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Cherry Almond Ice Box Cake (VRP 034)

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The Cherry Almond Ice Box Cake offers a refreshing and delicious dessert option that combines the sweet tang of cherries with the nutty richness of almonds, all held together within layers of soft ladyfingers. This no-bake cake is perfect for those warm months when the oven is the last thing you want to turn on, or whenever you need a quick, yet impressive dessert.

Cherry Almond Ice Box Cake

A Short History:

Icebox cakes trace back to the early 20th century, gaining popularity for their simplicity and the convenience of not requiring an oven. The concept utilizes the fridge (once called an “icebox”) to set the cake. Over time, these desserts have evolved into various flavors and combinations, with the Cherry Almond Ice Box Cake being a delightful example of modern twists on classic ingredients.

Timeline:

  • 1930s: The concept of the icebox cake emerges, coinciding with the widespread use of refrigerators in American homes.
  • Mid-20th Century: Variations of the icebox cake, including fruit and nut versions, become popular as easy, no-bake desserts.
  • Present Day: The Cherry Almond Ice Box Cake represents the evolution of no-bake desserts, combining traditional flavors in new, delightful ways.

Tips for the Perfect Cherry Almond Ice Box Cake:

  • Quality Ingredients: Use high-quality butter and fresh cream for the best flavor and texture.
  • Cherry Selection: Choose bright, firm maraschino cherries for both taste and aesthetic appeal.
  • Almond Preparation: Toasting the almonds slightly before adding them to the mixture can enhance their flavor.
  • Layering: Ensure the ladyfingers are evenly split and arranged snugly for structural integrity and even flavor distribution.
  • Chilling Time: Allow ample time for the cake to set in the refrigerator, ideally overnight, to ensure it holds its shape when served.
Cherry Almond Ice Box Cake

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COOK’S NOTES

  1. This cake should be refrigerated for at least 5 hours, or until firm, before serving

Cherry Almond Ice Box Cake Recipe

The Cherry Almond Ice Box Cake is a testament to the enduring appeal of no-bake desserts, offering a sophisticated flavor profile in a surprisingly simple preparation. Whether you’re hosting a summer gathering, a holiday party, or simply treating yourself, this cake is sure to be a crowd-pleaser, embodying the joy of dessert-making without the heat of the oven.

Cherry Almond Ice Box Cake

Cherry Almond Ice Box Cake

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup almonds, chopped
  • 1 cup maraschino cherries, chopped
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 36 lady fingers
  • 1/2 pint whipped cream

Instructions

  1. Cream butter and sugar, beat in eggs until light and fluffy
  2. Add nuts and cherries
  3. Add juices and mix well
  4. Whip cream and fold in
  5. Split lady fingers in half and line bottom and sides of spring foam pan
  6. Pour in half mixture, put lady fingers over top and finish with remaining mixture
  7. Ornament top with cherries and nuts
  8. Serve with a dab of whipped cream

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