You’ve just died and gone to s’more heaven— with layers of graham crackers, homemade chocolate pudding, mini marshmallows and whipped cream all chilled together into one lucious no-bake cake.

S'mores No-Bake Ice Box Cake from

You know that phrase “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it?” Well whoever first said it obviously didn’t have s’mores in mind.

Because while the classic s’more is practically perfect all on its own, s’mores is a combination of deliciousness that everyone loves to recreate. You can find s’mores rice krispie treats, brownies, pie, cupcakes, cookiescheesecakeice cream, and even cocktails.

But you can forget all of those other desserts though, because this s’mores icebox cake is it. It’s the last s’mores inspired dessert you will ever need.

S'mores No-Bake Ice Box Cake from S'mores No-Bake Ice Box Cake from
S'mores No-Bake Ice Box Cake from

A lot of sweet treats come out of my kitchen, obviously. And while I always sample and even indulge a little extra from time to time, I usually try to limit my intake and instead give it away to others.

Not this icebox cake. Nu-uh. No way. It was all mine.

You guys, I ate the whole thing! I think my husband got in a few bites, but other than that I single handedly devoured every last bite. And more often than not it was straight from the tupperware, with a fork, while standing in front of the open fridge.

I don’t often gush about recipes on here, but this one is completely gush-worthy, and maybe my most favorite thing I’ve created all year. I already want s’more. (You’re killing me smalls!)

S'mores No-Bake Ice Box Cake from

What is an icebox cake?

An icebox cake is one that requires a fridge, not an oven, to work its magic. Layers of a creamy filling and cookies chill overnight together, which sets the filling and transforms the cookies in soft cake-like layers. Icebox cakes are easy to assemble, and the hardest part is waiting for them to set up in the fridge.

There are many different variations of icebox cakes. Some use whole cookies, while others use cookie crumbs. They also vary in size, shape and flavors. There’s no one way to make an icebox cake!

S'mores No-Bake Ice Box Cake from

S’mores No-Bake Icebox Cake
Layers of graham crackers, chocolate pudding, marshmallows and whipped cream all combined into this fun icebox cake. The perfect s'mores dessert!
Yield: 6-8 servings
For the chocolate pudding:
  • 1¾ cup (415 ml) whole milk
  • ⅓ cup (65 grams) granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup (20 grams) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 tablespoons (20 grams) cornstarch
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
To assemble the icebox cake:
  • 1 cup (237 ml) heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 7-ounce jar (200 grams) marshmallow cream
  • 1½ cup (65 grams) mini marshmallows
  • 1 sleeve (approximately 20 squares, 150 grams) graham crackers
To serve the icebox cake:
  • 1 cup (237 ml) heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1½ cups (65 grams) mini marshmallows
To make the chocolate pudding:
  1. In a medium saucepan over medium low heat, combine the milk, sugar, cocoa, cornstarch and sugar, and stir until smooth. Heat mixture until it just begins to steam.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the egg yolks. Slowly add the milk mixture to the egg yolks in a small stream while whisking constantly. When fully combined, pour back into the saucepan.
  3. Place over medium heat and cook until thickened, about 4-5 minutes, while stirring constantly. Remove from heat and add vanilla extract. Chill in the fridge for at least 1 hour.
To assemble the icebox cake:
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, or with a large bowl and a hand-held mixer, beat the heavy cream until it starts to thicken. Add the sugar and vanilla and continue to beat to soft peaks. Add the marshmallow cream and beat until combined and smooth, about 2 minutes.
  2. Line a 9x5-inch loaf pan with plastic wrap. Place a row of graham crackers on the bottom (you may need to break some in order to make them fit). Then add a layer of mini marshmallows. Top with the marshmallow whipped cream and spread it so it fills in the cracks between the marshmallows. Finally, spread on a layer of the chocolate pudding.
  3. Repeat layers until the pan is full (you should be able to get 3 layers. Top with one final row of graham crackers. Cover with plastic wrap and chill in the fridge overnight.
To serve the icebox cake:
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, or with a large bowl and a hand-held mixer, beat the heavy cream until it starts to thicken. Add the sugar and vanilla and continue to beat to medium peaks.
  2. Remove the plastic wrap from the top of the icebox cake. Place a serving platter upside-down on top the icebox cake, then invert the whole thing so that the cake is now sitting on the platter. Gently remove the loaf pan and plastic wrap.
  3. Cover the icebox cake in the whipped cream and top with the mini marshmallows. If desired, use a kitchen torch to toast the marshmallows, working quickly so you don't melt the whipped cream.
  4. Store leftovers in the fridge for up to 5 days.

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15 Responses to S’mores No-Bake Icebox Cake

  1. This is such a fabulous summer cake! Yum!

  2. Emily R says:

    Oh my gosh, this looks amazing. I kind of want to make this and add in some ganache somehow. Perfect summer recipe!!

  3. Jeff Winett says:

    Before proceeding with this over the top sounding recipe, would you clarify one part that confuses me? In the section “To assemble the icebox cake:”, you list 2 tablespoons vanilla extract, followed by 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. The directions do not seem to incorporate both portions of vanilla in the making of this filling. Thank you for your help in this matter.

    • Annalise says:

      Hi Jeff! My apologies for the mistake, but thank you for catching it! It should be 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar, not extract. I’ve fixed the recipe.

  4. Joanne says:

    This looks so tasty! I would have to give most of this to my neighbors, or I would eat it all, too. 🙂

  5. This looks so yummy!! And it will be lovely and refreshing on a really hot day!

  6. Looks Yummy going try it

  7. Darlene says:

    This may not matter at all, but the directions say to layer grahams, mini mallows, marshmallow whipped cream, and chocolate pudding. The pictures show grahams, pudding, mini mallows, and marshmallow whipped cream. I’ve made other refrigerator cakes and the pudding aids in softening the grahams. I don’t think the marshmallow layer would accomplish that. At any rate, it looks great and is a yummy twist on refrigerator cakes. I will try this layering as the picture indicates. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Annalise says:

      What you see as the bottom on this cake, was actually the top after assembling it in the pan. You flip it over onto a serving plate when it’s ready. Does that make sense? So the layers in the directions and pictures do match, with one exception. In the directions I have you start with a layer of graham crackers on the bottom (which becomes the top), but isn’t actually pictured in these photos. I wished I had so I included it in the directions. I have also made this recipe since using those directions so I can verify that it works both ways.

      The marshmallow whipped cream fills in between the mini mallows to create one creamy marshmallow-y layer that helps the graham crackers get plenty soft. I hope this helps!

      • Darlene says:

        It does make sense. I should have thought about that, the recipe does say to flip it!

        I will follow your directions. My daughter is a s’mores freak and her birthday is tomorrow!

        Thanks for the reply.

  8. Meghan says:

    Hi! This looks great. If I wanted to take a shortcut and buy the pudding, would I get instant or the type that needs to cook on the stove? Thank you!

  9. Andrea M says:

    Awesome! Just finished serving this easy, delicious cake to my family for dessert. It was light, creamy and not too sweet, super simple, and came out perfectly! Thanks for this awesome recipe!

  10. bordca1 says:

    Well, this is a little bit of heaven! The recipe came out perfect. It was even better the 2nd day. Great for entertaining and you could double it for a bigger crowd. I shaved chocolate over the top and “roasted” the marshmallows on tin foil and then let them cool. Just plucked them off the foil onto the cake with no fear of melting the whipped cream frosting. If you wanted even less sweetness, omit the sugar in the whip cream/marshmallow creme filling and it will be just as good. Awesome recipe, thanks for the keeper!

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