Whether it’s burning hot where you live, like here in Los Angeles, or if you’re just not that into baking, making an icebox cake should be right up your alley. Icebox Cakes are those things Grandma used to put together when you went for a visit. I remember thinking as a kid, “What makes this a cake, when it looks more like a layered pudding?” Well, in my opinion, it’s sort of both. Layered cookies or sweet crackers with whipped cream, and fresh fruit make up this delicious dessert. It might sound like something you would possibly skip, but trust me, Grandma had it right – it’s a refreshing sweet treat that takes minutes to prepare, and well worth the short amount of time in the kitchen.
I chose Graham Crackers to use for cake in this Icebox Cake because I had them in my pantry, and they are relatively easy to come by, for most of us. Heavy cream, whipped with a touch of powdered sugar, and a splash of vanilla are another set of ingredients we often have on hand, or can find easily enough. A basket or two of berries, especially blueberries seem to be available everywhere right now, but you could always substitute frozen fruit, if that’s all you have, but defrost it first and drain it well, you don’t want to waterlog your cream.
Layering is what this dessert is all about – crackers, cream, berries – crackers, cream, berries. I think you’ve got it. Oh, and a shaving of dark chocolate on top makes it more presentable after dinner, and pleases the chocolate-only sweet lovers at the table.
12 Graham Crackers, full size
2 cups heavy cream
1/3 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 pint blueberries, washed
1 ounce dark chocolate
- In a stand mixer or large bowl, beat cream on high until frothy. Add powdered sugar and vanilla, continue to beat until firm peaks.
- In an 8 x 8 casserole dish, add a thin layer of cream to bottom of dish, followed by a layer of Graham Crackers (break to fit along sides).
- Layer with 1/3 of cream and berries. Repeat twice more – crackers, cream, berries. Wrap with plastic and refrigerate for at least 8 hours, up to overnight.
- Remove wrap and shave with chocolate. Slice and serve, Enjoy!