Orange Dreamsicle Icebox Cake


As far as crusts go it must be stated that graham cracker is the most delicious kind. Here, you get the delicious taste without any of the work.

orange dreamsicle icebox-cake
Photo: Caitlin Bensel
Hands On Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
8 hrs 20 mins
12 servings

In this icebox cake, a creamy orange-flavored filling is layered in between graham cracker sheets, and it’s all topped off with a pillow of fluffy whipped cream and artistic orange segments. The result is a show-stopping dessert worthy of a fancy dinner party. The cake’s vibe is retro in the best ways, so put on some throwback tunes and ask your guests to dress in their finest cocktail attire. Martinis and Old-Fashioneds are welcome.


  • 1 (14-oz.) can sweetened condensed milk

  • 1 (8-oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened

  • 2 teaspoons orange zest plus 2 Tbsp. fresh juice (from 1 orange)

  • 2 cups heavy cream

  • 52 graham cracker squares (from 26 graham cracker sheets) (from 1 [14.4-oz.] pkg.)

  • Sweetened whipped cream

  • Orange slices and orange zest, for garnish


  1. Beat together condensed milk, cream cheese, orange zest, and orange juice in a large bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth, 1 to 2 minutes. Beat heavy cream in a separate bowl with an electric mixer on high speed until stiff peaks form, 2 to 4 minutes; gently fold into condensed milk mixture.

  2. Line a 9-inch square pan with plastic wrap, leaving a 4-inch overhang on pan sides. Line bottom of pan with 13 graham cracker squares. Top with 2½ cups condensed milk mixture. Repeat layers twice; top with remaining 13 graham cracker squares. Cover and freeze at least 8 hours or up to 12 hours.

  3. Using plastic wrap overhang as handles, lift and remove cake from pan. Spread sweetened whipped cream over cake top; garnish with orange slices and orange zest. Cut into squares.

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