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These Ice Box Cake Recipes Are Your Patriotic Party in a Pan: 2 No-Bake Recipes

Learn *this* trick to prevent runny whipped cream

When it comes to celebrating Fourth of July, the last thing I want to do is sweat over a hot oven. So, when it came time to think of a celebratory dessert, I drew a little inspiration from my childhood: ice box cake. Think layers of milk-soaked cookies and whipped cream that taste like pure nostalgia. These two recipes are refreshing, crowd-pleasing and ridiculously easy to prep in 15 minutes. I’ve got a classic red, white and blue version plus a chocoholic’s dream bursting with Oreo cookie flavor — so everyone’s covered. Plus, learn the secrets for the perfect creamy texture. Here’s how to make ice box cake.

What is an ice box cake?

An ice box cake is a classic no-bake dessert that consists of layers of cookies (or graham crackers) and whipped cream. They then chill in the refrigerator — or “ice box” — until the cookies soften to a cake-like texture. Originating in the early 20th century, this nostalgic dessert is beloved for its simplicity and versatility.

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How to make the best ice box cake

While it may be simple, making this dessert involves some steps that go beyond the basics. So here are some secret tips to elevate your dessert.

1. Use stabilized whipped cream

To prevent a runny whipped cream, incorporate a stabilizer like gelatin or cream cheese. This helps maintain a firm texture even after hours in the refrigerator. You can also flavor it with vanilla extract, citrus zest or cocoa powder to enhance the taste.

2. Choose the right cookies

Opt for thin, crisp cookies for better absorption and a more cake-like texture. And for extra flavor, consider soaking them in milk or coffee before layering. If you use thicker cookies, soak them longer.

3. Create multiple layers

Aim for at least 3-4 layers. After each layer, press down gently with a spatula to ensure they remain compact, which then helps the cookies absorb the cream better. You can also add a surprise layer of other ingredients like fruit preserves or caramel sauce.

4. Chilling time

Refrigerate your cake for at least 4-6 hours, or overnight if time allows, so the cookies can soften and the flavors meld. This is crucial for a creamy texture.

Classic Fourth of July ice box cake recipe

Fourth of July ice box cake
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The Woman’s World test kitchen knows their way around a Fourth of July dessert. And this Sky-High Red, White & Blue Ice Box Cake is a showstopper. Plus, it takes just 6 ingredients, including lemon cookies, fresh berries and vanilla whipped cream.

Indulgent Oreo ice box cake recipe


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I hope you saved room for dessert after dessert. For all you chocoholics out there, I swear by this viral Oreo ice box cake from Cookies & Cups. It’s the perfect cookies n’ cream bite and also uses 3 ingredients. Make the recipe below.


  • 90 Oreo Cookies
  • 3 (8- oz.) tubs Cool Whip, thawed
  • 1½-2 cups milk
  • Chocolate sauce, if desired


  • Total Time: 6 hours, 10 minutes
  • Yield: 15-20 servings
  1. Firstly, dip 30 Oreo Cookies in milk one by one and lay flat in a 9×13 pan.
  2. Then, spread one tub of Cool Whip evenly over the Oreos. Repeat this process 2 more times, then finish with a layer of Cool Whip on top.
  3. If desired, drizzle chocolate sauce on top, or extra crushed Oreos, then cover and chill in the refrigerator for 6 hours or overnight.

Note: To serve, use a sharp knife dipped in hot water and also wipe between each cut to maintain neat layers. 

Storage instructions:

Store your cake in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, though the texture may change slightly over time.

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