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Neapolitan Icebox Cake

Three classic flavors are combined into this Neapolitan Icebox Cake for a the perfect balance of chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla. This easy summer dessert takes 15 minutes to make and you don’t even have to turn on the oven. 

If you’re looking for more cool treats, check out some of my other favorites like Banoffee Icebox Cake, Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream Bars, or Homemade Mint Chocolate Frosting Yo

neapolitan icebox cake
neapolitan icebox cake

What is an icebox cake? 

An icebox cake is a no bake cake that is made up of whipped cream, cookies, fruits, caramel, or chocolate. This type of cake is usually layered with whipped cream, cookies, and other toppings, depending on the flavor. The cake sets in the fridge and the cookies become soft and meld into the whipped cream for a cake-like texture that is served cold. 

I love making icebox cakes because they are so easy! This one comes together in about 15 minutes. Icebox cakes are great for summertime because they are an easy no bake dessert recipe that is served chilled. This cool treat is easy, chilled, and kind of like a cross between cake and ice cream in my opinion. 

I combine classic Neapolitan flavors in this fresh strawberry icebox cake. This easy no bake dessert recipe starts with graham crackers, homemade whipped cream, fresh strawberries, and chocolate ganache. The classic combination of chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry is amazing in this cool treat. 

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe 

Classic Flavors: This Neapolitan Icebox cake has classic flavors of chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla! This is sure to be a crowd pleaser. 

No Bake: This is an easy no bake dessert recipe, perfect for those hot days when you just can’t turn on the oven! 

Cool Treat: As the weather gets warmer, it’s when the cravings for cool desserts start. This strawberry icebox cake is a a cross between cake and ice cream, in my opinion! That makes this a perfect cool treat for summer. 

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Ingredients

Heavy Whipped Cream: This is the main ingredient in this cake! So use the best stuff, my favorite is Organic Valley.

Powdered Sugar: I use this to sweeten the whipped cream. I used Wholesome.

Vanilla Extract: My favorite is Simply Organic

Graham Crackers: The best organic grahams are from Annie’s, this is what I used. 

Strawberries: Use fresh, not frozen or dried.  This strawberry icebox cake needs the best organic strawberries, check out your local farmers market! 

Chocolate Ganache: I use my recipe for Dark Chocolate Ganache Sauce. The ingredients in this are just dark chocolate and cream. 

neapolitan icebox cake

Tools Needed 

Digital Food Scale

USA Pan 1-Pound Loaf Pan

Stand Mixer

Parchment Paper (get my favorite nontoxic parchment paper and get 10% off with MIMIBAKES)

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neapolitan icebox cake

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1

Line a 1-pound loaf pan with parchment paper.

Step 2

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, or using a hand mixer, add the heavy whipping cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract. Mix on low until combined and gradually increase the speed as the whipped cream thickens, until you are at full speed. Whisk until stiff peaks form.

neapolitan icebox cake
neapolitan icebox cake
neapolitan icebox cake
neapolitan icebox cake
neapolitan icebox cake
neapolitan icebox cake

Step 3

Line the loaf pan with a layer of graham crackers, you will have to break them up to fit one even layer and it doesn’t have to be perfect.

Add one-third of the whipped cream and spread evenly. Top with slices strawberries. Drizzle with chocolate ganache. Repeat this process two more times and the loaf pan should be full. Crumble up graham crackers on top. 

Step 4

Store in the fridge for at least 6 hours or overnight.

Using a warm sharp knife, cut the cake into 8 slices and serve immediately. Store extra cake in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer.

neapolitan icebox cake

Easy Substitutions 

  • If you don’t have strawberries you can use raspberries or cherries.
  • Feel free to leave the chocolate ganache off if you’re looking for just a plain strawberry icebox cake. 

Baker's Tips

  • You don't need a stand mixer for this recipe, you can use a hand mixer if you prefer.
  • The layering does not need to be perfect, that is the beauty of an icebox cake! So don’t worry about perfection.
  • Make sure to store in the fridge or freezer. I actually prefer to store these in the freezer, then just let it warm up for a few minutes before eating.
neapolitan icebox cake

FAQ’s 

Can I make this bigger? 

Yes, you can double the recipe and make this in a 9×9-inch baking pan. 

Can I use another kind of fruit? 

Yes, feel free to use raspberries or even cherries for a Black Forest icebox cake. 

How do you store icebox cake?

You should store icebox cake in an airtight container in the fridge or in the freezer. 

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Neapolitan Icebox Cake

Mimi Council
Combine an easy no bake dessert recipe with nostalgic flavors and you have this Neapolitan Icebox Cake! This strawberry icebox bake is a cool treat to make when strawberries are in season.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Makes 8 servings
Calories 340 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

Instructions
 

  • Line a 1-pound loaf pan with parchment paper.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, or using a hand mixer, add the heavy whipping cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract. Mix on low until combined and gradually increase the speed as the whipped cream thickens, until you are at full speed. Whisk until stiff peaks form.
  • Line the loaf pan with a layer of graham crackers, you will have to break them up to fit one even layer and it doesn’t have to be perfect.
  • Add one-third of the whipped cream and spread evenly. Top with slices strawberries. Drizzle with chocolate ganache. Repeat this process two more times and the loaf pan should be full. Crumble up graham crackers on top.
  • Store in the fridge for at least 6 hours or overnight.
  • Using a warm sharp knife, cut the cake into 8 slices and serve immediately. Store extra cake in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer.

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Notes

High Altitude — Follow the recipe as noted.

Nutrition

Calories: 340kcalCarbohydrates: 38gProtein: 4gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 11gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 51mgSodium: 190mgPotassium: 192mgFiber: 2gSugar: 23gVitamin A: 661IUVitamin C: 25mgCalcium: 59mgIron: 1mg
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