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Strawberry icebox cake

June 4, 2010

Strawberry Icebox Cake

I was so happy to receive a whole bucket of strawberries from my friend the other day!  {Thank you, Michelle!!} I’ve made a list of things I want to bake/make using fresh berries, so I’m very happy that it’s finally strawberry season here in PA.  You can definitely expect to see a few yummy strawberry recipes popping up in the next month or so.

Let’s start with a no-bake dessert, shall we?  I think icebox cakes are awesome, and this one has so many possibilities.  Imagine the fresh berries that would work in this.  And you could very easily use Cool Whip instead of making whipped cream, then there’s really nothing to do but assemble the whole thing.  Of course, there is the waiting, but perhaps you could distract yourself with strawberry daiquiris or something.  Just a suggestion.

{one year ago:  mango chutney and curried chicken salad}

Recipe:  Strawberry Icebox Cake

(adapted from the kitchn)

2-3 pounds fresh strawberries, washed and sliced

3 1/4 cups whipping cream, divided

1/3 cup powdered sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 teaspoon rosewater (optional)

24 whole graham crackers

2 ounces dark chocolate, finely chopped  *(I used my chocolate sauce instead of making a ganache.  Just popped it in the microwave for a few seconds, then drizzled it over the top of each piece of cake.)

After berries are washed and sliced, set aside.  Using a metal bowl that has been chilled in the freezer, whip 3 cups of cream until it just holds stiff peaks.  Add the powdered sugar, vanilla, and rosewater (if using).  Whip to combine.

Spread a spoonful of whipped cream on the bottom of a 9×13″ glass baking dish . Arrange six graham crackers over the whipped cream. Lightly cover the top of the graham crackers with more whipped cream, and then a spoon on a layer of strawberries. Repeat three times, until you have four layers of graham crackers. Spread the last of the whipped cream over the top and add one final layer of strawberries.  Refrigerate for 4 hours or more, until the crackers have softened completely.

To make the ganache, heat the remaining 1/4 cup of cream until bubbles form around the edges, then pour over the chopped chocolate. Let it stand for a few minutes, then whisk until the mixture is thick and glossy. Drizzle this over cake.

13 Comments leave one →
  1. June 4, 2010 3:07 pm

    I’m going strawberry picking tomorrow as long as the weather cooperates. The plan is to make strawberry shortcake. I’ve got to try chilling the bowl before whipping the cream. I’ve read it in cookbooks but never done that before. I can’t wait to get my hands on some fresh strawberries. The season started on June 1st here in MA.

  2. June 5, 2010 1:03 am

    It would be a happy day to spend it sipping a strawberry daiquiri while waiting as this chilled! It looks so great with the chocolate drizzle.

  3. June 5, 2010 8:54 am

    i could watch paint peel if i had a strawberry daiquiri in my hand. :)
    great dessert–bring on the strawberries!

  4. June 5, 2010 1:12 pm

    This is my kinda dessert…plus it looks like the berries stay relatively firm in it. :)

    Hope you’re having a fab weekend!
    ~ingrid

  5. June 5, 2010 4:58 pm

    Mmm, this looks good. I love the addition of chocolate to the berries. Reminds me of chocolate dipped strawberries, and it just doesn’t get any better than that :)

  6. June 6, 2010 4:22 am

    Oh, this sounds like the perfect summer barbecue dessert! Love it!

  7. June 6, 2010 6:26 pm

    Looks simple and delicious. I’t hard to go wrong with these flavors.

  8. June 7, 2010 3:33 am

    Gorgeous. Don’t you just love strawberry season? I know I do.

  9. June 7, 2010 9:05 am

    I’m drooling.

  10. June 8, 2010 8:17 am

    Gotta love The Kitchn. I made this last week, too! :) http://rathr.be/1l

  11. June 13, 2010 3:09 pm

    This looks freaking ridiculously good. Must try it!!!!!! Hope you are well! =)

  12. oneordinaryday permalink
    June 16, 2010 11:22 am

    Try it… – I swear you’ll love how quickly your whipped cream gets done when everything’s chilled. Have fun berry picking. Can’t wait to see what you make!

    Lisa is Cooking – I was thinking the same thing! : )

    Grace – LOL

    Ingrid – I think this is your kind of dessert too. I thought of you when I came across the recipe.

    Lynn – I’ve found so many ways to sneak that chocolate sauce into things. Love it!

    Karly – Definitely a good one to share with friends!

    Monica – I don’t think you can go wrong with strawberries and whipped cream either. Yum.

    Hungry Dog – I do love summer when all these berries are just begging to be picked. Red raspberries and blueberries are next!

    Farmer Gal – May I pass you a napkin?

    Laura – Great minds!!

    EZ – Doing great. Thanks!

    ~ Michelle

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