Chocolate Icebox Cake with Caramel Drizzle


Total Time:

15 minutes



Get ready for the easiest cake of the summer – Chocolate Icebox Cake with caramel and chocolate drizzle!! OMG.

Chocolate Icebox Cake from (@whatsgabycookin)

Having a summer birthday while we were growing up was ROUGH! You missed out on all the in-school celebrations. You didn’t get your locker decorated with wrapping paper and balloons. Your friends couldn’t bring you flowers to school. And half of your friends were out of town for your party. Can you tell I haven’t really recovered? Yes – these are for sure first world problems and honestly I couldn’t care less about any of them now… but back in the day they seemed like a big deal. Luckily for me, and now you guys, one of my very best friends Emily, was always there for my birthday. Her mom would make the most incredible Chocolate Icebox Cake for birthday celebrations and I would GO TO TOWN. It’s light and airy so it’s basically zero calories. I am obsessed and I’m bringing it back.

Chocolate Icebox Cake from (@whatsgabycookin)

So if you need a fun cake this summer, and you don’t want to actually BAKE a cake… this one is for you! You can make it without the drizzle – but more is more. Grab your favorite caramel sauce (or salted caramel sauce) and some chocolate sauce and give it a good drizzle on top. It adds that extra pizzazz that everyone wants for their birthday!

Chocolate Icebox Cake

If you've never made a Chocolate Icebox Cake, this is your moment! No baking, uber delicious and perfect for summer parties.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 10 people


  • 3 cups heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 packages Nabisco chocolate wafers 9 ounces

For Garnish:

  • Store bought caramel sauce
  • Store bought chocolate sauce
  • Cocoa Powder


  • In a large stand mixer, beat the heavy cream, powdered sugar and vanilla on high until soft peaks form.
  • On a flat serving plate, spread a thin layer of whipped cream to hold the bottom layer of cookies in place. Arrange 7 cookies side by side in a circle, keeping 1 cookie in the center.
  • Spread about 2/3 cup whipped cream on top of the bottom cookie layer, making a 7-inch circle. Repeat with remaining cookies and cream, making 11 or 12 layers of cookies and ending with a layer of cream (there will be a few cookies left over - you should just eat them). Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
  • Drizzle with chocolate sauce, caramel sauce, and / or cocoa powder before serving.

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    • Gaby

      it cuts just like a regular cake – the cookies soften overnight!

  1. CC

    My son has a summer birthday and is still steeped in the aforementioned “fomo” sentiments.
    For his 18th birthday, I want to make your Chocolate Icebox Cake.
    Question: any tips for cutting the cake??

    • Gaby

      it softens the longer it sits – so I usually make it the day before or morning of and then it slices no prob

  2. Lisa

    What stores sell the chocolate wafers? I can’t find them at my local supermarket.

    • Gaby

      I found them at Ralphs! Vons has them sometimes too – otherwise I’ve seen them on amazon

    • Joan

      Ask at your store – they’re usually lurking in some random spot! I think Nabisco makes them.

  3. Kay

    How do you cover this with plastic wrap? Doesn’t it stick to the whipped cream layer on top?

  4. Amy

    I grew up with this cake, it’s ALWAYS a hit! My kids LOVE making it now.

  5. Trish

    OMG Amy father has the “traditional” package direction version of this cake every year! I can’t wait to make this Gaby version!!!!

  6. Teri Smith

    I’m still scarred from not getting my locker decorated in high school and not getting woken up with yummy desserts on the sleeping porch in our sorority in college.

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  8. Angie

    TJ has French crepe wafer cookies… they were shaped as triangles.. and worked like a charm… I used 2 boxes.. but easily could have used 2 more to get some height

    • Heather

      Did it matter that they weren’t chocolate wafers? I do have a TJ’s nearby, so maybe that’s the solution! Thanks!

  9. Macy

    In my family we do this cake as a “log.” My grandmother would put chocolate shavings and a homemade raspberry sauce on it. You’re bringing back all the best memories for me.

  10. Grace

    This looks amazing and I am dying to make it! Unfortunately, I cannot find these chocolate wafers anywhere. Do you have a good suggestion for a replacement? Would Oreo’s be weird? Thank you!

    • Gaby

      oreos would be too thick! what city are you? I’ll try and locate

  11. Monika

    5 stars
    My mom used to make something like this and i LOVED it!!! I can’t wait to duplicate this one!

  12. Heather

    I have all the ingredients ready but can’t find Nabisco Chocolate Wafers anywhere nearby. We live in Danville, CA. Would love help!

    • Gaby

      I order on amazon!! but sometimes I can find at target