by Joshua Speaks
It's hard to believe that the base of this cake is essentially made with two ingredients. It's a wafer cookie and whipped cream dream that is the perfect summer time treat because it's a quick no bake dessert.
It's kind of the perfect canvas for some over the top toppings. A few salted pretzels, some Godiva Chocolate pieces and life changing Salted Caramel Sauce. Perhaps even world-changing Salted Caramel Sauce. It's seriously that good.
Something kind of magical happens with this cake. It goes into the fridge as a stack of layered cookies and whipped cream and comes out as a soft and sweet cake. It takes merely minutes to assemble, is a make ahead dessert and looks like a million bucks. All of this chocolate loving goodness and I didn't spend a moment near the oven. This seems too good to be true friends, but I assure you, you will be as gobsmacked as me the first time I made this, at the ease with which this cake is prepared.
Impress your guests with it and we'll keep this information just between us.
There are so many possibilities with this confection that I had a hard time deciding on a flavor this time. It's the Salted Caramel Sauce that got me. Drizzled atop fluffy whipped cream, chocolate chunks and salty pretzels? I'm in! I have to limit the times that I make this sauce because I absolutely obsess about it until every drop is gone. Perhaps the caramel sauce drizzled on my breakfast toast was my first indication that I may have a problem. Or the kids staring at me, mouth agape as I did so, that was a bit of an eye opener. Oh but that sauce!
The cake can be layered individually as mini cakes, in a rectangular pan or on a platter as I've done here. I simply layer cookies and cream, kind of eye-balling for level layers, until I run out of ingredients. The whole cake can be iced, once chilled, with a layer of whipped cream but I usually choose to skip this step. It is also equally as good with fresh seasonal fruit on top. Think of digestive cookies with brown sugar whipped cream and fresh peaches. Or vanilla wafers with mascarpone whipped cream and dark sweet cherries. How about more chocolate layers with a mocha whipped cream and chocolate shavings? Ginger cookies with cinnamon whipped cream and pears?
Friends, I do believe I have an Icebox Cake book in me just dying to get out.
Happy summer everyone,
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About Joshua Speaks
Can’t think of a day that that Josh didn’t have a beer or two. Be it a long day of work or of nothing. Sometimes, it is a few packs even. Especially when there are familiars over.
His fridge is packed with beers: Heineken, Corona, Guinness, Budweiser, and all other wierd brands in between. He had to get a secondary 30 cu. fridge off Craigslist for more beer storage.
Sometimes he wonders if a day truly starts only after the first sip of beer for the day. Enough talk about Josh and his passion; that’s the reason for this beer blog and related items. Feel free to hit on him. Start with something like: “hey beer head!” You got the idea!