Friday, May 28, 2010

Kiddo in the Kitchen: Chocolate Mint Icebox Cake


I wanted to put this in the post title, but it was too long: "5-ingredient, no-bake, Chocolate Mint Icebox Cake!"

Kiddo picked this recipe from my collection of Everyday Food magazines. Everyday Food is a wonderful little magazine from Martha Stewart. If you've never picked up a copy, you might want to. Unlike some of the more complicated ones in MS Living, Everyday Food is filled with EASY recipes. I had to stop subscribing after a few years because there were so many recipes I wanted to try...I couldn't take any more!


This recipe seems too simple...and like it can't be all that good. Wafers, cream? That's it? Well, once assembled, the wafers soak up that cream and become cakey and soft. Plus, it looks really cool once you cut into it.

Chocolate Mint Icebox Cake
{adapted from Everyday Food}


1 & 3/4 c. heavy cream
3/4 tsp mint extract
1/4 c. sugar
1 (9 oz.) pkg. chocolate wafers
1/3 c. mini chocolate chips


Beat the heavy cream, extract & sugar until stiff peaks form.


Spread about 1 teaspoon of cream on each wafer and form stacks on a plate.


{This would have gone a lot quicker had 5/6ths of the wafers not been cracked. Ahem, chocolate wafer packagers.}



Line a serving platter with two side-by-side sheets of wax paper. (You'll pull these out later.) Lay the stacks horizontally along the seam, pressing gently to form a log.


With an offset spatula, cover the log with the remaining cream. Refrigerate at least 4 hours and up to 2 days.


Before serving, gently pull wax paper from under the cake. Sprinkle with chocolate chips. Slice cake diagonally with a serrated knife.


Kiddo gives this an 8.5....a perfect cold, minty treat for after tossing the football in the backyard.
{You can still see ours in the background.} :)

I'm linking this up to Tidymom's I'm Lovin' It Party. Have you been? Lots of great ideas and goodies are linked up every Friday!

47 comments:

  1. Great recipe! Chocolate, mint, easy..I love it already! You are teaching your son well. I just love that.

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  2. Amazing how elegant it looks (of course your beautiful photography helps). I've been let down by Everyday Food these past couple of issues, but her older magazines are keepers.

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  3. Dear Lord!!! You live to get us fat...LoL

    I'd give you a solid 10 and I didn't have a taste of it...well...let's face it..YET! ;)

    Loved it!!!

    Happy weekend!!!

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  4. I know exactly how you feel regarding the subscription to Everyday Food I had to stop mine after receiving a couple of years worth. This looks so yummy, well done Kiddo!

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  5. That looks really good! I wonder if my 3 1/2 yo daughter could help me make it? I'm sure it wouldn't be as pretty as yours, but it would still taste good!

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  6. Love this. I must try it!! You make it seem do-able. I would even say, "Oh look, a child can do it!" But then I think about your child and have a feeling that is WAAAAYYYY smarter then me. :)

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  7. ooo~ that looks yummy-those wafers have been around forever!!! You'd think they would have improved the packaging. I always end up with broken ones, too. Boo-hoo!

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  8. This. Is. My. Favorite. Dessert.(periods for emphasis) Even over cookies. My mom (and I) have made it for many many years! But I've never tried it with mint... Oh, and I always buy 2 packages because of breakage, a second ahem, packagers. I think a steel box would be best.

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  9. I love Kiddo. Just love him to pieces. The picture of him checking for stiff peak is hilarious. He's got his serious scientist face on!

    You're my blogging hero, you know.

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  10. that looks soo good~ so funny you pointed out the football!!!! Cute J pics and I bet his rating scale is pretty high with all the goodies you make in that house;)

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  11. This is a perfect kid recipe. I can't wait to let my boys try it out. I love the 8.5 rating at the end...too cute.

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  12. WOW this looks great......told you I couldn't resist the urge to click over! lol

    We get the Everyday Food little magazine, Allison LOVES to look thru it and pick out recipes....we have several book marked that we want to try....I'm trying to watch how many desserts I eat right now! lol

    Thanks for linking up!! Have a safe wonderful weekend!♥

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  13. Great job, Kiddo!

    I've seen that around and have meant to give it a try. I'll have to let my kiddo give it a try.

    Happy Friday!
    ~ingrid

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  14. AMAZING.

    Can I just say I sorta feel sorry for J's future wife?

    He'll be so disappointed when she breaks out a Betty Crocker box.

    :)

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  15. Awwww! What a cutie you have! I can't wait until mine is old enough to do that much in the kitchen! I don't really like mint...or chocolate (I know, I'm weird) but the cake looks beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

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  16. I don't have a blog, but don't dare give up yours cause this is one of the few I MUST keep in my fav's!!! Yikes! I love it! I'm a huge baker-lover from Norwegian roots. I love to experiment (I'm Martha Savvy too but I agree with you on "too much"). I love recipes that look and taste gourmet but are "simple". Keep it up!
    p.s. ever brought kangaroo cookies to an animal conference? I have!!!

    Carol Joy

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  17. p.s. reason for the kangaroo cookies is that we happen to raise kangaroos, zebras, and camels!!! (I also design t-shirts accordingly)

    Carol Joy

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  18. this looks great and must be so yummy :)

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  19. OMG that looks soooo good. btw love your blog!

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  20. Yum! I can't believe it's just cookie wafers. It looks like thin layer of chocolate cake. Have a great Memorial Day Weekend!

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  21. I love this. It is perfect for cooking with kids!

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  22. We make this at our house with the ginger thins cookies and plain whipping cream. So yummy! I am going to have to try the chocolate and mint. Looks and sounds fabulous.

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  23. Oh my...that looks absolutely delicious!!! I love that kids can help too. An all around winner!

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  24. Very cool(no pun intended)! I'll have to try that...my daughter loves mint chip.

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  25. You had me at "chocolate".

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  26. what a great cake!! I have to say I have never made an ice box cake..
    but you made me want to go out into the kitchen and make one right now!!

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  27. You know what I love about your blog?! You aren't afraid of a little (or a lot!) of sugar and fat! woohooo!

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  28. My grandmother used to make this all the time, but she called it "Zebra Icebox Cake"- it brings back fond memories of sitting in her kitchen laughing and eating dessert! I don't think my kids have ever had this, might be time for a trip to the store for those elusive chocolate wafers!

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  29. wow wow che meraviglia!!!complimenti!

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  30. All I can say is....YUM!!! Great job Kiddo!

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  31. Oh.Mah.Word!

    So much in this post that I love. I need to make this dessert - it looks so refreshing.

    Love your mixer. Amen.

    Love that your son does this and then RATES IT at the end. Kids are so honest.

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  32. Oh, that looks so refreshing after the hot weather we've been having!

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  33. This looks like such a great recipe for kids to make. What a shame the majority of the wafers were broken!

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  34. Super fun idea! This looks delicious!

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  35. I love Ice Box Cakes, and this one looks terrific! What a great kid you've got to work with as well :)

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  36. That sounds and looks absolutely yummy! Great for the summer when you don't want to heat up the kitchen! I love cooking in the classroom with my students and this is a great one to use! Thanks!

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  37. Please tell Kiddo he did a great job and it looks delicious! He'll make someone a great husband one day with these skills!

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  38. This looks so good and perfect for the hot weather, I have never made a icebox cake I think I will give it a whirl.

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  39. I love mint and chocolate! i give it a 10! super yummy.

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  40. Can't wait to try this with my son this summer!

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  41. mmm! this is a MUST try. thanks so much!

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  42. Oh My Gosh. I really need to stop licking, I MEAN 'LOOKING' at your blog! ;) -Shelley@HowDoesShe

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  43. Ohhh - we make this over here iN Austrlia - we call it Chcolate Ripple Cake...
    So nice at Christmas - decorated as a yule log.

    M

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  44. Heavenly! Have to try this!!

    Great blog; happy I found you!

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