Light and fruity, this Strawberry Icebox Cake is such a treat! And it doesn’t get any easier than this 3-ingredient, one-pan, no bake dessert!
Easy Strawberry Icebox Cake
If you love the taste of fresh strawberries and are looking for something a little different than the usual strawberry shortcake, I have just the dessert for you!
This strawberry icebox cake is one of the easiest dessert recipes ever. Seriously…I don’t know anything easier!
All you need are 3 ingredients and a few minutes to put everything in the pan. It’s a one pan dish!
Oh, and no baking required!
Not only is this recipe easy, it is fabulously tasty! When you chill this strawberry cake in the fridge, all the flavors meld together to make something luscious, creamy, and totally heavenly! It really does melt in your mouth!
It’s the perfect fruity treat for those hot summer days and perfect for strawberry season!
What is an Icebox Cake?
An icebox cake is a chilled dessert made by layering simple ingredients such as whipped cream, fruit, and wafers, graham crackers, etc. As the name suggests, there is no baking needed and you keep the cake in your fridge.
I love vintage recipes, and icebox cakes have a lot of history! They date back as early as the 1920s, as refrigerators (aka “iceboxes”) became more common in the United States. Icebox cake recipes were made to appeal to housewives at the time, a convenient dessert that could be made with a brand new appliance!
Because they are so convenient, icebox cakes have stood the test of time and are still popular today.
PS- For more vintage recipes, check out my other site: Granny’s In The Kitchen!
Only 3 Ingredients Needed:
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- Whipped topping — Such as Cool Whip
- Graham Crackers
- Strawberries — sliced
Kitchen Supplies Used:
This is an easy one-pan dessert, so all you really need is a 9×13″ glass baking dish.
You may also need a paring knife to slice the strawberries and a spatula for spreading the whipped topping.
How to Make Strawberry Icebox Cake
This is pretty much the easiest dessert ever!
All you do is layer whipped topping, graham crackers, whipped cream, and sliced strawberries…until your baking dish is full.
For us, this was about 3 layers as described above.
Here’s a look at the layering order:
TIP: You may need to break the graham crackers into smaller pieces so they fit in the dish.
Cover and refrigerate your cake until ready to serve, or at least 3-4 hours.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can You Make this Recipe Ahead of Time?
Absolutely! This is a great recipe to make the night before you want to serve it because you need a few hours to chill. Overnight is perfectly fine too!
Store your icebox cake in the refrigerator until ready to serve. It can keep for 2-3 days (after that it starts to get a little soggy). But honestly, it never really lasts that long in our house…because we eat it all!
Can You Use Real Whipped Cream Instead Of Cool Whip?
For this recipe, I recommend sticking with whipped topping (such as Cool Whip) vs real whipped cream. That’s because dairy whipped cream doesn’t hold its shape for more than a few hours and will start to melt and become runny. Whipped topping has stabilizers and will maintain its fluffy and creamy consistency much longer. It’s also what is used in the classic refrigerator cakes such as this one.
More of Our Favorite No Bake Dessert Recipes
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- No Bake Cookie Monster Cheesecake
- Easy 4 Ingredient Chocolate Eclair Cake
- No Bake Peanut Butter Balls (Buckeyes)
- No Bake Piña Colada Cheesecake
Strawberry Icebox Cake Recipe (printable copy)
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Easy Strawberry Icebox Cake (only 3 ingredients!)
- 9x13" glass baking dish
- 1 tub whipped topping Large tub, 16 oz
- 12 Graham Crackers
- 2 cups strawberries sliced
- Spread a layer of whipped topping in the bottom of your baking dish, about 1/2" thick.
- Add a layer of graham crackers, covering the whipped topping as much as possible. You may need to break the graham crackers into smaller pieces to fit.
- Add another layer of whipped cream.
- Lay a layer of sliced strawberries.
- Repeat until the baking dish is full. For us, this was three rounds of the layering described above.
- Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve, or at least 3-4 hours.
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