Key Lime Pie Ice Box Cake

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Key Lime Pie Ice Box Cake – Everything you love about a sweet, tart, creamy key lime pie in a no bake ice box cake! 

A piece of key lime ice box cake sitting on a plate with limes in the background

 

I live for no bake desserts in the summer. I have said that before, and shared a TON of different recipes here on the blog over the years. No Bake Kool-Aid Pie might be my son’s favorite. He can even make that one himself. No Bake Oreo Cheesecake might be more my speed though.

My husband’s all time favorite pie is key lime pie. But sometimes you just don’t want to turn on the oven. Even if the pie is only 3 ingredients and super easy to make. So why not an ice box cake?

key lime icebox cake in the pan on a table

Strawberry Cheesecake Lasagna was such a big hit earlier this summer, I used that as the base for this key lime pie ice box cake. Have you ever made an ice box cake before? It is a layered dessert that uses graham crackers as the “cake” portion. The creamy layers soften the graham crackers, so it cuts and tastes like you are eating cake!

We have had a crazy hot summer here, so I am avoiding my oven at all costs. This key lime pie ice box cake is super refreshing, creamy, and the perfect thing to beat the heat. I served this to a couple different groups of friends, and everyone raved about it. If you know anyone who likes key lime pie, you have to make this for them. They will be so impressed!

A piece of key lime ice box cake with a fork

My husband doesn’t always love an ice box cake. I can’t figure out why, they just aren’t his favorite. But I completely won him over with this one. There was enough key lime flavor, which he often thinks key lime desserts are lacking. Plus the homemade whipped cream. It was enough to convert him!

If you are looking for even more no bake desserts (or almost no bake) you have to try these Chocolate Peanut Butter Dream Bars. They have been eyeing me for a long time, you just have to bake the crust. So they are on my must make list this week. Or check out this No Bake Oreo Ice Box Cake – such a pretty way to serve it! Or jump on the unicorn train! These No Bake Rainbow Unicorn Cheesecake Bars look so fun!

close up of A piece of key lime ice box cake
close up key lime ice box cake on a plate
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Key Lime Ice Box Cake

By Erin
All the flavor of a cool and creamy key lime pie in an easy no-bake icebox cake. It's a foolproof summer dessert that won't heat up the kitchen. 
Prep: 20 minutes
Additional Time: 4 hours
Total: 4 hours 20 minutes
Servings: 20

Ingredients 

  • 2 8 oz packages cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup key lime juice
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 box graham crackers

Topping

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Zest of 2 limes
  • Lime wedges, for garnish

Instructions 

  • Using an electric mixer, beat cream cheese and 3/4 cup sugar together until smooth and creamy. Beat in key lime juice until smooth. Pour into a separate bowl and set aside.
  • Whip heavy cream, using the whisk attachment of a mixer, until it becomes soft peaks. Add powdered sugar and vanilla. Whip until stiff peaks.
  • Fold whipped cream into cream cheese mixture.
  • Place a single layer of graham crackers into the bottom of a 13×9-inch baking dish. Spread 1/2 of whipped cream mixture over crackers. Repeat with another layer of crackers and remaining cream. Top with 1 more layer of crackers.
  • Prepare topping by whipping heavy cream, using the whisk attachment of a mixer, until it becomes soft peaks. Add powdered sugar and vanilla. Whip until stiff peaks.
  • Spread topping over top layer of crackers. Sprinkle lime zest over cream.
  • Place in refrigerator for 4-5 hours before serving.
  • Garnish with lime wedges to serve.

Notes

I used Imperial Sugar for this recipe

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 167kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 42mg | Sodium: 18mg | Sugar: 10g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Author: Erin
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Additional Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 20 minutes
Course: Dessert Recipes
Cuisine: American
Servings: 20
Calories: 167
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About Erin S

Welcome to Dinners, Dishes, & Desserts where my love of food meets my busy life. My name is Erin and I’m a casual home cook who loves to feed people. On this blog, you’ll find hundreds of quick and easy recipes made mostly from scratch. My days are spent in the kitchen, creating new recipes to share with family and friends.

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3 Comments

  1. I used the “click here” AND went to Imperial Sugar website, can’t get to the recipe…….. Help!

    1. The recipe is right there on the Imperial Sugar website that you click on when you used the Click Here link. As the post says, I did this recipe for Imperial Sugar, and it was sponsored so it is all there.