Banana Pudding Icebox Cake

Author Notes: Banana pudding gets icebox cake–ified, becoming a no-bake, no-cook dessert to keep on hand all summer long. Emma Laperruque

Food52 Review: This is one of our Big Little Recipes. Read more here: 4-Ingredient Banana Icebox Cake to Make You Forget Your Oven & StoveThe Editors

Makes: 1 icebox cake
Prep time: 12 hrs 30 min


  • 2/3 cup malted milk powder
  • 1 pinch kosher salt
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 4 ripe bananas, peeled and sliced (about as thick as the wafers)
  • 7 ounces vanilla wafers
In This Recipe


  1. Line a 8 1/2- by 4 1/2-inch loaf pan with plastic, so there’s a fair amount of overhang.
  2. Add the malted milk powder and salt to a bowl. Add a splash of cream and whisk. Add another splash of cream and whisk. Continue this until you’ve added all the cream. (This ensures that the malted milk powder gets evenly distributed and doesn’t get all lumpy and weird.) Continue to whip the cream until stiff peaks form. (A balloon or cage whisk helps, if you have one.)
  3. Add a single layer of wafers to the bottom of the loaf pan. Top with a layer of whipped cream. Add a single layer of bananas. Top with a layer of whipped cream. Repeat this until you’ve used all the cream—making sure to end with the cream. If it starts to rise above the loaf pan, that’s fine! Even good. Fold the extra plastic over the icebox cake. If it doesn’t completely cover the surface, add more plastic wrap.
  4. Chill in the fridge for at least 12 hours or up to 36.
  5. To unmold, peel away the plastic from the top. Carefully—but confidently—turn the loaf pan onto a plate or serving platter. Peel away the plastic. Slice into thick slabs and eat cold.

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