Strawberries, banana, graham crackers and pudding are a refreshing treat in this delicious Strawberry Banana Icebox Cake! Perfect for summer picnics.
Ice Box Cakes are the perfect addition to any summer gathering. They are a cool treat that is perfect for those warm long summer days and they are seriously simple to make so who cannot enjoy that? I know we can appreciate a cake that we can navigate around in no time!
This Strawberry Banana IceBox Cake is delicious as is, but also can be slimmed down. The combination of the strawberries, bananas and cheesecake pudding is a match made in heaven.
This cake is absolutely going to be making an appearance on our table this summer!
What You’ll Love About This Icebox Cake:
- It has a delicious strawberry banana flavor and uses real fruit! Authentic and homemade flavor is something that you can never beat.
- It uses simple layers like cheesecake pudding, graham crackers, and fruit. You’ll have this icebox cake in the fridge in no time.
- It’s perfect for summer picnics. It’s not only delicious, but it saves you from turning the oven on and is a nice cool treat for everyone.
What Is An Icebox Cake?
An icebox cake is simply a no-bake layered dessert, typically in a 9×13 pan. It’s stored in the fridge or freezer and is a deliciously refreshing treat. There are many variations of icebox cake, but typically graham crackers or cookies are used, as well as some sort of pudding or frosting that helps the dessert settle together.
For this recipe, we’ve taken a well known flavor combination, strawberry + banana and made it into a delicious frozen treat. Don’t like bananas? Try our raspberry lemon icebox cake.
How Long Does Icebox Cake Need To Be Refrigerated?
This icebox cake should be made the day before you want to cut into it! It’s good to leave it in the fridge overnight to set. To do this, you’ll want to wrap your dessert well with plastic wrap before putting it in the fridge.
You can freeze this dessert as well! If you want your dessert to be a little bit more on the ‘frozen’ side, wrap tightly with plastic wrap and aluminum foil and store in the freezer overnight. Before you’re ready to cut into it, take the dessert out of the freezer and let it thaw. Don’t unwrap the plastic wrap until it has thawed an hour or two.
How Long Will Icebox Cake Keep In The Freezer?
After letting your cake set in the fridge, you can store some of it in the freezer by putting it in an airtight container or covered with aluminum foil. This will keep for a month but should be eaten sooner rather than later. When ready to eat, let your cake thaw in the fridge overnight.
How Do I Make Icebox Cake Less Melty?
If you’re struggling with being able to take your icebox cake out of the pan, even after refrigerating it overnight, you can always stick it in the freezer for a few hours to let it harden even more. Sometimes having the dessert in the freezer for just a couple of hours will firm it up just enough. If putting in the freezer, remember to cover well with plastic wrap.
Lightened Up Version:
Counting calories? Use sugar free pudding, sugar free or low fat cool whip, skim milk and low fat graham crackers.
Strawberry Banana Icebox Cake
- 6 bananas (sliced)
- 20 strawberries (or 2 containers of strawberries, diced or sliced)
- 24 graham crackers (14.4 oz)
- 3 boxes cheesecake instant pudding (3.4 ounces each)
- 4 cups whole milk
- 12 ounces Cool Whip whipped topping (1 ½ containers)
- In a large bowl, combine the milk and the instant pudding, mixing well, and put in the fridge to let set. Once the pudding is thick, add in the 12 ounces of cool whip.
- In a 9×13 pan, line 6-7 graham crackers on the bottom to cover the whole pan. Spoon 1/3 of the pudding/cool whip mix and spread carefully.
- Chop 3 of the bananas and lay overtop of the pudding mixture. Chop 10 strawberries and sprinkle onto the bananas.
- Add 6-7 graham crackers on top of the fruit, again covering the whole pan.
- Add another 1/3 of the pudding mixture. Add 7-8 graham crackers on top.
- Add the last of the cool whip and spread onto the top of the graham crackers. Use your remaining 3 bananas and 10 strawberries to arrange over the top of the dessert.
- Cover in plastic wrap and store in the fridge overnight to let the dessert set. If you want, you can wrap the dessert and plastic wrap and in aluminum foil and store in the freezer overnight instead. Make sure to let the dessert thaw in the fridge for at least 3 hours before cutting into it.