I love baking cakes. Baking cakes fills my home with delicious smells while cooking and fills my heart with joy when I’m eating them after they come out of the oven. But, when I bake in the warmer months it can really heat up my house. Not my favorite. So, I’ve been on somewhat of a quest to find the perfect summer dessert recipe – and I think I’ve finally found it! This Apple Pie Ice Box Cake is delicious! And, no baking required. You can just whip it up and stick it in the fridge. It comes out cool and refreshing! This multi-layered dessert is fun and easy to make and would be a good one to get the kids in on.
You won’t need a ton of supplies – I mean the best recipes are simple, right? Aside from the possible whip cream fight that may happen after the last step, this should be a pretty simple cleanup as well. So grab your supplies and get ready to make one of my favorite summer desserts.
What You’ll Need:
- 1- 1.85oz package of instant vanilla pudding
- 2 Cups of 2% milk
- 1- 8oz container of whipped topping, divided
- 2 packs of cinnamon graham crackers
- 1- 20oz can of apple pie filling
- *Optional: cinnamon to sprinkle
- Mixer (hand mixer or stand)
- Spoon or non-stick spatula
You can swap out whatever dairy or non-dairy you prefer here for the apple pie ice box cake. There are some great non-dairy options these days, so choose whatever works best for you and your family.
How To Make Apple Pie Ice Box Cake
Using a stand mixer with whisk attachment, (or an electric hand mixer, whatever you have) combine the milk and pudding mix. Beat on medium/high speed for about 2minutes. Once it’s mixed, let sit for 1-2 minutes.
After it has set, add in half of the whipped topping into the pudding mixture and fold in until combined using a spoon or non-stick spatula. I use these. They make clean-up a little easier.
Now the fun part. Add a layer of graham crackers to a 9×9 baking dish, breaking to fit. It’s worth noting that if graham cracker pieces aren’t breaking how you’d like, use a knife. Place graham cracker on a cutting board and use the center of the knife to push straight down. I’ve found this will cut evenly without cracking. The fun part is nibbling on the extra graham crakers as they are my favorite.
Pour in half of the pudding mixture and spread it around evenly. You’ll want to make sure it gets down in between the graham crackers pieces of the apple pie ice box cake.
Then, add another layer of graham crackers, breaking pieces to fit like you did above. We finally have the base of our apple pie. Now to add the filling!
This when the apple pie ice box cake really comes together. Add the apple pie filling and spread evenly. It’s just something about the rich color of the apple pie filling and the wonderful smell that transports me back to the carefree days of my youth. Ah, to be a kid again.
Top that with a final layer of graham crackers. You guys know how this works now. The graham crackers create a wonderful crust on top and bottom, and their cinnamon flavor compliments the pie so nicely.
It’s time to pour on the remaining pudding mixture for the ice box cake. Spread this around as best you can to get ready for the last whipped cream layer.
Lastly, add the whipped cream to the top and spread evenly. Once you’re done, just place in refrigerator for a minimum of about 4 hours. You can chill it longer if you want it. If you want add a little pizazz to it, sprinkle the top with cinnamon before serving.
And you’re done! I hope you enjoy this apple pie ice box cake as much as I do! It is fun to make and even more enjoyable to eat. I think my kids have more fun making this than I do! This recipe is great for those warm summer days and backyard get-togethers. Also, this makes a nice snack after the kids go to bed. 🙂 They don’t need all that sugar anyway.
If you’re just as excited about this apple pie ice box cake as I am, but you’re not quite ready to make one, be sure to pin this to your favorite desserts recipes board on Pinterest so you can find it again super quick when you are ready! If you make it, let us know on social media by tagging MomsandMunchkins as we love to see what our readers make.
- Combine milk and pudding mix in a large bowl.
- Beat on medium/high speed for about 2 minutes.
- Let sit for 1-2 minutes.
- Combine ½ the whipped topping into the pudding and fold in until combined.
- Add a layer of graham crackers to a 9x9 baking dish, breaking to fit.
- Add ½ the pudding mixture and spread evenly.
- Add another layer of graham crackers, breaking pieces to fit.
- Next, add apple pie filling and spread evenly.
- Top that with a final layer of graham crackers, breaking pieces to fit.
- Pour on the remaining pudding mixture and evenly spread.
- Finally, add whipped cream to the top and spread evenly.
- Place in refrigerator for a minimum of 4 hours.
- *Optional: Sprinkle top with cinnamon before serving
If graham cracker pieces aren’t breaking how you’d like, use a knife. Place graham cracker on a cutting board and use the center of the knife to push straight down. I’ve found this will cut evenly without cracking.
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