No Bake Lemon Ice Box Cake

This No Bake Lemon Ice Box Cake is simple, quick, full of flavor and so easy to make. You are going to love this delicious dessert.

I love those no-bake eclair cakes (why in the world are they called eclair cakes? They don’t really look or taste like an eclair) because of their simplicity and deliciousness and I wanted something that was light and fresh for spring.

This cake was a winner with everyone who tried it.

It is the perfect light and refreshing dessert, perfect for spring or summer. I plan to make it for Easter this year, and can’t wait, because it feeds a crowd, and everyone loves it.

This is one my kids even love, and they are usually all about chocolate.

The best part is, you don’t have to turn on an oven or stove to make it. It’s all made with fresh and cold ingredients that require no baking.

make sure you have these ingredients to make this amazing No bake lemon ice box cake:

No Bake Lemon Ice Box Cake Ingredients:

  1. Instant Lemon Pudding Mix
  2. Cool Whip
  3. Milk
  4. Graham Crackers
  5. Butter
  6. Powdered Sugar
  7. Lemon Juice

Don’t forget these items too:

  • Mixing Bowls (THIS set is our favorite)
  • 9 x 13 inch pan (THIS pan comes with a lid)
  • Hand Mixer


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no bake lemon ice box cake – HOw to make this refreshing dessert:

In a large bowl, mix together the pudding mixes, cool whip, and milk. Mix it until it is completely set up and has thickened. It will be pretty thick and creamy but will still have a soft texture to it.

In a 9 x 13 inch pan, place a single layer of graham crackers on the bottom of the pan. You will need to break a few graham crackers so that the entire bottom of the pan is covered.

Spread half of the pudding mixture evenly over the graham crackers.

Then place another layer of graham crackers on top of the pudding. Then layer on the other half of pudding.

Place one more layer of graham crackers on the pudding.

Mix all of the frosting ingredients together and spread over all.

Cover and place in the fridge for 4 hours. Then slice and serve.

Related recipe: Love lemon desserts? Try our Lemon Fluff Dessert – layers of graham cracker crust, cheesecake, and lemon pudding make the perfect summery treat.


We have found that we like this cake even better the next day.

would cook and serve pudding work?

For this recipe, cook and serve pudding would not work. You need to use instant pudding for this recipe. You could pre-make the pudding, then add the whipped cream to it (not the milk).

But the mixture will not work with cook and serve pudding, milk, and whipped cream. The pudding needs to be instant pudding mix.

could i freeze this before serving?

For the best results, we recommend making this recipe, then serving it within a few hours of making. If you freeze then thaw it, the graham crackers will be extremely soft and mushy.

You can do it, but we don’t necessarily recommend it.

We recommend making it and serving it within 24 hours.

If you do freeze it, be sure to cover it with foil or a lid, to prevent freezer burn. We don’t recommend freezing it for more than 4-5 days.

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Serves: 15

No Bake Lemon Ice Box Cake

4 hr, 20 Prep Time

4 hr, 20 Total Time

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  • 2 (3.5 ounce) packages instant lemon pudding mix
  • 1 (8 ounce) package Cool Whip
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 (16 ounce) package graham crackers
  • Lemon Frosting:
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons milk
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice


  1. In a large bowl, mix together the pudding mixes, Cool Whip, and milk.
  2. In a 9 x 13 inch pan, place a single layer of graham crackers on the bottom of the pan (you may need to break a few graham crackers so that the entire bottom of the pan is covered).
  3. Spread half of the pudding mixture evenly over the graham crackers. Place another single layer of graham crackers on top of the pudding and then layer the second half of the pudding on top of those crackers.
  4. Place one more single layer of graham crackers on top of the pudding.
  5. Mix together ingredients for the lemon frosting and spread over all.
  6. Cover and place in the fridge for about 4 hours.
  7. We found that we like this cake even better then next day.



2279 cal


49 g


331 g


137 g
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50 Responses to “No Bake Lemon Ice Box Cake”

  1. Angie
    Looks delicious. I want to try and make this for a large group. Does it set up firm enough before putting it in the fridge, that I could make this and layer it on a half sheet pan? I don't want to attempt it, and have it drooping and sliding out of the pan!
  2. Elaine
    Just came back from the store to get ingredients to make this cake and I accidentally bought one box "instant" pudding and one box "cook & serve" pudding. Oops! Do you think it's a problem to use one of each like that...or should I head back to the store and grab another box of instant?
  3. Cheryl
    I make the chocolate eclair cake that is similar to this. With that recipe you put a tub of chocolate frosting in the microwave for a minute then pour it over he cake. I'm going to try that with lemon frosting. I think it should work the same and it's very quick and simple. I'vee been craving a lemon dessert. Can't wait to try this one.
  4. Rachel
    I made this for a potluck this weekend and it turned out great! I wish I'd had a lemon to slice up pretty on top of the cake though because it just seemed kind of pale and plain. But looks are deceiving because this was delicious!! I used a bit more lemon juice in the frosting to give it a little more kick! This would be good with any flavor of pudding. Just modify the frosting to compliment the pudding (vanilla or almond extract instead of lemon juice would be good, or a can of melted chocolate frosting).
  5. Nichi - The Mandatory Mooch
    This post is being featured on my Lemon Love 50 recipe round up. Thanks for previously linking it to my Tasty Thursdays party. Enjoy!! Nichi
    • Cool Whip is a non dairy whipped topping. It's in the frozen food section in the United States. Graham crackers are found on or you can make your own on our sister site -
  6. This cake is AWESOME! I love the lemon and graham cracker taste. The frosting was extremely too sweet though..2 cups of powdered sugar is way too much. I added 1 1/2 cups and it was still too much. I had to doctor up my frosting with extra lemon juice and extra cool whip to decrease the sweetness. Very good recipe other than that. Thank you for sharing! Will be making this again.
    • Hi Selma, this dessert is fine in the fridge for a few days. Keep it covered well. Where this is a no bake dessert, you could easily cut the recipe in half and put it into a smaller dish. Original recipe calls for a 9 x 13. So if you have something about half that size it would be great.
  7. Terra E
    HELL! I'm in the process of making the frosting and it's curdling! I have no idea what I did wrong. I followed the recipe exactly. On my way to the store to grab more ingredients for the frosting. Please let me know what to do to sure my frosting is smooth. Making this for Easter tomorrow! Thank you!!
  8. Made this last night but bought cook and serve pudding instead of instant. I imagine that's why it was too liquidy... So I put it in the freezer for a couple hours, then spread it on the crackers like soft serve. I then put the whole thing in the freezer overnight. Moving it over to the fridge and hopefully in a couple hours it will be soft enough to cut but not soup!
  9. Kimberly Mueller
    My 16 yr old son made the No Bake Lemon Icebox Cake for a church event last night. It was delicious. He did cut back almost 1/2 the confectioner's sugar and he did add extra fresh organic lemon juice. I am so proud of him. It was a big hit!
  10. how does anyone define "Mix"? as in mix together the pudding mixes, Cool Whip, and milk I beat for about 3 minutes kind of like how you would for pudding and then I couldn't spread I got more of a drop on it and the frosting good but curious thanks

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