Chocolate-Cherry Icebox Cake

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 13 hr 10 min (includes refrigeration time)
  • Active: 1 hr
  • Yield: 10 servings
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Icebox Cake:

4 cups heavy cream

1/4 cup sugar 

1 tablespoon vanilla extract 

Three 9-ounce packages chocolate wafer cookies (or make your own!)

Cherry Sauce:

Two 10-ounce bags frozen pitted cherries (sour cherries preferred)

2/3 cup sugar 

2 tablespoons cornstarch 

1/4 cup lemon juice

Unsweetened cocoa powder, for dusting 


  1. For the icebox cake: In a large bowl, using an electric mixer on high speed, beat together the cream, sugar and vanilla until soft peaks form. Transfer to a large resealable freezer bag or a pastry bag fitted with a large round tip. (If using a freezer bag, snip off a corner when ready to pipe.)
  2. Arrange an even layer of cookies in a 9-inch springform pan (or on a large flat plate). Spread the cookies with a 1/4-inch layer of whipped cream, leaving a narrow border at the edges. Repeat with the remaining cookies and cream; there should be 7 to 8 cookie layers total. End with a layer of whipped cream and then pipe cream on top in concentric circles to simulate a bumpy cake. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
  3. For the cherry sauce: Bring the cherries, sugar and 2/3 cup water to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring often. Stir together the cornstarch and 1/4 cup water in a small bowl until smooth. Stir the cornstarch slurry into the boiling cherry mixture. Return to a boil and cook until thickened, stirring constantly, about 1 minute. Remove from the heat and stir in the lemon juice. Puree in a blender or with an immersion blender.
  4. To serve, dust the top of the icebox cake with cocoa powder and drizzle with cherry sauce.
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