Make Ahead

Strawberry Shortcake Icebox Cake

May 15, 2023
6 Ratings
Photo by @ostreetkitchen - Becca Jacobs
  • Prep time 45 minutes
  • Cook time 6 hours
  • makes 1 8-inch Cake
Author Notes

When we hit the first warm weeks of the year, the farmers market is packed with tables full of ripe ruby red strawberries! I love fruit of all kinds, but summer fruits have a special and very large place in my heart. Naturally, when you come home with your quarts of berries you can eat them as they come but I have something cold, creamy and buttery in mind, an icebox cake! The inspiration for this cake comes from the classic strawberry shortcake, which is ideally made with a biscuit and freshly made whipped cream.

Our icebox cake will mimic these flavors starting out with a luscious vanilla pudding base. Using instant vanilla pudding in the whipped cream ensures we’ll have a fluffy but sturdy foundation for our icebox cake. The stabilizers that turn cold milk into pudding in a matter of minutes, work with the whipping cream to create a foolproof whipped cream. The cream is then layered amidst buttery shortbread cookies. The shortbread cookies are then sandwiched with strawberry jam and thinly sliced strawberries. These wonderful layers repeat three times to form the ultimate summer dessert, a strawberry shortcake icebox cake. It is the perfect easy no-bake dessert that highlights the best of summer produce.
Becca Jacobs

What You'll Need
  • 1 packet instant vanilla pudding (3.4 oz)
  • 1 pint heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup half & half
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 33 thin round 3-inch shortbread cookies, I used Pepperidge Farm Farmhouse Thin And Crispy Butter Crisp Cookies
  • 2 cups strawberry jam
  • 2 cups strawberries, thinly sliced
  1. Whip instant pudding, heavy whipping cream, half & half, vanilla paste, and salt until stiff peaks form. This took about 8 minutes on medium in my stand mixer.
  2. Line an 8-inch springform pan with parchment paper or plastic wrap, leaving an overhang to allow you to easily transfer the cake when finished. Spread a tablespoon of the whipped cream mixture onto the prepared pan.
  3. Nestle butter cookies around the perimeter of the pan, pressing into the thin layer of whipped cream. You should be able to fit 5 cookies, and then break one in half to fit into the center. Place about a tablespoon of jam on each cookie followed by a slice of strawberry. Top each jammy cookie with another cookie to form a sandwich. Do the same with half pieces in the middle. Press down lightly on the tops of the sandwich cookies.
  4. Add about a 1 ¼ cup of whipped cream to the pan and spread evenly with the back of a spoon or an offset spatula. Take care to not move the sandwich cookies too much. You can ease the spreading of the whipped cream by heating up your spoon or spatula under hot water before spreading. When finished the tops of the butter cookies should just be visible and the surface smooth.
  5. Repeat steps 3 & 4 twice more for a total of 3 sandwiched cookie layers. Try to offset the cookies by placing the next layer of cookies on top of the gaps of the previous layer to make for a more structurally sound cake. When you have placed the final layer of cookies, top the cake with the remaining whipped cream. Cover the cake with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 6 to 12 hours before serving.
  6. Remove from the refrigerator, un-mold from the springform pan, and top with remaining strawberries.

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3 Reviews

Jan April 26, 2024
I have made this several times and every time, there is a mad dash for the last piece. It is so simple to make and comes out beautifully each time. You will need to buy 3 packages of cookies as there are only 11 in each package. This one is a winner.
Debe July 5, 2023
This is a delicious dessert. The only problem is, how do you remove the cake from the plastic wrap under it to present it as in the picture??? It is impossible! I will consider a better method to do this but the favor is absolutely over the top.. Family loved it! Me, hard to serve....
Sarah July 2, 2023
Delish and easy cake for a summer party. I wish the recipe recommended buying 3 bags of the cookies to make all layers. I purchased 2 bags and only was able to do 2. I am sure it would have been better with more layers!