Graham Cracker Icebox Cake

Graham cracker icebox cake

​The Spruce Eats / Julia Hartbeck

Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Refrigerate: 6 hrs
Total: 6 hrs 20 mins
Servings: 12 to 16 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
430 Calories
23g Fat
48g Carbs
11g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 12 to 16
Amount per serving
Calories 430
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 23g 29%
Saturated Fat 10g 48%
Cholesterol 5mg 2%
Sodium 165mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 48g 17%
Dietary Fiber 8g 28%
Protein 11g
Calcium 101mg 8%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Old fashioned icebox cakes are making a comeback and with good reason. These recipes are so simple and can be varied to use any flavor you like. Try making this easy no cook recipe for graham cracker icebox cake with different flavors of pudding mix and frosting for a new taste sensation.

You could use chocolate pudding mix, or try butterscotch or lemon. Instead of the chocolate frosting, try vanilla or buttercream or caramel. You could even use other types of crackers for the graham crackers. Try chocolate graham crackers or honey cinnamon. Vanilla wafers or chocolate wafers would work too. Just don't use sandwich cookies; they are too thick to properly soften in the pudding mixture to the right consistency. I like to top this classic recipe with some chopped toasted nuts or some toasted coconut for a bit of texture.

This recipe is wonderful for entertaining simply because it must be made ahead of time. The crackers soften in the pudding mixture and become cake-like. This dessert feeds a crowd, too; you may be able to get 16 to 20 servings out of it if you cut reasonably small squares.


  • 2 (3.4-ounce) packages instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 2 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 2 cups whipping cream (divided)
  • 3 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 (16-ounce) package graham crackers
  • 1 (16-ounce) container chocolate frosting
  • Optional: 1 cup toasted pecans or toasted coconut

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for graham cracker icebox cake
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  2. Blend the pudding mix and milk in a large bowl. Make sure you don't have the type of pudding mix that has to be cooked before serving; it must be instant to work in this recipe. Stir with a wire whisk until well blended and place in the refrigerator.

    Blend pudding mix
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  3. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl combine 1 1/2 cups cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla, and beat until stiff peaks form.

    Combine cream and powdered sugar
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  4. Fold the whipped cream into the chilled pudding mixture.

    Fold whipped cream in
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  5. Place one single layer of graham crackers in the bottom of a 9- x 13-inch baking pan. Do not crumble the crackers, but leave them whole. You can fill in gaps with crackers broken in half if necessary.

    Place graham crackers at bottom
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  6. Spoon half of the pudding mixture over the crackers and spread evenly.

    Spoon pudding on crackers
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  7. Repeat with another layer of crackers and the remaining pudding mixture, ending with a top layer of graham crackers.

    Repeat with graham crackers
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  8. Cover the pan with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to set up a bit.

    Cover with plastic wrap
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  9. Stir the frosting.

    Stir frosting
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  10. In a small bowl, whip 1/2 cup whipping cream and stir into the frosting.

    Add whipping cream
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  11. Then spread that mixture over the whole cake up to the edges of pan.

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  12. Sprinkle with the toasted nuts or coconut, if you'd like.

    Sprinkle with toasted nuts
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  13. Cover and refrigerate the cake for at least 6 hours before serving.

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  14. Serve and enjoy!

    Serve a slice
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