• April 21, 2020

    Strawberry Icebox Cake

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    This Strawberry Icebox Cake recipe takes just 5 ingredients and 15 minutes. Fluffy vanilla whipped cream is layered with fresh strawberries and graham crackers, chocolate or vanilla wafers, or ladyfingers.

    Strawberry Icebox Cake is a perfect, easy alternative to strawberry shortcake or *actual* cake of any variety. I adore it as a cool, creamy summer dessert.

    To make it, simply layer spoonfuls of vanilla whipped cream with graham crackers and strawberries in a basic loaf pan. Start with whipped cream and graham crackers and end with strawberries, don’t give too much thought to how many layers and what comes next. Go with the flow. It’s an easy, forgiving dessert recipe.

    Chill it in the fridge until the crackers and berries soften. The cream gently infuses with the berry and toasty graham flavour and the crackers’ crunch gives way to a soft, tiramisu-like texture. It reminds me of the graham crackers in milk I had when we ran out of cereal when I was a kid (tell me that was not just my family?!).

    This is an ultimate comfort-food dessert to eat with a spoon, not a tidy one to cut into perfect slices. It’s a simple recipe that can be adapted to lots of variations.

    Vegan Strawberry Icebox Cake

    Serving a vegan, someone who can’t have dairy, or simply don’t have whipping cream? Stick a couple of 14-oz cans of coconut milk in the fridge for a few hours and then scoop out and whip only the solid portion at the top for coconut whipped cream instead. 

    Healthy Strawberry Icebox Cake

    You can totally lighten this up by replacing up to 1 cup of the cream with Greek-style plain yogurt (because it won’t gain as much volume, use a bit less on each layer). 

    Strawberry Icebox Cake with Vanilla Wafers, Ladyfingers, or Chocolate Wafers

    Use 5 ounces of vanilla wafers, ladyfingers or chocolate wafers in place of the graham crackers if you prefer the flavour or want to use up what you have on hand.

    Strawberry Icebox Cake with Cream Cheese

    To make a delicious cheesecake-y variation, beat the whipping cream first on its own. Scrape it into a bowl. Without bothering to wash the stand mixer bowl, beat 1/3 cup of soft, room temperature cream cheese with the sugar until well blended. Beat in half of the whipped cream, then stop the stand mixer and use a rubber spatula to fold the rest of the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture (this way, you won’t collapse the whipped cream. If you do it all in one step, you may end up with bits of cream cheese instead of a smooth filling.)

    More fan-favourite Foodess strawberry recipes:

    Strawberry Brownies

    Strawberry Buttermilk Pie

    Strawberry Cobbler

    Strawberry-Rhubarb Yogurt Cake

    This 5-ingredient Strawberry Icebox Cake recipe layers fluffly whipped cream with berries and graham crackers, chocolate, vanilla wafers, or ladyfingers.
    Prep Time: 15 minutes
    Servings: 6
    Author: Jennifer Pallian BSc, RD


    • 2 cups whipping cream
    • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
    • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
    • 5 oz graham crackers one sleeve, or 9 long crackers
    • 1 lb fresh strawberries hulled and sliced


    • Line a 9" loaf pan with parchment paper.
    • Whip the cream in a standing mixer (or in a bowl with a hand mixer) until soft peaks form. Add sugar and vanilla and whip again for 10 seconds.
    • Reserve 1 cup of the whipped cream to make sure you have enough for the top layer, as well as a handful of the prettiest strawberry slices.
    • Spread 1/3 cup of the whipped cream on the bottom of the loaf pan. Top with graham crackers to cover the bottom, breaking them as needed to fit them in. Top with about 2/3 cup whipped cream, a handful of strawberries, more whipped cream, then another layer of graham cracker. Repeat, ending with the reserved whipped cream and pretty berries. You should have 3 layers of graham crackers and 3 layers of strawberries (including the top).
    • Refrigerate for 4 hours before slicing. Serve right out of the pan, don't try to remove the cake.


    Swap the graham crackers for 5 oz of ladyfingers, chocolate wafers or vanilla wafers as desired. See vegan, cream cheese, and lightened-up variations in the blog post. 
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    Hi, I'm Jennifer Pallian, BSc, RD. I studied cooking, baking and food chemistry in a university lab, have years of experience as a professional test kitchen recipe developer and providing technical baking support to bakeries and home bakers. Want to know why your bread didn't rise? I've got your back.I now work full-time as a blogger, putting the years of science and baking to work right here. On Foodess, I share the best recipes in my arsenal - tested-till-PERFECT recipes for cozy baking, easy recipes for weeknight meals and delicious globally-inspired comfort food, plus lots of science-based cooking and baking tips. Welcome!

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