4th of July icebox cake is the perfect no bake treat with delicious layers of cream cheese, fruit and more. The red, white and blue dessert is festive and easy to make.

Photo of slice of 4th of July icebox cake on a plate

4th of July Icebox cake

Delicious layers of strawberries and blueberries with cream cheese and graham crackers combine for one of our favorite desserts. This often makes an appearance at our annual Memorial Day cookout and 4th of July celebration. Check out The Best Memorial Day Food Ideas. Everyone always asks about it and looks forward to it year after year.

It is perfect for hot Summer days when you want something sweet but not too heavy. The whipped cream and cream cheese make this dish so creamy and one bite is never enough.

Icebox cake is super easy to make and not expensive at all. Anyone can make this and my kids love to help decorate the top in a fun pattern. Make this a tradition like it is in our family. Everyone will really love it!

photo of icebox cake in 9x13 pan with a spatula serving a slice.

What is an icebox cake?

Icebox cake is a simple no bake treat. It normally only has a few ingredients such as cream cheese or cool whip, fruit and graham crackers or cookies. They are so simple to make and just require the fridge or “icebox” to set it.

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Picture of ingredients: heavy whipping cream, vanilla, cream cheese, sugar, graham crackers, blueberries, strawberries.


  • cream cheese
  • heavy whipping cream
  • sugar
  • vanilla
  • graham crackers
  • blueberries
  • strawberries

picture of july 4th icebox cake in 9x13 pan.

How to make 4th of July icebox cake:

First, get out a large mixing bowl and mix the cream cheese and sugar together. Cream this until smooth.

Second, add the heavy whipping cream and vanilla. Beat this mixture until it thickens and forms peaks. Set this aside for later.

You will need a 9×13 pan. Line graham crackers on the bottom of the pan in a single layer.

3 pictures: first picture: layer graham crackers in a 9x13 pan. second picture: top with cream cheese mixture. 3rd picture: Then top with the fruit.

Now add part of the cream cheese mixture all over the graham crackers. Be careful spreading and make sure to do so gently. You can use a spatula or back of a spoon to help spread it out.

Once the mixture is spread out, add a portion of the blueberries and strawberries.

Keep repeating the layers two more times.

Finally, on the top layer, add strawberries and blueberries all over. You can sprinkle them or make a pattern on top. Just make it your own!

Let the kids help decorate and see what fun ideas they come up with.

Put the cake in the fridge and let it set for a couple of hours. Normally, 2 to 4 hours will do the trick. You just want the layers to settle into each other for the best flavor.

slice of 4th of July icebox cake on a plate

Tips for Blueberry Strawberry icebox cake:

  • Make sure you have a nice 9×13 pan. If you are taking this to a potluck or cookout, the disposable pans are so handy because you can just toss it.
  • While 2-4 hours in the fridge is sufficient, I prefer to make this cake the night before. I think the extra time really allows all the flavors to come together.
  • You can use a hand mixer but I prefer my stand mixer to cream the sugar and cream cheese together.

closeup photo of icebox cake on fork.

This is so easy!

Everyone is going to love this red white and blue icebox cake. The cream cheese and whipped cream make it so decadent but not heavy at all.

The next time you need something festive for fourth of July, make this yummy dessert with blueberries and strawberries for family and friends.

This 4th of July dessert is sure to be a hit with all!

slice of 4th of July icebox cake on a plate

Print the recipe for blueberry strawberry icebox cake:

4th of July Icebox cake

5 from 5 votes
4th of July icebox cake is the perfect no bake treat with tasty layers of cream cheese, fruit and more. The red, white and blue is festive.
Prep Time 15 mins
Refrigerate 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 15 mins
Servings 12
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 540
Author Eating on a Dime


  • 1 8- ounce package cream cheese
  • 3 ½ cups heavy whipping cream
  • ¾ cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 14- ounce box graham crackers
  • 2 cups blueberries divided
  • 3 cups strawberries thinly sliced divided


  • In a large bowl cream the cream cheese and sugar together until smooth.
  • Add the heavy whipping cream, vanilla, and beat until mixture begins to thicken and forms soft peaks. Set aside.
  • On the bottom of a 9×13 pan, place a single layer of graham crackers.
  • Next, place one-third of the cream cheese mixture over the graham crackers spreading gently.
  • Top this layer with ½ cup blueberries, and one cup thin sliced strawberries. Repeat this layering process twice more.
  • For the top berry layer place the strawberries and blueberries sprinkled throughout (or however you want to decorate the top)
  • Refrigerate 2 to 4 hours before serving so that the layers can “settle” into each other.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 540kcal, Carbohydrates 49g, Protein 6g, Fat 37g, Saturated Fat 21g, Cholesterol 118mg, Sodium 329mg, Potassium 220mg, Fiber 3g, Sugar 26g, Vitamin A 1324IU, Vitamin C 24mg, Calcium 101mg, Iron 2mg

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