Know what this cake needs?

Funfetti Icebox Cake I

More sprinkles.

Funfetti Icebox Cake I


Would you like to know how many containers of sprinkles are holed up in my make-shift pantry? I’m going to tell you anyway. Nine. Nine whole jars of assorted sprinkles. It used to be 11, but I used one whole jar in this cake, and then spilled another whole jar on the kitchen floor after the cake went into the freezer.

That was awesome.

Not. I definitely maybe ate a few sprinkles off the floor.

Funfetti Icebox Cake I

So what does this classify me as? A sprinkles hoarder? An immature cliche? White trash? The girl who still doodles hearts on her notebooks? Either way, I have quite the selection of nonpareils, chocolate sprinkles, the cah-yutest ever shark sprinkles that my cousin bought me, sparkling sugar in a bunch of different colors and barely any money in my bank account.


Funfetti Icebox Cake I

Ever since my friend Naomi made this snickers icebox cake, I’ve been dying to make one of my own.  I’ve actually been dying to make that one too, since Snickers bars are my life, but I thought I’d take the easy way out and start with more sprinkles than anyone on Earth could handle.

[P.S. I should have paid Naomi to take these pictures for me, because she is an amazing photography freak of nature. Two words: In. Credible.]

This was my first time shoveling an icebox cake into my mouth, and while I was wary (I mean I think we all know my stance on s’mores, but regular graham crackers can go take a hike) and couldn’t understand just HOW it worked, I was a giant, giant fan. I loved this so much more than I thought that I would. The grahams really do get cakey and soft between the layers of homemade cake batter pudding, fresh whipped cream, and eight billion sprinkles. I wish I could wear this as a hat.

Funfetti Icebox Cake I


Funfetti Icebox Cake

Yield: makes one 9x5 loaf cake

Total Time: 8 hours


1 quart heavy cream, cold
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 14-ounce box of graham crackers
3/4 cup colored sprinkles
1 batch cake batter pudding

cake batter pudding
1/3 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup yellow cake mix
pinch of salt
3 cups cold milk (I used vanilla almond milk)
1 tablespoon vanilla extract


To make pudding: In a large heat-safe bowl, whisk together corn starch, sugar, cake mix, salt and milk until combined. Place bowl over a double boiler with water simmering below, and cook for 30-35 minutes, stirring occasionally, until thickened and can coat the back of spoon and drizzle ribbons. Pour through a fine mesh strainer to remove any lumps. Let cool completely.

For cake: Begin by making the cake batter pudding so it has ample time to cool. It’s great if you can make it ahead of time.

Line a 9×5 loaf [you can actually use any other pan that works for you] pan with plastic wrap that overlaps the edges and is long enough to help lift the cake from the pan.

In the bowl of your electric mixer, add cold heavy cream and beat on low speed until stiff peaks form. This will take a while! Add in sugar and vanilla and beat until just combined. Remove 1 1/2 cups whipped cream from the large bowl and place in a smaller bowl. Place both bowls in the fridge until everything is ready to be assembled.

Spread a layer (about 1/2 inch thick) of whipped cream all along the bottom and sides of the pan. Place a layer of graham crackers on top (as many as you can fit), spread with whipped cream, top with sprinkles, then place another layer of grahams. Spread a layer (again, about 1/2 inch thick) of pudding over the grahams, then place another layer of grahams. Repeat until you reach the top, making sure to push whipped cream and pudding down the open sides, then end with a layer of whipped cream. Place in the freezer, freezing at least 4-6 hours, or overnight. Place remaining whipped cream in the freezer.

Remove from freezer and lift the cake out, flipping over onto a small pan or cutting board that will fit in the freezer. Spread whipped cream all over cake for a finishing presentation, then cover in sprinkles. Freeze for at least another 2 hours, or as long as needed. When ready, cut and serve immediately. Additionally you can just scoop it out of the pan and serve it in bowls. Keep in the freezer.

[pudding adapted from bakers royale]

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103 Responses to “Funfetti Icebox Cake.”

  1. #
    Liz — July 31, 2012 @ 7:05 am

    Sprinkles for life, for sure!!! AMAZING icebox cake variety.


  2. #
    Ali @ Peaches and Football — July 31, 2012 @ 7:06 am

    I LOVE sprinkles! When I was a little kid, I would always have mom make the cupcakes that had the colored sprinkles inside. I mean come on, sprinkles are way more fun.

    By the way, your pictures are awesome, no need to have someone else take em for you!


  3. #
    nicole @ I am a Honey Bee — July 31, 2012 @ 7:10 am

    Only 9 containers of sprinkles now… I can’t admit how many I have then. It’s awful. There is a bin to contain the maddness.

    Never had an ice box cake before. looks awesome


  4. #
    Nicky @ Pink Recipe Box — July 31, 2012 @ 7:13 am

    I’ve never tried to make an ice box cake before – I never knew they were so simple! Pinned :) And you can never – NEVER – have too many sprinkles!


  5. #
    Marci Johnson — July 31, 2012 @ 7:14 am

    I am, sadly, lacking sprinkles in my life. I think I need to go out and buy some now. I do have some coarse raw sugar- does that count??


  6. #
    Mary-Where's the Zoom — July 31, 2012 @ 7:14 am

    Always wanted to try an ice box cake. Looks yummy!


  7. #
    Heather (Heather's Dish) — July 31, 2012 @ 7:16 am

    I’m thinking more sprinkles but only if they’re sparkly!!!


  8. #
    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — July 31, 2012 @ 7:23 am

    Sprinkles are so pretty!! :) This cake looks amazingly delicious!!!


  9. #
    Madeleine @ Teenie Baker — July 31, 2012 @ 7:24 am

    Such a cute recipe! And everyone loves sprinkles. They’re just so colorful and…sprinkley.


  10. #
    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — July 31, 2012 @ 7:25 am

    I’ve surprisingly never made an icebox cake but they always look so good!


  11. #
    Vera — July 31, 2012 @ 7:28 am

    This is a different take on the icebox cake I’ve been used too. And looks so much fun too!


  12. #
    Claire @ Live and Love to Eat — July 31, 2012 @ 7:39 am

    This might be my birthday cake this year. LOVE sprinkles / jimmies.


  13. #
    Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles — July 31, 2012 @ 7:41 am

    I’m a pretty big fan of sprinkles myself ;) ….Can NEVER have too many sprinkles!
    As for this icebox cake- dangerous. Pretty sure I’d eat it all by myself. Yep, and not share a bite….


  14. #
    j3nn — July 31, 2012 @ 7:46 am

    That. sounds. SO GOOD. !! I was just thinking about icebox cake… for whatever reason. Does there need to be a reason? Naa. :)


  15. #
    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — July 31, 2012 @ 7:50 am

    Oh hello, gorgeous!!! This looks AWESOME (and totally adult-like of course!) Here’s a random fact: When my sister was little (like really little, like 8 months old) she got her first pair of glasses because she was practically blind. When she got a few years older and knew what sprinkles were, her optometrist would make her look at a few sprinkles in his hand and point out the red one, then the pink one, then the blue one, etc. When she was all done, regardless of how well or how crappy she did on his ‘test’, she got to eat them all. I, being the child who was unfortunately ‘blessed’ with 20/20 vision, just sat to the side during her appointments with my mum and watched. Alas, no sprinkles ever ended up in MY mouth. :( But that’s ok… because thanks to you, I can make this icebox cake… all for myself. ;)


  16. #
    Devon | The Food Bitch Blog — July 31, 2012 @ 8:14 am

    There’s always room for more sprinkles. ALWAYS.


  17. #
    Kim in MD — July 31, 2012 @ 8:20 am

    You can never have too many sprinkles! :-) This icebox cake makes me smile!


  18. #
    Simply life — July 31, 2012 @ 8:20 am

    oh sprinkles definitely make everything more fun! :)


  19. #
    I'm At Home Baking — July 31, 2012 @ 8:33 am

    Yummy, looks delicious!


  20. #
    Emily Rehse — July 31, 2012 @ 8:40 am

    It’s so beautiful I want to die. Lol! No but really, this was like straight up food porn. And I can’t wait to make it! :)


  21. #
    Kelly — July 31, 2012 @ 8:43 am

    Looks amazing!! I love ice box cakes…everything tastes better cold to me though! I have no sprinkles in my house. The horror. The only time I ever think about using them is during Christmas on my cooking baking spree. Obviously I live a sad life.


  22. #
    Cookbook Queen — July 31, 2012 @ 8:45 am

    Know what this cake needs?

    My face. Aaaaaaalllllllll up in it.



  23. #
    ellenbcookery — July 31, 2012 @ 8:46 am

    Hello DELICIOUS!


  24. #
    Savannah — July 31, 2012 @ 8:48 am

    This looks like perfection, even at 8:45 in the morning…I’m personally an icebox cake enthusiast, and fell in love with this strawberry one ( the first time that I made it. SO simple, yet SO satisfying. I don’t mind graham crackers, but when I’m in the mood for cake, I’m in the mood for the soft, melt-in-your-mouth texture that the crunchy grahams don’t have. That’s probably why I’m head over heels for these sort of cakes, especially the strawberry one, because like yours, it’s covered in homemade whipped cream (a dangerous weakness…).

    Thanks for sharing!


    • Jessica — July 31st, 2012 @ 10:58 am

      Love that strawberry one… wow!


  25. #
    marla — July 31, 2012 @ 8:50 am

    This is way more FUN than I could ever dream up. LOVE THIS CAKE!


  26. #
    Sally @ Spontaneous Hausfrau — July 31, 2012 @ 8:54 am

    I made an icebox cake for the first time in my life a few months ago, and I was also completely shocked at how good it was. I love all the sprinkles in this one!


  27. #
    Catalina @ Cake with Love — July 31, 2012 @ 8:58 am

    I love ice box cakes, they are so easy and yours looks perfect with this abundance of cute sprinkles!


  28. #
    Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) — July 31, 2012 @ 9:06 am

    Funfetti is always so much fun…add in the icebox cake and you have perfection! YUM!


  29. #
    ashley — July 31, 2012 @ 9:13 am

    Are you even kidding me right now? I must figure out a GF recipe for my graham crackers so I can make this. Pronto. And yes, Naomi is a freak of nature incredible photographer!


  30. #
    Christina @ This Woman Cooks! — July 31, 2012 @ 9:40 am



  31. #
    Ronda — July 31, 2012 @ 9:44 am

    officially your number one fan. I want this now. Sprinkles and cake batter pudding, best friends for life!


  32. #
    joelle (on a pink typewriter) — July 31, 2012 @ 9:46 am

    This just screams birthday party. I love it. I need some in my office right now – we could use some birthday party spirit up in this cubicle area, let me tell ya.


  33. #
    Jill — July 31, 2012 @ 9:50 am

    I haven’t tried an icebox cake, but I hear they’re good. And you’re looks fantastic! I love sprinkles!


  34. #
    Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie — July 31, 2012 @ 10:05 am

    OMG the cake batter pudding alone would win my heart but then you made it into a cake!? <3


  35. #
    Ashley Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine) — July 31, 2012 @ 10:08 am

    I’ve never made icebox cake but this looks delicious AND beautiful AND kind of easy! I will bookmark it for sure :)


  36. #
    Brooke — July 31, 2012 @ 10:12 am

    Jessica, your blog makes me so happy! I have about 7 bajillion (yes that’s a real number) sprinkles in my cabinets! But I always forget about them! Which is a crime. But now you reminded me of them so Im pretty sure I’m making something with sprinkles soon :)


    • Jessica — July 31st, 2012 @ 10:57 am

      Thank you so much Brooke!


  37. #
    RavieNomNoms — July 31, 2012 @ 10:15 am

    This is SO cute!!


  38. #
    Liz @ Tip Top Shape — July 31, 2012 @ 10:17 am

    I’ve never made an icebox cake before. This looks like the perfect one to start with :D


  39. #
    Kate G. — July 31, 2012 @ 10:25 am

    This cake looks so yummy!! After reading how many containers of sprinkles you had I knew I just had to count mine and the total is….25! Holy cow, didn’t know I had that many!! :) I will definitely be making this cake to use up some of my stash!! Thanks for all of the great recipes!! Love your blog!!


    • Jessica — July 31st, 2012 @ 10:56 am

      Haha, girl after my own heart.


  40. #
    Danielle — July 31, 2012 @ 10:28 am

    I’ve become obsessed with icebox cakes…it started with a lime flavored one that uses those Goya Maria cookies…then I went crazy and created a chocolate chip cookie nutella icebox cake…next I’m going to make one using the cookie butter from Trader Joe’s, whipped with cream and layered with the Maria cookies or the graham crackers. ohmahgah.

    I’m definitely adding this one to my list, it looks ridiculously good.


    • Jessica — July 31st, 2012 @ 10:56 am

      Ummmmmmm I’ve just dubbed you the queen of icebox cakes.


  41. #
    Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel — July 31, 2012 @ 11:03 am

    I agree with Kristan. This cake needs my face planted right in the middle of all that cake batter/sprinkle business. Amazeballs.


  42. #
    Naomi — July 31, 2012 @ 11:06 am

    I will be right over!


  43. #
    43 — July 31, 2012 @ 11:12 am

    sprinkles make everything better. enough said.


  44. #
    Mia — July 31, 2012 @ 11:15 am

    I don’t quite understand how icebox cakes work, either. I keep seeing them places, then thinking “this is graham crackers and frosting – is it really worth dirtying a pan for? Especially since I hate washing dishes and hardly ever do it?” But if you really say it gets cakey, then I may just try it. I’m not a huge sprinkles fan (and may have to sub mini chocolate chips or shaved chocolate or something), but cakey is pretty much my middle name.


    • Jessica — July 31st, 2012 @ 11:22 am

      Trust me, I totally thought the same thing and never thought they would be something I liked. I agree though – it would be even better with some chocolate!


  45. #
    Kim — July 31, 2012 @ 11:29 am

    Nine *whole* jars? I somehow find that hard to believe. A few of those jars are probably dwindling. ;)


  46. #
    Morgan @ moments of mmm — July 31, 2012 @ 11:34 am

    This has got to be one of the “cutest” food items I have ever seen. I’m thinking this would be fun for a little kid’s birthday!


  47. #
    Carly @ Snack Therapy — July 31, 2012 @ 11:46 am

    This was created for me. I just know it. My poor boyfriend has to deal with me putting sprinkles on everything. Pancakes, his morning yogurt bowl, you name it. They just make everything so dang adorable!!


  48. #
    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — July 31, 2012 @ 1:00 pm

    Rainbow sprinkles make everything better :)


  49. #
    Sam @ Better With Sprinkles — July 31, 2012 @ 1:12 pm

    I have just as many containers of sprinkles as you (judging by my blog name, are you really surprised?) – definitely an addiction. :-)


  50. #
    Cait's Plate — July 31, 2012 @ 1:14 pm

    Sprinkles just make everything better.



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