Key Lime Yogurt Ice Box Cake Recipe

Key Lime Yogurt Ice Box Cake…I love it when an idea actually becomes a reality, and things work out the way they should. I have had a couple of requests for more ice box cake recipes…but I was having a hard time coming up with something original. So I made a list of fruits that could feasibly be the theme of an ice box cake (that I haven’t already done.) Because it’s summer, and I love citrus, I opted for something lime. Along with the cream cheese and Cool Whip, an icebox cake filling needs something that will give it substance, and of course flavor. I’ve used juice concentrate, pudding and pumpkin but never yogurt. My favorite yogurt is actually key lime, so I picked up a couple of extra containers and gave it a try. 

Key Lime Yogurt Ice Box Cake Recipe | Easy and refreshing dessert that is so easy. A make-ahead dish that the whole family will love!Along with the cream cheese, yogurt and Cool Whip, I added fresh lime juice and fresh lime zest. I used regular limes because I couldn’t find key limes. The result is a delightful, light and tangy make-ahead dessert. 

Key Lime Yogurt Ice Box Cake Recipe | Easy and refreshing dessert that is so easy. A make-ahead dish that the whole family will love!

Key Lime Yogurt Ice Box Cake

A quick and easy make-ahead dessert the whole family will love!
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Servings: 9
Author: Ann Drake
Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 8 oz. cream cheese at room temp.
  • 2 5.3 oz. containers key lime greek yogurt.
  • 2 Tablespoons lime zest about 2 limes
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 8 oz. container Cool Whip Lite plus more for serving if desired
  • 1 box graham crackers


  • In the bowl of a standing mixer, or large mixing bowl with a hand mixer, beat the cream cheese for one minute.
  • Add both containers of yogurt and combine.
  • Add lime zest and lime juice.
  • Mix until well blended.
  • Fold in 8 oz. container of cool whip.
  • Make sure all ingredients are combined well.

To make the cake

  • Put one layer of graham crackers in a square pan. (8x8 or 9x9)
  • Top with a layer of the yogurt/cool whip mixture.
  • Follow with another layer of graham crackers.
  • Repeat this process until you have 3 or 4 layers, ending with the yogurt/cool whip mixture.
  • Cover and refrigerate 6 hours. Overnight is best.
  • Serve with Cool Whip and fresh limes for garnish.


Lasts several days in the refrigerator.
I used a 9 x 9 square pan and got three layers.
I used Chobani Key Lime Blended yogurt.
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Key Lime Yogurt Ice Box Cake Recipe | Easy and refreshing dessert that is so easy. A make-ahead dish that the whole family will love!

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I used a 9 x 9 square baking pan but it could be made in an 8 x 8 as well. If you use the smaller size pan, you may have enough filling to get four layers. Of course it could also be doubled and made in a 9 x 13. As always, I shared some with my dad and he gave it a thumbs-up. 

Key Lime Yogurt Ice Box Cake Recipe | Easy and refreshing dessert that is so easy. A make-ahead dish that the whole family will love!

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  1. Well Ann, I love the beauty of really looks so nice!! I love the Chobani yogurt, the limes and cream cheese…but…Cool Whip???? OMGosh…noooooo!!! That’s almost as bad hard for me to use as using dryer sheets!!!! I am going to try this with real whipped cream…I will whip it a little extra until it is very stiff like you would use for a frosting and then will fold into the cream cheese and yogurt….hoping it will taste great….sorry to rant – I know this is not public…but …for my own personal taste, I am going to try it with cream!!!

    1. Let me know how it comes out using the whipped cream…I’m not sure the layers will hold up but I’d love to know for sure. Thank you!

  2. Help needed- I purchased all the ingredients but am not sure about the grahams. Is it one pkg (9) grahams or the entire box for this recipe?
    Can’t wait to make this!!!!!

  3. I made this on the day you sent it because I loved the idea of a Key Lime dessert that was lighter than most.
    It was tasty, but a little bland. The only thing I substituted was using Nellie & Joe’s Key Lime juice for the fresh lime juice and maybe that is what did me in. Don’t get me wrong, it was still tasty, but when I repeat this recipe I would maybe make a raspberry sauce as a topping.

    Keep ’em coming — always love getting fun recipes that are a little different!

  4. Sounds delish – can’t wait to try it!

  5. Pam Bradshaw says:

    Oh Ann – You are definitely a woman after my heart. This recipe looks A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. I will be going to the store tomorrow and making this. I will definitely share but I think I could eat the whole thing by myself!!!! Thanks for sharing this recipe. More please!


  6. Ann, I will be eating this tomorrow! I love key lime anything. This grabbed my taste buds especially… today.
    The temperature is 99 degrees and the heat index is 110 degrees. I walked outside to get the mail and with one short step, I felt like someone had suddenly trapped me under a hot wet blanket! I took the minimum number of breaths necessary to grab the mail and run back inside.
    I enjoy so many of your recipes and the majority of them have gone into my permanent file. I think I must have made a dozen of your rhubarb coffeecakes; by request! That was a first!

  7. Looks yummy & easy! This I can do ~ thanks Ann

  8. Gayle Kesinger says:

    I am definitely going to try this, perhaps tomorrow. Makes my mouth water. Looking forward to whatever you post.

  9. Jean Windham says:

    I love anything made with limes so I cannot wait to make this recipe. Thanks for sharing. Jean

  10. My mother-in-law LOVES key lime anything and we are going to visit her next weekend. I will make this for her when we get there as simple and she thinks every meal should have something sweet in it! Please trust your gut and go out of the box…..I live vicariously through you and yearn for the beauty of your home. I keep reading and hoping to try to make one of your pillows or burlap table runner but so far have only made food! Love your chicken soup recipe and your oatmeal peanut butter bars!

  11. Nita Smith says:

    This sounds yummy. Thanks for sharing.

  12. Tricia Day says:

    This looks WONderful, Ann! Thanks for sharing this idea, sort of like Lime Cheesecake but not as intense. I’m excited to try it for my family!

  13. This sounds so yummy and what would be the perfect light and refreshing dessert for summer.

  14. Ann you’re killing me with all these yummy recipes, I’m on a diet….this fat has to go:( I’m a sucker for anything lemon or lime too so for now I’ll just drool over the photos and make it for my family instead.

  15. Marlene Stephenson says:

    Sounds like the perfect summer treat, thanks Ann.

  16. ann my faimly is not fond of limes so i will not be making the cake. i will forward your recipe to a dear friend who i am sure will enjoy every bite. however i did notice the pan you made the cake in. i recognized it as one made by williams-sonoma. a couple of years back you wrote about receiving bakeware by them and highly suggested their products…….well i bought a cookie sheet to sample. omg they make the most wonderful bakeware ever!!!! now all the cake pans, pie pans, cookie sheets, bread pans everything i use to bake are from them. thank you for such a wonderful suggestion. blessings, lauren


    Perfect timing, Friends coming for a casual dinner tonight, and I was just planning ice cream for dessert. Happy to have this to share. And we love limes!! Thanks, Ann, for yet another timely delight.

    As for the ‘out of the box’–I concur. Just go for it! I love all that you offer w/your creative, nurturing and delicious posts. Thank you.

  18. Muy tentador y rico se ve ojala me salga igual, saludos desde Chile, Antofagasta

  19. What a pleasant surprise! Opened up the email this morning and saw the recipe for the Key Lime cake. I just so happened to have some limes that need using up, and all the rest of the ingredients. So am making today for a sisters luncheon tomorrow.


  20. Carol Athenour says:

    Next month it’s my turn to bring dessert to our Fleet Reserve meeting…..I am going to bring a couple of these. They will be a hit…..something cool, different & refreshing on a hot August night.

  21. This sounds yummy. I just bought some key lime pie juice.. Thanks.

  22. I’ve pinned this recipe- love anything lime and can’t wait to try it!
    Whatever it is you’re considering for blog posts…. Go for it! Anything you write about will be wonderful!

  23. Ann this sounds so refreshing on a hot summer night…thanks!????


  24. Thanks for this recipe! I love Key Lime Pie but always feel guilty eating it ! Calories and sugar but using the yogurt and lite cool whip I will enjoy this dessert????

  25. Pat Stoughton says:

    Definitely do some things out of the box. We love your blog and accept anything on this site as just being, well, normal.

    One thing that I have difficulty with is holiday transitions. So it’s July 4th and out comes the red, white, and blue. And then green things until Halloween and after we put them away, there is a time before Thanksgiving and of course, put that away by Sunday. Uh-oh, what now? I’m tired of the usual autumn things.

    Have anything in your little bag of tricks that’s different?

  26. Debrashoppeno5 says:

    This sounds and looks delicious. I love lime and this recipe is so refreshing for the hot summer months. Pinned.

  27. That really looks and sound delish……….I recently did the samething using chocolate pudding, and then
    just added whipped cream on top. It was wonderful…………….we love key lime pie, so will definitely
    probably give this a try.

    Blessings, Nellie

  28. Key Lime is my husband’s favorite dessert. I’m definitely going to make this. Thanks Ann for this simple dessert!

  29. Thanks Ann, I love Key Lime as well, I’ll give this a try

    Have a great day!