Meyer Lemon Icebox Cake

Meyer Lemon Icebox Cake

Last week I posted a recipe for Lemon icebox cake ice cream. I gave it that name, not because it has anything in common with the original dessert, but because it tasted just like it. In the comments, michelle @ TNS left a note asking about the original “cake” from which it got its name, so here it is:-)

Meyer Lemon Icebox Cake

I love recipes with some history and this one dates back to the 1920’s when the National Biscuit Company (a.k.a. Nabisco), was looking for a way to promote their chocolate wafers. Apparently their marketing worked and this dessert became quite popular up through the 50’s and 60’s. I first had this in the mid 90’s at my best friend’s grandmother’s house, where I proceeded to eat about half the pan.

An icebox “cake” is actually cookies layered with cream. In this case I use lemon wafer cookies I got at Whole Foods, Meyer lemon curd, and lemon cream. Left in the fridge overnight, the wafers absorb liquid out of the creme and take on a firm cake-like texture without getting mushy. For being relatively simple, this is actually one of my favorite desserts. Here’s my take on this classic.

1 1/2 C heavy whipping cream
3/4 C Meyer Lemon Curd to mix with the cream
3/4 C Meyer Lemon Curd to layer
1 box vanilla or lemon wafers

Whip the cream until soft peaks form. Add 3/4 cup lemon curd to the cream and fold it in gently with a rubber spatula.

In a 8 x 8 square baking dish or other suitable vessel, put down 1/3 of the cream and spread it around. Then put down a layer of wafers smearing the tops of each one with a good dollop of lemon curd. Repeat, finishing with a layer of cream.

Cover and refrigerate for 24 hours before serving.

  • http://www.thursdaynightsmackdown.com/ michelle @ TNS

    just as i suspected!

  • http://www.thursdaynightsmackdown.com michelle @ TNS

    just as i suspected!

  • http://thepapillonpantry.blogspot.com/ Kiriel

    In my childhood, my mum used to make something similar which she called “biscottentorte”. It was always a favourite, although a rare treat as I think her recipe contains sherry so it was only made on ‘grown up’ occasions!

  • http://thepapillonpantry.blogspot.com Kiriel

    In my childhood, my mum used to make something similar which she called “biscottentorte”. It was always a favourite, although a rare treat as I think her recipe contains sherry so it was only made on ‘grown up’ occasions!

  • Marc

    Awesome! I was wondering how one could make cream and cookies better, but I think you’ve found the answer. Maybe I’ll try adding a splash of limoncello to this next time:-)

  • Marc

    Awesome! I was wondering how one could make cream and cookies better, but I think you’ve found the answer. Maybe I’ll try adding a splash of limoncello to this next time:-)

  • http://www.weareneverfull.com/ We Are Never Full

    This really looks tasty. But what I loved most about this post is that it brought me back to my childhood – we used to make (what my mom called) Ice Box Cake when I was a kid. But, it wasn’t like this! It had graham crackers lining the bottom, then a layer of chocolate pudding, then a layer of whipped cream, then another layer of graham crackers, then more pudding and whipped cream then a final layer of graham crackers. Now that I think about it, the recipe is kind of white trash, but whatever, it was AWESOME when I was a kid. i may have to make it again! But I think your version is a bit more adult-friendly!

  • http://www.weareneverfull.com We Are Never Full

    This really looks tasty. But what I loved most about this post is that it brought me back to my childhood – we used to make (what my mom called) Ice Box Cake when I was a kid. But, it wasn’t like this! It had graham crackers lining the bottom, then a layer of chocolate pudding, then a layer of whipped cream, then another layer of graham crackers, then more pudding and whipped cream then a final layer of graham crackers. Now that I think about it, the recipe is kind of white trash, but whatever, it was AWESOME when I was a kid. i may have to make it again! But I think your version is a bit more adult-friendly!

  • http://www.mysweetandsaucy.com/ My Sweet & Saucy

    This cake looks fantastic! I love ice box cakes…especially for the summer time!

  • http://www.mysweetandsaucy.com My Sweet & Saucy

    This cake looks fantastic! I love ice box cakes…especially for the summer time!

  • http://www.dandysugar.com/ lisa (dandysugar)

    This looks really delicious. I love recipes with history as well….the texture is mouthwatering.

  • http://www.dandysugar.com lisa (dandysugar)

    This looks really delicious. I love recipes with history as well….the texture is mouthwatering.

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