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Caramel Apple Icebox Cake

Prep Time 20 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Servings 9 servings

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This Caramel Apple Icebox Cake is made with layers of graham crackers, cream cheese, apple pie filling and topped with a drizzle of caramel. An easy no bake dessert!

caramel apple icebox cake on pink platter

You know, I’m kind of new to this idea of layering graham crackers or other cookies with cheesecake or pudding or other equally delicious things, and letting them hang out and soften in the fridge to make cake.

But I’ve gotta say, I really like it.

I mean, there’s nothing not to like. You’ve got a cake layer you didn’t actually have to bake. Cream cheese. Whipped cream. Apples. Cinnamon. Caramel.

caramel apple icebox cake with whipped cream and caramel drizzle

And the best part? You can make it ahead and stick it in the refrigerator.

You can even stick it in the freezer and enjoy it partially frozen!

It just doesn’t get any better.

two slices of apple icebox cake on two white plates with whole apples

Tips for making a great icebox cake:

  • Your cookies: I tried making this recipe with golden Oreos originally, and I just gave up this time after two fails. Oreos are delicious but they are too thick to really make a beautiful icebox cake, since they don’t soften or slice as easily. If you are determined though, go for it 🙂
  • Your filling: you want this filling to be thick so that everything stays together when you flip it. To get a nice even layer in your pan, I recommend putting your filling in a piping bag, and piping a thin layer so that there is not much spreading needing.
  • Your apple pie filling: yes, I used a can. I recommend taking a sharp knife and running it through the apples in the pan so they are not as large and you can an even distribution. If you prefer, you could arrange some artfully on the bottom of your loaf pan (which will be the top of your cake), and then slice the rest.
  • Your pan: I chose to use a plastic wrap lined 9×5″ loaf pan for this recipe and I’m glad I did! It is such a pretty presentation, and once the icebox cake is set it is really easy to turn out onto a platter and unmold. If you prefer, you can easily make this in an 8×8 or 9×9 baking pan instead.
slice of apple icebox cake on white plate with caramel drizzle
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Caramel Apple Golden Oreo Icebox Cake

Caramel Apple Golden Oreo Icebox Cake — wonderful fall flavour in an easy no-bake, make-ahead dessert!
Prep Time 20 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Servings 9 servings
Calories 439cal

Ingredients

Cheesecake mixture

  • 8 oz package cream cheese
  • 1 102g package instant vanilla pudding (a 4 serving size)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups whipped topping or whipped cream

Assembly

  • 24 square graham crackers (12 large ones)
  • 540 ml can apple pie filling
  • 1/4 cup caramel sauce

Instructions

  • Cheesecake Mixture: In a stand mixer or with a handheld mixer, beat cream cheese until smooth. Add in pudding mix and 1 cup milk and mix on low until smooth. Beat in powdered sugar until smooth.
  • Fold in whipped topping or whipped cream with a spatula. Set aside.
  • Assembly: Line a 9×5" loaf pan with plastic wrap, allowing for lots of overhang.
  • Place 1/3 of apple pie filling in the bottom of the pan (this will be the top when we flip).
  • Spread with 1/3 of your cream cheese mixture and top with one layer of graham crackers (I used 8 square crackers in each layer)
  • Repeat layers twice more, ending with the last layer of graham crackers. Wrap the plastic wrap overhang over the top of the cake in the pan loosely (it's okay if it doesn't cover completely).
  • Refrigerate at least 8 hours or overnight before inverting onto a serving platter, removing the plastic wrap and garnishing with whipped cream and caramel sauce as desired.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 439cal | Carbohydrates: 69g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 44mg | Sodium: 506mg | Potassium: 196mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 37g | Vitamin A: 493IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 117mg | Iron: 2mg

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  1. Mary Campbell says

    Hi, this recipe looks fabulous, I have a question, forgive me if it seems a bit odd, but do you mix the instant pudding first, then add it to the cream cheese, or do I simply add the pudding powder & milk to the cream cheese? Thanks Mary

    • Ashley Fehr says

      Sorry! I’ve updated it to be more clear. You mix in the pudding powder plus the milk called for in the recipe, but you don’t make the pudding before adding it to the recipe.

  2. Donna says

    Hi there…this dessert looks amazing! Can’t wait to try it! Just had a question though: recipe says to dip half of the Oreos in milk…does that mean half of the cookie itself or half of the amount of cookies required? This may be a silly question but I just want to be sure. Thanks!

  3. Natasha says

    Just made this for Thanksgiving…it was a hit! I used double stuffed Oreos, almond milk, and sprinkled cinnamon on top before adding the last of the caramel. I used extra caramel because I love it!!!

    • Ashley Fehr says

      I’m so sorry — that was really confusing! I’ve updated the recipe to make it clearer. The 1 1/3 cup milk is for the pudding, and the 1/2 cup is for dipping the Oreos. Sorry!

  4. Donna Markovich says

    there are just way to many caramel recipes! YUMMY!!! I can never decide what to make first. I drive my husband crazy with all the caramel recipes I make. Oh well too bad! More for me!!!!

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    • Ashley says

      Thanks Nora! I had made a similar recipe with graham crackers once, and I thought golden oreos would be even better!

  6. Kelly - Life Made Sweeter says

    You totally nailed this ice box cake and all the layers because I seriously can’t think of anything better than this right now! It looks so decadent and beyond delicious! Perfect dessert to get the weekend started – pinned!

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