A rich, flavourful and gorgeous individual serving-sized cake that requires no baking? Inconceivable!
When you don’t have central air conditioning, keeping the house cool during hot weather becomes high priority. We’ve had a lot of hot weather this year. As a result, most of our cooking has been happening outside to avoid turning on the oven or stove. That’s where this cake comes in. It requires no baking and only requires cooking if you decide to make the cherry preserves yourself.
Icebox cakes are a relatively new discovery for me and let me tell you, there are some pretty spectacular looking examples of them. The original icebox cake recipe has been printed on the Nabisco (Mr Christie in Canada) Chocolate Wafer boxes since the late 1920s. I now realize that I have been eating more complicated versions of them for years — my mother still bakes her own cookie layers, smothers them with either of a perfectly silky lemon or cocoa cream and then chills the whole assembled unit until the cookie has softened into ribbons of cake.
For our version, in addition to the homemade cherry preserves, we used light and airy (and vegan!) coconut whipped cream, another recent discovery for me. Add to that the chocolate wafers and you’re ready to go. The sum of these ingredients together are so much better than individually. Emma didn’t have to think twice about asking for more after I offered her a taste. Once you have all the ingredients ready, these come together very quickly and easily – which is great since it is summer and we want to be out there enjoying every last moment of it together with our family.
Chocolate and cherries with a hint of coconut. It’s a divine combination!
Tips and Suggestions:
- Although the coconut whipped cream and cherry preserves taste wonderful together, don’t put them in the same layer together. As the cakes chill and set, the preserves stain the whipped cream where they come into contact. Although it tastes just fine, it doesn’t look very tasty.
- An alternative to the chocolate wafer cookies is to use graham crackers. Originally, Emma wasn’t certain she liked the chocolate wafer cookies so we also made some with delicious ones with graham crackers.