S’mores No-Bake Icebox Cake

You’ve just died and gone to s’mores heaven— with layers of graham crackers, chocolate pudding, and marshmallow whipped cream all chilled together into one luscious no-bake cake.

Everyone is sure to love this no-bake s'mores icebox cake!

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 Icebox Cake is a quite the crowdpleaser!

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. Whenever I make it I eat as much of it as possible, swimsuit season be damned. I’ve even been known to sneak bites from the fridge in the middle of the night, just so I don’t have to share.

I’ve made this s’mores icebox cake at least a dozen times since I first created the recipe four summers ago and it’s a crowd favorite. I get asked to bring it to barbecues and potlucks, and I’m always more than happy to oblige. I’ll take any excuse I can to make it!

Layers of chocolate pudding, marshmallow whipped cream and graham crackers make up this S'mores Icebox Cake

baking tip: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!


No- campfire required for this S'mores No-Bake Icebox Cake!

This recipe was originally published June 2014.

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!

Ingredients:

For the chocolate pudding: (see Note)

  • 1 3/4 cup (415 ml) whole milk
  • 1/3 cup (65 grams) granulated sugar
  • 1/4 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
  • 1 7-ounce jar (200 grams) marshmallow cream
  • 1 1/2 cup (65 grams) mini marshmallows
  • 1 sleeve (approximately 20 squares, 150 grams) graham crackers

Toppings:

  • 1 cup (237 ml) heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Graham crackers, broken up
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Chocolate syrup

Directions:

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 marshmallow cream, heavy cream, sugar, and vanilla to soft peaks. Fold in the mini marshmallows
  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). Top with the marshmallow whipped cream. Then 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.

For the toppings:

  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, sugar, and vanilla 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. Top with broken graham crackers and mini marshmallows. If desired, use a kitchen torch to toast the marshmallows, working quickly so you don't melt the whipped cream. Drizzle with chocolate syrup.
  4. Store leftovers in the fridge for up to 5 days.
Notes:
  • You can substitute the homemade pudding with one 3.5 oz package of instant chocolate pudding mix. Mix according to package directions and use immediately. No need to chill in the fridge before assembly.
  • If desired, you can also serve directly from the pan and skip the toppings. This option is great if you need to transport it, such as to a potluck.
  • This recipe was originally published June 2014. I've made this recipe dozens of times since then and have made a few changes to the recipe to make things easier!

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