Icebox Cupcake


Icebox cake is a classic no-bake dessert. You can compile the whole ‘cake’ in 15 minutes and it only takes a few ingredients, sometimes as little as two .

A stack of chocolate cookies layered with strawberry cream cheese and topped with berries – the easiest dessert I had ever served !
Icebox cupcakes are a twist on the icebox cakes. Now, you can find several other easy variations of this classic cake. See notes at the end of the recipe.
Here is the quick recipe. Feel free to tamper it .

Serves : 4
Level: Very Easy
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Refrigeration time: 6 hours to overnight
Course: Dessert




4 oz strawberry cream cheese
16 chocolate cookies
2 tablespoons water
4 Raspberries  to garnish


Since I have used cream cheese, I mixed about 2 tablespoons of water to make it thinner. To assemble the cupcakes, spread about 2 teaspoons of the cream cheese  on top of a chocolate cookie. Place another cookie on top of the cream cheese to make a sandwich. Spread more cream cheese over the cookie and add another cookie. Top the final cookie with cream cheese. You want to use four cookies per cupcake and end with cream cheese.
Place cupcakes in cupcake liners or on a plate and place in the refrigerator for 6 hours or overnight. The cream cheese will soften the cookies.
When ready to serve, remove the cupcakes from the refrigerator and garnish as desired.

  • Cookie Variations: chocolate chip cookies, Graham Crackers, Nila Wafers, any round sweetened cookies, Nabisco Famous Chocolate Wafers
  • Cream Cheese Variations: whipped cream – plain or mocha (with espresso powder), chocolate, mint, Nutella, chocolate pudding  or peanut butter. If using whipped cream, make it light and fluffy before working with it. You can add pureed strawberries or vanilla flavor to the whipped cream and follow the same steps as with cream cheese above.
  • Garnish: Nuts, sprinkles, sliced / diced fruit, chocolate syrup
Did You know?

  • Icebox cakes were quite popular during World War I due to shortage of ingredients.
  • It is called by different names – An icebox cake (American), zebra cake (British), or chocolate ripple cake/log (Australian).


  1. These look so yummy and festive!!

  2. Ice box cupcake looks delicious as you put together a great dish with simple ingredients. I always look for to easy recipe to make it after school.

  3. What a Great idea! Looks simple and delish!

  4. I’ve never had an icebox cake (or cupcake) but it seems rather easy to whip right up! I love the chocolate and strawberry combo.

  5. Wow! That looks really good! I cannot believe how easy it is to make! Going to have to try this! Thanks for sharing!

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