Orange Icebox Cake


The light and creamy orange icebox cake taste like a creamsicle pop. Along with a sweet but delicate orange-vanilla pudding and cream cheese filling, the graham cracker layers soften into an almost cake-like texture that melts on your tongue.

Total Time: 4 Hours 20 minutes


  • 15 oz mandarin oranges
  • 3 oz orange gelatin
  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 5.1 oz instant vanilla pudding
  • 2 1/2 cups of milk
  • 24 oz Cool Whip thawed
  • 14.4 oz graham crackers
  • fresh orange zest 1 orange, zested for garnish



  1. In a measuring cup, drain the juices from the can of mandarin oranges. If there isn’t enough juice to produce a full cup, add water. Fill a small pot halfway with juice.
  2. Combine the jello packet and the mandarin orange juice in a saucepan and stir to combine. Stir frequently over medium heat until the gelatin is completely dissolved in the juice.
  3. In a medium mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and vanilla extract until light and fluffy.
  4. Mix in the pudding mix until everything is well combined (mixture will be lumpy). Gradually drizzle in the milk while mixing until a smooth consistency is achieved.
  5. Slowly whisk in the cooled orange jello juice until fully mixed and creamy.
  6. 16 oz. Cool Whip, beaten or whisked Allow for a 5-minute whisking period to allow the mixture to thicken slightly.
  7. Cover the bottom of a glass casserole dish with a single layer of graham crackers.
  8. Half of the pudding mixture should be spread over the graham crackers.
  9. Cover the pudding layer with a second layer of graham crackers, breaking some apart as needed to cover as much of the pudding layer as feasible.
  10. Finish with the rest of the pudding mixture.
  11. A third layer of graham crackers should be added. Before topping with the 8 oz. tub of Cool Whip, freeze for 20 minutes to firm up the layers.
  12. To set up, place in the freezer for at least 4 hours.
  13. Remove 15-20 minutes before serving from the freezer. Mandarin orange slices and orange zest go on top.


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