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Easy Mixed Berry Icebox Cake

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It's easy Mixed berries Icebox cake turns six simple ingredients into a super refreshing no-bake dessert! Golden Oreo cookies are topped with juicy berries, cheesecake pudding and whipped cream! It's delicious and perfect for summer!

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The best no-bake berry ice cake

I'm always on the lookout for fresh, easy-to-enjoy treats during the summer, especially ones that don't require cooking or baking. This fruit icebox cake is one of my favorites! Fresh berries combine with sweet, golden Oreo cookies and creamy cheesecake pudding in a simple, refreshing dessert that will have everyone coming back for seconds.

When I first created this Memorial Day masterpiece a while back, my relatives were skeptical. They weren't familiar with iced cakes and the combination seemed strange. However, the skeptics ended up becoming the cake's biggest fans. They asked me for the recipe and have been making it themselves ever since! You really have to try it!

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What is Icebox Cake?

Before electric refrigerators existed, people cooled food in non-mechanical containers known as ice chests. When these containers were invented and mass-produced, Southern bakers began creating all kinds of treats that previously weren't possible in warmer climates. Thus the frozen cake was born.

The iced cakes are made up of three signature layers: wafer biscuits, fresh fruit and a creamy filling. Even though iceboxes are a thing of the past, this classic dessert has retained its popularity. And it's easy to see why!

Ingredients and substitutions

Before we dive into the step by step instructions, let's go through our ingredients one by one. Scroll down to the recipe card for full amounts.

  • Cheesecake Flavored Pudding: I personally love the flavor it adds, but if you have trouble finding it, feel free to use vanilla pudding, white chocolate pudding, or another flavor like lemon.
  • Milk: I would recommend 2% or whole milk. Most of it will be used to make the pudding, but you'll need an extra half cup to dip the Oreos in to help them soften.
  • Golden Oreos: You could use regular Oreos if you want a touch of chocolate. I personally like Golden Oreos because they don't overpower the berries.
  • Strawberries: Rinsed, dried and sliced.
  • Blueberries: Rinsed and dried.
  • Whipped Cream: I used homemade whipped cream, but you can also use fresh cream.
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How to prepare frozen mixed berry cake

When I make this cake on a hot summer day, I'll use the microwave to make my pudding so I don't have to mess around with the stove. After that the only appliance involved is the freezer.

  • Prepare the pudding: Prepare both cheesecake-flavored puddings according to package directions, using 4 cups milk (2 cups per package). Set the prepared pudding aside.
  • Prepare the first Oreo layer: Pour the remaining half cup of milk into a small bowl. Quickly dip the Golden Oreos in the milk, then place them in the bottom of a 9×13-inch pan, forming a single layer.
  • Add Fill: Spread half of the cheesecake pudding on top of the Oreos.
  • Add the strawberries: Add a single layer of strawberry slices on top of the cheesecake pudding.
  • Top with cool whip: Spread half of the whipped cream/Cool Whip over the strawberries.
  • Prepare the second Oreo layer: Quickly dip the remaining Oreos into the milk, then place them on top of the Cool Whip in a single layer.
  • Add Fill: Cover the Oreo layer with the remaining cheesecake pudding.
  • Add the blueberries: Add a layer of blueberries.
  • Top with cool whip: Top the blueberry layer with the remaining whipped cream/Cool Whip.
  • Add berries: Arrange the remaining blueberries and strawberry slices on top of the cake in any pattern you like.
  • Cold: Store the cake in the refrigerator overnight or for at least 3-4 hours. Once completely cooled, cut it into slices and enjoy your meal!

Tips for success

Take a second to review these tips before you start making your icebox cake.

  • Use fresh fruit: Frozen fruit tends to be a little soft, mushy or mushy when thawed. Fresh fruit is absolutely preferable for this dessert.
  • Quickly dip the Oreos: Dip the Oreos in the milk for just a moment. If they absorb too much liquid, they will become soggy instead of mushy.
  • Cool for 2 hours minimum: The filling in this icebox cake doesn't need to firm up, but the Oreos need a little time to soften and become easier to cut and eat. I would recommend at least 2 hours. Three hours would be even better.
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Storage instructions

Store this cake in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days. The fruit in the icebox cake will begin to release its juices over time, so the sooner you serve and eat it, the better.

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