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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

No-bake mango ice-box cake

The heat is on!  And these sweet yellow juicy mangoes are beginning to show off their plump cheeks at my local fruit shop.  While they're not yet that cheap at $2.99 a piece, we can't help but indulge a little bit.  This is the girls all time favourite fruit.  The only one thing that they ALL love, in common - in whatever form.  Fresh, dried and even dressed up with cream and layered with some graham crackers.  Yep. Simple.  No-bake.  Fresh!  This was inspired by an old post using strawberries.

While summer is just around the corner, it is the best time to make use of some of Australia's best produce!  We like the Calypso variety better as they are not that hairy compared to the Kensington Pride kind.  But mangoes are mangoes and whenever they're in our home, they add harmony to the creatures around.

(Print this recipe)
3 ripe mangoes - halved, discard stones, then cut the flesh into strips  (see photo)
1 cup thickened cream 
¼ cup icing sugar (add more if you want it sweeter, or omit entirely), plus extra for dusting (optional) 
½ teaspoon vanilla extract 
4-5 packets of My San Graham Crackers (or any kind of flat biscuits/cookies.  Savoiardi or sponge fingers will work well too.) 
¼ cup toasted pistachios (optional)

Make straight line slits on the flesh as thin as you want.  Then scoop the strips with a spoon.


In the bowl of your standmixer, whip the cream and the icing sugar until you get soft peaks.  Add the vanilla and mix well.

Using a 14cm x 20cm rectangular Pyrex glass dish, spread a thin layer of whipped cream on the base of your dish.

Place a layer of the graham crackers (or whatever variety of cookie or biscuit you’re using) on the cream.

Spoon some whipped cream and spread on the crackers/biscuits. .  Add and layer the mango strips.  Spoon and spread more whipped cream on the mangoes. Repeat the layers until you get the dish filled.

Chill in the refrigerator to set for 2-3 hours, or overnight.

When serving, you can choose to cut them into portions.  Or give everyone a spoon and scoop away! 


  • sprinkle some toasted pistachios on top after chilling and before serving, for that added texture. 
  • dust with icing sugar 

NOTE:  If you're using thicker varieties of biscuits or cookies, you must consider as well, the size of your dish.   

TIP: Place your empty bowl in the fridge before whipping the cream.  This accelerates achieving soft peaks.  Or place a bowl of ice under your mixing bowl while whipping the cream which will work as well.

And here's a short note from an old post about graham crackers: "*Graham crackers originally are American-made biscuits made of graham flour. For this cake, we used a Philippine brand which are available at Filipino shops and some Asian grocers.  Digestive biscuits are the closest substitute to graham crackers as far as the taste is concerned, although digestive biscuits are somewhat too thick.  Ladyfinger or savoiardi  may also be used as substitute but will limit the layers of the cake and lessen the chilling time as these sponge biscuits will soften faster."

We love mangoes!  Coming from a tropical country where these babies abound year round, it takes every bit of patience to wait until they are in season in AU.  Mangoes are excellent eaten fresh, and great with anything!  And this no bake dish I promise you,  is quick, easy and so refreshing with every bite.  We made this for a weeknight dessert, with some of the crushed crackers on top.  They keep well in the fridge for as long as everyone doesn't sneak and have a slice or two.  Ssssshhhhh...... I hear footsteps!


  1. Oh gosh thanks for posting! this is one of my favourites!!

  2. What a nice dessert idea. Makes me think of somewhere tropical. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thanks Annette. Indeed it does. Reminds me of tropical desserts from my home country - Philippines.

  3. Woaah. This looks mindblowingly good. I'm rejoicing at the return of mangoes as the warmer weather hits and this looks like a fantastic idea to use them!

    1. Thanks Christine! They're a usual dessert fare in most homes in the Philippines. Just because they're easy to whip up, and mangoes are aplenty.

  4. ooooh this looks fab! I love mangoes and am always looking for new dessert ideas that are healthy-ish. Thanks :)

    1. Thanks Mel! It was nice meeting you this weekend! Yes! Mangoes are just mouth watering and nothing screams summer more than mangoes! You're lucky to be in QLD and within arms reach to all the beautiful mangoes there! xx

  5. Now that mangoes are indeed in season down under, will definitely have a go at this recipe. I can't wait!

    1. Thanks Charina! Don't stop at making just one dish! You'll have to make them every week! Mangoes are the best! xx



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