When the weather is hot and I’m feeling lazy, I like to focus as little attention as possible on spending time in the kitchen. That’s one reason I love good old-fashioned icebox cakes. They come together in a snap, can be made the night before, and taste wonderful.
Icebox cakes have been around a long, long time. In fact, they are derived from ice cream cakes of the 19th century which come from Colonial era Charlottes, and those decadent desserts descend from Renaissance ear trifles.
Icebox cakes, as Americans know and love them today, were introduced during World War I. It was a fast, easy, economical way to serve dessert. In the 1920s, the cakes became a "modern" trend, embracing commercial-made shortcuts like packaged ladyfingers, graham crackers and cookies purchased at the grocer's store.
Companies making ingredients for these desserts, such as condensed milk and wafer cookies) began including recipes with their products and in company brochures.
Enjoy this recipe for a chocolate icebox cake!
Chocolate Icebox Cake
2 small boxes of instant chocolate pudding
3 1/2 cups milk
1 8oz. package of cream cheese
1 15.5oz. package of Oreo cookies
1 pint of heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup powdered sugar
Optional toppings (mini chocolate chips, shaved chocolate, coconut, caramel sauce)
Crush cookies until cookies and filling and blended into a crumbly mass (or mess, depending on who you ask). Press into the bottom of a 9 x 13 baking dish and set aside.
Whip cream until peaks form. I like mine sweet, so I add about 1/2 cup of powered sugar and stir in gently.
In another bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth then add in pudding mixes and milk. Beat until well blended.
Immediately pour of the pudding mixture over the cookie crumbs in pan. Add half whipping cream to the remaining pudding mixture and stir until blended. Spoon over top of crust and filling in pan.
Top with remaining whipped cream.
Add whatever toppings you like then cover tightly with plastic wrap and let sit over night in fridge. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.
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