Vintage Icebox Cake.

This vintage-inspired dessert is so simple and easy to assemble! Crisp almond cookies and honey-whipped cream create a heavenly combo, making it hard not to go back for seconds.

Icebox Cakes are some of the easiest desserts you can make when you’re short on time, especially during these hot Summer months when you’re entertaining the kids and don’t have time or energy to assemble a complicated dessert.

I remember the first time I actually saw an old wooden “icebox” in an antique store when I was little. I just couldn’t fathom that folks actually used these simple structures to keep their food cold, or that there wasn’t another option all that long ago. It’s pretty amazing how times have changed and how much is possible now with all the modern conveniences we have today.

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These “cakes” are the best because they are simply layers of cookies and whipped cream that when chilled, transform into a cake-like dessert that is absolutely divine. The crisp cookies absorb the moisture of the filling, making them soft and flavorful.

You really can use any variation of cookie and whipped cream flavor you want, but for this particular recipe, I used Anna’s Almond Swedish Thins and fresh honey. Other ideas would be gingersnaps with lemon infused whipped cream, or even classic chocolate wafers with vanilla cream. I really love a fresh citrus flavor.

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Icebox Cake

Yield: 8
Author: Heirloomed
This easy, vintage style icebox cake is made with almond cookies and layers of honey whipped cream.


  • 2 c. (16 oz.) whipping cream, chilled
  • 1/2 c. of honey
  • 1-2 pkgs (approx. 40-50) crispy, thin almond cookies (I used Annas Swedish Thins)
  • Fresh rosemary and honey for garnish


How to cook Icebox Cake

  1. Whip the cream until soft peaks form.
  2. Add about ⅓ of the cream to the bowl and gently fold in honey using a rubber spatula. When that looks combined, add another ⅓ of the cream and fold again.
  3. Using a flat cake stand, place a layer of cookies into an 8” round (be sure to place a cookie in the center). If you want to have as much cookie layer as possible, you can even break some cookies into small pieces to fill in gaps at each layer of cream.
  4. On top of the first cookie layer, add a dollop of the cream and gently spread across the cookies.
  5. Keep layering cookies with cream. You should get about 5 layers of cookies and 5 layers of cream. Finish with cream and garnish with fresh rosemary and a honey drizzle
  6. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours, ideally over night.
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With easy ingredients and only a 10 minute assembly time, this classic Southern Dessert is a hit every time. Have you ever tried making an icebox cake? If so, I would love to know your secrets for this dessert!


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Classic Banana Pudding.

A classic dessert recipe for Southern Banana Pudding, a summer staple that the kids will enjoy as a favorite for years to come.

I don’t think I have ever turned down a big scoop of banana pudding and this recipe in particular has my family and me licking our bowls clean. I mean, even if you don’t love bananas, odds are you will still love this dessert. Its rich, creamy and sweet and really everything you could ever ask for in a dessert.

My husband’s aunt makes a wonderful homemade recipe and it’s become a BBQ staple dessert around their parts.

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Not only is this pudding absolutely delicious, but it also makes for a beautiful, bright treat to serve during the summer time. We almost always have bananas on hand in our house so it’s nice to be able to pull ingredients I already have without making an extra trip to the store. It’s so easy to whip up for a get-together or to just make with my kids during the summer.

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Classic Banana Pudding

Yield: 10
This banana pudding is a classic dessert that your whole family will adore.


  • 4 large bananas
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1 box vanilla instant pudding
  • 1/2 can of sweetened condensed milk (14 oz. can)
  • 4 oz. creamed cheese
  • 1 Box of Nilla Wafers
  • 2 cups fresh whipped cream


How to cook Classic Banana Pudding

  1. In a large bowl, use a mixer to beat cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk together. Then combine instant pudding mix and milk to the bowl and beat until mixture is well combined. 
  2. In the bottom of a small bowl or serving glass, crumble a few Nilla wafers. Then add a scoop of pudding mixture on top of the cookie crumble. Add a layer of sliced bananas. Repeat this until glass is full or at desired level. 
  3. Top this with homemade whipped cream and more sliced bananas and Nilla wafers.  
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The key to the perfect banana pudding is to find the perfect bananas— golden yellow with a few brown spots. I love topping this off with a dollop of homemade whipped cream and a few extra banana slices for good measure. I also love the mix of textures in banana pudding with a sprinkling or layer of crispy, fresh Nilla Wafers - they just take me back to being young.

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What memory does this classic banana pudding make you think of? Let me know in the comments below.


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heirloomed is a lifestyle brand with a mission of "keeping heirlooms around for another generation." Our blog features stories about family recipes, creating traditions with your family, interior design and entertaining by mixing new and vintage pieces, classic style, and small town + historic travel. Our shop features a collection of "goods inspired by the past, for generations to enjoy" with an array of products and meaningful gifts including linen apronstabletop linensartceramics and beyond. Learn more at