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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.

A slice of strawberry icebox cake on a plate
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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, Strawberry Fluff Salad, Strawberry Banana Cheesecake Salad Recipe or Strawberry Angel Food Cake. This recipe would be perfect served as a 4th of July Cakes. You may even like this Jello Poke Cake.

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.


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

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Strawberry Icebox Cake

4.90 from 139 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


  • (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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  • 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:

    Thank you for Commenting.

  2. Hilary says:

    5 stars
    Delicious, simple, and pretty! I added blueberries and it was perfect for the Fourth of July. Thank you for sharing!

  3. Maryann says:

    This was easy and delicious ?

  4. Karen walters says:

    Made this strawberry cake for my sons birthday. It was gorgeous. Thankyou.

  5. Carrie Barnard says:

    Yes you can.

  6. Kyndra says:

    Can this recipe be made with frozen strawberries?

  7. Kirstin says:

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

  8. 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?

  9. 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.

  10. James Licklider says:

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

  11. Pam says:

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

  12. Earlene Thompson says:

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

  13. 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

  14. Carrie says:

    This makes 10 servings.

  15. Janie Serrato says:

    How many servings does this make?

  16. Carrie says:

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

  17. Susan Smitb says:

    Do you need to sweeten the strawberries ?

  18. Carrie says:

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

  19. Joanne says:

    5 stars
    I made this recipe with home-made whipped cream and blueberries (because that’s what was in the fridge) as a spur of the moment addition to our Easter meal today. It was so easy and delicious. I also had made 2 other desserts but this was the favourite by far. Thanks for sharing this recipe, we will definitely make it again and again.

  20. Carrie says:

    Great to hear! Thank you!

  21. Rosa says:

    5 stars
    I made this recepie and it came out amazing and soooo good.

  22. Maria says:

    I plan to make this tomorrow. I have friends coming over for lunch. I’m sure they are going to love it.

  23. Carrie says:

    Awesome! I’m glad you loved it.

  24. Bonnie says:

    This is an out of this world delicious, easy wonderful summer desert recipe! Made it tonight for 4th of July dinner tomorrow. Had to get into it tonight, yummmmm!

  25. Suzanne says:

    This looks delicious, thank you for sharing!

  26. Gwen says:

    This no bake strawberry icebox cake
    looks delicious!! I plan to make it for my

    friend for her birthday.

  27. Mary says:

    Can u use fresh whipped cream?

  28. Angie says:

    I see you recommend making it the night before, do you foresee any issue if it sat for two nights before serving? Thank you!

  29. Janet says:

    I made this recipe and my husband and granddaughter loved it.
    Can you use honey graham crackers instead of Nabisco graham crackers?

  30. Carrie says:

    If you are making it the night before serving it, I would just store it in the refrigerate. You would not need to freeze it. It tastes great made the day before as the flavor has time to combine. I hope you enjoy the recipe. Thank you!

  31. Kandice says:

    Could you make this the night before and freeze it then bring it out to defrost? Or would it be soggy?

  32. Peggy says:

    I made this for a graduation party. Easy and a big hit. I think it’s even yummier the longer it sits. I ate it the day after my party and it was more moist and had a more strawberry flavor. Yummy and easy

  33. Carrie says:

    Yum! Great idea – thanks for sharing.

  34. Karen Martinez says:

    5 stars
    I made this again for my Secret Sister Reveal party at my church. I added some blueberries on the top layer. It was such a big hit the last time I made it.

  35. Carrie says:

    No, it’s not keto friendly. Thanks.

  36. sunni says:

    5 stars
    is this recipe keto friendly..?

  37. Carrie says:

    Linda – Either way would work great. We usually start with the whipped cream because we love lots of whipped cream but starting with the graham crackers would work great too!

  38. Linda Smith says:

    This is in regards to the strawberry icebox cake. I’ve made it before but my recipe calls for putting the graham crackers in first and then layering. Looking at the picture it looks like that’s what was done. It would be messy scooping out with the cool whip down first. What do you think?