Icebox cake was brought to the US’ attention during WWI as a sweet household treat that uses pre-made ingredients. Heavy cream and wafer cookies are the stars of this cake; the wafers become soft and delicious as the cream soaks into them overnight.

This particular icebox cake has also been called “zebra cake” for its black and white, stripe-like appearance when it is cut into. It uses only two ingredients and is perfect for any event… or even just a snack.

icebox cake

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2-Ingredient Ice Box Cake

  • Prep Time:20 minutes
  • Cook Time:0 minutes
  • Total Time:24 hours
  • Servings:9 servings
  • Easy


  • 2 boxes of wafer cookies
  • 1 quart heavy cream
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  • Step 1

    Whip the heavy cream until soft peaks form

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  • Step 2

    Spread the whipped cream onto chocolate wafers, placing them around a glass pan. Cookies can be stacked vertically or horizontally.

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  • Step 3

    Continue to stack cookies and whipped cream all the way to the top, making sure to fill the cracks with the cream.


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  • Step 4

    Refrigerate cake overnight and enjoy!

    #SpoonTip: The longer you wait, the better this cake gets.

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