Mandarin Oranges
If you love the dreamy flavors of a Creamsicle, this one is a no-brainer. It comes together quickly with layers of whipped cream and canned mandarin oranges sandwiched between classic vanilla wafer cookies.
Graham Crackers + Chocolate Pudding + Marshmallow Cream
Because you deserve to get your fill of s'mores without the campfire. Rich chocolate pudding takes the place of melted squares, while marshmallow fluff is the sweet substitute for gooey melted marshmallows. Want that charred, fresh-from-the-campfire taste? Spread a generous layer of marshmallow fluff over the top, then lightly brown with a kitchen torch just before serving.
5. Black Forest Cake
Chocolate Graham Crackers + Whipped Cream + Frozen Cherries + Shaved Chocolate
This is how to bring the rich, sweet flavors of Black Forest cake to the table without ever turning on the oven. Spread lightly sweetened whipped cream and thawed frozen cherries between layers of sweet chocolate graham crackers, then finish it off with lots of shaved chocolate.
6. Caramel-Lover's Dream
Biscoff Cookies + Whipped Cream + Caramel Sauce
Vanilla Sandwich Cookies + Whipped Cream + Sprinkles
We've said it before and we'll say it again — dessert is always more fun when sprinkles are involved. The sweet spread at the center of basic vanilla sandwich cookies makes just the right base for a Funfetti-inspired icebox cake layered with whipped cream and rainbow sprinkles.
8. Mango Coconut
Cinnamon Graham Crackers + Coconut Milk + Mango
Here's how to give your icebox cake a taste of the tropics. For a dairy-free dessert your crowd will adore, whip up a couple cans of coconut milk, then pair with sliced mango and layer between cinnamon graham crackers.
Get inspired: Mango Coconut Icebox Cake
9. Boston Cream Pie
Graham Crackers + Vanilla Pudding + Chocolate Sauce
Love Boston cream pie? This is the icebox cake with your name on it. Assemble with layers of graham crackers and vanilla pudding, then top with a thick layer of chocolate sauce.
10. Pineapple Whip
Vanilla Wafer Cookies + Vanilla Pudding + Crushed Pineapple + Cool Whip
The sweet combination of Cool Whip and crushed pineapple give this icebox cake a fun retro vibe we just can't resist. Assemble alternating layers of vanilla wafer cookies with a duo of vanilla pudding and crushed pineapple, then top it all off with a thick swirl of Cool Whip.