NO BAKE STRAWBERRY CHEESECAKE ICE BOX CAKE – a deliciously simple layered cake made with graham crackers, a creamy vanilla “cheesecake” layer and fresh strawberries. Whether it be spring or summer, this cake is a cinch to make and even easier to devour.
So the last few weeks I have been really sick. Its the sickest I remember being for a period of time and while I am finally on the mend it is taking a bit longer than I would like. I am one of those people who really hate asking for help and having a hard time accepting it, well unless it is from my mom or husband. But everyone else…..no thank you. That was until this, I was so sick I had friends bring meals and gave a long list of to-do’s to the kids. I think I laid on the couch pretty consistently over a week and binged watched all 4 seasons of House of Cards.
My friend, Erin (blogger from Dinner, Dishes & Dessert) brought us a killer meal one night and for dessert she made Boston Cream Pie Ice Box Cake. I have to admit I have never once made an ice box cake, so my kids were like “What is this? It’s amazing!” I thought to myself, this is the easiest darn dessert how come I have never made it?! My hubby’s birthday was February 19th and I wasn’t up to par and he knew that – so he went simple on me and requested some sort of berry ice box cake and since I know he loves cream cheese and pudding – I combined the two to make this No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Box Cake.
Now I would say we are ice box addicts. Here are just a few on the list to make soon (tell me which one you would do next): Salted Caramel Oreo Ice Box Cake, Peanut Butter Banana Ice Box Cake, Pistachio Ice Box Cake and my fav, Samoa Ice Box Cake. The hardest part about these cakes is letting them sit in the fridge for a bit, but in the mean time you can always lick the bowl clean.
So I have learned a lesson, accept help from friends when you need it, you may just get the most amazing meal out of it because we sure did. Cheers to great friends, feeling better and amazingly simple desserts. XOXO San
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- 2 boxes of instant vanilla pudding
- 8 ounces cream cheese, we use 1/3 less fat-cream cheese
- 3 cups milk
- 1 cup heavy cream + 1/4 cup powdered sugar or substiture this for 1 cup Cool Whip Topping
- 2 lbs. fresh strawberries - remove stem, slice or dice and toss in 2 tablespoon of sugar if desired
Line a 13x9 inch baking dish with a single layer of graham crackers. If you need to fill in a few spots, break then into small pieces to cover the bottom.
Prepare whipped topping using a hand mixer and whisking heavy cream until you have soft peaks. Gently fold in powdered sugar and vanilla, and whisk again until stiff peaks form. Set aside.
In a large bowl mix together 2 boxes of pudding mix with 3 cups of milk. Beat until well combined. The add in cream cheese and beat until well combined and smooth. Gently fold in the prepared whipped cream or Cool Whip.
Take half of the pudding/cream cheese mixture and spread over the first layer of graham crackers. Cover with 1/2 of the strawberries.
Top strawberries with another layer of graham crackers. Fitting to the pan just like instructed above in the first step.
Repeat with pudding and strawberries.
Cover with plastic wrap or foil & place in fridge for 4-6 hours to chill and allow pudding to set..
Recipe adapted from Boston Cream Pie Ice Box Cake