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Strawberry Shortcake Icebox Cake is a simple no bake dessert made with strawberries, Nilla Wafers, and whipped cream. This easy layered dessert lasagna is the perfect summer potluck recipe! 


strawberry shortcake icebox cake in pan with slice missing

I recently saw a meme that said, “Sorry I can’t come out for a month, I just went out two nights in a row,” and that meme is SPOT ON. Guys, I am officially too old to go to two concerts in two days. It’s now the day after the second concert and I’m completely wrecked.

Months and months ago my friends and I bought tickets to see the NKOTB Mix Tape Tour and then a few months later, wouldn’t you know it, Billy Eilish scheduled a concert the night before. Jordan loves Billie Eilish – she’s her teen idol – so there was no way I wasn’t going to take her. We drove to San Francisco for the concert, stayed the night, got up the next morning early and drove home so she wouldn’t miss her math final, then that night I went to NKOTB and came home at midnight and now I’m dead. Useless. Not even functional. Am I even writing words?

So yeah, two nights out in a row is too much for me. Hold my phone while I go sleep for a week, kay?

The hardest part about being tired, for me, is that I want to eat. I want to eat carbs and sugar and strawberry shortcake icebox cake!

My easy Strawberry Shortcake Icebox Cake is one of my favorite strawberry dessert recipes that’s no-bake!

slice of strawberry shortcake icebox cake on plate

You may have seen no bake strawberry desserts with graham crackers but this one is a bit different: I made it with Nilla Wafers!

After I made this Famous Banana Pudding recipe with Nilla Wafers and I realized how, when they soften, they become like cake, I knew that making strawberry shortcake with them would be the perfect summer dessert recipe.

You really can make strawberry shortcake in so many different ways. I’ve made it into cake and a cake roll and a no bake dessert with Golden Oreos, but this one is my favorite. It’s a simple strawberry dessert that’s no-bake and perfect for a potluck.

Icebox cakes are easy refrigerator cakes!

I love a simple icebox cake because there’s no oven involved – and no cake either! An Icebox Cake gets its name because you layer it and then let it sit in the refrigerator. My nana always called it an icebox and I wonder if things like “icebox cake” will disappear with this generation because no one knows what an icebox is!

This recipe is basically a strawberry shortcake lasagna, which means it has layers of cookies, strawberries, and cream cheese whipped cream. These desserts are also called lush, dream, supreme…so many names for one delicious dessert.

I think making a strawberry icebox cake with vanilla wafers is the best idea yet!

strawberry shortcake icebox cake in pan

There are only three components to this dessert:

  1. Nilla Wafers
  2. Fresh Strawberries
  3. Cream Cheese Whipped Cream

Cream Cheese Whipped Cream is the perfect filling for strawberry shortcake!

Plain whipped cream is hard to use in desserts like this because after a few hours it’ll start to weep or separate. That’s why Cool Whip is such a common ingredient in no-bake desserts: it’s more stable than fresh whipped cream or canned whipped cream.

I love to make a homemade whipped cream with cream cheese in it. That bit of cream cheese makes it more stable and it lasts longer than regular whipped cream.

To make the cream cheese whipped cream you just beat cream cheese and powdered sugar until smooth and then beat in heavy whipping cream until it resembles a thick whipped cream. It’s the perfect frosting or creamy goodness to layer in a dessert lasagna.

slice of strawberry shortcake icebox cake on plate

It couldn’t be easier to make a strawberry shortcake icebox cake!

It takes just a few minutes. All you have to do is layer the Nilla Wafers with the cream cheese whipped cream and berries.

Once you have your three layers of cookies and cream, you cover and chill it at least 4 hours so that the cookies can soften. You can even chill it overnight.

Before serving, just top it with fresh whipped cream and berries and it’s the perfect no-bake dessert recipe!

Want to change up the recipe? You can make other versions of this delish strawberry shortcake easily:

  • Make Strawberry CHOCOLATE Icebox Cake by using chocolate graham crackers or Oreos in place of Nilla Wafers.
  • Use graham crackers or pound cake!

No matter how you make it, a strawberry shortcake icebox cake with cream cheese whipped cream is pure heaven!

slice of strawberry shortcake icebox cake on plate

Other no-bake desserts that are perfect for a potluck:

Perfect desserts for Strawberry Season:

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slice of strawberry shortcake icebox cake on plate

Strawberry Shortcake Icebox Cake

4.87 from 15 votes
Strawberry Shortcake Icebox Cake is a simple no bake dessert made with strawberries, Nilla Wafers, and whipped cream. This easy layered dessert lasagna is the perfect summer potluck recipe!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Yield 10 servings
Serving Size 1 serving


  • 8 ounces cream cheese room temperature
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup cold heavy whipping cream
  • 2 pounds strawberries
  • 1 box Nilla Wafers 11-ounce box approximately
  • Additional whipped cream or cool whip for topping


  • Beat cream cheese with hand mixer until smooth. Mix in powdered sugar and vanilla until smooth. Slowly mix in heavy whipping cream and beat until mixture is fluffy but stands up on it’s own.
  • Hull and slice about 1 1/2 pounds of the strawberries.
  • In a 9x9-inch or 9x13-inch pan, place a layer of Nilla Wafers, then a layer of strawberries and a thin layer of the cream cheese mixture (1/3 of the mixture). Repeat the layers until you’re out of all three.
  • Cover and chill at least 4 hours.
  • Before serving: top with about 4 ounces (half a normal size containeof whipped topping or make some fresh whipped cream (1/2 cup heavy whipping cream + 1 tablespoon powdered sugar until stiff peaks form). Slice remaining strawberries and place on top.
  • Will keep in refrigerator up to one day. Store covered.

Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 214kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 58mg | Sodium: 83mg | Potassium: 188mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 665IU | Vitamin C: 53.5mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 0.5mg
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Dessert
Cuisine American

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Last Updated on September 23, 2019

Dorothy Kern

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  1. I am in love with this easy no bake dessert. This is my third time making it. I made 2 trays for my sons birthday party, and it was a hit. My next dessert to try will be your poke cake!

  2. Delicious! We used “Slaton Bakery Homemade Vanilla Wafers” because they’re so much better than “Nilla,” and are glad we did. This was light and refreshing on a hot summer day. Thank you for sharing!

  3. I didn’t have heavy whipping cream so I used evaporated milk. That ended way too runny so I added a half of a pack of instant vanilla pudding to thicken and another half cup of powdered sugar. This makes the filling off white instead of white but it turned out so good! It reminds me of a fruit pizza my mom once made when I was little which I was in love with! Can’t wait to try again with the actual ingredients listed! Thank you!

  4. This was a hit at my house. The next time I make it I am going to add more powder sugar. I think that will mask the cream cheese better.

  5. I don’t understand the combo of warm cream cheese and cold whipping cream, but I tried it anyway. The mixture was so thick that it was hard to spread. Instead of using whipping cream to top the dessert off, I used Cacique Mexican crema (table cream). I did have fun making this dessert for my dad.