Easy no-bake pretzel & berry icebox cake

A sweet and salty no-bake cake

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Summer is when you spend as much time as you can outside and as little time as you can sweating over an oven. Forget regular cakes, cupcakes or cookies for your kid’s summer birthday or your barbecue and whip up this creamy, sweet, salty and pretty no-bake icebox cake!

This cake has everything you could possibly crave in a cake, from a salty crunchy pretzel crust to a rich chocolate topping and fresh berry garnish. Add a few dabs of creamy whipped cream for the ultimate dessert. DQ, eat your heart out!

No-bake pretzel and berry ice cream cake

Serves about 8

No bake pretzel and berry ice cream cake


  • 1-1/2 cups finely chopped pretzels
  • 6 tablespoons melted butter
  • 3/4 cup melted chocolate
  • 1/2 container vanilla bean ice cream, soft
  • 1 pint blueberries
  • 1 pint raspberries
  • 2-1/2 tablespoons chocolate chips
  • 2-1/2 tablespoons chopped pretzels
  • Whipped cream for garnish


  1. Mix the pretzels and melted butter together in a bowl. Carefully press down into the bottom of a spring form or pie plate. Freeze until firm, about 30–45 minutes. Once firm, top the pretzels with melted chocolate and spread with a spatula to cover the pretzels. Cover with foil and freeze for about an hour, or until set.
  2. Once frozen, top with soft ice cream and spread over the chocolate. Top the ice cream with the berries, chocolate chips and pretzels. Cover with foil and freeze until completely firm, about 6–8 hours.
  3. Cut and serve immediately with dollops of whipped cream.

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Claire is an aspiring nutritionist (and soon to be culinary student) with a serious addiction to bacon, goat cheese and online shopping. She is recently married to a social media guru who loves *almost* everything she conjures up. In addition to writing for the Food section of SheKnows, she is a full-time recipe creator (and taste tester), a writer for FabulousFoods.com and a contributing writer for the Home and Gardening section of SheKnows. You can also follow her musings and find delicious healthy recipes on her food blog, The Realistic Nutritionist.