S’mores Icebox Cake is a light, airy treat that’s perfect for the summer. Crumbly graham crackers are layered with a marshmallow cream cheese filling and rich fudge, topped with torched marshmallows. It’s cake meets cheesecake meets s’mores. A delightful dessert that defies boundaries.
Plus, you can eat it with a fork. All of the deliciousness of s’mores around a bonfire—without gooey marshmallow fingers and graham cracker crumbs on your shirt. Although you are welcome to dig in with your hands to get the real campfire experience.
This cake looks impressive and is super easy. Plus, it’s no-bake and served cool, so it’s the ideal dessert for a hot summer day. S’mores icebox cake needs time in the refrigerator, so it’s a great recipe to make ahead of time for a dinner party.
Why KJ Loves
S'mores Icebox Cake
Yum, yum, YUM! This S’mores Icebox cake is the perfect dessert for summer! No baking required and no smoky campfires to get your s’mores fix.
Ice, ice(box) baby.
What’s icebox cake?
Icebox cake isn’t actually frozen, even though it sounds like it should be! It’s a refrigerated, layered cake that became popular in the early 1900s. When the icebox, a non-electric refrigerator, became more common, food companies started to print icebox cake recipes on their labels and boxes. There are many variations, but the common elements include wafer cookies and a creamy filling.
How long does it take to make S’mores Icebox Cake?
Let the fridge do the hard work for you! The cake needs to set in the refrigerator for at least six hours, so make sure to prepare this recipe in advance!
Gluten-Free Icebox Cake
Substitute gluten-free graham crackers for an easy, gluten-free dessert that everyone will love.
S’mores Icebox Cake Ingredients
Choose your favorite honey graham crackers. They become the base “cake” layers for this icebox cake. You can even choose a gluten-free option.
Softened and whipped until fluffy, the cream cheese provides a smooth base for the filling.
The sweet and sticky star of this dessert. The marshmallow fluff is gently folded into the cream cheese.
Real whipped cream gets folded into the marshmallow fluff filling, to keep it light, airy, and totally heavenly.
Adds extra depth and classic flavor to the whipped cream.
The almond extract injects a little “toasted” and “nutty” flavor to the filling—sort of like a toasted marshmallow!
Hot fudge sauce
Homemade or store-bought. Either will work great and should be at room temperature.
Sprinkle these on the top and torch them, for an authentic s’mores experience. Because let’s be honest: you can’t have s’mores without toasted marshmallows!
Constructing Your Masterpiece
S’mores icebox cake is built in a springform pan. You’ll layer the ingredients then store the cake in the refrigerator. After the dessert has set, simply release the springform in the pan and remove the sides of the pan from the icebox cake…just like a cheesecake! Voila.
Serving the Cake
Want to crank things up a notch? Serve the dessert cold and torch the marshmallows right before serving. If you don’t have a torch, you can put marshmallows in the oven to broil.
Then, enjoy the classic taste of s’mores, with an elevated twist.
Or, serve as-is for a hassle-free delicious dessert!
Icebox Cake FAQs
Why are they called icebox cakes?
In the early 1900s, before modern-day refrigerators were developed, people used a non-electric refrigerator called an icebox. This dessert became popular as more and more people owned an icebox.
Does an icebox cake go in the fridge or freezer?
This s’mores icebox cake goes in the refrigerator to cool.
When did icebox cakes become popular?
Icebox cakes became popular in the early 20th century, as the icebox gained popularity.
Can you freeze s’mores icebox cake?
Icebox cakes freeze well for up to one month. To serve, take out of the freezer and let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes or in the refrigerator overnight.
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