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Refrigerator Cake {Chocolate Oreo Icebox Cake}

Easy old fashioned no bake refrigerator cake (chocolate icebox cake), homemade with simple ingredients with layers of Oreos, chocolate pudding, Cool Whip.

This is the perfect chocolate dessert for the non-cake cake lovers in your house! There is always one who doesn’t prefer traditional cake for birthdays or special occasions, so this no bake refrigerator cake will definitely do the trick. In fact, it’s so good that the other cake lovers won’t even be sad about it! This Strawberry Icebox Cake {No Bake} is the fruity as opposed to chocolate version and is just as delicious.

How To Make Refrigerator Cake Recipe From Scratch?

  1. Whisk ingredients– Add pudding mix and cold milk to a bowl.
  2. Fold in Cool Whip– Gently, until combined.
  3. In a rectangle pan– Line Oreos to cover the bottom of the whole pan.
  4. Add pudding mixture– Spoon half on top of the Oreos and spread.
  5. Add another layer of Oreos– On top. Spread remaining pudding mixture.
  6. Toss chopped Oreos– On top.
  7. Cover and chill– To let the filling set.

Cake Toppings

  • Nuts– Such as chopped peanuts, pecans, walnuts, almonds, or cashews.
  • Sprinkles– Choose a favorite color or colors to match your special occasion.
  • FrostingsCaramel Frosting, Peanut Butter Frosting, Chocolate Ganache Frosting, American Buttercream Frosting, or this Marshmallow Frosting would all be delicious atop this cake.
  • Candies– Add small candies such as M&Ms or Reese’s Pieces.
  • Chopped candy bars– Such as Baby Ruth, 100 Grande, Milky Way, Andes Candies, or whatever you prefer.
  • Pretzels– For a salty sweet dessert combination.
  • Dulce du leche– Drizzle this homemade Dulce Du Leche for a sweet addition to the chocolate.
  • Jams– Such as this homemade Strawberry Jam or whatever flavor you like best.
  • Nutella Syrup– This 2 ingredient Nutella Syrup adds more chocolate and a creamy nuttiness.

Variations

Snickers Refrigerator Cake– Add chopped peanuts, homemade Caramel Sauce, and shaved chocolate on top.

Try Different Pudding Flavors– Try white chocolate, vanilla, butterscotch, or even a combination of flavors.

S’mOreo Refrigerator Cake– Add broken graham crackers and toasted marshmallows on top.

Add fresh fruit– Such as strawberries, raspberries, or a layer of bananas under the Oreos.

Try other cookies– Such as Nutter Butters, Biscoff cookies, or graham crackers, instead of Oreos.

Make it a frozen dessert- Wrap the pan in plastic saran wrap first, followed and aluminum foil and then, store it in the freezer overnight. Let it thaw for 30-40 minutes at room temperature and then, slice and enjoy.

Add chocolate chips– Pick any flavor you like such as dark, milk, or white chocolate, peanut butter, butterscotch, or even mint.

Tips And Techniques For Oreo Icebox Cake

Freezing Vs. Chilling in fridge– Either can be done for this cake. Just note that freezing produces a firmer cake.

Homemade pudding Vs. Store-bought puddings– Either can be used. Boxed is more convenient, but this Vegan Chocolate Pudding is delicious as well.

Plan ahead– This dessert cannot be served immediately, because it must chill in the fridge or freezer in order for the pudding to set properly. I highly recommend making this a minimum of 6-8 hours in advance, if not the night before.

Serve a crowd– If you are looking to serve more people, then go a head and double it. Just make sure to use a bigger pan or use two 9×13 pans.

Use cold milk- Because it helps in setting the filling better than warm milk.

Use full-fat ingredients– This is necessary for the filling to set properly and also produces the creamiest and best flavor.

How Long Does No Bake Cake Need To Be Chilled?

  • Refrigeration time- Chill for about 6-8 hours or overnight to make sure the filling is set.
  • Freezer time- This usually takes approximately 3-4 hours, but I recommend freezing it over night.

Storage

Refrigerator– Store leftovers in a sealed container for up to 3 days.

Freezer– Wrap the pan first with saran wrap and then, wrap in tin foil. Then, freeze for up to 1 month. When you are ready to enjoy it,  let it thaw for 30-40 minutes at room temperature and then, slice and enjoy!

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Refrigerator Cake (Oreo Chocolate Icebox Cake)

Prep Time: 10 mins
Chill time: 6 hrs
Total Time: 6 hrs 10 mins
Easy old fashioned no bake refrigerator cake (chocolate icebox cake), homemade with simple ingredients with layers of Oreos, chocolate pudding, Cool Whip.
Yield: 15 Slices

Ingredients

  • 3 boxes Instant chocolate pudding, Dry powder, 3.4 oz each, Full fat
  • 4 cups Whole milk, Cold
  • 2 cups Cool Whip, Full fat
  • 2 packages Oreos
  • 1/2 cup Roughly chopped Oreos, For topping

Instructions 

  • In a large mixing bowl, add pudding mix, cold milk and whisk until combined. It should become smooth and slightly thick.
  • Gently fold in the Cool Whip until combined. Keep aside.
  • In a rectangle pan (Dimensions: 9×13), line Oreos on the bottom to cover the whole pan.
  • Spoon half of the pudding mixture on top of the Oreos and spread gently and evenly with a spatula.
  • Arrange another layer of Oreos on top and spread remaining pudding mixture.
  • Toss roughly chopped Oreos on top.
  • Cover and chill in fridge 6-8 hours or overnight to let the filling set.
  • If you like, you can turn this into a frozen dessert. Wrap the pan in plastic saran wrap first, followed and aluminum foil and then, store it in the freezer overnight. Let it thaw for 30-40 minutes at room temperature and then, slice and enjoy.

Notes

  • Read all my tips above.
  • Leftovers can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 3 days. 
     

Nutrition

Calories: 410kcal, Carbohydrates: 65g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 15g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 6g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 8mg, Sodium: 587mg, Potassium: 272mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 43g, Vitamin A: 124IU, Calcium: 100mg, Iron: 6mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Calories: 410
Author: Abeer Rizvi
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