These Frosted Cake Recipes Are Your Patriotic Party in a Pan: 2 No-Bake Recipes

When it comes to celebrating the 4th of July, the last thing I want to do is sweat over a hot oven. So, when it came time to think of a party dessert, I took a little inspiration from my childhood: ice cream cake. Think layers of milk-soaked cookies and whipped cream that taste like pure nostalgia. Both of these recipes are refreshing, crowd-pleasing, and ridiculously easy to make in 15 minutes. I have a classic red, white and blue version, as well as a chocolatier’s dream bursting with Oreo cookie flavor – so everyone is covered. Plus, discover the secrets to a perfect creamy texture. Here’s how to make an ice cream cake.

What is an ice cream cake?

An ice cream cake is a classic no-bake dessert made with layers of cookies (or graham crackers) and whipped cream. They then cool in the refrigerator – or “cooler” – until the cookies soften to a cake-like texture. Originating from the early 20th century, this nostalgic dessert is loved for its simplicity and versatility.

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How to make the best ice cream cake

Although it seems simple, making this dessert involves a few steps that go beyond the basics. So here are some secret tips to enhance your dessert.

1. Use stabilized whipped cream

To prevent the whipped cream from leaking, incorporate a stabilizer like gelatin or cream cheese. This helps maintain a firm texture even after hours in the refrigerator. You can also flavor it with vanilla extract, citrus zest, or cocoa powder to enhance the taste.

2. Choose the right cookies

Opt for thin, crispy cookies for better absorption and a more cake-like texture. And for added flavor, consider dipping them in milk or coffee before layering them. If you use thicker cookies, soak them longer.

3. Create multiple layers

Aim for at least 3-4 layers. After each layer, press gently with a spatula so that they remain compact, which will allow the cookies to better absorb the cream. You can also add a surprise layer of other ingredients like fruit jams or caramel sauce.

4. Cooling time

Refrigerate your cake for at least 4 to 6 hours, or overnight if time permits, so the cookies can soften and the flavors can blend. This is crucial for a creamy texture.

Classic 4th of July Frosted Cake Recipe

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The Woman’s World test kitchen knows its way around a Fourth of July dessert. And this red, white and blue Sky-High Frosted Cake is a must-have. Plus, it only takes 6 ingredients, including lemon cookies, fresh berries, and vanilla whipped cream.

Gourmet Oreo Frosted Cake Recipe

I hope you saved room for dessert After dessert. For all you chocoholics out there, I swear by this viral Oreo Frosted Cake from Cookies & Cups. It’s the perfect cookies and cream bite and also uses 3 ingredients. Make the recipe below.


  • 90 Oreo cookies

  • 3 jars (8 oz.) Cool Whip, thawed

  • 1½-2 cups of milk

  • Chocolate sauce, if desired


  1. First, dip 30 Oreo cookies in milk one by one and lay them flat in a 9×13 pan.

  2. Next, spread a tub of Cool Whip evenly over the Oreos. Repeat this process 2 more times, then finish with a layer of Cool Whip on top.

  3. If desired, drizzle with chocolate sauce or additional crushed Oreos, then cover and chill in the refrigerator for 6 hours or overnight.

Note: To serve, use a sharp knife dipped in hot water and also wipe between each cut to maintain neat layers.

Storage Instructions:

Store your cake in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, although the texture may change slightly over time.

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