An Icebox Birthday Cake: Thanks for the Memories

This weekend I had the pleasure of creating a dessert buffet for one of my favorite people, the Mom of one of my best childhood friends, Susan Intile. As a lover of chocolate, and more specifically, chocolate pudding, I got to work baking a “tower of chocolate” that featured one of my favorite vintage desserts- Icebox Cake!

My pudding got a little lumpy due to too high heat- either on the burner or in the air (this weekend was a scorcher!). Luckily, icebox cake, is very forgiving!

My pudding got a little lumpy due to too high heat- either on the burner or in the air (this weekend was a scorcher!)… Luckily, icebox cake, is very forgiving!

You might remember I made individual servings of the icebox cake for Amanda’s birthday last year. Since this was meant to be a birthday cake, I doubled the recipe layered the deliciousness together in a trifle dish.

The actual tower never happened due to counter heigh vs. pot and pan rack, but, this happy birthday candle blowout was amazing anyway!

The actual tower never happened due to counter heigh vs. pot and pan rack, but, this happy birthday candle blowout was amazing anyway! Happy birthday Mrs. Intile!

Icebox birthday cake was accompanied by a delicious batch of Rocky Ledge Bars, Triple Chocolate Chunk cookies (which went alarmingly fast!), Amanda’s amazing salted brownies and marshmallow confetti bars for the kiddos, and anyone else who might not like chocolate (who?!).

When we packing up to leave , a sweet woman told me that she and her husband never eat sweets, but when they saw the icebox cake they remembered having it years ago so they had to try it. I told them it was my favorite dessert on Christmas Eve at my Grandmother’s and that when I started baking it was one of the recipes I was determined to perfect. (Even though its a very easy recipe, there are some tricks to getting it to taste like Grandmas… IE: heavy cream). Then her husband said the sweetest thing to me; “It was delicious. Thanks for the memories”. Biting my lip and smiling was all I could do to not start blubbering right there.

Isn’t it all so amazing this life, where a little thing like an old fashioned pudding pie can trigger the deepest emotion, or bring you back, or pay homage, or make you look around and say in that moment “How did I get so lucky?”

Jaime and I have been friends since we were tweenagers so we are really more like family! Here I am with Danielle, Mrs. Intile and Jaime who never stops talking long enoiugh to take a photo!

Jaime and I have been friends since we were tweenagers so we are really more like family! Here I am with her sister, Danielle, Mrs. Intile (I find it weird to call her by her first name, Susan!) and Jaime, who never stops talking long enough to take a photo!

I hope this inspires you to try icebox cake- it’s actually super delicious in the summer especially if you serve it chilled! Then, spread the love and pass this easy-to-make recipe on!

Happy Birthday, Mrs. Intile! All good things! Xo Dani

 

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