Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Chocolate Icebox Cake from Magnolia Bakery

In 1924 The National Biscuit Company (today's Nabisco) introduced their Famous Chocolate Wafers. The chocolate wafers were similar in taste to an unfilled Oreo but lighter, thinner and crisper. A cake recipe developed in the 1930's called for stacking them, separating with a layer of sweetened whipped cream. They soften overnight. The hard part of this recipe is finding the chocolate wafers in your local grocery store but they can be ordered on Amazon. The presentation is very impressive.

Chocolate Icebox Cake/Adapted from The Magnolia Bakery Cookbook

3 cups heavy cream
3 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 (9-ounce) packages chocolate wafer cookies
Unsweetened cocoa (or chocolate shavings)

In a large bowl, beat cream, sugar and vanilla with an electric mixer on high speed until soft peaks form.
On a flat serving plate, arrange 7 cookies side by side in a circle, keeping 1 cookie in the center.
Spread with 1/2 cup whipped cream, making a 7-inch circle. Repeat with remaining cookies and cream, making 11 layers of cookies and ending with a layer of cream (there will be a few cookies left over). Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
To serve, dust top lightly with cocoa powder, chocolate shavings or crumbled chocolate wafers.

* Servings: 8