Thursday, April 17, 2008

Meyer Lemon Icebox Cake

Earlier this week, I made the following Meyer Lemon Icebox Cake. I finally found a grocery store in town that carries three varieties of Meyer Lemon Curd (a small jar for ~$3, which is obviously much cheaper than the Williams Sonoma alternative I started with, priced at a whopping $14).

The cake was very good, and both refreshing and light. After assembling the layers, the cake requires 24 hours of refrigeration before serving, which was annoying (who wants to wait that long to eat dessert?). When I finally delved into the soft layers, I was pleasantly surprised by the flavor and smoothness, although in hindsight, I think I would skip the extra dollops of Meyer Lemon. Between the lemon wafers and lemon flavored whipping cream, there seems to be more than enough lemon flavor. But other than that, this recipe is definitely a keeper and an ideal choice for a summer soire. Enjoy!

Meyer Lemon Icebox Cake (from

An icebox “cake” is actually cookies layered with cream. In this case I use lemon wafer cookies I got at Whole Foods, Meyer lemon curd, and lemon cream. Left in the fridge overnight, the wafers absorb liquid out of the creme and take on a firm cake-like texture without getting mushy. For being relatively simple, this is actually one of my favorite desserts. Here’s my take on this classic.

-1 1/2 C heavy whipping cream

-3/4 C Meyer Lemon Curd to mix with the cream

-3/4 C Meyer Lemon Curd to layer1 box vanilla or lemon wafers

-Whip the cream until soft peaks form. Add 3/4 cup lemon curd to the cream and fold it in gently with a rubber spatula.

-In a 8 x 8 square baking dish or other suitable vessel, put down 1/3 of the cream and spread it around. Then put down a layer of wafers smearing the tops of each one with a good dollop of lemon curd. Repeat, finishing with a layer of cream.

-Cover and refrigerate for 24 hours before serving.

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