Strawberry-Rhubarb Icebox Cake


Ginger cookies absorb moisture from a rhubarb-laced whipped cream, turning them into cake-like layers while this icebox cake chills in the fridge. We also layered in fresh strawberries for gorgeous color and a little extra sweetness. Pre-chilling a metal mixing bowl in the freezer cools the compote down in a snap.

strawberry rhubarb icebox cake
Photo: Johnny & Charlotte Autry
Active Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
8 hrs 30 mins
Nutrition Profile:


  • 4 cups diced rhubarb (about 1 pound)

  • cup granulated sugar

  • ¼ cup water

  • 1 envelope gelatin

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 ½ cups heavy cream

  • 1 5-ounce package thin ginger cookies, such as Anna's Swedish Thins

  • 3 cups thinly sliced strawberries


  1. Place a medium metal mixing bowl in the freezer.

  2. Combine rhubarb and sugar in a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the rhubarb breaks down, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Pour water into a small bowl and sprinkle gelatin over it. Set aside for 5 minutes, then stir the gelatin mixture into the hot rhubarb. Stir in vanilla. Remove the bowl from the freezer and pour in the rhubarb mixture. Stir well, then chill in the freezer until room temperature or slightly cold, about 15 minutes.

  3. Beat cream in a large bowl with an electric mixer until medium peaks form. Fold the rhubarb compote into the whipped cream in batches.

  4. Arrange 1/3 of the cookies in a single layer in the bottom of a 7-by-11-inch baking dish. Spoon on 1/2 of the cream mixture and top with 1/2 of the strawberries. Arrange another 1/3 of the cookies on top, then spoon the remaining cream mixture on top and top with the remaining strawberries. Arrange the remaining cookies on top. Cover and refrigerate for at least 8 hours and up to 2 days.

To make ahead

Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

205 Calories
13g Fat
20g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Serving Size 1/2 cup
Calories 205
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 13g
Added Sugars 9g 18%
Protein 3g 6%
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 39mg 13%
Vitamin A 582IU 12%
Vitamin C 28mg 31%
Vitamin D 19IU 5%
Vitamin E 1mg 4%
Folate 14mcg 4%
Vitamin K 14mcg 12%
Sodium 82mg 4%
Calcium 62mg 5%
Iron 1mg 6%
Magnesium 13mg 3%
Potassium 210mg 4%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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