30 of the Best Icebox Cakes to Serve at a Summer Party
Icebox cakes are ideal for summer entertaining. They're stunning without being fussy and simple enough for anyone to whip up.
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3 / 30peanut butter cookie dough instead.
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5 / 30farmers markets this summer are truly something special, and any recipe that includes them should be simple enough to let the fruit shine. This six-ingredient icebox cake balances the sweetness of ripe summer strawberries with a slightly tangy Greek yogurt-spiked whipped cream.
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9 / 30old-fashioned ice cream parlors—is no longer one of the most popular flavors in the freezer section. To people who know of its luscious butterscotch-y flavor with crunchy bits of roasted pecans, this is nothing short of madness! This classic flavor deserves a massive comeback, and this easy cake—which mixes butter pecan ice cream, store-bought pecan shortbread, chopped up toffee bars and creamy caramel sauce—may do the trick.
10 / 30ice cream toppings. Add sprinkles, chopped nuts, whipped cream, maraschino cherries or anything else that belongs on an indulgent banana split.
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12 / 30meringue cookies and a rich cream made by whisking heavy cream and cream cheese with chunks of frozen mango.
13 / 30Strawberry Pretzel Salad. The secret ingredient to amp up the strawberry flavor in this recipe: frozen strawberry daiquiri mix. This recipe contains no alcohol, but for a more adult party, you could easily jazz up that daiquiri mix with rum.
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15 / 30strawberries and balsamic vinegar are a match made in heaven. This American icebox cake proves that when it comes to baking, we should listen to Italians! Though you can use any brand of balsamic vinegar to make this incredible dessert, now’s the time to use a top-shelf bottle if you have one.
16 / 30mint chocolate desserts, then this frozen grasshopper torte will make you jump for joy. This tri-level dessert has a crumbly Oreo cookie base, a center of store-bought vanilla ice cream and a fluffy, minty marshmallow whipped cream topping. Fold in finely chopped chocolate to turn it into a mint chocolate chip masterpiece.
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18 / 30pina colada. If your summer plans aren’t bringing you poolside or down to a warm, sandy beach, bring the tropical experience to your kitchen with this cool icebox cake.
19 / 30make-ahead dessert! However, we’re doubtful you’ll be able to get through two whole months without sneaking a bite.
21 / 30no-bake crumb crust.
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23 / 30peanut butter and chocolate, and this recipe makes the irresistible combo twice as nice: in addition to a chocolate cookie crust, a chocolate pudding layer and an easy peanut butter cheesecake mousse, it also has a layer of chopped up peanut butter cups in the middle.
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27 / 30icebox cake layers a lemony whipped cream with crunchy Maria biscuits, but shortbread or gingersnaps will work, too.
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29 / 30vanilla ice cream and homemade chocolate sauce are layered on top of a buttery vanilla wafer crust, with extra crumbled cookies on top. But vanilla wafers are just the beginning! Any kind of cookie—whether store-bought or homemade—will work in this recipe, making the possibilities truly endless.
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Originally Published: January 24, 2017