Classic Icebox Cake

July  7, 2015
3 Ratings
Photo by Posie Harwood
  • Makes one 9-inch cake
Author Notes

Adapted from Nabisco, this is the easiest and simplest summer no-bake dessert. The layers of not-too-sweet chocolate wafers soften between billowy mounds of vanilla whipped cream. —Posie (Harwood) Brien

What You'll Need
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 13 ounces Nabisco chocolate wafers (1 1/2 packages), or other thin cookie
  1. With a whisk or a stand mixer fit with a whisk attachment, whip the cream and vanilla together to stiff peaks.
  2. On a cake stand or large plate, arrange 7 wafer cookies in a circle (1 in the middle, six around the edges). Spread a layer of whipped cream on top, then another circle of cookies, then whipped cream, until you run out. Finish with a top layer of whipped cream.
  3. Refrigerate the cake overnight (or for at least 8 hours). Serve.

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13 Reviews

MLa May 27, 2023
Oh SO SAD!!! I was so hankering for this favorite from childhood not too long ago only to find that the Nabisco Chocolate Wafers are no longer a thing. Not to be found anywhere. Anywhere. How is it possible that they were discontinued?? I started wondering though about the very thin Anna's Ginger Wafers. Maybe drizzle with chocolate sauce or shavings?
sdarlin May 27, 2023
No clue. They have room for approximately 87,000 varieties of Oreos, and Triscuits, but not our beloved wafers. Harumph!
Mepallover May 28, 2023
I just paid a lot for four boxes on eBay. Just received them. Wanted to make this classic one more time…….
MLa May 28, 2023
I saw some ebay options but I'm squirmy about buying food on ebay and also had to wonder about whether they might be way stale. Were they stale?
sdarlin May 27, 2023
I haven’t made this, because Nabisco discontinued their chocolate wafer cookies. Has anyone found a good substitute?
Kathi May 27, 2023
We've tried this with chocolate graham crackers. We can't always find the Nabisco brand (did they discontinue those too??). In SoCal we found a store brand at Albertsons. The chocolate flavor came through really well. We also tested a brand called Dewey's Bakery but we felt the chocolate flavor wasn't there at all.
sdarlin May 27, 2023
I was looking for them because I used them for my marble cheesecake. I don't know if they discontinued chocolate grahams, but I remember seeing the chocolate Teddy Grahams when I was looking. I'll probably use those next time I try to make it. Thanks!
Kathi May 27, 2023
Let me know how the Teddy Grahams work out if you do try that.
sdarlin May 27, 2023
Really kind of you to think I'll remember. LOL!
andreas97 May 28, 2023
Dewey's Bakery brownie crisp cookies are the closest substitute for the now-discontinued Nabisco wafers. Almost exactly the same!
mdelgatty August 24, 2020
We used to layer these vertically with whipped cream to form a log, and then slice it on the diagonal. Very pretty striped servings, not too big...
stephanieRD July 13, 2020
Going to make this for hubby's birthday! First time making an icebox cake!
Lea A. July 22, 2018
So easy delicious! Have made this for guests. Everyone loves it!