I recently came across an ice box cake recipe and was very curious to try it as a delicious and light dessert. I have heard of ice box cakes before but really had no idea how incredibly easy they are. The recipe below is for toasted coconut but you can replace the coconut with ½ cup toasted almonds and substitute almond extract for the coconut extract and have a brand new recipe.
I love the idea of ice box cakes because they are so versatile and you can change flavors as you like. Also, there is no baking and they can be made the day before which makes them easy for company.
Toasted Coconut-Graham Cracker Ice Box Cake
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 7 – 10 minutes
Refrigerator Time: 2 hours and overnight
Estimated Values per Serving:
Calories: 110 Fat: 2 grams
½ cup sweetened shredded coconut
1/3 cup egg substitute
½ cup sugar
2 tablespoons corn starch
1 ½ cup skim milk
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon coconut extract
12 graham crackers
3 cup fat free whipped topping
- Heat oven on broil. Place shredded coconut in a baking pan and place under broiler. Stand at oven and toast coconut until lightly browned (takes about 2 – 5 minutes). Remove coconut from oven and set aside to cool.
- In a medium saucepan, combine egg substitute, sugar, cornstarch and milk. Cook on low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture begins to steam. Once warmed, increase the heat slightly to medium low, stirring constantly, until mixture becomes thick and bubbly (about 5 minutes). While constantly stirring, cook for an additional 2 minutes.
- Remove from heat and stir in toasted coconut, vanilla and coconut extracts.
- Spoon custard into a bowl and cover with plastic (pressing directly onto surface of custard to prevent skin from forming). Refrigerate until cool (about 2 hours).
- Line the bottom of an 8-inch baking dish with 6 of the graham crackers (break into pieces to fill space).
- Fold in 1 cup of the whipped topping to the custard and then spoon half of the custard mixture on top of the graham crackers. Repeat with remaining 6 graham crackers and then the rest of the custard mixture. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
- Just before serving, spread the remaining whipped topping on top of the cake and serve cold.