Summer-time is not the time to turn on your oven and bake. Even if you are lucky enough to have an air conditioner, it just doesn’t make sense to heat up your house when there are other ways to sweeten your summer!
Growing up we never had an air conditioner in our house. We would keep all the windows closed and the curtains drawn to try to keep the cooler air in and the summer heat out. That never stopped us from wanting dessert. Coming up with summertime sweet ideas was always a bit of a challenge! We would pick the wild raspberries from our yard and mix them with homemade whipped cream. We would pick rhubarb from the field behind our house and chop it up and put it with other berries. One of my all time favorite summertime desserts is an ice-box cake. It is such a simple dessert to make and it always tastes so delicious. There are endless variations of this cake. You can add cocoa to the whipped cream to make it chocolate, you can use any kind of cookie, you can add sprinkles or mini chocolate chips to each layer, you can add fresh raspberries or strawberries on top of the cake. Below is the basic recipe.
- 1-quart heavy cream
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 30 cookies. Preferably homemade but store bought will work (If you use store bought I don’t want to know about it!!)
With an electric mixer, beat the whipped cream with the powdered sugar until it is stiff.
If you over whip it just add a splash of heavy cream and stir by hand and it will come back. Using an 8 or 9 inch springform pan, cover the entire bottom of the cake with a single layer of cookies. Then, using an offset or rubber spatula, spread a generous amount of the whipped cream over the cookies and continue to layer cookies and whipped cream until you have come up to the top of the pan. Smooth the top with whipped cream and place the entire pan in the refrigerate and let it sit several hours or preferably overnight. When you are ready to eat it, gently unmold the cake from the pan. You can sprinkle chopped cookies on top. Slice it with a bread knife and enjoy. You will be surprised how the cookies soften into a cake like consistency. You can also make this dessert using clear plastic cups. This is a great way to for everyone to have their own dessert. Put a cookie in the bottom of the cup and layer whipped cream and cookies to the top. Add layers of strawberries and you have a single serve trifle! Although it is tempting to eat it right away, the magic of this dessert is letting it sit for at least 8 hours. This enables the whipped cream to soften the cookies. So yummy!
Susan O’Keefe has been baking since she was a little girl. With a passion for baking and a background in marketing and sales, she opened Baked by Susan right in the heart of the little river town of Croton-on-Hudson where she lives with her husband and three growing boys. Visit Baked by Susan at 163 Grand Street, Croton-on-Hudson, NY or at Bakedbysusan.com. Like us on Facebook and Instagram! Baked by Susan Inc., Voted 2015 Winner Best Bakery and Best Cupcakes by Westchester Magazine! 163 Grand Street Croton on Hudson, NY 10520 914-862-0874 bakery 914-525-9639 cellular