Refreshing Ice Box Cakes

Hello, lovely friends!
For the last couple of weeks I have been to functions
where I had the joy of taking dessert.
Since the kitchen can heat up quickly during the summer months
I decided to keep things cool by taking ice box cakes.
They are simple to assemble and they don't require baking.
A win-win, right!

The first one I made was a Strawberry Cream Cheese Ice Box Cake.
Oh my, was it ever sweet and refreshing!

Cream cheese pudding, cream cheese, whipped cream, graham crackers,
and fresh strawberries make up this cake
and let me just say that if you make this it will be hard to eat just one piece :)

Here is the recipe for the Strawberry Cream Cheese Ice Box Cake.


2 lbs. strawberries
2 sleeves graham crackers
1 8 oz. package of cream cheese, softened
1 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
2 3.4 oz. packages of instant cheesecake pudding
3 cups milk
1 12 oz. carton cool whip, divided
{ I never use cool whip and always make my own whipped cream 
with heavy whipping cream which is what I did for this recipe.
I find the "real" cream has a much better flavor }.

Clean and slice the strawberries;
set aside.

Line the bottom of a 13x9-inch baking dish with graham crackers;
set aside.

Combine softened cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk in a large bowl
and beat with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy.
Add pudding mixes and milk and continue mixing on low for about 4 - 5 minutes,
or until mixture thickens.
Fold in 2 cups of whipped cream.

Pour half of cream cheese mixture over the graham crackers.
Arrange a single layer of sliced strawberries.
Top strawberries with another row of graham crackers
then cover with remaining cream cheese mixture and strawberries.

Cover and refrigerate for 6 - 8 hours.
I made this the night before and it was delicious the next day.

Right before serving top with remaining whipped cream
and crushed graham crackers.

You can find the original recipe for the Strawberry Cream Cheese Ice Box Cake
by clicking here.

The next ice box cake I made was a Boston Cream Pie Ice Box Cake.

I had intended on taking a homemade Boston Cream Pie to my dad's birthday,
but alas, my cake stuck to the pans and I was left with cake crumbs
{ which were very tasty, by the way }.

Thinking fast {since it was the day before the birthday}
I went to good ol' Pinterest and found this ice box cake recipe 
and thankfully I had everything on hand.
The "flop" turned out to be a good thing
because this ice box cake was delicious!

For the Boston Cream Pie Ice Box Cake you will need. . .

1 box graham crackers
2 small boxes vanilla instant pudding mix
3 cups cold milk
1 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
Chocolate Topping
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup chocolate chip (semi-sweet)
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla extract

Using a mixer, mix heavy cream until you have soft peaks. 
Add powdered sugar and vanilla, and mix until stiff peaks. 
Set aside.

Line a 13x9-inch baking dish with a layer of graham crackers. 
Break then into squares or smaller to make them fit.

In a large bowl mix together 2 boxes of pudding mix with 3 cups of milk. 
Whisk until well combined. 
Fold in the prepared whipped cream
{I could eat the pudding and cream mix by the spoonfuls - it was that good}.

Pour 1/2 of pudding mixture over graham crackers. 
Repeat with another layer of crackers, and the remaining pudding. 
Top with a 3rd layer of graham crackers.

In a small sauce pan mix together all of the ingredients for the chocolate topping. 
Whisk and cook until the sugar is dissolved, but do not boil. 
Cook for about 5 minutes over a very low simmer. 
You can test on your finger or taste to see if it is smooth and the sugar is dissolved
Pour over graham crackers, spreading evenly.

Place in fridge for 4-6 hours until chocolate is completely set.

I topped the cake with some graham cracker crumbs
and mini chocolate chips.

You can find the original recipe for the Boston Cream Pie Ice Box Cake 
by clicking here.

Have you ever made an ice box cake,
and if so, what is your favorite kind?

Before I end this post I wanted to share with you that a blogging friend of mine 
just recently opened up an Etsy shop called

She is currently hosting a giveaway on her blog of one of the items she sells in her Etsy shop.
Simply click here to visit and enter the giveaway.

Happy day to you, sweet friends!
{{ hugs }}


Melanie said...

Oh my, Stephanie! These all sound so good! I just have to try the strawberry ice box cake. I too prefer making my own whipped cream. I've used Cool Whip at times for convenience but it isn't as good. Have a great day and thank you for sharing these recipes.

Anna said...

Perfect for the hot day we have...
Have a delicious day !

Sylvia said...

Those ice box cakes look good and I'm sure they taste even better. I love strawberries and chocolate, so these are perfect for me. I have made an ice box cake, but mainly make it at Christmas. I'll have to try and remember to make it and share the recipe Christmas, which will be here soon, the summer is going by so fast!

KimM said...

Oh wow! I can feel the pounds piling on just looking at these yummy treats! Thank you for sharing.

Elizabethd said...

They do sound easy and delicious, Stephanie. But I'm not sure what the equivalent of the pudding mix would be here.

Alex said...

They look very tempting, Stephanie ~ I can just imagine the contrast of cool, smooth cream and crunchy textured crumbs, a winning combination.
I guess the cakes are cold but not frozen, right?
In my family I think these would bring on what we call 'an ice-cream silence', ~ have you noticed how conversation stops when a pudding is THAT good? Mmm-mmm.

Prunella Pepperpot said...

Those look mouth wateringly delicious. I had to google graham crackers to see if the are available in the UK and yes they are, whoopee.
Have a wonderful Wednesday Stephanie :)

Christine said...

Why have I never heard of these delectables?
That you for showing a variety and the recipe.
Now I'm going to pick one to serve my company.

Anne Payne said...

Yummy! Both cakes look scrumptious. I've never made an icebox cake but I can see now that I will have to give it try. I bet you could combine the chocolate and strawberry somehow and get a pretty good tasting one too. :-) Love ya!

Kelly-Anne ♥ The Diary of a Country Girl said...

I am sipping a delicious cup of spiced coffee this afternoon and thinking how wonderful it would be to have a slice of this ice box cake to go with it...{{smiles}}
Oh, Stephanie, both recipes sound divine and I simply must make them this coming summer!
And I am off to visit your friend's lovely shop right now!
Hugs to you!

Lisa said...

Stephanie these both sound absolutely delicious...and easy! That's a magical combination in my book! I'm pinning these so I won't forget. I've got a few potlucks coming up and I think these would be so fun to make and take.;-) Thanks for the recipes!

Ang Specht said...

Thank you, Stephanie! ...These all look wonderful!

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Both recipes sound so tasty and cool for the summer, or any time, my friend! I think I'd have to make the strawberry one first off, however. Yes, I have made icebox cakes and pies, and they are such a yummy treat. I'm sure your dad loved his Boston Cream version. Boston Cream Pie was a favorite of my dear dad's. I always thought it was strange that it was called a pie, when it was a cake! Thank you for sharing both of the recipes with us. Love and hugs!

Sara - Villa Emilia (My Woodland Garden) said...

Hello dear Stephanie, both cakes look divine! :) Fortunately I'm not forced to choose only one, I can try them both. There are indeed some ingredients (like the instant cheesecake pudding) not familiar and perhaps not available here, but I can try to improvise.
Thank you again for a wonderful post. Have a blessed day! xx

handmade by amalia said...

Win-win indeed, Stephanie. These look cool and delicious.

Tamago said...

Oh my goodness, your ice box cakes look soooo delicious!
I love that you make your own whipped cream. It tastes so much better than cool whip! I'd make my own if I weren't so lazy, haha :-)

Mrs. W. said...

Dear Stephanie,

Oh these looks so yummy! I copied and saved both of these delicious looking cakes. I have never ever seen or heard of these cakes before. I look forward to trying them.

I love your photos. The plates you have your cakes on are so pretty. You always take such lovely photos.

I visited Little Hope's Blessings. She has such sweet handmade note cards. I am going to make a visit over to her blog next.

Have a wonderful Wednesday,

Sarah said...

These recipes look delicious! I will have to try making one soon! : )

Marilyn Mathis said...

Stephanie, you made me so hungry with your pictures and recipes. I will have to try one of these. Thanks.

Pam Richardson said...

Sweet friend, these look and sound absolutely amazing! I must try the strawberry one! Wishing you a lovely Wednesday afternoon! Hugs, Pam @ Everyday Living

Debby Ray said...

Oh YUM! These both look like the perfect end to any meal, especially during these hot, humid days. Thank for sharing the recipes!

Linda said...

Yummy.....and no....don't think I have....hey, never knew of a thing called Instant Cheesecake Pudding? It must be a regional thing?

Christine said...

I would definitely have to make both as I prefer strawberries & my sweet hubby prefers Boston Cream pie! We both love ice cream so win win again!
Wishing you a fun filled week ahead!

living from glory to glory said...

Hello, I have made this and we called it an Eclair cake...
Call it whatever you want just please give me an extra large slice!
I will be making my version soon, but I loved how you added the graham crackers on top and the mini chocolate chips.
Yummy and nice and cold for these hot days~
I think the cream cheese or the instant vanilla pudding would make it thicker, not sure about the cheesecake pudding, I will look for it the next time I go into town!

Sandi said...

Those look so delicious!

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

These look wonderful Stephanie! I am all for NOT turning the oven on....as a matter of fact, I have a big zucchini on my counter waiting to be baked into a chocolate zucchini cake and I can't bring myself to turn the oven on!! Saving these recipes!

Joyful said...

Yum! I love creamy desserts and strawberries so you are making me hungry ;-)

magnoliasntea said...

I usually ask for a Boston Cream Pie for my birthday every year. I can't wait to try yours. Thank you for sharing. :)
Have a great week!

Betty said...

They look so good and will have to give them a try. It has been so hot here and cannot wait for cool weather.

Cheryl said...

I am so glad you are featuring sweet Harley Girl's blog and giveaway. I have tried her lip balm, and it is AMAZING!! She was so sweet and sent me some one year, along with a little, precious, pink knitted holder like the one shown in her Etsy shop! I am so proud of her for opening the shop, and I hope lots of your readers go by and are able to support her efforts. She is a sweetheart. And, your ice box cakes sound amazing! I make a similar one to the 2nd one you mentioned. Sending you love and hugs, sweet friend!

mollymell said...

Oh, they look so delicious!!!! and pretty!!!! I do need to try them, and I will.

You know Stephanie, that's the first time I learn about this name(?) - "ice box cake". You know, English is my second language, and it's been difficult, sometimes, when I write my recipes on my blog, because most of them are family recipes, from my family in Brazil. I'm starting thinking that many of them could be called 'ice box cake' - Definitely, I need to learn more about it.

Have a great evening.

Karen @ Beatrice Euphemie said...

Oh, these look so good, my friend! Especially in your lovely photos :) I will definitely be trying these - thank you for sharing - Yum! xo Karen

Barbara Neubeck said...

.. Hello Stephanie, I like your 'ice box cake' recipes.... I will be trying them when summer comes...
I love the quote you have on your previous post... I have copied it... I hope you don't mind.... it will help sooth my soul after my sister's passing.. xxxxx
Barb xxxx

Anonymous said...

Happy Wednesday, friend! Oh, how good do these look? I've never made ice box cakes before, so I think it's about time! Both of these recipes sound so delicious, and so light and cool for summer days. And they're pretty to look at as well :)

Thank you for sharing both these recipes....hope your week is going beautifully so far!

With love and joy!

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

I've never heard of an ice box cake and the ones you made sure look easy to create and tasty. The Boston Cream is one I'd like to try.
I hesitate to use cool whip as well as it's not a whole food and prefer to make the real thing.
Thanks for sharing your recipes Stephanie.

vintageandart said...

Hi Stephanie, your ice box cakes sound and look absolutely delish and a great idea to beat the Summer heat...l love how you turned a disaster into a delight with your Boston cream pie....your Dad would have loved it l'm sure.

camp and cottage living said...

So rich and yummy looking, Stephanie.
The perfect desserts for summer and birthdays!

Mari said...

Yum! I've made the Boston Cream pie recipe - we call it Eclair dessert. That strawberry dessert looks yummy though!

Jill said...

Oh my, I think I gained 10 pounds just reading this, lol. Looks so delicious!! Must give them a try ;-)


Joan said...

I love the make cakes like this ...

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good morning Stephanie!

I never even heard of this! How embarrassing.....but my mother always baked the conventional way, so there it is! But what a great idea since it's been SO HOT and too hot to even cook!

Lovely looking recipes with cool fruit! Enjoy your day!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I visited her blog and new shop. Thanks for the link my friend. And enjoy your wonderful desserts and special occasion! Hugs, Diane

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Sweet Stephanie, what delightful sweet treats! I haven't had a graham cracker in ages, and I don't know why, because I love them! Whenever I buy some for a recipe, I always end up just eating the rest.

Unknown said...

Thank you for sharing that.looks yummy..
Love you..

Debbie Harris said...

Knowing how wonderful that chocolate one was,I can just imagine that the strawberry cheese cake one is awesome!
I would really like to try that one.:-)
Maybe you could bring dessert the night I make the fried chicken. :-)
Your photos, as always, are delicious!

Love you~~

Debbie Harris said...

Knowing how wonderful that chocolate one was,I can just imagine that the strawberry cheese cake one is awesome!
I would really like to try that one.:-)
Maybe you could bring dessert the night I make the fried chicken. :-)
Your photos, as always, are delicious!

Love you~~

Debbie Harris said...

Knowing how wonderful that chocolate one was,I can just imagine that the strawberry cheese cake one is awesome!
I would really like to try that one.:-)
Maybe you could bring dessert the night I make the fried chicken. :-)
Your photos, as always, are delicious!

Love you~~

Margie said...

This is the first time I've heard of ice box cakes, but they are definitely right up my alley! YUM! Thanks for sharing these cool recipes, Stephanie!

Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies said...

I've never made an ice box cake! Maybe because so much of the year I live in an ice box? Lol... I do need to try one though, both of yours look so delicious!

quakerhillfarm said...

Both look delicious and refreshing! It has been so very hot here today and this really sounds good! Thanks so much for sharing. I make a jello cake that goes in the fridge but these sound so good! Thanks my friend!

Anonymous said...

Both of these look wonderful! Thank you for the recipes as the neighbors on our new street will be having a get-together soon. These would be a good late summer treat to share! Enjoy your weekend.

Conniecrafter said...

Oh my these both look just delicious, I can feel my hips getting bigger just looking at them, LOL! Good to see you wouldn't have to use cool whip, I think I may not do my whipping cream correctly because after the second day it starts to get runny, or is that normal. Glad you were able to fix your Dad's cake after all :) No I have never tried one of these cakes myself.

Nina said...

Love these Cakes ~ perfect for a warm summer day! I have never made an ice cake before ... Maybe now would be the time to try!
Enjoy the warmth and have a lovely weekend, Stephanie!
Nina xxx

Katy said...

Those both look delicious!!! I am afraid to make them though since I watch my calorie intake pretty strictly...and I would want to eat all of these! haha! :)

Red Rose Alley said...

Oh my goodness, these desserts look amazing. You have displayed them so nicely on your rose dishes. I just love your pictures, Stephanie. They always speak to my heart.


Mrs.T said...

I have just put the Boston Cream Pie icebox cake in the fridge for tomorrow's potluck at church. You are right about that pudding!

As for other icebox cakes, I have made a number of them from Jocelyn's blog at http://insidebrucrewlife.com/. Hers mostly use cookies (oreo type in various flavors) rather than graham crackers. I've made a strawberry one, salted caramel one, chocolate coconut, and more.

Julie's Creative Lifestyle said...

Hello Stephanie,
Your baking treats sound so wonderful and delicious. Thanks for sharing those dessert recipes with us.
Hope you have a nice weekend.

Witchcrafted Life said...

Marvelously inviting - and delicious looking - recipes. Thank you so much for sharing these summertime delights with us.

xoxo ♥ Jessica

Madison said...

Hello, Stephanie! Oh my gosh, I read your sweet comment on my blog and headed over to see yours. It is BEAUTIFUL!!! You are so talented, and all the recipes look delicious! Can't wait to see more xoxo

Cathy @ My 1929 Charmer said...

Oh, my you are such a tease with these delicious looking dessert. I can't say I ever heard of them before but what a great idea in this hot and humid summer weather! You have some of the best baking treats! Have a bless day!

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