No Bake Samoa Cake

No-Bake Samoa Cake is layers of coconut, chocolate, caramel, and shortbread cookie HEAVEN! Turn your favorite Girl Scout cookie into an easy cake!

No Bake Samoa Cake on a white plate.

You must stop what you are doing (well, finish reading first) and run out for these ingredients immediately.  I can honestly claim this the most amazingly delicious dessert I have had to date.  

You will have to turn the oven on for about 15 minutes to toast the coconut. It is worth the small amount of heat in the kitchen for this dessert. I kid you not.  This stuff is so irresistible my family would not allow me to share with anyone.

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Samoa Cake

No Bake Samoa Cake - shortbread cookies in the bottom of a glass baking dish

I was craving a cool, creamy no-bake dessert I could whip up in no time. So Samoa icebox cake it is!

Blend milk and coconut pudding packets for about 2 minutes with an electric mixer on medium-high speed. Add caramel sauce and stir. Fold in Cool Whip. Refrigerate while you toast the coconut.

You could also make your own whipped cream using heavy cream and a little powdered sugar for sweetness. Beat together until stiff peaks form.

You start with a classic shortbread cookie.  (found in the cookie aisle of your local supermarket) I dipped the cookies in milk for a second or two to soften them just a bit.

Samoa Cake in a glass baking dish

Top the cookies with the coconut pudding, toasted coconut, caramel sauce, and chocolate sauce or hot fudge sauce.  

You can use vanilla pudding if you like, but we prefer the stronger coconut flavor.

Repeat the layer a second time and refrigerate overnight.  Yes, it’s pure torture to wait overnight but worth your willpower.

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Samoa Cake in a glass baking dish

Two decadent layers of absolute dessert heaven! You must try this super easy no bake Samoa cake recipe.

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Samoa Cake Recipe

No Bake Samoa Cake on a white plate.

No Bake Samoa Cake

No Bake Samoa Cake – Scrumptious layers of shortbread cookies, coconut pudding, caramel sauce, and chocolate sauce!
4.89 from 9 votes
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Course: cake, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cake, easy, no bake, quick, samoa, summer
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 584kcal
Author: Don’t Sweat The Recipe


  • 2 3.4 oz packages coconut instant pudding mix dry
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 3/4 cup caramel sauce divided
  • 12 oz. cool whip
  • 2 packages classic shortbread cookies (up to 2 1/4 packages possible) see notes
  • 1 1/2 cups toasted coconut
  • 1 cup whole milk (for dipping the cookies)
  • 1/2 cup chocolate sauce


  • Blend milk and coconut pudding packets for about 2 minutes. Add caramel sauce and stir. Fold in Cool Whip. Refrigerate while you toast the coconut.
  • Preheat oven to 400ยฐF. Toast coconut until lightly brown about 10 minutes. Watch closely and stir about every 3 minutes. (Coconut will burn quickly.)
  • In a 9×13 pan, dip the cookies in milk for a second or two and layer them to cover the bottom of the pan. You may need to break the cookies to fit the pan.
  • Pour half of pudding/cool whip mixture on top and level.
  • Drizzle about 1/4 cup of the caramel sauce and 1/4 cup chocolate sauce on top of pudding layer. Sprinkle with half of the toasted coconut.
  • Place another layer of cookies to cover the surface. (don’t forget to dip these cookies in milk as well) Break cookies accordingly to fill.
  • Place the second half of pudding/cool whip mixture on top and level.
  • Repeat with the remaining caramel sauce, chocolate sauce, and toasted coconut.
  • Refrigerate overnight and serve.


I used Keebler’s Simply Sandies Shortbread cookies without pecans.
The measurements for the caramel and chocolate drizzle is just an estimate. If you want more, go for it!
*I have just recently made this dish again and noticed the cookie packages are now less in volume than when I wrote this recipe. (of course) So I suggest buying 3 packages which are now 11.2oz.


Calories: 584kcal | Carbohydrates: 78g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 28mg | Sodium: 545mg | Potassium: 296mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 259IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 164mg | Iron: 3mg

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  1. Oh my…ingenious! This looks so flippin’ good! I love Samoas, and I miss them when they’re gone. This might be my go-to dessert for when the cravings hit! Pinned and Yummed! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Oh my goodness, this surely would be a special treat! Have a great weekend and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen5 stars

  3. It is just as well that I can’t get my hands on this delicious looking cake, because there would be none left for you ๐Ÿ™‚

    Yum score 5 stars
    Blogger Pit Stop5 stars

  4. Wow, this looks delicious and completely decadent! My grandbabies will be stopping by for a week-long visit and this looks to be something they’d really love. Thanks for sharing (Stopping by from the What’d You Do This Weekend Blog Party)

    ~Taylor-Made Homestead~

  5. This looks amazing! I am not a big fan of coconut but I want to try this!!
    – Jaclyn

  6. This looks amazing! I am literally going to make this right now! It is a twist on one of my favorite desserts- eclair cake. Can’t wait to try!

  7. Okay, now this is just ridiculous. Seriously, who could ever resist something this delicious!? I HAVE to try this out ASAP!

  8. Thank you for sharing your wonderful no bake dessert! I will be featuring it at SYC Thursday! xx Jo5 stars

  9. Oh My!! I think I’ve died and went to heaven!! YUMMY!! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday!! Hope to see you again this week!! Pinned!

  10. This might just send me over the top with delicious cravings! Can’t wait to try it!

    Thank you.

    Please drop by and say hello!
    Harvest Lane Cottage
    …doing what I can with what I’ve got where I am
    on a short shoestring budget!

  11. Thank you so much for this nice cool dessert.
    I am going to make it sugar free by using vanilla pudding with coconut flavoring.
    SF ice cream syrups, cookies and unsweetened coconut…yummmmmmmmmmy!!! I will be my hubbies best girl!
    Again my thanks, and blessings to you,
    J5 stars

    1. That sounds perfect for a lighter version! Your husband won’t be able to resist this dessert. My husband absolutely LOVED it! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you so much for coming by, Jaybird.

      1. This dessert turned out SOOOOOOOOO good. Sweet (diabetic) hubby can’t walk past the frig without sneaking a spoonful :^)
        The rest of our clan was around on Sunday, and this sweet treat was voted THE BEST!!
        Again my thanks,
        J5 stars

        1. I’m so happy to hear you tried it and loved it! This makes me happy…you have made my day! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you so much.

  12. On my mercy! This looks wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe. Pinning it now. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

    1. Thank you so much, Audrey! I tend to go between the samoa and thin mint. This dessert is absolutely divine!

  13. This looks so decadent and delicious that I couldn’t help but feature it tomorrow on You Link It, We Make It. Thanks so much for this and all of your fabulous recipes! So glad to have you link up with us! -Kim @

  14. This No Bake cake looks positively dreamy! Thanks so much for sharing at my Creative Ways Link Party!

  15. I’ve been seeing this recipe all over the place recently! Looks scrumptious – and hubby’s favorite is the samoa. ๐Ÿ™‚ Looking forward to trying it out. ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. What a fabulous summer dessert! I definitely couldn’t resist your No Bake Samoa Cake, Leigh! Shared on our Hearth and Soul Facebook page and will pin! Thank you so much for sharing, and for being a part of Hearth and Soul.5 stars

  17. Oh, my, word, this looks amazing! Thank you so much for sharing at Project Inspire{d} and have a lovely week. hugs, mb5 stars

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