This Strawberry Lemonade Ice Box Cake is a perfect springtime treat, using lots of fresh ingredients like strawberries and homemade whipped cream.
Until this beautiful dessert you see here, I had never had an ice box cake. I always imagined some soggy mess and it never sounded all that appealing to me. However, since I had an over abundance of lemons and strawberries, I was brainstorming ideas for desserts I could make. I recently made Lemon Whipped Cream and knew that would be a perfect filling for a cake. But I didn’t feel like baking. So the Strawberry Lemonade Ice Box Cake was born!
The cake starts with a layer of Golden Oreo Cookies soaked in lemonade. Now I know I remember seeing Lemon Oreos last year but I haven’t seen them yet this year. If you find them, they would be a perfect substitution. Anyway the next layer is Lemon Whipped Cream. If you don’t want to make your own whipped cream, Cool Whip would work fine; just add some lemon juice to it.
Next is strawberries that have been tossed with just a little bit of white sugar. You want to really bring out all those juices.
Add another set of those layers and you’re done! Now it just needs to sit in the ice box (fridge) for at least a few hours, or overnight. Slice and serve and be prepared for the oohs and ahhs and the “Mommy this is so good!!”
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Chill the bowl and beaters of your mixer for 30 minutes in the freezer or fridge. Pour heavy cream, powdered sugar and vanilla in the bowl and whip on medium high for about 2 minutes, until fluffy and thick.
Stir in lemon zest and half of the lemon juice. Taste, and add more lemon juice as needed.
Dip about half of the Oreos in lemonade and lining them up in the bottom of an 8"x8" pan.
Layer whipped cream and strawberries, then Oreos again, and whipped cream and strawberries. Finish with a sprinkling of strawberries on top.
Crush the remaining Oreos by placing them in a resealable bag and crushing them with a rolling pin or a heavy skillet. Sprinkle on top of the cake.
Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight. Slice and serve cold.
If you can find lemon flavored Oreos, I definitely recommended trying them. Otherwise the golden Oreos are great.
Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.