No-Bake Cake Ideas

My friend loves cookies: she can’t walk past the aisle in the store. She buys these bright packages, believing that she will eat everything. Of course, something always stays, so she discovered many no-bake cake recipes from cookies. Those are the most delicious quick desserts I’ve ever tried.

It turns out that cookies are not only good for tea drinking. Of course, I’ve heard of cookie-based cakes like tiramisu. But these treats are made from ordinary crackers or oatmeal cookies!

No-Bake Cake Ideas

Cake With Cooked Condensed Milk


  • ⅔ cup (150 g) butter
  • 6 ⅓ oz (180 g) cooked condensed milk
  • 9 oz (250 g) shortbread cookies
  • 1 ¾ oz (50 g) chocolate


  1. Beat the butter and condensed milk with a mixer until smooth.
  2. Grind the cookies, add them to the butter mixture and stir. Transfer the mixture to a deep container or baking dish, cover with plastic wrap.
  3. Decorate the cake with grated chocolate and put the treat in the freezer for a couple of hours.

Custard Cream Cake


  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 cup (200 g) sugar
  • 1 pinch vanillin
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 3 cups (700 ml) milk
  • 17 ½ oz (500 g) shortbread cookies
  • 1 ¾ oz (50 g) chocolate


  1. Beat the flour, vanillin, and egg yolks until smooth. Pour in milk, reserving 7 tbsp (100 ml).
  2. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Set the heat to low and simmer for another 10 minutes to thicken the mixture.
  3. Heat the remaining milk slightly and pour over the cookies. After a few minutes, place a layer of cookies on a dish. Cover it with a layer of custard. Alternate the layers until you run out of ingredients.
  4. Brush the dessert with the custard cream on the top and sides, and garnish with chocolate shavings. Refrigerate the cake for at least 2 hours.

Oatmeal Cookie Cake


  • 1 ⅓ lb (600 g) sour cream 25% fat
  • 1 ½ cups (180 g) powdered sugar
  • 2 bananas
  • 17 ½ oz (500 g) oatmeal cookies
  • 2 tsp cocoa powder


  1. First, combine the powdered sugar and sour cream. Spread some of this mixture evenly in a springform pan.
  2. Cut the bananas into slices and place them on the sour cream, then add a layer of cookies.
  3. Coat the cake with the remaining cream and refrigerate overnight. Decorate the treat with cocoa powder.

Pineapple and Strawberry Cake


  • 17 ½ oz (500 g) sour cream 20% fat
  • ½ cup (100 g) sugar
  • 14 oz (400 g) shortbread cookies
  • 17 ½ oz (500 g) strawberries
  • 14 oz (400 g) canned pineapple


  1. Beat the sour cream with sugar with a mixer. Divide the cream into a small and large portion. Break the cookies and combine them with most of the cream.
  2. Line the dish with plastic wrap. First place half of the sour cream and cookies. Then add half of the chopped strawberries and pineapple. Pour the remaining cookie and sour cream mixture over the cake.
  3. Place the cake in the fridge to set. Then gently flip the cake over, removing it from the dish. Brush with the remaining cream and garnish with pineapples and strawberries. Refrigerate the treat for a couple more hours.

Cake With Whipped Cream and Chocolate Icing


  • 1 tbsp gelatin
  • 7 tbsp water
  • 2 cups (480 ml) cream
  • 1 ⅔ cups (200 g) powdered sugar
  • 1 pinch vanillin
  • 7 fl oz (200 ml) milk
  • 10 ½ oz (300 g) shortbread cookies
  • 5 tbsp cocoa powder


  1. Combine 3 tablespoons of water with the gelatin and leave to bloom for 30 minutes. Then heat this mixture over medium heat. Let cool.
  2. Beat the cream with a mixer until bubbly. Add vanillin and ⅓ of the powdered sugar, stir gently.
  3. Pour the gelatin into the creamy mixture and beat until smooth. Place the in the fridge for 20–30 minutes.
  4. Heat the milk and dip a few cookies in it. Place them on the bottom of a dish and coat with the cream. Form a few more layers until you run out of cookies. Top off with the cream.
  5. Combine 4 tablespoons of hot water, cocoa, and the remaining powdered sugar, mix thoroughly. If the icing is too thick, add some more water. Pour the icing over the dessert and refrigerate for 60 minutes.

No-bake cake recipes are great for those who prefer quick desserts. Just make the cream, form a cake, and place it in the fridge. And after a couple of hours, you can put the kettle on and call the family.


Like many people nowadays, I love to explore new places. My favorite type is slow travelling, when you can really blend in with locals and learn about new cultures and languages. But I think there are also perfect times for enjoying freshly baked pastry, a cup of fragrant coffee, and a good movie in the comfort of your own home. I guess I'm kind of a cultural omnivore, and I watch different types of movies, but the ones about art and food inspire me the most!

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