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Strawberry Icebox Cake

This strawberry icebox cake will be at the top of your list of desserts to make this summer! Icebox cakes are a top tier summer treat. They’re insanely easy to make, only use a few ingredients, and don’t require an oven! With fresh strawberries, wafers, and whipped cream, this indulgent treat will have you coming back for seconds! 

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strawberry icebox cake

What is a strawberry icebox cake?

A strawberry icebox cake is the strawberry version of a classic icebox cake. Icebox cakes are super old school desserts that are usually made up of cream, fruit, and some kind of cookies. They’re called icebox cakes because they set in the refrigerator, which was also commonly called an icebox. Our recipe uses strawberry wafers, classic whipped cream, and fresh strawberries. It’s kinda like a strawberry shortcake vibe. So if you’re a strawberry lover, buckle up for this delicious dessert! 

Ingredients

The limited ingredients list is just another perk of the icebox cake. Here’s what you’ll need for this recipe: 

  • strawberry wafers
  • fresh strawberries 
  • heavy whipping cream 
  • powdered sugar 
  • vanilla extract 

How to make a strawberry icebox cake 

Another perk of this strawberry icebox cake is how insanely easy it is to make. It’s pretty much just assembly aside from making the whipped cream. But even that is easy peasy! Start by lining the bottom of an 8”x8” pan with parchment or wax paper. Then to make your whipped cream, add your cream, vanilla, and powdered sugar to the bowl of a stand mixer. Use the whisk attachment and whip on medium to high speed until stiff peaks form. This will likely take around 3-5 minutes. 

Next, place your strawberry wafers all over the bottom of the pan. You’ll want to cover it as much as possible so depending on your wafers you might need to cut some into pieces to fit. Add a layer of about half the whipped cream on top of the wafers and spread out evenly. I like to use an offset spatula for this step because it’s really easy to make everything nice and smooth. Then, chop your strawberries into small pieces and add them on top of the whipped cream. I used a full carton of strawberries for my cake but you can definitely use more or less depending on your preference. 

Add another layer of whipped cream on top of the strawberries. You can use the rest here since we won’t need it again after this layer. Then, add another layer of your wafers and press into the cream as much as you can. This is so that the wafers can absorb the cream and soften. Lastly all you have to do is pop it into the fridge! You can leave it in there overnight to set but at the minimum it should be in for at least 4 hours. Then you can cut up your strawberry icebox cake into squares and enjoy! 

How to store 

Your strawberry icebox cake should stay in the fridge any time that you’re not eating it. It will keep well for 2-3 days. After that, it may start to become soggy and lose its lovely texture. That means this treat is one to enjoy right away for the best taste! Although, how could it last any longer than a few days, right? 

Strawberry Icebox Cake

This strawberry icebox cake will be at the top of your list of desserts to make this summer! Icebox cakes are a top tier summer treat. They’re insanely easy to make, only use a few ingredients, and don’t require an oven! With fresh strawberries, wafers, and whipped cream, this indulgent treat will have you coming back for seconds! 
Prep Time30 minutes
Chill Time4 hours
Total Time4 hours 30 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: icebox cake, strawberries, strawberry icebox cake, strawberry wafers, whipped cream
Servings: 9
Author: Gianna

Ingredients

  • 2 cups whipping/heavy cream
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp icing sugar
  • 35 strawberry wafers approximately
  • 1 carton of fresh strawberries

Instructions

  • Line a deep 8”x8” pan with parchment or wax paper.
  • Add cream, vanilla, and icing sugar to the bowl of a stand mixer. Using the whisk attachment, whip on medium high until stiff peaks form.
  • Place strawberry wafers into the pan to cover the bottom.
  • Add a layer of whipped cream and smooth out evenly.
  • Chop strawberries and add to the pan. Spread out evenly.
  • Add another layer of whipped cream.
  • Add another layer of wafers.
  • Refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or overnight. Enjoy!

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