Death by Chocolate Icebox Cake

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This Death by Chocolate Icebox Cake was a huge hit! Layers of chocolate ganache, chocolate mousse and chocolate graham crackers are topped with chocolate sauce for a decadent treat that’ll put you in a chocolate coma!

If you’re a chocoholic like me, you should also check out my Hot Chocolate Cake and my Drunken Chocolate Truffle Cake!

A Big Slice of Death by Chocolate Icebox Cake on a plate

Death by Chocolate Icebox Cake

So you know what I don’t love? Jeans shopping. If I want to feel not so hot about myself, jeans shopping will surely do it. That must be why I usually wear my jeans until they start to have holes in them before I’m willing to go shopping for them again.

I did a little jeans shopping on Sunday and Monday and the experience was as expected. I tried on mountains of jeans and barely found some that actually fit. Seriously, why is it that every. single. pair. fits differently. I could try on the same size of jeans but because they’re different styles they’d all fit differently. Some big, some so small I can’t put them on.

What is up with that?

And then I find a pair that actually fits well and they come with holes in them. That’s the exact problem I was trying to get rid of to begin with.

Rich Chocolate Icebox Cake in a Pan with a couple slices removed
The Best Chocolate Mousse Cake on a Plate

Fortunately I was able to find a couple pairs. My favorites were from Express, surprisingly enough. They fit quite well.

Then I did some shoe shopping, which I sometimes have the same problem with. I love shopping for fun shoes like heels. I could buy those babies all day long. But when looking for the basics that I wear most of the time, it’s hard to find stuff I like that fits well.

I finally walked holes right into the bottoms of my favorite flats so I had to get new ones. I literally got the same brand and size assuming they’d fit just as comfortably. Then I wore them for a little bit yesterday and already had problems with them rubbing. Grrr.

I’d rather shop for cute dresses, tops and heels any day. I just don’t like to wear those every day. Darn it!

Chocolate Icebox Cake Slice on a Plate
A Slice of Death by Chocolate Icebox Cake on a Plate

I would eat this chocolate icebox cake every day, however. Only problem is, I’d end up jeans shopping again because they wouldn’t fit me anymore if I ate this every day. I will certainly eat my share though.

Tips for Making This Decadent Chocolate Icebox Cake

I absolutely love the simplicity and ease of making icebox cakes. And you can mix up the flavors, making them fun to play with.

This time around I decided to go all in with the chocolate. I mean, when is tons of chocolate not a good idea?

The chocolate mousse-like layer is not a true mousse, but is very mousse-like in texture. It’s also delicious. The chocolate ganache is thicker, so they contrast each other nicely.

The chocolate graham crackers help give the cake it’s structure and hold everything together. Plus, they’re more chocolate.

Death by Chocolate Icebox Cake in a Pan
A Serving of Death by Chocolate Icebox Cake on a plate

Then it’s topped with chocolate sauce and mini chocolate chips. Heavenly, I tell you. And if you wanted, you could totally add more chocolate sauce between the layers. You know, if that’s your kind of thing.

This cake was a big hit. All my taste testers were fans. Some of my favorite taste testers are my co-workers kids and I hear there was an argument over who got the last piece of this particular cake. 🙂

Other Chocolatey Treats to Try

Nutella Biscoff Icebox Cake
Cinnamon Apple Icebox Cake
Chocolate Cake Recipes for Any Occasion
Reese’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Icebox Cake
Death by Chocolate Devils Food Cake

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Death by Chocolate Icebox Cake

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 minutes
  • Total Time: 28 minutes
  • Yield: 15-18 slices
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Microwave
  • Cuisine: American


This Death by Chocolate Icebox Cake was a huge hit! Layers of chocolate ganache, chocolate mousse and chocolate graham crackers are topped with chocolate sauce for a decadent treat that’ll put you in a chocolate coma!


  • 14.4 oz box of Chocolate Graham Crackers


  • 8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 1/2 cup natural unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 8 oz cool whip (or homemade whipped cream*)


  • 11 oz semi-sweet or milk chocolate chips (about 2 cups)
  • 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream




1. Combine cream cheese, sugar and milk together in the bowl of a stand mixer, or with a hand mixer. Mix until completely combined.
2. Add cocoa and mix until smooth.
3. Fold in the cool whip.


1. Place chocolate chips in a metal bowl.
2. Microwave the heavy cream until it starts to boil. Remove from microwave and pour over chocolate chips.
3. Cover bowl with saran wrap for 5-7 minutes.
4. Whisk chocolate and cream until smooth.


1. Add the heavy whipping cream, cocoa and powdered sugar to a large mixer fitted with the whisk attachment.
2. Whip on high speed until stiff peaks form.


1. Place a single layer of graham crackers in the bottom of a 9×13 pan.
2. Top graham crackers with half of the mousse mixture and spread evenly.
3. Spread half of the chocolate ganache on top of the mousse mixture and spread evenly.
4. Place another layer of graham crackers on top of the chocolate ganache
5. Spread remaining mousse mixture on top of graham crackers.
6. Pour remaining ganache on top of mousse mixture and spread evenly.
7. Top ganache with one more layer of graham crackers.
8. Top cake with chocolate whipped cream and spread into an even layer.
9. Finish cake off with chocolate sauce and mini chocolate chips, if desired.
*If making homemade whipped cream, I recommend 1 1/4 cups whipping cream and 1/2 cup powdered sugar.


  • Serving Size: 1 Slice
  • Calories: 452
  • Sugar: 36.1 g
  • Sodium: 168.5 mg
  • Fat: 27.8 g
  • Carbohydrates: 50.7 g
  • Protein: 5.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 35.6 mg

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  1. Jill Gallina

    hi I am making this as I write and see it says to add vanilla in the ingredients for the ganache but can’t find when o add it in the instructions. Can you specify? Thanks do much!

  2. deb

    I’m sure you’ll have a chuckle about this. I’m not much if a cook or baker, but this just looked like heaven, so I really studied the recipe. I was stumped trying to figure out how, in the chocolate whipped cream instructions, to put the bowl in the freezer and whisk (verb) for 15-20 minutes while it’s in there. It took me 15-20 minutes for the AHA moment – whisk (noun)! I’ll let you know how I do when I make this. Thanks.


      Oh gosh – too funny! Sounds just like something I’d do! So glad you had that AHA moment! 🙂

      1. Avi

        I am not getting it at all:( I put the metal bowl in the freezer, and then I whisk the other things in another bowl? I am completely blank.

      2. Lindsay

        There are 3 separate things used to layer in this recipe. For the chocolate mousse – those ingredients are all mixed together. The bowl from the freezer is used to make the whipped cream, which is separate.

  3. Cindie

    Wow, lots and lots of chocolate, grins happily. I love chocolate and I totally plan to make this one for my birthday party, but since I am Danish I have to ask how many people is the cake, we are going to be ten, possible eleven people and I know that at least three of them, possible more if they really likes it, can eat a lot of cake.
    Looks forward to making it, and also eating this one. Of to see what other recipes that might be used for the party.

  4. Helen

    Looks gorgeous want to try this for guest’s at the weekend don’t have Graham crackers in uk can you suggest a alternative?

      1. Marilyn

        In Ottawa, Canada we don’t have chocolate graham wafers….would you suggest using plain honey graham waffer crackers OR a round chocolate cookie. Wondering which would taste better in this dessert.


        I would suggest the round chocolate cookie. A chocolate wafer cookie would be best, if you can find one.

  5. PhyllisG

    Thanks so much! I am taking this to a homeless shelter for their dinner Monday night. I’m sure they will love it!

  6. Jodi

    Do all of the 11oz bag of chocolate chips go in the ganache? It says about 3 cups divided. I know some are used for topping. Just don’t want my ganache not to turn out right! 🙂


      I’ve removed the divided part. It should all go into the ganache. The topping is a separate chocolate sauce. Thanks Jodi!


      It’s a chocolate sundae sauce, which is usually thicker than chocolate syrup. It was store bought – I use this one.

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