This was my first time ever making an icebox cake but it won’t be the last! This just couldn’t be any easier, and the result was a rich dessert with the texture of cheesecake, the flavor of ginger snaps, and the time commitment of take out!
I found a store brand ginger wafer at my local Safeway, but you can use any ginger snap. Just remember that thicker cookies will have to sit longer before they soften enough to serve.
I needed a quick, easy, and food coloring-free frosting recipe for a birthday playdate, and this one really came through! It works up fast in the microwave, and, as a bonus, you dirty exactly one bowl and a set of mixer beaters. (Which my guys wouldn’t lick. Because they are WEIRDOS.) To turn these into funny face cupcakes, I used store-bought candy eyes and a quick squiggle of white frosting for the mouth. (For my cupcake recipe please visit my Creamsicle Cake post.)
The kids were tickled pink by the variety of expressions on the faces, and we’ll just pretend I did that on purpose, rather than that I couldn’t have made them identical if my life depended on it, okay?
Ah, dessert. The final touch on any special meal, and one most kids look forward to the most. The only thing my kid likes better than eating dessert is eating a dessert he made himself. This recipe is definitely easy enough for any kid to do with just a little help. There are no raw eggs to make little bakers sick if they sneak a lick off the spoon, and the finished cake is quite tasty enough for any party.
This would also be a great recipe for a cupcake making party. Make one batch ahead of time and let the kiddos make a batch together. While they are waiting for the batch they made to come out of the oven, let them decorate the ones you made in advance. The recipe comes together quickly so that they can have the fun of cooking with their friends without losing interest. Only two ingredients means less dishes and cleanup afterwards and more enjoying the party.
If you want to make this in advance of when you’ll be serving it, it’s perfectly ok to freeze the cake frosted or unfrosted. Just be sure to save any decorations like piped colored frosting, sprinkles, or other embellishments until the cake is fully defrosted. My cake decorating friends tell me that condensation during the defrost process or refrigeration can make colors run.
It’s time to talk about something very near and dear to my heart. Yes, we are discussing Birthday Cake. I took making Ian’s first cake very seriously… ok, not really. I was excited and went a little overboard, but “serious” isn’t quite in it.
Some of your guests at your child’s first birthday party may still not have turned one year old. This means some of them may not have started eggs and/or dairy yet. At subsequent birthdays, your child may have egg or dairy allergic friends who would still like to enjoy the cake (or be the dairy allergic kid him or her self!). Here’s your solution!
For Ian’s first birthday party, I made two versions of a dairy and egg-free cake from allrecipes.com. You can find the original, chocolate cake recipe here. It is excellent and reliable. No one would eat it and go, “dang! There’s no eggs in that thing.” Both were excellent plain or frosted with whipped cream. You can also find soy-milk based frosting recipes. Got a wheat-allergic kid at the party? Try a test batch in advance with oat or rice flour. I’ve made the chocolate version with oat flour and it came out a little crumbly but otherwise good.
I also substituted one cup of the regular flour with whole wheat, and they were good when fresh but on the second day they got gritty. So if you are going to gobble the cake up right away, go for it and add a little whole grain!
These should be refrigerated, as there is so much fruit in them that they will mold at room temperature after a couple days.