Desserts, Middle Eastern Recipes

Nescafe Cake (Ice Box Coffee Cake)

Nescafe Cake decorating a plate with layers of biscuits and cream, topped with cocoa powder.

Nescafe Cake, also known as Ice Box Coffee Cake, is the Middle Eastern twist on a Tiramisu-style treat. It is a real taste of nostalgia for me because my mom used to whip it up for us regularly when we lived in the Middle East. If you have spent time in that part of the world, you have probably savored this delightful dessert. It is a real crowd-pleaser.

Suppose that you are craving something absolutely scrumptious, but you are also in a hurry. What is the best fix? No need to say it is a no-bake cake. Nescafe Cake ticks all the boxes. It is budget-friendly, easy to make, and requires just a handful of simple ingredients. In this way you end up with a creamy, indulgent, fragrant, and flavor-packed treat that is ready in a snap. Who could ask for more?


Irresistible unbaked cake made out of layers of biscuits, heavy cream, and Nescafe.
Layering sweet cream between the coffee-infused biscuits is a happy moment to be relished.


What is Nescafe Cake?

You might be wondering: What is a Nescafe Cake? We, it is basically a cake that requires no baking. The cake features layers of sweet cream and biscuits dipped in Nescafe with an amazingly soft texture and a luscious taste. Just prepare a handful of ingredients, a quick assembly, and then it takes a little chill time in the fridge.

Then, you have just crafted a wallet-friendly, Mediterranean spin on the legendary Tiramisu. The best part is that you do not need eggs, mascarpone cheese, or any fancy alcohol. This Nescafe Cake is all about delicious simplicity.


Why is Nescafe Cake the Best Dessert?

Let me tell you! Nescafe Cake (also known as Ice Box Coffee Cake) is like a dessert superhero. What is the secret? Well, it is versatile, so if you do not have Nescafe, any instant coffee will fit perfectly.

What about taste and texture? I would not be exaggerating if I say that it is like biting into a piece of heaven. The sweetness is heavenly. The texture is light and fluffy. It is simply unbeatable.

The ingredients you need to prepare this dessert are light on your wallet and super simple. You do not have to visit a gourmet grocery store for this treat.

And guess what? You can enjoy it year-round although it is a hot favorite during the summer months.

It also requires minimal effort and can be prepared in no time, but it will definitely impress your guests and family.

The icing on the cake? No need to fire up the oven. This recipe requires no baking. It is a fridge superstar.

Here’s a little secret! Make it ahead of time, and it actually tastes even better the next day.


A Creamy Coffee Dream

Delicious layers of biscuits and cream to create the easiest cold dessert ever.
Peer into the heart of the cake where coffee magic meets creamy bliss.

What’s an Ice Box Cake?

As the name suggests, an Ice Box Cake is a dessert that is made out of layers of cookies, wafers, cream, condensed milk, or fruits. As long as you have got the basics, namely biscuits and cream, you are all set. Just layer it up, pop it into the fridge, and that is where the real magic takes pace. It is a dessert that practically makes itself.


Tips to Remember

For a perfect outcome, leave your Nescafe cake in the fridge for at least 4 hours. It would taste even better if you let it chill overnight.

It is recommended to use a 9×13 pan for better results.

The last layer of your cake has to be cream. Talking about layers, aim for consistency in layer thickness. Whether it is biscuits or cream, try to keep each layer roughly the same thickness. This results in a well-balanced cake with uniform flavor throughout.

When it comes to dipping those biscuits into the hot coffee mixture, do not rush it. Give them a few good dips, ensuring they soak up that liquid goodness. It is all about that flavor infusion. Make sure to shake off any excess liquid from the biscuits. This helps maintain that perfect cake texture without making it overly soggy.

The star of the show is Nescafe (or your chosen instant coffee). Choose some high-quality brand for the best flavor infusion. It can make a noticeable difference in the taste of your cake.

Get creative with your Nescafe Cake by adding a sprinkle of cocoa powder, chocolate shavings, or even a hint of cinnamon between layers. These subtle touches can elevate the flavor profile.


Frequently Asked Questions

For how long can I store the leftovers of the Nescafe cake?

You can store Nescafe cake leftovers for up to 4 days in an airtight container in the fridge.

For how long do I have to refrigerate the cake before it is ready to serve?

For optimal flavor and texture, chill your Nescafe Cake in the fridge for at least 4 hours. It is even better if you can let it rest overnight.

If I do not have Nescafe, what can I use instead?

If you don’t have Nescafe, you can use your favorite brand of instant coffee.

Is it possible to make a lighter version of this cake?

Absolutely! You can use low-fat cream and skim condensed milk to reduce the calorie content while keeping the scrumptious taste.

I rather not use sweetened condensed milk. With what can I substitute it?

You can substitute the sweetened condensed milk for powdered sugar.


Layers of biscuits, heavy cream, and Nescafe combined to make an irresistible icebox cake.
It is a special time when a Mediterranean twist reimagines the classic Tiramisu.

Ingredients

For the Cream Layer

Heavy cream: This ingredient is essential for adding luxurious thickness and enhancing the overall flavors, giving your Nescafe Cake that creamy delight.

Vanilla: Adding a touch of vanilla works wonders as a flavor enhancer.

Sweetened condensed milk: This is your sweet and milky syrup, infusing each layer with sweetness and creaminess.

Nescafe: Our star player, it is the instant coffee that brings that rich, aromatic Nescafe flavor to every bite, making it the centerpiece of this dessert.

For the Biscuit Layer

Nescafe (instant coffee): Acting as the perfect counterbalance to the sweet elements, Nescafe instant coffee adds a delightful coffee kick to complement the sweetness.

Hot Water: This is your secret tool for dissolving the Nescafe and expertly dipping your tea biscuits, ensuring they soak up that delicious Nescafe essence.

Tea biscuits: These biscuits absorb the wonderful Nescafe taste, forming the layers that make your cake a true masterpiece of flavor.


Easy Prep

For the Cream Layer

First, add the heavy cream, vanilla, sweetened condensed milk, and instant coffee to a mixing bowl. (I’m using the famous Nescafe).

Then, with a hand mixer, mix until soft peaks are formed. You don’t want pipe-able whipped cream. Once done, set aside.

For the Biscuit Layer

First, mix the hot water with the Nescafe until dissolved.

Next, grab a biscuit, and dip it into the hot coffee mixture a few times to make sure it is well-saturated with liquid.

Then, shake off the excess liquids, and line the bottom of your 9×13 pan.

After that, lay the biscuits flat, then add a layer of cream, then more dipped biscuits and more cream, and finally, more dipped biscuits and the final layer of cream. A total of 3 layers of cream.

Finish it with a dusting of cocoa powder. Cover and refrigerate for a minimum of 4 hours, best overnight.


In this icebox cake, biscuits, heavy cream, and instant coffee are layered with cocoa powder for an irresistible taste.
Slicing through the Nescafe Cake reveals its hidden treasures, an invitation to indulge.

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Nescafe Cake decorating a plate with layers of biscuits and cream, topped with cocoa powder.

Nescafe Cake (Ice Box Coffee Cake)

Fatimah
Indulge in the perfect dessert for all occasions and even those hectic days! With its budget-friendly ingredients and easy preparation steps, Nescafe Cake, also known as Ice Box Cake, is a top choice for busy schedules. It is creamy, aromatic, and oh-so-delicious.
5 from 44 votes
Prep Time 30 minutes
Course Dessert, party meal, Snack
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 10
Calories 340 kcal

Ingredients
  

For the Cream Layer

  • 1½ pints heavy cream
  • 1½ teaspoons vanilla
  • ¾ can sweetened condensed milk
  • ½ tablespoon Nescafe

For the Biscuit Layer

  • 4 tablespoons Nescafe instant coffee
  • 1½ cups hot water
  • 2½ sleeves tea biscuits about 600 grams

Instructions
 

For the Cream Layer

  • Add the heavy cream, vanilla, sweetened condensed milk, and instant coffee to a mixing bowl. (I'm using the famous Nescafe)
  • With a hand mixer, mix until soft peaks are formed. You don't want pipe-able whipped cream. Set aside.

For the Biscuit Layer

  • Mix the hot water with the Nescafe until dissolved.
  • Grab a biscuit, and dip it into the hot coffee mixture a few times to make sure it's well-saturated with liquid.
  • Shake off the excess liquids, and line the bottom of your 9×13 pan.
  • Lay the biscuits flat, then add a layer of cream, then more dipped biscuits and more cream, and finally, more dipped biscuits and the final layer of cream. A total of 3 layers of cream.
  • Finish it with a dusting of cocoa powder. Cover and refrigerate for a minimum of 4 hours, best overnight.

Notes

  • For a perfect outcome, leave your Nescafe cake in the fridge for at least 4 hours. It would taste even better if you let it chill overnight.
  • It is recommended to use a 9×13 pan for better results.
  • The last layer of your cake has to be cream. Talking about layers, aim for consistency in layer thickness. This results in a well-balanced cake with uniform flavor throughout.
  • Dip your biscuits in the hot coffee mixture a few times until you are sure they are well saturated with liquid.
  • After dipping the biscuits in the hot coffee mix, make sure to shake off the excess liquid.
  • Get creative with your Nescafe Cake by adding a sprinkle of cocoa powder, chocolate shavings, or even a hint of cinnamon between layers. 

Nutrition

Calories: 340kcalCarbohydrates: 18gProtein: 4gFat: 28gSaturated Fat: 18gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 90mgSodium: 58mgPotassium: 179mgFiber: 0.003gSugar: 18gVitamin A: 1123IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 131mgIron: 0.1mg
Keyword easy cake recipes, ice box coffee cake, ice box nescafe cake, nescafe cake, No Bake Cake
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48 thoughts on “Nescafe Cake (Ice Box Coffee Cake)

  1. Asma says:

    5 stars
    Yummy to the last crumb. Did not last of course The best coffee cake full of flavor and richness

  2. Asma says:

    5 stars
    Yummy to the last crumb. Did not last of course The best nescafe/coffee cake full of flavor and richness

  3. Yasmeen says:

    5 stars
    Sooo tasty! The cream layer was DELICIOUS and definitely my favorite. 10/10 would recommend.

  4. Asefa says:

    What type of biscuits do you use?

    1. Fatimah says:

      Hello, any brand of tea biscuits as mentioned work. Avoid graham crackers as they get too soggy.

  5. Maryam says:

    5 stars
    Made this for my family and we absolutely loved it!!! Thank you for the recipes!

  6. Fatma Hasan says:

    5 stars
    Love this so much!

  7. Fatma Hasan says:

    5 stars
    Love this so much! So yummmy!

  8. Wafaa says:

    5 stars
    One of the best Nescafé cakes I have made. I like how you used biscuits and dip it in the hot coffee to give it a great coffee taste. I would definitely recommend this recipe for your family or if you are having a get together or dinner party. Simply delicious 😋

  9. Serene Alabidi says:

    5 stars
    This is soo good! My husband has been asking about this cake and I used this recipe, top notch deliciousness!

  10. Esra says:

    5 stars
    Absolutely love this cake!! I just made it today and it is so light and creamy and definitely easy to make! Will be making many more in the future!

  11. Esra says:

    5 stars
    Amazing cake! I just made it today and it is so light and creamy! Will definitely make more in the future!

  12. Tina says:

    5 stars
    Loved it!! I’m gonna make it again today in preparation for a small party tomorrow!!

  13. sal says:

    5 stars
    Best dessert ever

  14. Mariyam Ali says:

    5 stars
    Absolutely delicious. Perfect consistency, not too sweet. Was a big hit with my family to the point they chose this over a birthday cake! And recipe was so easy to follow my teenage daughter did it whilst I was out shopping:)

  15. Mariyam Ali says:

    5 stars
    Absolutely delicious. Perfect consistency, not too sweet. Was a big hit with my family to the point they chose this over a birthday cake! And recipe was so easy to follow my teenage daughter did it whilst I was out shopping:)
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  16. Leen says:

    5 stars
    The best coffee cake ever. Better than other recipes I’ve tried since its balanced

  17. Malak says:

    5 stars
    I love anything coffee and this was perfect

  18. Noor Bardawil says:

    5 stars
    This was so so good! It was so simple to make and tasted amazing. It reminded me of my childhood 🥲 and my husband had never had it before and he loved it so much too (and now he asks for it every weekend 😂)

  19. Sumra says:

    5 stars
    I made this for dessert for a dinner party. It’s delicious! The sweetness in the cream balanced perfectly with the the flavor of the Nescafé-dipped biscuits. I left it in the fridge overnight, the biscuits were nicely soaked with the coffee and cream. Quick, easy, and delicious!

  20. Nour says:

    5 stars
    My guilty pleasure is this dessert. Its good, light and easy to put together. Thank you for all you delicious recipes.

  21. Nour says:

    5 stars
    My guilty pleasure is this dessert. Its good, light and easy to put together. Thank you for all you delicious recipes.

  22. Hiba says:

    5 stars
    we made two trays and both finished in minutes 😫😫😫

  23. Weam says:

    5 stars
    This is so yummy! I’m not too much of a coffee fan but it was perfect. I added some strawberries in the middle of some layers

  24. Yasmeen Sh. says:

    5 stars
    I’ve been dreaming of having a bite from a nescafe cake and my dream finally came true! The whipped cream is delicious, light and creamy! The cocoa powder gives it a perfect balance of sweetness. It was fun and easy to make with my 3 yo daughter! A perfect dessert for all ages!

  25. Hanan says:

    5 stars
    This cake was so freaking good that we’ve made it 3 weeks in a row.

  26. Tasleema says:

    5 stars
    This was absolutely divine omg i made for a feast for guests at my house and it was delicious and sooo easy to make Alhamdulillah. I’ll definitely be making this again for occasions InshaAllah! JazakAllah khayr for this amazing delicious and simple recipe.

  27. Asmaa says:

    5 stars
    My family and I love drinking nescafe so this was the perfect dessert. Cant wait to make it again for Ramadan

  28. Sumayyah Omar says:

    5 stars
    My 10 year old made this dessert for a family gathering and everyone absolutely loved it!

    So easy to follow and simple to make yet such a crowd pleaser, I think this will be a delicious dessert for Ramadan.

  29. Sarah says:

    5 stars
    Yummy! I love any recipe that requires tea cookies!

  30. Sabrin Yassin says:

    For the condensed milk, do we measure is it with cup? So is it 3/4 cup of condensed milk?

    1. Fatimah says:

      3/4 of the can of condensed milk. So not quite the full can. condensed milk comes in 14oz cans.

  31. Cj says:

    5 stars
    Sooo good!

  32. Hadeel says:

    5 stars
    My mom and I started a catering company and we use this recipe for the desserts, and its honestly one of our most ordered dessert. Thank you for a great recipe

  33. Lamia says:

    5 stars
    Best nescafe cake ever. My mom even loves it more than hers lol

  34. Catherine says:

    5 stars
    So easy to make and so so yummy. The quantities listed are spot on, since I was fasting I couldn’t taste the cream while making this recipe but the end result was delicious!

  35. Ayman says:

    5 stars
    This dessert was phenomenal! So simple and easy yet soo delicious. Every person who tried it loved it and kept singing its praises 😂 although it was a no brainer to make, felt like I cheated! I didn’t have Nescafe so I grounded the coffee I had and it worked wonders. I had to order these tea biscuits from Amazon as I haven’t seen them in our local supermarket. What does everyone else in the UK use? Thank you Fatimah for this recipe will definitely be using again and again!

  36. Farah mustapha says:

    5 stars
    I loved this recipe, made it in ramadan a day before and it was delicious!! One of my fav desserts that doesnt require baking! So easy

  37. Farah says:

    5 stars
    Delicious i loved it! Made it in ramadan so easy and so satisfying

  38. Asil Mousa says:

    5 stars
    Made it like 5 times already!! My family always asks for it and it’s a delicious dessert to serve guests!! 💯 recommend!!

  39. Shazia says:

    5 stars
    The easiest dessert to make. Tastes so good. It was a hit with the children. I used decaf coffee

  40. Shahd says:

    5 stars
    This was the best! The perfect sweetness and super light and fluffy. I felt like I was going eating a tasty cloud 😂 would remake 100 times over. Thanks!

  41. LR says:

    5 stars
    I’ve made this twice now and it’s so easy and such a crowd pleaser! JazakAllah khayrun for the recipe!

  42. LA says:

    5 stars
    Delicious! I don’t like coffee but loved this cake

  43. William says:

    5 stars
    Looks delicious I’m in

  44. Romana Besic says:

    5 stars
    Finally decided to make it while back as a celebration cake and it was a big hit. Everyone loved it even kids with the coffee flavor and the prep and make was easy. Definitely will make again and will be my new go to for guests.

  45. Sarah says:

    5 stars
    This recipe is amazing and easy to make. My whole family loved it! Thank you for sharing your recipe.

  46. Johanna Tzountzouris says:

    5 stars
    Just made this and it turned out perfect! So yummy! I used the whole can of sweetened condensed milk (mostly so I wouldn’t eat the rest of the can with a spoon…lol) and used Nescafé Gold (instant espresso) because that’s what I have. 100% will make again! I’m going to freeze a piece to see how that goes. Thank you for a wonderful recipe!

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