Black-and-White Malted Icebox Cake and a BOOK GIVEAWAY!

May 9, 2015 at 8:39 am | Posted in cakes & tortes, pudding/mousse, sweet things | 27 Comments
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black-and-white malted icebox cake

Now that the days are getting warm– maybe even borderline hot– wouldn’t it be nice to just reach in the fridge and pull out a cool, creamy dessert that practically made itself?  That exists…it’s called an icebox cake!  At its most simple and familiar, an icebox cake is just store-bought wafer cookies and sweet whipped cream, stacked in alternating layers and left to meld in the refrigerator (or icebox– my dad actually calls it that, by the way) for several hours.  The cookies absorb moisture from the cream and soften during the rest, and what you get afterward is a rich, creamy dessert that falls somewhere between pudding and cake.

You can imagine that you can take this basic, yet brilliant, idea in a lot of interesting and delicious directions…like my friend and former co-worker Jessie Sheehan, who, along with her co-author Jean Sagendorph, just published a super-fun (and super pretty) new cookbook called Icebox Cakes: Recipes for the Coolest Cakes in Town.  They have the basic “old school” covered, of course, and recipes for 24 other awesome-sounding icebox cakes.  Espresso-chip– hello!  Chai-ginger– whaat?  And OMG– a black-and-white malted.  That’s the first one I decided to try.

You need four main components for this malt shop-inspired treat:  whipped cream flavored with malt powder (super easy), milk chocolate ganache (super easy), vanilla wafer cookies (not hard to make yourself, but super easy if you choose to buy them instead) and time (the hardest part!).  Oh, and some chopped malt balls scattered over top will make it extra pretty– let’s not forget that!   You just alternate layers of the cream, cookies and ganache in a springform pan and you’re ready to refrigerate.  If you’ve used store-bought cookies, you can get away with just 5-8 hour chill, but if you’ve made your own cookies, you’ll need a full 24 hours in the fridge for them to properly soften.  You can see I took a little artistic liberty and divided the components into individual-sized mini icebox cakes instead of a full 9″ springform.

Go find the full recipe for the Black-and-White Malted Icebox Cake on Jessie’s blog…and know that you can use shop-bought vanilla wafers (like Nabisco or Keebler) if you don’t have the desire or time to make your own.  It’s rich, creamy, malty, sticky and delicious, and when you see this black-and-white zebra striped beauty waiting for you on the icebox shelf, you’ll be very happy you put it together the night before.  Jessie says it’s a crowd-pleaser, and I can’t argue with that.

I’m so excited about Icebox Cakes: Recipes for the Coolest Cakes in Town that I want to send a copy to one of you!  A signed copy at that!  Just leave me a comment (one per person, please) on this post before 5:00 pm EST on Friday, May 15 and I’ll randomly choose a winner from the list.  Be sure your e-mail address is correct so I can contact you.

***Giveaway Winner Update: I have two copies to giveaway, actually!  I used to generate two random comment numbers to find the winners. Congratulations to Maureen and franklyentertaining!  I’ll be in touch soon.***


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  1. Hi. I don’t own any kind of cookbook, so this would be a good way for me to brush up on my kitchen skills. Thanks for the opportunity and thanks for sharing.

  2. This looks so good! I want to make the chai ginger icebox cake.

  3. Looks wonderful! And I’d LOVE to win the cookbook 🙂 Love your blog.

  4. Sounds luscious! Thanks for a great giveaway!

  5. This looks great for summer!

  6. Love icebox cakes- looks fantastic! 🙂

  7. LOVE how this looks! Thanks for the giveaway!

  8. Yum!

  9. I love the picture and the cake idea…

  10. Ah, I’ve tasted some of these lovely cakes at Jessie’s cookbook party at Baked! They are awesome and this one is also one of my favorites!

  11. Yummy yummy looks so deliciously good!

  12. I want that book! (not for me, of course. for my kids.)

  13. Icebox cakes sound perfect for summer. Yummy!

  14. That sounds like a fun book! I’d love a copy!

  15. Icebox cakes are always a hit in my house! This cookbook sounds perfect!!! The cake topped with peanut butter cups looks delicious!

  16. Omg that sounds great!!! =D

  17. That looks delicious and the book sounds fun!

  18. Yum yum – a great dessert!

  19. looks amazing I have got to try this one day!

  20. Look’s great; I think it’s awesome you’re doing this contest. I’m not the baker in my family so our shelves are greatly lacking in this regard. It would fit perfectly next to home preserving, and wine making. There is an issue with my first comment not linking to my page (I apologize for the duplicate post) please use this one.

  21. Thanks for the reminder about the giveaway in today’s post. I don’t like malt, so had skipped away before entering. But I do like cake — and particularly ones where I don’t have to turn on the oven in the summer.

  22. Your malted ice box cake looks awesome! And a free cookbook? Also good! 🙂

  23. Your cake looks gorgeous, and the book sounds like so much fun!

  24. i dont discriminate against any cakes!

  25. OMG, I need this

  26. looks AMAZING

  27. This looks amazing! I have a malt cake on my blog, but I love the idea of turning it into an icebox cake!

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