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Pioneer Woman Lemon Icebox Cake

This Pioneer Woman Lemon Icebox Cake is layered with light, refreshing lemon pudding, cool whip, and graham crackers and topped with lemon zest and raspberries for a delicious summer dessert!

Feel free to make use of all the extra information that I’ve provided with the main Pioneer Woman Lemon Icebox Cake recipe, I hope that they will help you achieve the best cake result you are seeking.

Why this recipe works?

Desserts with lemon just scream summer. For a hot summer day, we wanted something light, creamy, and sweet that does not require baking, and this Pioneer Woman Lemon Icebox Cake is perfect.

Pioneer Woman Lemon Icebox Cake is so easy to make and always a crowd-pleaser when it’s served at summer get-togethers or BBQs.

Pioneer Woman Lemon Icebox Cake

What is Pioneer Woman Lemon Icebox Cake?

Pioneer Woman Lemon Icebox Cake consists of layers of graham crackers and creamy filling. In some cases, the filling is just whipped cream, but sometimes it has other flavors, like the lemon flavor we’re making today.

Icebox Cake gets its name because it is placed in the refrigerator or freezer before serving. The crackers get soft & delicate, giving it a cake-like texture without even baking.

Ingredients That You’ll Need:

  • Whipped Cream – We used cool whip because it was ready to use, but you can easily make your own whipped cream with heavy whipping cream, sugar, and vanilla extract. Beat on high until medium to stiff peaks forms, being cautious not to overbeat.
  • Pudding – Make sure you use instant lemon pudding mix. You will only need the powder and not the additional ingredients listed on the back of the box.
  • Lemon – For this Pioneer Woman Lemon Icebox Cake recipe, you should use fresh lemons instead of pre-bottled lemon juice. Fresh lemon juice and lemon zest add so much flavor!

How To Make Pioneer Woman Lemon Icebox Cake?

  1. In a large bowl, beat the softened cream cheese until light and fluffy with a hand mixer for about two minutes.
  2. Add instant lemon pudding powder, vanilla extract, and lemon juice to the same bowl. Again, use a hand mixer to blend until uniform in consistency and bright yellow.
  3. Pour in the milk slowly and mix until there are no lumps left.
  4. Add the cool whip and fold in with a rubber spatula.
  5. Spread 1/2 cup of pudding mixture into a 9×13 casserole dish, as you would for lasagna. Layer crackers in one layer as close as possible. To fit your casserole dish, you may need to break graham crackers into pieces.
  6. Spread an even layer of 1/3 of the remaining pudding mixture on top of the Graham Crackers.
  7. Then repeat Graham crackers, pudding mixture, Graham crackers, pudding mixture.
  8. Place in the freezer for four hours or refrigerate overnight.
  9. Before cutting, remove from the freezer and let sit on the counter for 15-20 minutes for the slices to soften.
  10. Garnish with lemon zest and fresh raspberries.
Pioneer Woman Lemon Icebox Cake
Pioneer Woman Lemon Icebox Cake

Can I Make Pioneer Woman Lemon Icebox Cake Ahead?

Yes, A great thing about Pioneer Woman Lemon Icebox Cake is that it must be made ahead of time. I recommend making your cake at least 12 hours in advance. After 12 hours, the graham crackers will be mostly softened, but still, have a little firmness in the middle.

What are the best Pioneer Woman Lemon Icebox Cake toppings?

  • Lemon zest
  • Raspberries
  • Sliced lemons wedged or curled
  • Blueberries
  • Graham crackers crumbs
  • A dollop of whipped cream

Recipe Tips

  • Picking Lemons: Pick lemons that are heavy, slightly soft when squeezed, and completely yellow all around. Any green hints indicate a lemon that is not yet ripe, and your juice may be too bitter.
  • Keep Whipped Cream and Mixer Cold: By keeping your whipped cream and mixer attachments cold, your lemon cream base will thicken completely.
  • Toppings: If you want extra juicy flavor, serve your Pioneer Woman Lemon Icebox Cake with fresh raspberries. You can also use blueberries or strawberries for extra juiciness. Top it with homemade caramel sauce for a dose of decadence.
  • Let Chill Before Serving: When you serve your Pioneer Woman Lemon Icebox Cake, let it chill first. This will help it solidify and allow the crackers to absorb moisture from the cream, resulting in the best cake texture possible.
  • Garnish: Top your cake with candied lemons for an easy dessert that not only looks beautiful but also adds flavor and texture!
Pioneer Woman Lemon Icebox Cake
Pioneer Woman Lemon Icebox Cake

FAQ Section

What does softened cream cheese mean?

When a recipe calls for softened cream cheese, this simply means the cream cheese needs to be brought to room temperature. A great trick to bring cream cheese to room temperature faster is to slice it into cubes and separate it, letting the inside also soften. Let it sit for 20 minutes. Softened cream cheese is essential to avoiding lumps in dessert recipes.

Do I need the ingredients on the back of the pudding box as well?

No. You do not need to add the additional ingredients listed on the back of your instant pudding box. The Pioneer Woman Lemon Icebox Cake recipe includes the necessary milk and other ingredients to make the perfect pudding.

What can I use as a garnish for Pioneer Woman Lemon Icebox Cake?

You can top Pioneer Woman Lemon Icebox Cake with curled or wedged lemon slices, graham cracker crumbs, raspberries, blueberries, and lemon zest as well!

How To Store Pioneer Woman Lemon Icebox Cake In The Fridge?

Wrap your Pioneer Woman Lemon Icebox Cake with plastic wrap and store it in the fridge. Properly stored, your Pioneer Woman Lemon Icebox Cake can last for up to 4 days in the fridge.

How To Store Pioneer Woman Lemon Icebox Cake In The Freezer?

Wrap your Pioneer Woman Lemon Icebox Cake completely with aluminum foil and store it in the freezer for up to a month. Simply thaw in the fridge overnight before serving.

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Pioneer Woman Lemon Icebox Cake Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving ( 100g )

  • Calories 422.46
  • Total Fat 7.41g
  • Cholesterol 9.79mg
  • Sodium 6.09mg
  • Potassium 36.75mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 26.05g
  • Dietary Fiber 0.51g
  • Sugars 24.8g
  • Protein 0.47g
  • Vitamin C 26%
  • Calcium 3%
  • Iron 2%

Nutrition Facts Source: Source

Pioneer Woman Lemon Icebox Cake

Difficulty:BeginnerPrep time: 15 minutesCook time: minutesRest time:4 hours Total time:4 hours 15 minutesServings:24 servingsCalories:422.46 kcal Best Season:Summer

Description

This Pioneer Woman Lemon Icebox Cake is layered with light, refreshing lemon pudding, cool whip, and graham crackers and topped with lemon zest and raspberries for a delicious summer dessert!

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, beat the softened cream cheese until light and fluffy with a hand mixer for about two minutes.
  2. Add instant lemon pudding powder, vanilla extract, and lemon juice to the same bowl.
  3. Again, use a hand mixer to blend until uniform in consistency and bright yellow.
  4. Pour in the milk slowly and mix until there are no lumps left.
  5. Add the cool whip and fold in with a rubber spatula.
  6. Spread 1/2 cup of pudding mixture into a 9×13 casserole dish, as you would for lasagna.
  7. Layer crackers in one layer as close as possible. To fit your casserole dish, you may need to break graham crackers into pieces.
  8. Spread an even layer of 1/3 of the remaining pudding mixture on top of the Graham Crackers.
  9. Then repeat Graham crackers, pudding mixture, Graham crackers, pudding mixture.
    Place in the freezer for four hours or refrigerate overnight.
  10. Before cutting, remove from the freezer and let sit on the counter for 15-20 minutes for the slices to soften.
  11. Garnish with lemon zest and fresh raspberries.

Notes

  • Picking Lemons: Pick lemons that are heavy, slightly soft when squeezed, and completely yellow all around. Any green hints indicate a lemon that is not yet ripe, and your juice may be too bitter.
  • Keep Whipped Cream and Mixer Cold: By keeping your whipped cream and mixer attachments cold, your lemon cream base will thicken completely.
  • Toppings: If you want extra juicy flavor, serve your Pioneer Woman Lemon Icebox Cake with fresh raspberries. You can also use blueberries or strawberries for extra juiciness. Top it with homemade caramel sauce for a dose of decadence.
  • Let Chill Before Serving: When you serve your Pioneer Woman Lemon Icebox Cake, let it chill first. This will help it solidify and allow the crackers to absorb moisture from the cream, resulting in the best cake texture possible.
  • Garnish: Top your cake with candied lemons for an easy dessert that not only looks beautiful but also adds flavor and texture!
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Nutrition Facts

Servings 24


Amount Per Serving
Calories 422.46
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7.41g12%
Cholesterol 9.79mg4%
Sodium 6.09mg1%
Potassium 36.75mg2%
Total Carbohydrate 26.05g9%
Dietary Fiber 0.51g3%
Sugars 24.8g
Protein 0.47g1%

Vitamin C 26%
Calcium 3%
Iron 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.