Icebox Cake Recipe – with Oreo Cookies
Have you ever had a slice of an icebox cake? My husband said it tastes like a giant Oreo Cookie and who doesn’t love Oreo’s! The best part, it’s no-bake and easy to make and looks intriguing. If you want into your office or a church dinner carrying it, you are going to get a lot of smiles and some people will look at with what a puzzled look on their face. Be prepared because someone will ask you for the recipe before you leave.
Icebox cakes have been around for quite a while. Some say it hit the United States during World War I and some think it became popular in the late 1930’s. I don’t know who originally made it, but I’m glad they did. This Icebox Cake has a few more ingredients than just whipped cream, sugar and vanilla which makes this recipe a bit sweeter. Seriously, a thin slice is all you need and you don’t want to give it to your kiddos before bedtime. It might make it difficult for them to sleep because they will be running in circles screaming for more.
I love the way the cookies show on the sides of the cake because it makes it look interesting. If someone hasn’t see an icebox cake before you better believe it will pique one’s curiosity. They’ll think it took hours to make when the truth is it didn’t. The thing that takes the longest is separating the cream filling from the Oreo Cookies. Remember when you were a kid and would take apart your Oreo’s so you could lick off the filling? Now you have to do the grown-up version and pop open the cookies by using a butter knife to remove the cream, and place them in a bowl. Don’t worry. The creamy centers will be added to the whipped cream mixture so it gives the icebox cake that Oreo flavor we all know and love.
If you don’t want to spend the time removing the Oreo filling, you don’t have to. You can use the Famous Chocolate Wafers like Magnolia Bakery did in this Magnolia Bakery’s Strawberry Icebox Cake. Doesn’t the strawberry version look incredible?
Icebox Cake Recipe:
Icebox Cake Recipe
- 3 Packages of Oreo’s to make 14 cookie layers. You'll need 84 Oreo Cookies divided for a total of 168 cookies.
- If you only want to use 2 packages of cookies instead of 3 you will need 78 cookies divided for a total of 156 Oreo Cookies which will make 13 layers of cookies.
- 8 ounces of cold cream cheese
- 1/4 cup of granulated sugar
- 2 cups of heavy whipping cream
- 1 cup of powdered sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
- Remove the cream filling from the Oreo Cookies and set them aside.
- Place the cold cream cheese in the bowl of an electric mixer.
- Add the granulated sugar and mix with the whisk attachment for about a minute.
- Scrape the sides of the bowl and add the cream filling from the Oreo Cookies.
- Mix until combined.
- Add the heavy whipping cream and mix on low speed until it starts to thicken.
- Add the powdered sugar and vanilla.
- Mix until it's thick.
- Place a layer of the whipped cream on the bottom of a cake stand. Make a circle with nine Oreo Cookies on the outside and three cookies on the inside of the circle.
- Add another layer of the whipped cream frosting to the top of the Oreo’s and spread it until the layer is even.
- Add nine more Oreo’s to the outer layer and three in the middle staggering the cookies so the cake will be strong and look pretty.
- Repeat until you have a nice tall Oreo Icebox Cake. I used twelve cookies for each layer and there are fourteen cookie layers. That's about 168 cookie halves which is 84 Oreo cookies.
- Once you reach the fourteenth layer, add the whipped cream and make a pretty design on the top.
- Chill in the fridge six hours or overnight.
- Keep chilled.
These cakes were being made before we had refrigerators. Hence the name ‘Icebox Cake’ because they placed them in the icebox to keep them cold. I don’t know about you, but an old fashioned cake that has stood the test of time has my
Wow! Your Icebox Cake looks amazing. Growing up the “fridge” was ALWAYS called the icebox as both of my parents had ice boxes in their childhood homes. It took me several years of marriage to start calling my “ice box” a refrigerator. My mom still tells stories about her and her seven brothers and sisters racing outside when the Ice Man would deliver the ice blocks to their kitchen. They wanted the small chips of ice that broke off of the ice blocks as a way to cool off during the St. Louis summer heat. Thanks for sharing and reminding me of some great stories! 🙂
???look amazing must try for this weekend bonding over food with my friends…….they will love it….!!!!!
I hope they like it and I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
Gorgeous!!! Looks yummy too!! But i gotta ask: that CAKEPLATE!!!!! Wherever did you get that? I love it! The only way it could’ve been even more perfect (as if…) was if it were Lime green! I am obsessed with that color, especially when it’s combined with turquoise (this plate!!!)
That cake stand came from one of those amazing discount stores like TJ Maxx or Marshalls years ago. I can’t remember which one, but it came in two different sizes and I love them both. I wish there was a cake stand store where we could buy really fun, cute, and beautiful cake stands in any color we want. Maybe someone will open it for us one day. 😉
I’ve made this cake 3 times in the past couple months and it’s always a hit. We made one with lemon and it was great, too I’ve learned a couple things that make building the cake a bit easier. If the cookies break while you’re separating them, use the broken ones in the middle. The frosting was a bit runny the first couple times I made this and I had a difficult time keeping the cake upright. I decreased the whipping cream by a quarter cup and it solved that issue. My first cake wasn’t exactly round and I finally figured out to turn the stand as I place the cookies. I stand directly over the cake and place each cookie directly over the cookie that I’m lining it up with below. Wha-La! My cake is round and decreasing the whipping cream made it a more manageable consistencey. I highly recommend this cake!
Thanks Lois! I’m glad you tweaked the recipe for a consistency that works for you. Do you have a photo of the Lemon Icebox Cake? I’d love to see it!
I think Lois used lemon as the flavouring instead of/in addition to the vanilla. That is what i plan to do because cream cheese goes well with a tangy flavour such as lime etc.
How would you make this cake if you wanted to save time and just use chocolate wafers? What would you suggest using in place of the Oreo crane center and how much?
Thank you love this recipe idea for summer gatherings. No oven required is a big plus!
delicious but mine was a huge mess :/
i should have used full fat cream cheese maybe or frozen the icing longer. I just put the whole thing into a 9 in round baking pan before it slid off the cake board 😂
tastes like ice cream with oreos