Recipe: Lemon-Berry Icebox Cake
Are you in need of a patriotic treat to share this weekend? Then look no further!! This lemon-berry icebox cake courtesy of the Food Network is sure to dazzle!
While those berries get sweet and tangy, puree 1 cup of the mixed/ "other" berries in a blender (or magic bullet if you are me) until smooth. Refrigerate the remaining 2 cups of strawberries as well as the left over "other" berries for topping.
With the puree done, set it aside and prepare to make your whipped topping. Beat the cream cheese, confections sugar, vanilla and zest of both lemons and the juice of 1 lemon in a large bowl with a mixer on medium-high speed until fluffy; about 4 minutes.
Add the heavy cream and beat for another 2 minutes.
With the remaining half of whipped cream, fold in the pureed berries.
Now, its time to build this lasagna-esque icebox cake. Before you layer, start by lining a 9 x 5 inch loaf pan with plastic wrap, letting it hang over on all sides.
With the plastic in place, start by spreading 1 cup of the plain whipped cream mixture in the bottom of the pan (refrigerate the rest for later).
Next, add a layer of lemon cookies.
Add one half of your macerated berries.
Top those fresh berries with yet another 1 cup of berry whipped cream.
Repeat with another layer of cookies, berry whipped cream, remaining macerated berries and the rest of the berry whipped cream.
End with one last layer of cookies, don't worry if you have some left over...you can always snack on them like I did.
Once you have the final layer in place, cover with more plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 6 hours, (I went with overnight).
Before serving this amazing cake, toss remaining 2 cups each of strawberries and "other" berries with the remaining 1 tablespoon granulated sugar and juice of 1/2 lemon in a large bowl, set aside to macerate 30 minutes.
Then it is time to uncover this beautiful cake.
Grab a platter, and flip your loaf pan upside down on top of the platter. Remove plastic and see the gorgeous hunk of heaven you created.
Next up, cover with remaining plain whipped cream you'd been saving.
Not only did I find this icebox cake to be absolutely amazing, but so did all who tasted it...even the hardest critic I know, my Thriving Mommy. Who is ready to show up to a party this weekend with this delight in hand?!
Do you have any favorite red, white and blue treats you love to make?
Strive to thrive,