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Icebox Cake | Recipe

Heat Wave Cooking: Icebox Cake

I still manage to learn a little something new each day.

Today, it was that the memory card from my camera could be inserted directly into my laptop. Yesterday, it was that a manicure can mean the difference between a finger and no finger when you're chopping a lot of vegetables. And earlier this month, it was the revelation that is a layered icebox cake.

I've never seen a dessert that proffers such a large payout, given the minimal effort. Seriously, spread out cookies like tiles, lay them thick with whipping cream, and repeat until towering. If you're feeling particularly mischievous (and I usually am), shower the top with shavings from your favorite chocolate brand.

Exhibit a little self-restraint (the hardest part!), stick your masterpiece in the fridge, and the next morning, you'll open the icebox to find the the most gorgeous layered cloud of a dessert that you've ever seen.

A bonus dirty little secret: if you're especially lazy, this cake tastes nearly as spectacular when made with Cool Whip instead of heavy cream.

Old-Fashioned Icebox Cake

Old-Fashioned Icebox Cake

Icebox Cake | Recipe


  1. 3 cups heavy cream
  2. 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  3. 3 tablespoons sugar
  4. 1 1/2 (9-ounce) packages chocolate wafer cookies
  5. Chocolate shavings or cocoa powder, for garnish


  1. In a large bowl, beat cream, sugar, and vanilla with an electric mixer on high speed until soft peaks form.
  2. On a flat serving plate, arrange seven cookies side by side in a circle, keeping one cookie in the center.
  3. Spread with 1/2 cup whipped cream, making a seven-inch circle. Repeat with remaining cookies and cream, making 11 layers of cookies and ending with a layer of cream (there will be a few cookies left over). Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
  4. To serve, dust top lightly with cocoa powder or chocolate shavings.
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Nicole-Perry Nicole-Perry 4 years
This cake clearly wins for effort:deliciousness ratio.
Susannah-Chen Susannah-Chen 4 years
 @Kasia2876630 Ha! and you said she wouldn't like it ;-)
Kasia2876630 Kasia2876630 4 years
My roommate woke up in the middle of the night craving chocolate, she opened the fridge and found this cake. she ate half of this thing! YES half of the entire cake!
Grace-Hitchcock Grace-Hitchcock 4 years
This was SO DELICIOUS! Looking at it again is making my mouth water. 
elfelia elfelia 4 years
Billy's Bakery in NYC makes a life-changing icebox cake!
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