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Chocolate Ice Box Cake Recipe

Chocolate Ice Box Cake

To start with, let me tell you, I never follow a recipe as it is written.  In the recipe above, all the () are the items I use.  I also add a shake of salt and a teaspoon of vanilla flavoring to my chocolate portion. That must be why mine turns out different than my Mother in laws?

Feel free to make this recipe yours, and change it to fit your families needs.

To start you will want to make sure to whip your egg whites to a firm peak.  Then using the same beaters, I whip together all the other ingredients until fluffy.  In this batch pictured, I added coffee extract, chocolate extract,and vanilla extract, about 1/2 teaspoon each.  This turned out very chocolaty.


Then you fold the ingredients from these two bowls together.


I first put a thin layer of chocolate on the bottom, layer in cookies, then chocolate then cookies, chocolate, cookies then top with the end of the chocolate.  You might only get in two layers of cookies depending on the dish you use.  This single batch only serves 4, so use a smaller dish that will hold 4 servings, and it should be wonderful. I think this dish is a 5 x 8 maybe.


After you get it all layered together, let it set out at room temp until the cookies become soft.  This usually takes a few hours.  

Then let it set in the refrigerator until chilled through. I usually prepare this a day in advance for when I want to serve it.  We like it best with some sort of whipped topping.  I hope you enjoy, we sure do. 🙂

Chocolate Ice Box Cake Recipe

Yield: 4

Chocolate Ice Box Cake Recipe

Chocolate Ice Box Cake Recipe

Sure to be a family favorite, we make it every holiday season and family get together.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 1 stick butter (1/2 cup)
  • 1 1/2 dozen ladyfingers (24 vanilla wafer cookies)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 squares baking chocolate melted (cocoa powder replacement)
  • 4 eggs


  1. I make this in two bowls, 1 large, 1 small for the egg whites to be beaten in. separate your egg yolks into the large bowl, and whites into the small bowl.
  2. Add all the other ingredients into the bowl with the egg yolks.
  3. Start by whipping your egg whites to stiff peaks, then using the same beaters, cream all the other ingredients together well, then fold in your egg whites to make a chocolate mouse. (That is probably not the correct word)
  4. Then in your serving dish, Layer chocolate and cookies, I try to get 3 layers, I usually use a half box of the cheap vanilla wafer cookies from the dollar store. Or double the batch into a 9 x 11 cake pan and use the whole box. I let this set out of the refrigerator for about 6 hours, so the cookies get soft from the chocolate, then refrigerate over night. Needs to be made a day ahead of serving. add whipped topping.
  5. A single batch will make 4 servings


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