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Icebox Cake For One

This is the best single serving icebox cake recipe! So easy to make and the perfect size for one person. It's a light, no-bake cake made with a sweet cream filling and berries layered over graham crackers.

A mini icebox cake topped with blueberries in a ramekin

There's nothing more refreshing than a cool dessert on a hot summer day, one that's quick to make and doesn't require any baking time is an absolute winner. Icebox cakes are some of my favorite desserts. No oven is necessary because the dessert "cooks" in the refrigerator and becomes a heavenly cake-like treat.

Making an icebox cake takes very little time to do and you don't need any fancy ingredients. At its simplest, an icebox cake is just graham crackers or cookies with whipped cream layered in between. Fancier versions might include espresso, caramel, or chocolate.

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The mini icebox cake recipe I'm sharing today is a cream cheese version that is constructed by layering graham crackers with a sweetened creamy filling along with a scattering of berries in a dessert dish. The cake is then placed in the refrigerator to chill until the cookies soften into a cake-like consistency.

The whole idea of an icebox cake may sound a bit odd - crisp graham crackers, no cake? But that's what makes an icebox cake so wonderful. In the refrigerator, the crackers soften and meld with the cream and fruit, making the cake almost custard-like.

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A spoonful of an icebox cake showing the layers of cookies and the cream in between the layers topped with blueberries from a ramekin

You often see icebox cakes at summer cookouts and picnics. They're usually made in a large serving dish and are great for serving a big group of people. In the case of this mini icebox cake, it's made in a small dish so it's the ideal size for one person.

What Is An Icebox Cake?

An icebox cake is similar to a trifle or a "dessert lasagna". It was introduced to the US in the late 1920's and was popular because it used pre-made, inexpensive ingredients. This incredibly simple dessert was named after the icebox that the cake was kept cool in.

Besides being one of the most delicious cakes ever, an icebox cake is made with very few ingredients; mainly lightly sweetened cookies and whipped cream. In fact, you might already be familiar with Nabisco's Famous Chocolate Wafer Icebox Cake, which is also known as a Zebra Cake. Their cake was made using their own chocolate wafers and whipped cream.

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An overhead view of a slice of icebox cake topped with blueberries on a plate


See recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.

  • graham crackers or digestive biscuits, Speculoos, or other lightly sweetened cookies
  • cream cheese
  • sugar
  • vanilla
  • heavy cream (also called double cream)
  • blueberries or strawberries

See below for ways to use leftover ingredients.

How To Make An Icebox Cake

This mini icebox cake is made in either a 10-ounce ramekin or a 5-inch baking dish, as shown in the pictures. You can use any type of dish that is a similar size. Just be aware that you might run out of the cream filling that is spooned between the layers of graham crackers if you use a dish much larger than the ones that are suggested.

This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled.


  1. Whip together the cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla in a small bowl.
  2. In a separate small bowl, whip the cream until it thickens. Gently fold the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture.
  3. Place a layer of crackers in the dish you are using, breaking them as needed to fit into a single layer.
  4. Spread a portion of the creamy filling over the crackers.
  5. Spread some of the berries evenly on top of the filling.
  6. Top with a second layer of crackers.
  7. Top with remaining filling and fruit.
  8. Depending on the size of the dish you are using, you might get a third layer. If not, spread the remaining cream cheese mixture over the top and top with remaining berries.

If you are using a 5-inch dish, you will likely get 2 layers.

If you are using a 10-ounce ramekin, you will likely get 3 layers. 

Icebox Cake Tips

  • You can substitute ladyfingers or cookies for the graham crackers.
  • Swap pudding for the whipped cream/cream cheese mixture.
  • Icebox cakes are best eaten within 2 days.
An overhead view of a slice of icebox cake topped with blueberries on a plate with a baking dish with the remaining cake in the background

Ways To Use Leftover Ingredients

If you have any ingredients left over from this icebox cake recipe, you might like to consider using them in any of these single serving and small batch recipes:

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slice of icebox cake with blueberries on glass plate

Icebox Cake For One

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Chill: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keywords: cake, dessert, nobake
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 674kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk


  • 2 ounces cream cheese , softened
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 ounces heavy cream
  • 2 sheets graham crackers
  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries


  • Place the cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla extract in a small bowl and beat well with a hand mixer. Set it aside.
  • In a separate small bowl, whip the cream until stiff peaks form.
  • Gently fold the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture and blend well.
  • Layer the bottom of the dessert dish with graham crackers, breaking them as needed to fit into a single, even layer.
  • Gently spread 1/2 of the cream evenly on the crackers.
  • Place 1/2 of the fruit evenly on top of the cream.
  • Cover the fruit with a second layer of crackers.
  • Top this second layer of crackers with the remaining cream and fruit.
  • Cover with plastic. Refrigerate at least 1 hour or overnight.


Depending on the size of the dish you are using, you might get a third layer. 
If you are using a 5-inch dish, you will likely get 2 layers.
If you are using a 10-ounce ramekin, you will likely get 3 layers. 


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 674kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 61g | Saturated Fat: 37g | Cholesterol: 218mg | Sodium: 226mg | Potassium: 163mg | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 2430IU | Calcium: 129mg | Iron: 0.2mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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7 thoughts on “Icebox Cake For One”

  1. 5 stars
    Wonderful recipe! Next time I’ll put a bit of the filling on the bottom first and then start building (to help the bottom graham cracker soften more). And add more blueberries! I used Cool Whip Light in place of the heavy cream because that’s what I had on hand. It worked! A keeper-recipe.

    1. Hi Deb,

      I’m so happy you loved the recipe. Great idea to add a bit of the filling to the bottom. Thanks so much for writing.


  2. Michelle Lawrence

    Double cream is not available where I live, only whipping cream (of max 32% fat content). Can it be substituted for the double cream, or will it flop?

    1. Yes, it will work. The higher the fat content the thicker the cream which makes it easier to whip into soft peaks.

  3. 5 stars
    I am unable to eat that many carbohydrates in a day/week!! But, I can substitute erythritol for the sugar and low carb cookies for the graham crackers.

    I love all of your recipes but since I have had to go so low in the carb department, it is a bit more challenging. I have to make over the recipes if I can. This recipe looks like it will lend itself to a carb make over very well.

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