Old Fashioned Strawberry Icebox Cake

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Layers of whipped cream, fresh strawberries and graham crackers. This no bake Old Fashioned Strawberry Icebox Cake is summertime dessert perfection! 

Old Fashioned Strawberry Icebox Cake - An Affair from the Heart

Creamy layers of whipped cream, fresh strawberries and graham crackers will have your taste buds going crazy! This no bake summertime dessert may be old fashioned — but it’s completely fabulous!

Lately,  I have been loving all of the vintage recipes I have been seeing.  Some things stand the test of time and truly are not able to be made “better,” am I right?  Summertime calls for recipes that are made with ease, won’t heat up your kitchen, and are full of those summertime strawberries that are red and ripe and bursting with flavor. I just can’t get enough!


Old Fashioned Strawberry Icebox Cake

This dessert has all of that! In fact, I think it would be perfect for the upcoming holiday weekend, don’t you?

While we are on the subject of “old fashioned” can we talk about my fridge?

Old Fridge

When we built our home 12 years ago, I had 4 kids under the age of 10, two of which were 18 month old twins.  Even though I REALLY wanted stainless steel appliances, I talked myself out of them, solely based on what I like to call “the fingerprint factor.”

Cleaning fingerprints off of stuff around here was like a full-time job.  So, I let go of the idea and went with white appliances.  I recently had to replace my microwave, and installed a stainless one.  It drives me bonkers they it doesn’t match all of the other appliances, but I decided to grin and bear it and replace them all as they needed to be.  

About 6 months ago, I almost bought a new fridge, and my husband talked me out of it.  He said replacing it based on color alone was silly.  So I decided to wait it out.

Then…. You guys.  I still can’t believe it.

Nebraska Furniture Mart asked ME if they could GIVE me the new Samsung Family Hub Refrigerator! They just wanted me to use it, and tell you about it! Seriously?  This, my friends, is what you call a no-brainer.

Samsung Family Hub

Isn’t is BEAUTIFUL!?!

This refrigerator is BRILLIANT.  It’s like everything you could ever imagine wanting in a fridge, with the knowledge of a tablet right on the front.

First, though, I have to mention, it’s stainless AND finger print resistant.  (swoon!)


The Samsung Smart Hub Refrigerator: 

Right from the start, I am excited about the features that will make my shopping so much easier.  Can you believe there are cameras inside the fridge?  What?? Cameras IN the FRIDGE?? YES! 3 built-in digital cameras that link directly to your smartphone to see inside your Family Hub anytime, anywhere. If it only had this feature, it would be the fridge for me.  I am notorious for compiling my list then going to the store without it.  Out of milk?  I don’t know?  Let’s look inside the fridge!

Samsung Family Hub

Nope — still have milk!

The other thing that will be a lifesaver for me?  The shopping list.  Compile the list on your fridge, it’s accessible from your phone! #winning  You can even purchase groceries right from your refrigerator touchscreen using Mastercard Groceries.


With this Samsung Family Hub Refrigerator, your kitchen is truly the the center of your home.  Family Hub helps you manage your home and your life, with Food Management, Family Connection and Entertainment capabilities, all controlled from a 21.5” Wi-Fi enabled touchscreen on a beautiful 4-Door Flex Refrigerator.

We are able to share multiple calendars, photos and notes and even stream music, right from the fridge, using apps like Pandora and Tune In radio.

I cannot wait to get more acquainted with this awesome new appliance! We have only had it for 3 days and we are already in love!  I’ll be sure to come back and tell you all about everything it does, once we get used to all of the many many features.

Nebraska Furniture Mart Delivery:

I have to share with you a couple of photos from the install. Nebraska Furniture Mart, was punctual, as always.  They had to remove the hinge from my front storm door to get the old fridge out, and the new fridge in.  Then I was shocked to see them carry them right on their backs!?!

NFM INstall

NFM will take your old appliance with them when they leave, but in our case, I had them move it to our out building.  The new refrigerator came in all wrapped up in a blanket, they took lots of care with it, as well as my wood flooring in my kitchen.  They set up the fridge, and made sure everything was working properly.  We have been lifetime shoppers at Nebraska Furniture Mart, I cannot imagine having service that was any better than we received.

What do you say we get back to the dessert?

Old Fashioned Strawberry Icebox Cake - An Affair from the Heart


I thought what better way to say “Buh-Bye” to that OLD fridge than to make a yummy icebox cake perfect for summer! My Grandma always called her refrigerator “the icebox.” It’s a word I will forever link to my sweet little Grandma.  This recipe is from an old church cookbook she gave me a long long time ago.


Old Fashioned Strawberry Icebox Cake

This icebox cake is so simple to make.  It’s like making a lasagna, but for dessert!

Red Plastic Strawberry Slicer and Huller Set

I love this set my mom gave me years back.  When the strawberries are in season, this Strawberry Slicer and Huller Set really gets a work out!


Old Fashioned Strawberry Icebox Cake Steps

Whipped cream, sliced strawberries and graham crackers are all you need.  Cover the bottom with whipped cream, break apart graham crackers to cover the bottom of the pan, cover with whipped cream and strawberries and repeat.  Cover and chill in your “icebox” until set.

Old Fashioned Strawberry Icebox Cake

I love how that one strawberry turned out heart-shaped.  It suits my mood perfectly.  Not only am I in love with this dessert — I am head over heels for my new refrigerator! Thanks, NFM!



Old Fashioned Strawberry Icebox Cake

The graham crackers become soft and cake-like, and the flavors are tremendous!  Want to really make this patriotic for the weekend?  Add some blueberries, too!

Let’s (no) bake up some summertime deliciousness!


Piece of Old Fashioned Strawberry Icebox Cake on a white plate
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Old Fashioned Strawberry Icebox Cake

Layers of whipped cream, fresh strawberries and graham crackers will have your taste buds going crazy! This no bake summertime dessert may be old fashioned — but it’s completely fabulous!
Prep Time15 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Old Fashioned Strawberry Icebox Cake
Servings: 9 x13 baking dish
Calories: 320kcal
Author: Michaela Kenkel


  • 1 quart 32 ounces heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 heaping cup powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 pounds strawberries sliced
  • 4 sleeves about 30 graham crackers


  • Combine whipping cream, vanilla and powdered sugar with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form. Divide cream into 3 equal portions.
  • Divide strawberries into 3 equal portions.
  • With a rubber spatula, smear a small portion of whipped cream to the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish to hold the first layer of graham crackers to the bottom. Line the bottom with graham crackers, breaking into pieces so that the bottom is completely covered. Top with 1/3 of whipped cream, top with strawberries.
  • Repeat with another layer of graham crackers, whipped cream and strawberries.
  • Top with a final layer of graham crackers, whipped cream and strawberries.
  • Cover with plastic wrap. Place in the refrigerator for a minimum of 2-3 hours. Better overnight.
  • Cut and serve. Best when eaten within 2 days. (trust me, that's never a problem! 😉 )


Add blueberries to make this into a perfectly patriotic dessert!


Serving: 1g | Calories: 320kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 90mg | Sodium: 28mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 11g


We are lifetime shoppers at NFM! The Samsung Family Hub Refrigerator was provided by Nebraska Furniture Mart, all opinions in this post are my very own. 

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  1. This dessert is a summer must to have on hand…so delicious! I love, love, LOVE your new fridge…how beautiful! A great recipe to celebrate with. xo, Catherine

  2. Congrats on your new fridge–it looks awesome! And vintage desserts are often best (this one has a special place in my heart–we had it growing up a lot!)

  3. Ok first…SUPER jealous of that refrigerator!!! Second…That ice box cake looks so amazing I’m going to have to make it in this warm weather!

  4. Talk about fridge goals!! All I need is some warm weather, a trip to the beach, and a slice of this cake and I’ll be one happy gal!

  5. Graham crackers and strawberries are such a good combo! I love those flavors together. Your cake looks delicious. Can’t wait to try this!

  6. Perfection is the right word! I can only imagine how delicious this strawberry icebox cake is and how it melts in my mouth the moment I am trying it. Saving the recipe to my best summer recipes collection!

  7. Hi Michaela,
    This desert looks scrumptious. I intend to try it, but will make it much smaller since there is only me and no friends and neighbors to share. I am a stuck snowbird in FL and not many people around. A lot of others decided to take the chance and try heading to their other homes.
    Your new fridge looks great–I also bought a new one this year, unfortunately, it was not the st. steel like yours–fingerprints galore (even tho they are just my own–ugh) & yes, I was amazed about them carrying in and out the appliances. I haven’t bought a new fridge since 05 when I first bought this home. But anyway, in spite of the fingerprint problem, I do like it, didn’t think I would like it as well as my side by side, but I do. Liked the freezer part better on the old one, though.
    Lo ve your emails–keep them coming and stay well

    1. Carol — it’s been a weird year for sure! I guess there are worse places to be “stuck” than Florida? I hope you like the dessert! It would be easy to make it for one. After having my fridge as long as I have now, I can say that it does get fingerprints — I think that was a “too good to be true” thing!

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