Raspberry Icebox Cake | I’m Lovin’ It


Raspberry Icebox cake is an easy, no-bake dessert with layer after layer of chocolate wafers and raspberry whipped cream. 

Raspberry Icebox Cake at TidyMom

Last week was my birthday.  I have been wanting to make an icebox cake ever since I had a slice at Magnolia’s Bakery when I was in Chicago and again in New York last year.  I feel in love with this decadent layered dessert, then Kristen told me how easy they are to make!

You might remember two years ago, I learned how to decorate a birthday cake with buttercream for my own birthday, and I made a layered Thin Mint birthday cake for my mom’s that same year.  Last year I made the ever impressive Rose Cake for my Aunt’s birthday.  So for my birthday this year I decided to make a birthday cake that is easy, stunning and delicious… a Raspberry Icebox Cake!

There’s no need to find Magnolia’s or even wait for a birthday to make this cake.  It’s so simple, requires virtually no skill and no oven!  With just a few simple ingredients, it’s the easiest no-bake cake of all time! The perfect Birthday Cake, in my opinion!

An icebox cake is simply cookies layered with whipped cream or custard. After sitting  in the fridge over night, the cookies absorb the moisture from the filling and transform into a cold, creamy delight.  Allowing you to cut it into the perfect slice of the easiest, most amazing dessert you’ve ever eaten.

Easy No Bake Birthday Cake at TidyMom

The variations with this cake are endless!  Check out how Maria made Chocolate Icebox Cupcakes for her son’s first birthday!  For my cake, I simply added some frozen raspberries (thawed) to this nostalgic recipe from Magnolia Bakery Cookbook

Do note, that the Nabisco Chocolate Wafer cookies can be a bit elusive.  So you might need to call around and find out who carries them where you live.  Here in St. Louis, I found them at Schnucks, I didn’t check Dierbergs, but I bet they have them too.

Raspberry Chocolate Wafer Icebox Cake

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 8 hours, 15 minutes

Yield: 8 servings

Raspberry Chocolate Wafer Icebox Cake

This nostalgic no bake cake is slightly adapted from the Magnolia Bakery Cookbook


  • 4 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup raspberries (I thawed frozen raspberries)
  • 1 1/2 packages Nabisco chocolate wafers


  1. In a large bowl, whip the heavy whipping cream with the sugar & vanilla extract on a medium high speed until the cream thickens slightly in the middle. Once the cream begins to thicken, whip on high speed for 30 seconds to 1 minute until soft peaks form. Do not over beat.
  2. Fold in raspberries (be sure to leave a few to garnish top of cake)
  3. Assemble Cake
  4. Using a least a 9" flat plate or cardboard cake round, and an offset spatula, begin by putting a very thin layer of whip cream on the plate, spinning and smoothing the cream out to the inner edge of the plate. This will help keep the first layer of wafers in place.
  5. Arrange seven wafers, side by side in a circle, keeping 1 cookie in the center. Scoop about 1/2-3/4 cup of whipped cream onto wafers and gently spread the cream in a thin layer until you can barely see the edge of the wafers.
  6. Continue to layer the wafers with the cream, making sure to end with the whipped cream layer on the top ( you should end with about 7-10 layers).
  7. Garnish with raspberries and chocolate shavings.
  8. Cover and refrigerate for at least 5 hours or overnight before cutting & serving.


total prep time is 15 mins + overnight refrigeration

This cake makes a spectacular centerpiece for any occasion…… a birthday or  even if you are just celebrating Friday!!

Raspberry Chocolate Icebox Cake at TidyMom

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A self-proclaimed neat freak, Cheryl chronicles her journey through homemaking on her blog,, where she shares recipes, tutorials, crafting and her ever-growing love for photography. This St. Louis mom juggles her passion for life, her daughters and her tiger-loving husband, all while her obsession with tidiness cleans up the trail blazed behind her. Google+

69 Responses to “Raspberry Icebox Cake | I’m Lovin’ It”

  1. Janet posted on March 14, 2013 at 7:33 pm (#)

    Oh, YUMMY! I always wondered how that worked – not that you’ve explained it (so beautifully!) I think I’ll give it a try!


  2. Maria posted on March 14, 2013 at 7:35 pm (#)

    Love this cake! We are huge icebox fans! Thanks for the link love! The cupcakes are perfect for the kiddos!

  3. Heather @ French Press posted on March 14, 2013 at 7:36 pm (#)

    what a gorgeous cake – I LOVE ice box desserts, but i have never tried raspberry whipped cream

  4. Brenda posted on March 14, 2013 at 7:41 pm (#)

    Thanks for the party!! Have a fabulous weekend!! :)

  5. Little Sis posted on March 14, 2013 at 7:43 pm (#)

    Thanks so much for hosting! Hope you have a super weekend!

  6. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life posted on March 14, 2013 at 7:43 pm (#)

    That is a gorgeous looking cake Cheryl!!! Happy “late” Birthday!!! A cake that pretty is a great way to celebrate. I have actually never had an ice box cake. I’m thinking I need to remedy that :-)

  7. Emily D posted on March 14, 2013 at 7:44 pm (#)

    Such a beautiful cake! Thanks for hosting such a fun link party!

  8. Angie@Echoes of Laughter posted on March 14, 2013 at 7:47 pm (#)

    Thank you so much for hosting Cheryl! That raspberry icebox cake looks absolutely delicious….and so pretty! Have a lovely weekend! Angie xo

  9. Jody @ Mommy Moment posted on March 14, 2013 at 7:55 pm (#)

    Those photos are absolutely beautiful. Thank-you for hosting the party, It is my first time linking up :)

  10. Jenn posted on March 14, 2013 at 7:59 pm (#)

    Oh, I love those cakes!! Yours looks beautiful. Hope you had a wonderful birthday!
    Jenn :)

  11. nest of posies posted on March 14, 2013 at 8:01 pm (#)

    i’ve never had an ice box cake! this looks amazing!!! thanks for the party!

  12. Diane | An Extraordinary Day posted on March 14, 2013 at 8:05 pm (#)

    Oh. My. Goodness. That cake looks amazing!! It’s fun to look at and I bet it is soooo good. Really chocolate and raspberries…my favorite combo…you just can’t go wrong. On my way to ‘pin’ it now, Cheryl!!
    Hope your weekend is Extraordinary!

  13. Steph @ The Silly Pearl posted on March 14, 2013 at 8:06 pm (#)

    The cake looks beautiful (especially on that cakes stand) and it looks scrumptious as well! Thank you for hosting, Cheryl!

  14. Gina posted on March 14, 2013 at 8:11 pm (#)

    Well doesn’t that look yummy. Thanks for the recipe Cheryl!

  15. bridget {bake at 350} posted on March 14, 2013 at 8:13 pm (#)

    Oh my GOSH, Cheryl! That cake looks gorgeous…and scrumptious!!!

  16. Christine posted on March 14, 2013 at 8:32 pm (#)

    I’m drooling all over your cake… sorry about that! YUM!

  17. Anu posted on March 14, 2013 at 8:37 pm (#)

    The cake looks so nice. Thanks so much for hosting. I hope you enjoy the rest of your week. :)

  18. Sheryl posted on March 14, 2013 at 8:45 pm (#)

    Hi Cheryl,
    Thanks for hosting such a GREAT party. Enjoy your weekend. ~Sheryl @ Lady Behind The Curtain~

  19. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust posted on March 14, 2013 at 8:52 pm (#)

    Thanks for the party Cheryl! That cake is amazing. :)

  20. Lisa @hooplapalooza posted on March 14, 2013 at 9:02 pm (#)

    thank you for the party and sharing that delish raspberry cake! :)

  21. Joy @Yesterfood posted on March 14, 2013 at 9:26 pm (#)

    Happy Birthday! I love, love, love, the icebox cake you made- I’ve never made one, but now I want to!! Thanks for hosting a great party! :)

  22. Karyn - Pint Sized Baker posted on March 14, 2013 at 9:42 pm (#)

    Thanks for the party, but I HATE being late. The Twitter chat was fun, but so difficult to keep up… Have a great weekend!

  23. Liz Fourez posted on March 14, 2013 at 9:43 pm (#)

    Thanks so much for hosting, Cheryl, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!


  24. DesignedByBH posted on March 14, 2013 at 10:02 pm (#)

    Thank you for hosting! By the way, I love the color of the wall behind your cake! :)

  25. Lyuba@willcookforsmiles posted on March 14, 2013 at 10:57 pm (#)

    That is one good looking ice box cake!! Thank you so much for hosting :)

  26. Rhonda @ The Messy Roost posted on March 14, 2013 at 11:43 pm (#)

    Thanks for the fun party. Have a great weekend. Rhonda

  27. jessica@fourgenerationsoneroof posted on March 15, 2013 at 6:56 am (#)

    Oh my Oh my Oh my this looks delicious and the pictures are stunning! Nicely done :)

  28. jessica@fourgenerationsoneroof posted on March 15, 2013 at 6:57 am (#)

    Oh and ps. Thanks for hosting the linky party ! 😀

  29. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar posted on March 15, 2013 at 7:18 am (#)

    Mmm this looks so tasty!!

  30. SusieQTpies posted on March 15, 2013 at 7:56 am (#)

    Looks DELISH and HaPpY BiRtHdAY!!!!!! xoxo SusieQTpies

  31. Janet @ Frugal & Focused posted on March 15, 2013 at 8:45 am (#)

    That looks amazing and so easy! Thanks for hosting.

  32. Brooke posted on March 15, 2013 at 9:12 am (#)

    Thanks for hosting, Cheryl! Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

  33. Amanda posted on March 15, 2013 at 9:28 am (#)

    What a beautiful and delicious cake!!! Happy Belated Birthday!

  34. Sommer@ASpicyPerspective posted on March 15, 2013 at 9:45 am (#)

    Easy and SO PRETTY! Gotta love that!

  35. Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom posted on March 15, 2013 at 10:27 am (#)

    No bake? love this!

  36. Julie posted on March 15, 2013 at 12:25 pm (#)

    I’ve never had an icebox cake (that I can remember). But that one looks incredible!

  37. Kristy, Life-n-Reflection posted on March 15, 2013 at 12:28 pm (#)

    You think of Everything Cheryl!

  38. Amanda posted on March 15, 2013 at 2:19 pm (#)

    Wow that is so impressive looking, I bet it tastes great!

  39. Lana @ Never Enough Thyme posted on March 15, 2013 at 2:58 pm (#)

    I love icebox cakes! I’ve been making them since I was a little girl and my grandchildren enjoy making them with me, too. This is a really lovely one. Chocolate and raspberry is just an unbeatable combination, isn’t it?

  40. Melissa @ Mama Miss posted on March 15, 2013 at 6:06 pm (#)

    Thank you for hosting Cheryl – have a great weekend!

  41. Erin @ How to Nest for Less posted on March 15, 2013 at 7:01 pm (#)

    Wow, looks absolutely delicious!! PINNING!

  42. Mackenzie posted on March 15, 2013 at 9:51 pm (#)

    Thanks for hosting! Have a great weekend!

  43. Brenda @ SweetSimpleStuff posted on March 15, 2013 at 11:57 pm (#)

    Happy Birthday to you! Your cake looks fantastic … I can’t believe that I’ve never had an icebox cake … I must make one soon.

    Thank you for hosting another great party.

  44. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles posted on March 16, 2013 at 8:55 am (#)

    What a beautiful cake! I am hoping to visit Magnolia when we’re in Chicago this summer, yay! Thanks for another “I’m Lovin’ It” – have an awesome weekend, Cheryl! :)

  45. Clare posted on March 17, 2013 at 11:25 am (#)

    You can never go wrong with ice box anything! thanks for the share! can’t wait to try it out myself. I’m sure the whole family will enjoy it.

  46. Carolyn posted on March 18, 2013 at 5:43 am (#)

    Wow, Cheryl. That cake is IMPRESSIVE! And I love that it’s so easy. I need to make some low carb chocolate wafers and try this myself.

  47. Russell van Kraayenburg posted on March 18, 2013 at 12:05 pm (#)

    I love the way icebox cakes look, especially this one! And the recipe looks killer. Yum!

  48. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen posted on March 18, 2013 at 11:05 pm (#)

    Wow I always thought that icebox cakes would fall apart when you sliced them but look at that perfect slice you got!

  49. Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen posted on March 20, 2013 at 12:13 pm (#)

    I’m just now catching my breath and getting to me Reader :) But I’ve been wanting to tell you that I adore this cake!

  50. Jamie Harrington posted on March 28, 2013 at 2:38 am (#)

    We featured your cake over on #livingcreative Thursday at Living Locurto. IT LOOKS AMAZING!! Thanks!


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