Tuesday, June 18, 2013

No-Bake Strawberry Icebox Cake


This past weekend was a busy one with the Toronto Wine & Spirit Festival and Father’s Day celebrations.  Usually we plan out a huge menu for family gatherings but instead we made it a lot easier and laid-back by making my dad a large BBQ dinner.  We cooked chicken and beef kabobs, greek potatoes, grilled peppers, potato salad, homemade tzatiki and for dessert, this EASY as hell no-bake strawberry icebox cake!

I was a little hesitant with this recipe because it’s only 4 ingredients but I was pleasantly surprised at how good this dessert turned out to be.  The graham crackers absorb some of the moisture from the whipped cream which makes them turn into a cake-like texture.  The result is a very light and fluffy dessert that is generally quite healthy especially if you make your own whipped cream. Make sure to refrigerate this cake for at least 3 hours or more, you want to be sure that the graham crackers have softened completely before serving. The only problem with this dessert is that it is so light that you’ll likely want a second piece, or maybe that was just me.  So glad I found this recipe as it is the quickest and most delicious no-bake recipe to whip up for any summer gathering.   Your guests will definitely think that you put a lot more effort into this cake than you really did. 


No-Bake Strawberry Icebox Cake

Ingredients:
3 to 4 cups fresh strawberries, sliced
2 (8 oz.) tubs fat-free whipped topping (or make your own! 1 cup heavy cream + 1 Tbsp confectioner’s sugar + vanilla extract)
1 (box graham crackers
1/4 cup milk chocolate chip morsels

Directions:
1. Spread a small amount of whipped topping on the bottom of a 9×13-inch baking pan. Place 5 graham cracker sheets down the middle and break 2 more sheets into crackers to fit down the sides. Lightly cover the top of the graham crackers with more whipped topping and then a layer of sliced strawberries. Repeat three times, until you have four layers of graham crackers (you may be a few crackers short on the top layer, but that’s ok). You’ll end with a layer of strawberries on top.

2. Place milk chocolate chip morsels in a plastic bag. Microwave in 10 second intervals until melted. Snip the end of the plastic bag and drizzle chocolate over top of cake.


3. Refrigerate covered for at least three hours, or until the crackers have softened completely. Cake will last well for two days. It will still be good on the third day, but the strawberries will start to get juicy and leak into the whipped topping. It will still taste good, but it won’t be as pretty.





47 comments:

  1. Sounds great and does not look like an easy no-bake dessert. I would think it took a lot of work! Love the layers and all the chocolate drizzled on top.

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  2. This is fabulous! I must try it.

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  3. I've made this before (after seeing it on Pinterest) and loved it. It is so good and so easy! Your making me want to make it again now. :)
    Sounds like you had a great weekend full of good drinks and food!

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  4. You had me at the words "no bake". This looks great, I wish I had this for dessert tonight. :)

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  5. What a fantastic no-bake dessert!

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  6. looks delish - and that chocolate drizzle looks rather fancy

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  7. What a pretty cake...I love anything and everything easy and this looks perfect for that reason!

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  8. Oh yum! This looks so easy and delicious. I love whipped cream and strawberries together soo much!
    No-bake recipes are so perfect for summer. Will definitely pin this to my no-bake treats board!

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  9. This does sound like very good value in terms of outcome for effort / ingredients! It looks lovely too.

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  10. That looks exactly something I would love in this hot summer day!

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  11. Oh my goodness, my boyfriend would FLIP over this recipe!

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  12. Natalie, this fresh and light dessert is perfect for summer BBQs! Yum!

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  13. This sounds amazing and I love that it's no bake!

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  14. Sounds like a fantastic weekend to me! And it is always good to have a dessert like this in your back pocket-so to speak! My mouth is watering!

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  15. This is so genius, Natalie! Short, sweet, and simple!!

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  16. That looks very nice and festive for something so easy to prepare! :)

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  17. I would definitely opt for the whipped cream, but I love the simplicity of this idea. There was a lady in our church who brought this to pot lucks all the time and it was gone in minutes!

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  18. I love a no-bake cake in the summertime + this one looks SO good. YUM!

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  19. Natalie, this cake looks incredible! What a treat for summer entertaining!

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  20. This totally looks wonderful. In my family we done one just whip cream and chocolate wafers. Love this more summer version!

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  21. What a beautiful and easy cake for the summer. Can't wait to give this a try. I say this cake is perfect for gatherings.

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  22. i abs love icebox cake, this is exactly what im making for the next bbq its so pretty, thank you!

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  23. This looks like it should have been baked! Great dessert, and so easy to put together. Truly nice - thanks.

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  24. Oh my this looks amazing. If you didn't tell me those were graham crackers, I would have assumed it was cake... looks amazing. So easy! So fun you went to the Toronto Wine Festival.

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  25. That is one impressive dessert, especially now that I know how simple it is to create! I would have never guessed by looking at it. What a handy formula for a quick-fix treat. :)

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  26. What a fun party it sounds like you had! And this dessert looks to die for. Sometimes simple is the best!

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  27. Wow, that dessert looks SOOOO good! I love strawberries and whipped cream, I must make it this Summer!

    -Melissa @ Fit 'n' Well Mommy

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  28. If someone came around with this, winter or summer, it would be gone in a minute :D

    Cheers
    CCU

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  29. It is so warm in our kitchen and this looks and sounds like the perfect way to beat off the summer heat. Thank you so much for sharing it with us. Now to go buy even more strawberries!

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  30. What a lovely and easy dessert! Definitely great for gatherings and the best part is how quickly you can put it together!

    Nazneen

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  31. Hi Natalie,

    Love non-bake cakes. They are always great and handy for all busy occasions. This is no exception. Yum!

    Zoe

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  32. Hi Natalie,

    Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier. Yours looks lovely too. I'd love to have some of this cake lying around my fridge right now, in the middle of all this heat :)

    Have a great week,
    Miriam.

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  33. This looks delicious! Simple, but really good. I'm eating a lot of strawberries now, so it would be perfect.

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  34. Now this is quite the cake! such a great celebration of strawberries!

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  35. NOM NOM :) Hope you have a great weekend!

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  36. Love desserts like this that don't require heating up the house on an already scorching day. Plus, it has fruit in it. So, you know it does a body good. ;)

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  37. This is just the right dessert for outdoor eating. Few ingredients and a lot of flavor, and it looks gorgeous Natalie! It´s summer, you need to enjoy yourself, not turn on the oven.

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  38. Oh my goodness, hold on while I calm myself down.... ok I'm good. THIS LOOKS SO GOOD!! I need to make this pronto :)

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  39. I have to confess that I have never had an ice box cake. It's not really an aussie thing but this looks pretty good. I will have to track down some graham crackers!

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  40. Looks delicious! I miss no-bake recipes...have to keep this one for after the baby arrives.

    PS: It's giveaway time on my blog! Hope you join: http://www.underlockandkeyblog.com/2013/06/angelorian-tradition-giveaway.html

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  41. Usually when I think of a no-bake cake, it's got melted chocolate in it with biscuits and perhaps dried fruit as well. Yours make a refreshing change!

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  42. Wow this looks insanely good!!!

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  43. Natalie, you just resolved my problem of "what to make for dessert?" Thank you!
    I love how you drizzled the chocolate, looks fabulous!
    Have a lovely week :D

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  44. I've never made an ice box cake. It looks scrumptious.

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  45. Dear Natalie, This looks delicious!! A perfect dessert for summer. Blessings, Catherine xo

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  46. i LOVE these sorts of desserts! plus no baking makes it soo much easier :D

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