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Black Forest Icebox Cake

Enjoy a classic cake in icebox form, this no-bake Black Forest Icebox Cake will rival the real thing without lacking in flavor and chocolatey goodness.

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Enjoy a classic cake in icebox form, this no-bake Black Forest Icebox Cake will rival the real thing without lacking in flavor and chocolatey goodness.

Today, we put the oven for a short rest and make this no-bake Black Forest Icebox Cake. Let us forget exact method, precise measurements for a while. Today we loosen up.

I got hooked to making icebox cake after the Banana Split Icebox Cake a few weeks back. With the ease of preparation and the fun I had while assembling, I made peace with not having to use the oven for every dessert item in the house.

Sometimes, all you need is some assembling, like a version of building blocks for kids, only mine is made of wafers and cream.

Close up view of Black Forest Icebox Cake. Cherries, chocolate syrup drippings and icebox cake layers.
Black Forest Icebox Cake is nothing more than a mixture of cream, some cherries from a jar and loads of chocolate wafers. Grace it up with chocolate drippings on top and you have a nice, elegant piece of dessert that is pretty and delicious.

How to Make Black Forest Icebox Cake

Lay out your first layer. Arrange the chocolate wafer cookies on the base of an 8-inch spring-form pan. There is no exact way to do this. You can overlap some of the pieces to ensure that most of the surface is covered. Again, just lay them out and play.

I used two 200 gram packages of Mr. Christies Chocolate Wafer Cookies, you can use whatever brand of chocolate wafers is available to you. I ended up with some leftover cookies from the second package.

Laying out the first layer of the icebox cake. Pieces of chocolate wafer cookies are being arranged in the bottom of an 8 inch spring-from pan.

Pipe 1/4 of the cream mixture over the cookies. Spread it out evenly using an angled spatula. Arrange a few cherries over the cream. Not too much or the layers will be uneven. Plus you still need to top the cake with cherries later.

Piping the cream over the first layer of the cake, then on the right side photo, the cream is being spread out using an angled spatula.

Placing cherries over he first layer of cream in this black forest icebox cake.

Arrange the second layer of the wafer cookies and repeat the process until you have 4 layers in total. Cover the top with the remaining cream and top with the cherries.

Make the chocolate ganache by heating up the cream in the microwave until it just starts to bubble, pour the hot cream over the chocolate chips and stir until smooth. Drizzle this over the cake. Refrigerate the cake for at least 8 hours to soften the cookies.

Laying out the second layer of chocolate wafer cookies in this black forest icebox cake.

And here you have it. A cake, born not out of precision and strict guidelines but delightfully good. Something that allows you to stack away and play. We all need the time to loosen up sometimes, don’t we? Now sit back and have a slice. Life is beautiful.

Whole shot of the black forest icebox cake in landscape orientation.

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Close up view of Black Forest Icebox Cake. Cherries, chocolate syrup drippings and icebox cake layers.

Black Forest Icebox Cake

Enjoy a classic cake in icebox form, this no-bake Black Forest Icebox Cake will rival the real thing without lacking in flavor and chocolatey goodness.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: black forest cake
Prep Time: 35 minutes
chill time: 8 hours
Servings: 12
Calories: 450kcal
Author: sanna

Ingredients

  • 1 liter frozen whipped topping thawed
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 sachet instant vanilla pudding mix 100 grams
  • 2 packages chocolate wafer cookies I used Mr. Christie's brand, 200 g packages each
  • 1 cup maraschino cherries drained,divided

For the Chocolate Ganache Topping

  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips

Instructions

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine whipped topping, sour cream and instant vanilla pudding mix. Transfer the mixture to a large piping bag.
  • Lay out the first layer of the cake by arranging chocolate wafers in the base of an 8-inch springform pan. It is fine to have some of the cookies overlap to ensure that most of the surface of the pan is covered.
  • Pipe 1/4 of the cream over the crackers and spread it out using an angled spatula. Top with a few cherries and cover with the second layer of chocolate wafer cookies. Repeat the layering process until you have four layers in total. Top with the remaining cream and arrange cherries on top. 
  • Make the chocolate ganache: Place the chocolate chips in a bowl. In a microwave-safe bowl, heat the heavy cream in the microwave until bubbly. Pour over the chocolate chips and stir until smooth. Drizzle on top of the cake.
  • Refrigerate cake for at least 8 hours. Remove the ring of the springform pan and serve.

Notes

Not all of the chocolate wafers will be used up.
Nutrition Facts
Black Forest Icebox Cake
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 450 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Fat 24g37%
Saturated Fat 15g94%
Cholesterol 22mg7%
Sodium 374mg16%
Potassium 205mg6%
Carbohydrates 53g18%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 35g39%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 290IU6%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 102mg10%
Iron 1.9mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 450kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 374mg | Potassium: 205mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 35g | Vitamin A: 290IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 102mg | Iron: 1.9mg

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