Fridge cakes are a smart idea all year round – taking less time and energy than baking and using fewer ingredients – but they're a real winner in the summer when there's little desire to turn the oven on. That's why we've collated our fun and thrifty fridge cakes in one place, starring popular sweet flavours including Oreo, banoffee, cookies and cream and coffee.


Fridge cakes make brilliant make-ahead desserts, perfect for easy summer entertaining and dinner parties. Plus, many of these fridge cakes can take just 20 minutes of prep, then be left in the fridge for the flavours to meld.

For more no-bake treats, take a look at our best no-bake desserts, including the best cheesecakes, tiffins and ice cream cakes. We also have our summer dessert ideas, such as trifle and eton mess.

Fridge cake recipes

Chocolate biscuit cake

Prepped in just 15 minutes, filled with crunchy biscuits and flavoured with milk and dark chocolate, this easy fridge cake is a winner on so many levels. Serving up to 10 people, it's an inspired choice for easy summer entertaining.

It's a great way to use up any broken biscuits, just stick to the weight in the method. Or use the end of packets; experiment and have fun trying out different combinations!

Chocolate biscuit cake on a board with a slice cut off

Oreo Baileys fridge cake

This Oreos and Baileys hybrid will no doubt impress guests, and you'll be pleasantly surprised at how simple it is to assemble: simply layer thin, crisp chocolate biscuits with sweetened whipped cream. Left overnight, the biscuits soften and become ‘cake’ – voila!

For more Oreo-flavoured bakes turn your hand to our Oreo brownies, Oreo cake and black and white Oreo cheesecake.

Oreo Baileys fridge cake, with a large chunk taken out to reveal the layered filling

Banoffee fridge cake

This easy fridge cake takes advantage of those rich banoffee flavours by leaving in the fridge overnight to meld. Simply layer biscuits with vanilla cream, sliced bananas and caramel sauce – it's really as simple as that.

You'll be pleased to know we have myriad banoffee desserts for you to discover, from banoffee cheesecake to banoffee tart and banoffee-flavoured French toast.

Banoffee fridge cake

Coffee and cream fridge cake

There's plenty of reasons why we love this fridge cake: it's lined with a layer of Biscoff biscuits, spread with coffee-flavoured cream and topped with espresso powder and chocolate-covered coffee beans. A coffee lover's dream!

This cake makes a brilliant no-bake option for Christmas but it can be enjoyed all year around.

Easy fridge cake with coffee on a cake stand with a wedge taken out

Cookies and cream fridge cake

Try our own version of a popular quick American dessert, cookies and cream, made by layering chocolate wafers with whipped cream. Since you can't buy similar wafers in the UK, our recipe includes a homemade version.

Fridge cakes, by their nature, are great for saving energy – rustle up a no-cook feast with our no-oven effortless entertaining ideas.

Cookies and cream fridge cake

Classic chocolate tiffin

There’s a reason tiffins are the perfect no-bake treat – all this recipe requires is a handful of ingredients and time in the fridge. It's easily customisable; use sultanas or glacé cherries instead of the raisins, or use a mixture, the choice is yours.

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This recipe is perfect if want to make ahead of time, plus it'll keep in the fridge for over a week.

A tray of chocolate tiffin with swirled white chocolate and normal chocolate topping

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