Icebox Cake Makeover

IMG_2852I am a closet icebox cake eater.
I love them.

Do you remember them from years and years ago? You know, the ones that were made from chocolate wafer cookies stacked on their side, and then those stacks would be placed side by side to create a log…all with whipped cream in between them to act as a binder? Then the whole log of wafer cookies would be frosted in whipped cream, and then when sliced, you had stripes of chocolate and whipped cream. The chocolate cookie wafers would soften, so it was just like eating a rich fudge cake. Delicious.

Back in the day, it was a gorgeous dessert….and I still love it today. But because it’s not “pretty” or up to today’s culinary “snobbishness”, I’ve been a closet icebox cake eater, first of all, because I love it, and second, I personally don’t care what it looks like….

But today, with the standards of desserts set so high… it would be considered a train wreck at any fancy dinner party.


Ok, maybe I exaggerate, maybe not a train wreck….but I’m keeping it real here…that old time dessert isn’t something that I’d bring to a fancy dinner party. I’m sorry, I just wouldn’t. Instead, I’d spend all of my time stressing over what to bring, stressing that it had to be the fanciest, and the prettiest dessert, because I’d want to please the hostess of the party. I’d want her to be proud to put it out on her table for all of her guests. Most likely, I would order something from a bakery.  Nope…not “most likely”… I would definitely would order from a bakery.



But no more. I’ve decided to give that old fashioned icebox cake a makeover. One that I’d be proud to bring to a dinner party, and confident that the hostess would be pleased to serve to her guests.

And this one is so simple to throw together…it’s one of those desserts that you can throw together about two hours before the party…minimal time…minimal effort. Perfect for a hot summer’s day when you don’t feel like firing up the oven, or spending a fortune at a bakery!


And…it’s delicious. The raspberries, whipped cream, and chocolate were just made for each other. Not fond of raspberries? Use any fruit that tickles your fancy! It is truly that versatile. Just make sure that the fruit that you choose can be sliced through easily!

I’ve shared this with my lovely friends at The Novice Gardener’s, Angie’s Fiesta Friday…. and with my lovely friends at Love in the Kitchen’s Tuesday’s Table. …. And I’m proud to say that it was my very first feature on Food gawker!


Life is good, it’s a “Throwing together a dessert in less that an hour, but it looks like you slaved all day” kind of good!


Icebox Cake
Serves  10 to 12 People

Just a quick note:  Keep in mind that this does need to be refrigerated for at least two to three hours (or more) before you serve it, so that the wafers have time to soften into a cake like texture.  I let this particular cake refrigerate for three hours before I couldn’t stand it any longer, and had to slice into it!

And honestly, use whatever type of fruit you’d like.  Just make sure that it’s a fruit soft enough to slice through, otherwise, you won’t get perfect slices.

Choosing the right plate is important. I’ll pick a couple of plates, and then place the cookies around the outer edge in a circle to see if they’ll all fit around the plate perfectly. If they do, then that’s the plate you want to use!

If you’re not familiar with the chocolate wafers, here is a photo of the box:

chocolate wafers2 boxes Nabisco Famous Chocolate Wafers
1 quart heavy cream
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 to 1/3 cup of sugar (or more, depending on your desired sweetness)
3 pints fresh raspberries (or your favorite fruit)

Begin by whipping the heavy cream in a stand mixer (or in a large bowl with a hand mixer). Let it whip until it hits that point just before it starts to turn to butter. You don’t want it too soft, because you want it to be able to hold up the cookies and raspberries. Add the sugar and vanilla, and whip for another minute or so, until they’re fully combined. Don’t worry if the sugar isn’t dissolved at this point. It will continue to dissolve as the cream sits.

On your favorite plate or cake plate, spread a small amount of whipped cream over the plate. This will act as the glue to keep the base cookies in place. This is kind of important because the cake will fly off the plate the minute you try to carry it, and if you’re trying to make a grand entrance with it… let’s just say.. it will be grand alright, all over your floor!

Place the  cookies around the plate in a circle. You don’t want them to overlap. Fill in the middle section with about three or four cookies. It doesn’t matter if the cookies in the middle overlap. Place a second row of cookies on top of the first row.
Using a pastry bag, and Ateco tip #824, begin making rosettes all around the top of the cookies. Gently place one pint of raspberries on top of the whipped cream. Make whipped cream rosettes on top of the raspberries. You want to be very gentle with this, so that each layer doesn’t get mashed down. You should be able to see each layer as separate layers.
Repeat with another layer of cookies, whipped cream, raspberries, and whipped cream. And then finally repeat a third time, ending with the raspberries on top of the cake.
Refrigerate for at least two to three hours, or overnight.
This is best when served cold. Keep any leftovers refrigerated. It will keep for a day or two in the fridge.



60 thoughts on “Icebox Cake Makeover

  1. Oh yes I love ice box cake, this is absolutely heavenly, I want some right now. It looks so good, and brings back great memories, haven’t had ice box cake in a long time. Same with banana pudding with nilla wafers. YUM!!

  2. I’ve actually never made or even had icebox cake before- but this one looks just heavenly. I’ve bookmarked one from Martha Stewart that uses chocolate chip cookies that I just may have to try now. Great post, Prudy. Love ya ❤

  3. I’ve seen some pretty icebox cake makeovers before, but I must admit that this is the prettiest one I’ve seen to date. I love the pops of red! Happy FF, and have a wonderful weekend. 😀

  4. LOVE this, Prudy! The absolute most gorgeous icebox cake I’ve ever seen. And one I’m sure I could adapt to my eating! Wow I love those raspberries and whipped cream curls. It’s like everything I loved about banana pudding (fruit + softened cookies + delicious creamy sweet stuff) minus the bananas that I don’t like! Sold ❤

  5. You certainly know how to vow the audience and how to handle a piping bag! I’m going to research some decent vegan whipping cream in the UK because that just looks too tempting 😉

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  7. Wow! I had totally forgotten about this kind of cake! My mom used to make these for us years ago, but I may have to revisit it for the family! Yours looks completely divine! 😀

  8. Such a gorgeous dessert to serve at a dinner party or celebration Prudy! Those flavours of chocolate, cream and raspberries are the perfect match, in my eyes. My mum used to make fabulous icebox cakes too when we were growing up, but unfortunately when I tried to replicate one in the past year or two it didn’t work too well… though maybe I didn’t leave it quite long enough for the biscuits/cookies to soften in the middle. Definitely trying it again very soon after seeing your fabulous cake! Thanks for bringing this along to Fiesta Friday – I know that it will be snaffled in seconds! 🙂

  9. I have not thought of an “icebox cake” in some time, but your version brings them back to me…childhood icebox cakes that aunts and grandmothers used to make in the summer…love your version very much. The photos are just great.

    • Hello Joyti! I’m so happy to see you here, thank you so much for stopping by! I’m so sorry for getting back to you so late…I was just going through my spam folder, and found your comment, along with a few other people’s comments! I have to make sure that I check that folder more often, I hate when this happens….
      Thank you so much for your kind words… it is a pleasure to meet you, and I look forward to catching up on your blog! ❤

    • Colette! Thank you so much for stopping by, and I’m so sorry I didn’t get back to you sooner… I just found your comment along with a few other people’s comments in my spam folder. I should be more faithful in checking that folder… I’m so happy you visited…it is a pleasure to meet you!
      It is quite possibly an American thing…I’ll have to research that…but they are super easy to make, and so delicious… maybe you can start a new trend in the UK! ❤

  10. ha ha I love ice box cake and use to make the “un-pretty” kind all the time growing up. It was so simple but so yummy. I use to add a thin layer of raspberry jam to each wafer in the layer- so amazing! I like this beautiful makeover.

    • Lilly Sue! I was just going through my spam folder, and found your comment there! Ugh..I hate that…and am so sorry for getting back to you so late! I am so happy to see you here…thank you so much for stopping by! You know…I love ice box cake…no matter how it looks!! I’m loving your idea of raspberry jam between each wafer…. that’s just brilliance talking!! It is a pleasure to meet you.. and thank you for your kind words… ❤

    • Thank you so much Susan! I’m sorry that it took me so long to reply…I just found your comment in my spam folder! I need to make sure I check that more often… And thank you so much for featuring my cake… I was so thrilled! So happy you stopped by! ❤

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