No-Bake Strawberry Icebox Cake

See this? This is such an easy dessert. It looks a little fancy, doesn’t it? Don’t be put off. It only takes a few ingredients, and it doesn’t even involve turning on the oven.

This particular icebox cake is just as simple as it gets, inspired by the buckets of strawberries at the markets in late spring, and by my favorite dessert: strawberry shortcake. It has layers of graham crackers, barely sweetened whipped cream, and sliced fresh strawberries. It’s rich, but it’s hardly sweet at all.

cake icebox strawberry

Serves 8 to 12

Ingredients

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Mango Coconut Icebox Cake

Coconut is a polarizing ingredient. Some people who can’t get enough of it, and other people flick it away like a bug. I can empathize with both. Coconut wafts in with the scent and taste of the tropics, but the problem, I suspect, for most haters is the texture; on a scale of tenderness, shredded dried coconut can fall somewhere between hay and chopped toothpicks.

So this icebox cake avoids shredded coconut entirely. The creamy layers come by their coconut richness without it, and the top is sprinkled with toasted flakes, which have more in common with nuts than hay. And then there’s the mango — lots and lots of mango.

cake icebox mango coconut

Serves 12

Ingredients

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Lemon Cream Icebox Cake

This lemon cake is super simple: Whip cream with fresh lemon zest and lemon juice, then layer it together with lemon curd (store-bought, or make it yourself), and yummy graham crackers. It’s intensely lemon-flavored, with lots of pucker to balance the sweetness, and the nutty, browned-butter taste of the graham crackers supporting the brightness of the lemon.

cake icebox lemon cream

Serves 8 to 10

Ingredients

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Famous Chocolate Icebox Cake

Icebox cake? Seriously? A cake using only two ingredients, one of which is store bought cookies!? You have got to be kidding me.

But lo-and-behold, something truly magical happens: what goes into the refrigerator is definitely not what comes out! It’s as if the chocolate wafers and whipped cream make sweet, sweet lovin’ and the result is this oh-so-tasty love baby. So yeah, about that icebox cake. Who freakin’ knew??!!

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Makes 15 mini cakes

Ingredients

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No-Bake Truffle Treats

Dote on your valentine with candies that look oh, so charming but are finished in about a half-hour. With four flavors, one (or more) is sure to make your holiday sweeter.dessert no bake truffle treats

Ingredients

Almond-Cherry Truffles:
2 cups finely crushed vanilla wafers (about 8 ounces)
1 cup powdered sugar
1 cup toasted almonds (see tip, page ???), finely chopped
1/4 cup chopped maraschino cherries
1/4 cup light-color corn syrup
2 tablespoons almond liqueur
2 tablespoons butter, melted
12 ounces white baking chocolate, melted
Small candies

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