Make A No-Bake Fridge Cake To Stay Cool

In hot summer weather, the last thing you want to do is bake. For a no-heat sweet treat, a fridge cake is a great solution.

Often referred to in the US as an "icebox cake", you've probably encountered a variation on this recipe over the years. All you need is some heavy whipping cream, some sugar, a little flavoring (such as vanilla, hazelnut or almond extract), and your favourite biscuit. You'll mix up the flavoring and sugar with the whipping cream, layer in your biscuits and cover them over with the rest of the cream. Put it in the fridge and let it set for a few hours or overnight.

It's no substitute for a real cake of course, but when the temperature goes up and the thought of a hot oven makes you wary, you'll realise that this classic recipe has a place in modern kitchens. Plus, it's super-easy to make.

What do you think? Familiar with the recipe? Have any tweaks or tricks you'd add to it? Share them in the comments below.

American Classics: Classic Icebox Cake [Serious Eats]


    Choc ripple biscuits are the best for this kind of thing. Flavour the cream up with chocolate and lots of booze for a fun dessert!

    Fantastic with Chocolate Ripple or Gingernut biscuits.

    my partner makes this, only she dunks the biscuits in Malibu or cointreau. then covers them with the whipped cream then crumbles some "flake" chocolate over the top

    for that Australian twist -

    Did someone say tira misu?

    So it's basically a lump of cream? I'm in.

    This kind of thing is even better when you dip the biscuits in your alcohol-of-choice (Kahlua is particularly good) as you're constructing the cake. And while it's tempting to liberally soak them, a quick dip is best, otherwise the biscuits break up too much.

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