Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Icebox Cake

Icebox Cake

Icebox Cake.

Have y'all had it? Oh my goodness, it's delicious and EASY! I first had it a few years ago in Tallahassee, FL with one of my most precious friends. Before that, I had never had anything remotely close to it.

You see, those little crispy wafers absorb that heavy whipped cream and take on the most delightful spongey consistency in a matter of hours. The only comparison I can make is Nilla wafers tucked in banana pudding.

While the ole Icebox Cake doesn't have the most attractive presentation, I can assure you the taste is out of this WORLD. And although, I did find this version a tad more appealing, I have to question whether the wafers were able to reach their full "spongey" potential without being completely covered with whipped cream.

As stated in the Washington Post, the hardest part will be finding the Nabisco Famous Chocolate Wafers. Surprisingly I found mine at the local Walmart {cookie aisle}. I know for a fact that Publix has them, at least the Tallahassee Publix stores carried them.... but not with the cookies, they're at the end of the ice cream aisle where you find other ice cream condiments {you know, cones, sprinkles, hot fudge, etc}.

Here's what you do...

First, whip 2 cups of heavy whipping cream with 1 tsp of vanilla and 2 to 3 tablespoons {or more if you like} of sugar until stiff. I've found heavy cream to whip better in a cold stainless steel bowl {so stick your bowl in the freezer for a few minutes beforehand} and if you have a big Kitchenaid mixer you oughta put her to work on this one.
Second, be sure to let your children lick the beaters.
Third, spread whipped cream evenly between wafers to form a long "log" of black wafers and white whipped cream.
Fourth, spread whipped cream all around the outside of your "log".
Fifth, sprinkle with shaved chocolate
Refrigerate overnight or for at least several hours. The longer it sits really the better it gets {kinda like those Nilla wafers in banana pudding}.

Slice, serve, and watch out... it's dangerously delicious!!

In the picture above I used one box of cookies to make 2 cakes... 1 box will make a really good size Icebox Cake {you could even put 2 rows side by side and cover the entire thing with whipped cream... it would certainly be easier to store in the frige that way. A half a box will easily serve 4-6 and the entire box will easily serve 8-12. To be safe... I whipped 3 cups of heavy whipping cream... having extra homemade whipped cream around never hurt anyone, did it?

24 comments:

Ashley said...

Looks WONDERFUL! I cant wait to try it!! Thanks SO much for all of your wonderful ideas! (PS I think you should stil blog everyday!! I didnt know what to do on Feb 1st without a post :))

ski said...

I have made every single recipe on your blog (going WAY back) and they are all so YUMMY! I cannot wait to try this one!

Devon said...

You absolutely crack me up. I can't think of a more perfect, low-maintenance dessert.

I don't know if this particular product exists in the Pacific NW. If it's not made with free trade cocoa and organic sugar, the stores don't carry it.

Love the new blog title photo. Great colors!

Shireen said...

CUTE new 'do' for the blog! :)
I miss Raiger climbing up the headboard, however.
I'm CRAVING that icebox cake, girl, and it's only 3:00am!
Hope you are doing great, Darby!!
Love Love!!

Caroline said...

this looks amazing. i can't wait to try it. hope i can find the choco wafers!
my husband is on the stupid south beach diet so i guess julianna and i will have to eat the whole things ourselves! oh well.. that shouldn't be a problem! :)

alston said...

so good -- one of my all-time faves!

Sue said...

We used to have this as dessert at our sorority house in college--only we called it Zebra cake. It was absolutely everyone's favorite! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

Kellie Patton said...

Sounds yummy - I'm such a fan of homemade whipped cream - we even sub it for milk on our cereal at my house sometimes - it helps add calories to Wilson's diet and mine (not that I need any)! And from what I can see of Paige's hair - it is too cute!

erika said...

YUM! YUM! YUM!!!!!!!!!!
XO

J said...

Mom used to make this when I was a little girl, but she called it "zebra cake"...so yummy!

megan said...

I love all the treats I learn from you! I have shared some luv with you today, be sure to visit.

Hannah Fields said...

Yum! I cant wait to try it!

Megan said...

I pretty much have to have dessert every night, so you know I'll be trying out this one. I absolutely LOVE whipping cream. One of the best things ever. I hope my Publix carries those wafers!

And I love Paige's new hair cut. Cute and sassy!

The Southern Lady said...

Oh gosh does that look good! But dangerous-like something I could eat all by myself in one sitting. Thank you for continuing to be so generous with your talents, Darby.

Natalie McGough said...

hey darby, i actually just made this on saturday. we call it a "the log" up here. you can also use ana's lemon wafers if you don't want chocolate...it's so yummy. i'm goint to atlanta next week and we're having a girls night one night and i'm making this dessert.

Debra said...

My mother use to make this and I had completely forgotten about it. I remember it was sooo good.
Just may have to give it a try...
more comfort food for cabin fever days! Thank you for sparking a nice memory.

kdurec said...

This looks amazing! I can't wait to try it, and even more, I can't wait until my little girl is old enough to get into the February fun!

Gray Matters said...

Looks delicious - I'll have to try this one.

Virginia said...

Oh, I grew up on this stuff!!!! Such nostalgia. Enjoy!

Tennis Mum said...

I love all your ideas. A friend of mine told me about your blog this week and I have to say, all those cute activities and creative ideas you do with your children, inspire me to be a better, and more fun, mommy!

Laura said...

I love the light fixture and the bedskirt.

Fittsy said...

Thought you might enjoy seeing this version:

http://smittenkitchen.com/2007/01/wafer-wonderland/

Love your blog, in all its honest everyday glory!

Rebekah
Birmingham friend of Abby Maddox

The Gotbeters said...

YUM! WOnder if this would work with some gluten free cookies?

Anonymous said...

I could not find your Nabisco choc wafer cookie however, I used a Swedish import choc mint wafer though smaller-- i thought I would compensate with a pepperidge farm choc macadamia nut cookie -- well the layers worked well, saved a few for decoration --they are scalloped so we added it as a tree lichen yes how botanical Broke it in half to add as if it were growing out of a log and crumbed up the pepperide farm cookie as a faux bark and well it was a christmas Yule log of sorts!! did not use all the pepperidge fam cookies in this cake but maybe it would work as a cake too??