15 Icebox Cake and Pie Recipes to Cool You Off This Summer

Nothing says summer like chilled desserts. Whether your go-to is a layered trifle, an icy popsicle, or a heaping cone of your favorite mint chip ice cream, it’s a guarantee that your favorite sugary treat will cool you down and brighten your mood even on the hottest days. Not to mention that not having to turn on your oven to make a dessert is a supreme advantage during the hot summer months.

These fifteen recipes take chilled dessert to the next level by combining crispy wafers, soft cookies, sweet chilled cream, velvety pudding, creamy chocolate, and fresh fruit to create the ultimate summer treat: icebox cake. Cake lovers beware, classic icebox cake is not really a cake at all but rather a layering of chocolate wafers and whipped cream that will leave you hungry for more than just one slice or scoop. These recipes for icebox cakes (and pies) experiment with new flavor combinations resulting in creative summer favorites for everyone. Most of them are no-bake and require few ingredients that can easily be substituted with things you already have on hand or would prefer instead. This season, pick a new favorite and venture into the wide-world of icebox cakes. If you do, you’ll never want summer to end.

1. Classic Icebox Cake

Lets start with this classic no-bake that includes Nabisco chocolate wafers and sweet, vanilla whipped cream. Top it with a dusting of cocoa powder or chocolate shavings for the full effect. (Recipe and photo: A Cozy Kitchen)

Classic Icebox Cake

2. Peanut Butter Oreo Icebox Cake

This three-ingredient icebox cake combines already prepared store bought ingredients for those in a hurry. The end result is far from rushed, resulting in a perfectly square piece of chocolate-peanut butter madness. (Recipe and photo: Something Swanky)

Peanut Butter Orero Icebox Cake

3. Butterfinger Icebox Cake

Mimicking the classic candy bar, this cake is full of creamy, whipped filling and sweet butterscotch pudding. Layers of chocolate graham crackers add a final, requisite crunch. (Recipe and photo: Beyond Frosting)

Butterfinger Icebox Cake

4. Chai Icebox Cake

This non-traditional icebox cake is layered with graham crackers and a chia seed pudding filling. Top it with maple-sweetened greek yogurt for a fresh, healthy twist. (Recipe and photo: The Pancake Princess)

Chai Icebox Cake

5. Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl Icebox Cake

Not only is this Peanut Butter Swirl Icebox Cake no-bake but it’s also gluten-free and vegan! With a health conscious crust made of oats and dates and a filling made with cashews, this delicious cake is perfect for those with special dietary preferences. (Recipe and photo: Potluck at Oh My Veggies)

Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl Icebox Cake

6. Banana Caramel Icebox Cake

Fresh banana’s and sticky caramel sauce, a classic pair, meet in between layers of graham cracker soaked by clouds of whipped cream. (Recipe and photo: Kleinworth & Co. )

Banana Caramel Icebox Cake

7. Strawberry Shortcake Icebox Cake with Sugar Cookies

Homemade sugar cookies and succulent strawberries are featured in this icebox cake reminiscent of the summer classic, strawberry shortcake. Make preparation extra-short with this juicy, chilled alternative. (Recipe and photo: Scratchy Mama)

Strawberry Shortcake Icebox Cake with Sugar Cookies

8. Almond Berry Icebox Cake

This icebox cake channels the classic, subbing in almond flavor for chocolate. It alternates between crisp almond wafer cookies and fresh almond cream and is topped with rows of fresh berries. (Recipe and photo: Kelsey’s Kitchen)

Almond Berry Icebox Cake

9. Raspberry and Chocolate Frozen Greek Yogurt Icebox Cake

A combination of raspberry preserves and lady fingers, commonly found Tiramisu, star in this adaptation of an icebox cake. Swirls of frozen vanilla greek yogurt hold it all together. (Recipe and photo: The Noshery )

Raspberry and Chocolate Frozen Greek Yogurt Icebox Cake

10. Banana Split Icebox Cake

Turn your favorite sundae into an icebox cake with this simple, fruity recipe. (Recipe and photo: The Girl Who Ate Everything)

Banana Split Icebox Cake

11. Mexican Lime Icebox Cake

Channel the tropics with this Mexican-inspired cake that features citrusy lime cream and crunchy Maria cookies. Top it with fresh strawberries and serve it alongside your favorite margarita. (Recipe and photo: 24 Carrot Life)

Mexican Lime Icebox Cake

12. Lemon Icebox Pie

Who doesn’t love classic lemon pie? Tart lemons and sweet milk flavor the creamy, condensed filing of this chilled adaptation. (Recipe and photo: Life, Love & Sugar)

Lemon Icebox Pie

13. Pretzel Strawberry Icebox Pie

Ditch the graham cracker crust for pretzels and strawberries and cream for this layered pink and white pie. (Recipe and photo: The Proper Pinwheel)

Pretzel Strawberry Icebox Pie

14. Coconut-Lime “Island-Breeze” Icebox Pie

Take a trip to your favorite island without ever leaving your backyard when you make this icebox pie featuring coconut, lime, and spiced rum infused whipped cream. (Recipe and photo: The Cozy Apron)


15. Black Bottom Peanut Butter Icebox Pie

Chocolate ganache and honey roasted peanuts layer the bottom of this icebox cake fit for any peanut butter lover. (Recipe and photo: The Kitchen is My Playground)

Black Bottom Peanut Butter Icebox Pie