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Lemon Icebox Cake (No-Bake) Recipe

This No-Bake Lemon Icebox Cake is layered with deliciousness! Crunchy, creamy, sweet, and just a bit tart, it's a perfect dessert any time of year! Prepare ahead of time and have one in your freezer for those unexpected occasions where it is handy to have a dessert on hand and ready to serve.

I've also seen recipes like these and they called them lasagnas so this could be a lemon lasagna. I don't see any differences as to why some call it a "lasagna" and since icebox cakes have been around a long time I went with calling it a lemon icebox cake. lemon icebox cake

This Lemon Icebox Cake is not just for the summer, although it is awesome to not have to turn the oven on to make it during the hot weather months. I love anything lemon so the tart lemon curd with the whipping cream is a dream, a least I think so. I also love toasted coconut and thought it paired deliciously with this Lemon Icebox Cake.

lemon icebox cake



Lemon Curd and Whipped Cream

In some similar recipes they use lemon pudding for the lemon layer and Cool Whip for the whipped cream. I don't use either, I never use Cool Whip, it's just not something I like and for this I used lemon curd because I LOVE it. You can buy pre-made lemon curd or you can use our homemade lemon curd recipe HERE from our No-Bake Lemon Cheesecake Recipe. Once you've made your own lemon curd and see how easy it is you may never buy pre-made again.

lemon icebox cake

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What is an Icebox Cake?

It wasn't until a few years ago that I had personally heard for icebox cakes, in fact, I've never had one growing up here in Vancouver, BC (Canada). So when I saw recipes popping up for them I had to check it out and this is the first one I've made myself. After trying it I asked myself why the heck hadn't I made these before!

lemon icebox cake

An icebox cake is basically a layered dessert that will have a cookie layer (usually the bottom crust layer & possibly a few more layers throughout) with whipped cream. It's then placed in the fridge to set and firm and the cookie layers absorb the whipped cream which softens as they absorb the whipped cream and it creates this chilled dessert with a bit of cakey goodness.lemon icebox cake layers. From L to R for each row the layers for the Lemon Icebox cake starting with the Golden Oreo Cookies layer. As for flavours it's entirely up to you, there are endless options and I've seen so many but lemon is always a favourite in our home. They use the term icebox because this dessert became popular in the U.S in the 1920s and by then a lot of people at least in the bigger cities had an icebox in their home. 

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This No-Bake Lemon Icebox Cake is layered with deliciousness! Crunchy, creamy, sweet, and just a bit tart, it's a perfect dessert any time of year!

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Now let's get to this recipe shall we?

Yield: 1 cake

Lemon Icebox Cake - No-Bake

lemon icebox cake

This No-Bake Lemon Icebox Cake is layered with deliciousness! Crunchy, creamy, sweet, and just a bit tart, it's a perfect dessert any time of year!

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 day
Total Time 1 day 30 minutes


  • 32 golden Oreos
  • ½ cup of butter
  • 2 teaspoon coconut
  • 4 cups of whipping cream
  • 2 packages of unflavoured gelatin
  • 2 tablespoon hot water
  • 2 tablespoon powdered sugar
  • 1.5 cups of lemon curd (you can use store-bought or our recipe HERE)
  • Toasted coconut for garnish
  • Lemons for garnish


  1. Blend Oreos and coconut in a blender until crumbly. Mix in melted butter until you have a thick mixture. It should not be too crumbly.
  2. Press into an 8x8 pan and set into the fridge while you prepare the stabilized whipping cream
  3. To prepare the whipping cream. Place the whipping cream and sugar into a blender (or standing mixer) and blend on high for about 30 seconds or until you have thick whipping cream
  4. Mix the gelatin with the hot water and let bloom for 5 minutes. Turn on your blender again and blend in the whipping cream.
  5. Spread half of the whipping cream onto the base and place into the freezer for 5 minutes. Remove and spread the curd on. Top with remaining whipping cream
  6. Garnish with lemons and toasted coconut.
  7. I suggest placing it in the fridge overnight to ensure it sets properly.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 slice

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 768Total Fat: 59gSaturated Fat: 34gTrans Fat: 2gUnsaturated Fat: 21gCholesterol: 181mgSodium: 332mgCarbohydrates: 52gFiber: 2gSugar: 38gProtein: 11g

Please note that we can not guarantee the accuracy of the nutritional information. They are a best guess calculation.

lemon icebox cake

So what do you think are you ready to make your own Lemon Icebox Cake? It's soooo delicious and refreshing you won't regret it. You can also top it with fresh fruit like raspberries would be my first choice then maybe blueberries. You don't have to top it with anything though as it's oh so yummy all on its own.


lemon icebox cake with a bite

If you do make it let us know how you liked it! Happy eating. 

By on October 22nd, 2020

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16 thoughts on “Lemon Icebox Cake - No-Bake”

  1. Wow, this recipe sounds so good! I love lemon desserts, they are so refreshing. I absolutely love that you use golden oreos as the crust too, yum! I also really like that this is no bake, thank you so much for sharing the recipe! I can't wait to make it.

  2. The holidays are coming up and I am always looking for new recipes to try for our family get togethers. We all love lemon so this will be a must make for me! It looks so delicious!

  3. I have never heard of this recipe before and now I must try it. I love lemon and I love that this is no bake thanks for sharing.

  4. This recipe would go together pretty quick, especially if you used the already prepared lemon curd and already prepared whipped cream. I know you said you don't like Cool Whip, but this time of year it is always on sale, so it may be cheaper than making my own!!

  5. I love anything lemon! I have never made an icebox cake. This looks delicious. I love the fact that it is no-bake, so I can't mess it up.

  6. This Lemon Icebox Cake seems to tasty and wonderful to try! I would like someone to make it for my for my birthday! Anything lemon is a hit with me.


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