August 19, 2017

The BEST No-Bake Icebox Cake.

     Doing something a little different for this Saturday blog post! I absolutely love cooking and baking, they're two of my favorite hobbies, and something I do regularly. However, it's not something I blog about too often. With the busy work schedule that I have now, I tend to stick to making a lot of the same recipes again and again. This is unrelated to my own cooking habits- but I also find food photography to be quite difficult. I am kind of a perfectionist about photography on my blog (hence why I work with photographers for most of my posts), and you would be amazed at the amount of recipe posts I actually have tried to shoot, but I've let the bad lighting in my kitchen or difficulty getting good shots of the finished product prevent me from ever blogging about it- ha! Well, that's changing today. This recipe is too good to keep to myself, so I have to share it with all of you. (And I think the photos came out okay-ish. 😉)







     This is actually a family recipe, coming from my mom! My mom a very talented cook, and I am so thankful that she taught me how to cook and bake when I was quite young. They are two extremely useful skills that have helped me so much in early adulthood. Anyways- we need to get back on track and discuss this incredible icebox cake. My mom made this one summer several years ago, and after tasting a bit I was in heaven. I asked her what type of cake it was and how she had made it, and I was shocked to learn it had just four ingredients, and that it was a no-bake icebox cake!! It was seriously one of the best homemade desserts I had ever eaten. I actually requested this as my 17th birthday cake for my little family party that year! I remember my mom's family was surprised too that it was a no-bake cake and tasted so good.


      The hot, end-of-August weather is a great time to enjoy cool and easy icebox treat, so I wanted to share this recipe with y'all today! The hardest part about it is simply waiting for it to chill in the fridge! It is a dessert that you do have to be patient on, and can't really eat until it's set overnight.




No-Bake Chocolate Graham Icebox Cake


Ingredients:

  • One box of original honey graham crackers (I used a store brand variety)
  • Cocoa powder
  • Powdered sugar
  • Heavy cream
     ....yes, that's it! 



   
     1. Make the homemade chocolate whipped topping. No Cool-Whip or pre-made frosting will substitute. 😉 My mom makes her own chocolate whipped cream by kind of "eye balling it" with ingredients. She also told me later on that she uses Hershey's syrup, instead of cocoa powder like I did. I'm more of a strict recipe follower than my mom is, so I found this recipe for homemade chocolate whipped cream on Pinterest, and used it. It called only for cocoa powder, powdered sugar, and heavy cream. Find it here and follow the instructions! (Note, I found the finished product to be a bit more chocolatey than I like, so I did end up adding extra powdered sugar than what the recipe calls for.)







     2. Open the package of graham crackers, and lay down a cracker in the bottom of a baking dish.







     3. Use a spatula to spread the whipped cream over the graham cracker in baking dish. After the first graham cracker is coated, stack another one on top of it, and repeat, until the first package is completely stacked and coated in the whipped cream.







     4. When the first package of graham crackers is coated and in the backing dish, begin repeating the process with other packages in the box. Make sure all stacks of graham crackers are pressed up next to each other in the baking dish, and use the whipped cream to bind them together, creating the "cake" shape!





     5. When all stacks of graham crackers have been coated, give them one last "push" together with the spatula, and use extra whipped cream to coat the outside of the cake. The more whipped cream on them, the softer the grahams will later become!!


    6. Refrigerate cake overnight preferably- this is the hardest part! It will look so good that you'll want to dig right in, but it really does need to chill for at least 8 hours so that the graham crackers can properly soften. Once it has softened, take it out and enjoy!






     And that friends, is really it! Such an easy, yet delicious summer treat. Please let me know if you make the recipe and enjoy it! 😊



     Wishing you all a wonderful weekend- work is staying absolutely crazy for me until mid-September. I know I didn't do a very good job keeping up with blogging this week and kind of let work get the best of me, but hopefully the next few weeks I will be able to do better balancing both. Also looking forward to sharing more soon too about everything happening with work- some exciting radio things!



     God Bless,



     xoxo Annaliese (or Charlotte XO on-air!)

1 comment:

  1. This looks so good & like the perfect dessert to make for a family gathering because it seems so easy! It also combines two of my favorite flavors, chocolate & graham crackers :)

    xoxo, SS


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