This easy Red, White, and Blue Icebox Cake is a delicious no bake dessert that's perfect for the 4th of July (and other patriotic occasions) or any summer party!
This is such a great time of year, food-wise. The stores are finally starting to get local produce, and everything is so fresh. It all tastes better, too.
Strawberries were on sale when I went grocery shopping last week, and I couldn't resist buying a package. As soon I got home, I had to try one, then another, and I just couldn't stop. They were so sweet and juicy, and I couldn't remember the last time I had a strawberry so good!
Of course, I had to go back for more (that first box didn't last long). I stopped myself from gobbling up that second package and decided to make an easy no bake dessert to showcase the berries instead.
What I came up with is this gorgeous and easy Red, White, and Blue Icebox Cake that's perfect for the Fourth of July or any summer occasion.
Red, White, and Blue Ice Box Cake
I've always wanted to make an icebox cake. Have you ever had one?
Basically, an icebox cake is a no bake dessert that's composed of layers of cookies or graham crackers and a creamy filling. After being assembled, the cake gets refrigerated for a few hours, and the cookies or crackers become soft.
An icebox cake is the perfect dessert for summer, because there is no heat involved. I mean, who wants to turn on their oven when temps are soaring?
If you're looking for easy red, white, and blue dessert ideas, this fun patriotic dessert is it! With layers of lemony cheesecake filling and tons of fresh berries, this pretty no bake cake is sure to be a hit with anyone who tries it.
How to Make an Icebox Cake
I did a little research before starting, and the filling for most icebox cakes is either whipped cream or pudding. For my cake, I combined cream cheese and whipped cream, and I added a little lemon, too.
This no bake cake filling is simple to make. And the result is a rich, lemony flavor that's reminiscent of a light cheesecake (my favorite dessert).
Of course, it wouldn't be an easy Red, White, and Blue Icebox Cake without some berries. I used strawberries and blueberries, but raspberries or blackberries would be delicious, too.
To assemble this red, white, and blue dessert, you'll alternate layers of graham crackers, that lemony filling, and those fresh berries. Then, you'll decorate the top with more berries.
This Red, White, and Blue Icebox Cake is so easy to make, but you'd never know from it's festive appearance. Isn't it gorgeous?
I recommend serving it on the Fourth of July, but it would make any day a fun occasion!
Red, White, and Blue Icebox Cake
- 1 pint heavy cream
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 lemon
- 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
- 1 (14.4-ounce) package graham crackers
- 1 pint blueberries
- 1 pound strawberries, hulled and sliced
- Place heavy cream and powdered sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer. Mix with whisk attachment until stiff peaks form.
- Scrape whipped cream into another bowl and place in refrigerator until ready to use.
- Zest and mince lemon peel; then juice half the lemon. (Reserve other half for another use.)
- Add cream cheese, zest, and lemon juice to the stand mixer bowl. Beat until smooth with paddle attachment.
- Gently fold half of the whipped cream into cream cheese mixture with a spatula.
- Fold remaining whipped cream into cream cheese. Set aside.
To assemble cake:
- Spread a thin layer of the whipped cream mixture on a platter or in the bottom of a large pan.
- Top with 6 graham crackers (lay 4 next to each other - vertical sides touching - and two along the top; see picture).
- Cover crackers with layer of the whipped cream mixture.
- Top with half of the blueberries.
- Cover blueberries with just need enough of the whipped cream mixture to hold the next row of graham crackers in place, then add another layer of crackers.
- Top crackers with a layer of the whipped cream mixture.
- Cover whipped cream with half of the sliced strawberries.
- Spread strawberries with just enough of the whipped cream mixture to hold the next row of graham crackers in place, then add another layer of crackers.
- Cover top and sides of cake with remaining whipped cream mixture.
- Cover cake and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.
- Before serving, decorate the top of the cake with remaining strawberries and blueberries.
- Slice and serve. Enjoy!
- If you do not have a stand mixer, feel free to use a hand mixer or mix by hand.
- Don't worry if the graham crackers break. You won't be able to tell once the cake is assembled.
- Be judicious with the whipped cream mixture when assembling the cake so you don't run out. A little goes a long way.
Love this easy Icebox Cake and want more patriotic dessert ideas?
I love a festive dessert! Here are a few of my fave red, white, and blue recipes:
- No Bake Red, White, and Blue Cheesecake Tart
- Easy 4-Ingredient Red, White, and Blue Popsicles
- Mixed Berry Mini Trifles
- Red, White, and Blue Mini Cakes
Have you ever made an icebox cake?