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You will not believe how simple and delicious this Strawberry Icebox Cake is. With only 3 ingredients, this dessert can be made in a flash. It’s the perfect  summer dessert or anytime of the year.

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If you are looking for the easiest dessert to make this summer, this Strawberry Icebox Cake is it. Layers of cool whip, strawberries and graham crackers is all you need to for a crowd pleasing no bake dessert for any occasion.

This no bake strawberry dessert is easy to make. You may also love these Strawberry Shortcake Bars or Strawberry Angel Food Cake. This recipe would be perfect served as a 4th of July Cakes.

Why We Love This Recipe

Anytime we have family gathering or get invited to a potluck, this is my go-to dessert. The fresh strawberries always taste the best and it is perfect to make ahead of time.

The combination of the ingredients makes this dessert light with the perfect amount of sweetness and cake-like texture. Feel free to make it with other types of berries for a crowd pleasing treat.

Ingredients

Strawberries, cool whip and graham crackers

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Variations Ideas

  • Fresh Fruit – This dessert is best made with fresh fruit and you can easily change it to what you prefer. You can add in bananas, blackberries, raspberries, or blueberries are all great options.
  • Cool Whip – Feel free to make this recipe with homemade whipped cream.
  • Cookies – Graham crackers work great, but you can also use other types of cookies such as Oreos or Vanilla Wafers.

How to Make Strawberry Icebox Cake

Spreading cool whip in the bottom of the baking dish with a bowl of fresh strawberries on the side with cool whip and graham crackers

Step 1 – Spread a ½ container of whipped topping in a layer on the bottom of an 8×8″ baking dish.

Topping the cool whip with graham crackers in the baking dish

Step 2 – Add a layer of graham crackers, breaking as necessary to cover whipped topping.

Spreading a layer of cool whip in the baking dish

Step 3 – Top with another ½ container of whipped topping and smooth with a spatula.

Topping a layer of fresh strawberries in the baking dish

Step 4 – Add ⅓ of the slice strawberries in an even layer.

  • Step 5 – Then graham crackers, whipped topping, strawberries, graham crackers, whipped topping and strawberries.
  • Step 6 – Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours before serving.

Recipe Tips

  • Baking Dish – This recipe is perfect for a 8×8 baking dish. But you can double the recipe and make it in a 9×13 baking dish.
  • Strawberries – Slice strawberries about the same size. I like to make sure to cover the entire pan with the graham crackers, cool whip and strawberries. This makes sure that every bite is full of the ingredients.
Strawberry Icebox cake in a baking dish

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is it called Icebox Cake?

Layers of cookies, cream and fruit are placed in a baking dish and placed in the fridge to chill. There is no baking involved and after about 4 hours in the icebox the layers are softened with a cake texture.

How Long Does Cake Last in the Icebox?

This leftovers cake will stay fresh for up to 3-5 days in the fridge.

How Long to allow the Cake to Chill

It is best to chill the cake after making it for at least 4 hours.

Slice of strawberry layer cake on a plate

Strawberry Icebox Cake

4.90 from 138 votes
Make this Strawberry icebox cake with 3 ingredients!This Strawberry icebox cake recipe is so simple. No bake strawberry icebox cake is the perfect dessert.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Refrigerate 4 hours
Total Time 19 minutes
Servings 10
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 178

Ingredients

  • (2) 8 oz containers Cool Whip thawed
  • 1 1/2 lbs Strawberries hulled and sliced
  • 1 1/2 packs Graham Crackers
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Instructions

  • Spread a ½ container of whipped topping in a layer on the bottom of an 8×8″ pan.
  • Add a layer of graham crackers, breaking as necessary to cover whipped topping.
  • Top with another ½ container of whipped topping and smooth with a spatula.
  • Add ⅓ of the strawberries in an even layer.
  • Then graham crackers, whipped topping, strawberries,graham crackers, whipped topping and strawberries.
  • Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours before serving.

Recipe Notes

This recipe would be delicious made with any fruit. Try making it with your favorite, or even combining a few of your favorites together.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 178kcal, Carbohydrates 32g, Protein 3g, Fat 4g, Saturated Fat 1g, Cholesterol 7mg, Sodium 171mg, Potassium 190mg, Fiber 2g, Sugar 15g, Vitamin A 90IU, Vitamin C 40mg, Calcium 76mg, Iron 1.2mg

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  1. Carrie Barnard says:

    Yes you can.

  2. Kyndra says:

    Can this recipe be made with frozen strawberries?

  3. Kirstin says:

    5 stars
    Super easy and not expensive! Reminded me of my childhood!

  4. marni says:

    5 stars
    Trying this today – so simple it can’t miss. I will be using fresh strawberries but am wondering – have you ever used frozen berries, blueberries, etc?

  5. James Licklider says:

    5 stars
    I also wanted to say I made this with sugar free cool whip and sweetened the Strawberries with swerve for those who could not do sugar. The honey maid graham crackers has some sugar but over all I got high marks on it.

  6. James Licklider says:

    5 stars
    I made this cake and everyone absolutely loved it. It was sooooo easy and quick to make. Thanks.

  7. Pam says:

    I’ve made this recipe with chocolate Graham crackers, strawberries and Bananas. It’s delicious!

  8. Earlene Thompson says:

    5 stars
    This was easy to make and it taste delicious!!!
    I used strawberries! Awesome!

  9. Tammy Mcglade says:

    4 stars
    I make this often. I’ve done it with blueberries, raspberries and strawberry’s.
    And I’ve made it with all the berry’s at once..My Dad’s favorite is the strawberry. He loves strawberry shortcake and this is even better..This will be a Thanksgiving Hit with the crowd. TLC

  10. Carrie says:

    This makes 10 servings.

  11. Janie Serrato says:

    How many servings does this make?

  12. Carrie says:

    You can but I never do and it tastes great without it.

  13. Susan Smitb says:

    Do you need to sweeten the strawberries ?

  14. Carrie says:

    I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Thank you for leaving a review.

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