Dairy Free Icebox Cake and Cake Jars


This is perhaps one of the easiest desserts, and yet, it’s usually inaccessible to dairy-free sweets lovers. Luckily, a quick ingredient swap yields a dairy free icebox cake that everyone will love. Sarah whipped up a full cake recipe using one of the coconut whipped cream recipes from my book, Go Dairy Free. She also gave it some red, white and blueberry flair for the holidays!

Dairy free Icebox Cake Jars! Recipe includes Full Cake instructions & Red, White & Blueberry option

My current holy grail for coconut milk!Sarah’s version is perfect for parties or family barbecues, but I wanted something that you could scale up or down for smaller households, or that simply offers a fun single-serve dessert option. So I took her full recipe and made dairy free icebox cake jars!

Dairy free icebox cake jars are just as easy to make, and can be kept in the refrigerator for several days, allowing you to grab only as many as needed.

The coconut whipped cream you are making for either recipe version is very forgiving. With a dairy-free milk powder on hand you can thicken it easily if too soft, and you can adjust the powdered sugar up or down, to taste. If using ordinary grahams on a full cake, we usually go for it with the sugar. However, if I’m making cake jars with cookies, I use about half the sweetener.

That said, when I use So Delicious Original Culinary Coconut Milk, I never have an issue with the whip being too soft. In fact, if you do add the milk powder, it becomes quite thick and holds its own.

Dairy free Icebox Cake Jars! Recipe includes Full Cake instructions & Red, White & Blueberry optionThis post is sponsored by So Delicious Dairy Free, makers of the richest darn coconut milk currently on the market. And yes, this opinion is my own.

Special Diet Notes: Dairy Free Icebox Cake

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, optionally gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-free, optionally soy-free, optionally vegan, plant-based, and vegetarian.

For a gluten free dairy free icebox cake, be sure to source grahams like Kinnikinnick’s S’moreables or Pamela’s Graham Crackers.

For a strictly vegan icebox cake, it’s important to know that most graham crackers do contain a touch of honey. There are a few rogue honey-free brands out there, but you can also go the cake jar route and use Enjoy Life Crunchy Sugar Cookies.

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Dairy Free Icebox Cake or Cake Jars
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Please note that you will want to place your coconut milk in the refrigerator before preparation (at least several hours) and that our Prep time doesn't include chilling. The dairy free whipped cream in this recipe is adapted from Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook.
Serves: 1 8x11-inch cake
  1. Skim the thick coconut cream from the chilled coconut milk (leaving any watery / pure liquid behind) and place it in a chilled mixing bowl. Add the sugar, dairy-free milk powder (if using), vanilla, and lemon juice, if using). Blend with a hand mixer to combine and lightly whip. Cover and refrigerate while you prepare the rest.
  2. Spread a thin layer of the whipped coconut cream in the bottom of an 8 X 11-inch pan.
  3. Then cover with a layer of graham crackers, using smaller rectangles to fill in the edges as needed.
  4. Top the graham crackers with a single layer of strawberries and blueberries. Alternate the fruit in single-file, red and blue 'stripes', if making for the holidays.
  5. Spread half of the remaining coconut cream on top of the fruit, followed by another layer of graham crackers, and then the remaining coconut cream.
  6. Cover the cake and refrigerate for several hours, preferably overnight. Refrigerate the remaining strawberries and blueberries separately.
  7. Before serving the cake, decorate the top with the remaining strawberries and blueberries. Slice into squares and serve. Refrigerate any leftovers; they will keep for a couple of days.
Coconut Milk Note: The So Delicious Culinary Coconut Milk is richer than most canned coconut milks, so you still only need 2 packages, despite the fact that they are a little smaller than coconut milk in cans. It's basically coconut cream!

Dairy-Free Milk Powder Note: If you have a very thick coconut whip without the milk powder, and you don't have any on hand, then this can be omitted. You may want to reduce the powdered sugar in half, and add more to taste, if desired.

Cake Jar Option: Layer as described above, but into single serve jars. I use Enjoy Life Crunchy cookies (which are round) instead of graham crackers, and trim the cookies with a knife if they are a little too big (will depend on your jar width).
Dairy free Icebox Cake Jars! Recipe includes Full Cake instructions & Red, White & Blueberry option

About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.


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  3. I’m sad we were in the middle of moving and didn’t get to enjoy our usual 4th of July fun foods! I would have LOVED to make this! I’ll have to think of an excuse very soon, once I get my kitchen in order. 😉

  4. What fun is this cake! This would definitely win some creativity awards at the 4th of July parties this weekend, not to mention I love the healthier twist. Happy 4th

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