SMS: Lemon Icebox Cake with Fresh Strawberry Sauce

by Holly on May 10, 2009

To all the Mothers out there I hope that today is the best and most beautiful Mother’s Day you have ever had!

Sweet Melissa Sundays this week is a Lemon Icebox Cake with Fresh Strawberry Sauce from The Sweet Melissa Baking Book was chosen by Jennifer of Keep Passing the Open Windows. Since around our house this weekend it is just me and the two little kiddos I went ahead and cut the recipe to make just 1/3 of it which was enough to make two very cute mini 5-inch springforms.

To say that I liked this recipe would be to milk. I absolutely adored this recipe. It is a good thing I cut the recipe because otherwise I think I would have still snarfed down the full size version all by myself.

It was a little difficult from the title of the recipe to entirely figure out what this recipe is like, so here is my attempt at an in-depth description:

First, the crust. The original recipe calls for the use of vanilla wafer cookies, which I am actually not a huge fan of, so I substituted my favorite cookie, the beloved Oreo. I knew, since I love the combination of the slightly tart lemon with the chocolate (like in the Black and White Cookies I make) that I would like the combination here.

Second, the filling. It is a light lemony, tart and tangy, custard that is further lightened by the addition of some of the meringue (remainder saved for the top). The filling is just sweet enough with not being too sweet and is like eating smooth, creamy lemon mousse – when frozen the texture of the cake is amazing – when thawed it really becomes soft and light – it is really best frozen, but I didn’t mind the few bites that had thawed either.

Last, the toppings. This is probably the best meringue I’ve ever had. It was just the right amount on top for me, a nice compliment, but not too tall and perfectly sweet and beautifully toasted from putting the entire cake in the oven for a few minutes. The strawberry sauce was a lovely addition as well. It tastes exactly like what you would think, fresh, sweet strawberries.

This is one recipe I know I will be making again and again. Thank you Jennifer! Check out more icebox cakes at the Sweet Melissa Sundays blogroll.

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Snooky doodle May 10, 2009 at 7:56 am

this looks delicious! happy mother’s day to you too 🙂

Barbara Bakes May 10, 2009 at 10:14 am

Great idea to substitute Oreos! Looks delicious!

Katiecakes May 10, 2009 at 11:09 am

Oh yum, oreos!! I didn’t even think of using a chocolate cookie.

I love your mini cakes and how you kept the peaks of the meringue intact. Beautiful 🙂

Katie xox

Cristine May 10, 2009 at 12:33 pm

Absolutely gorgeous! And oreos… genius!

Happy Mother’s Day!

Megan May 10, 2009 at 2:41 pm

Happy Mother’s Day to you!

Oreos instead of vanilla wafers? Sounds good to me!

Engineer Baker May 10, 2009 at 3:11 pm

That looks amazing, and your description is mouthwatering! Happy Mother’s Day!

woof nanny May 10, 2009 at 5:33 pm

I must be really tired today, because I can’t find the recipe. I found the comments on that blog, but not the recipe. Is it closed unless you’re a member?

Maria May 10, 2009 at 6:22 pm

Lovely dessert, happy mother’s day to you!

Nancy/n.o.e May 10, 2009 at 9:14 pm

Love your account of this recipe, Holly. The chocolate is creative; I was thinking of gingersnaps, too, because I love lemon + ginger. Very pretty!

karen May 11, 2009 at 12:53 am

Anything gets better with Oreos! Amazing looking cake!

LaDue & Crew May 11, 2009 at 3:53 am

I love this! Can you send me some, pretty please?! Happy Mothers day!!!

Mermaid Sweets May 11, 2009 at 5:23 am

Happy Mother’s Day – love the addition of chocolate. Glad you loved it, it sure looks terrific.

margot May 11, 2009 at 6:11 am

Yours looks fabulous! I don’t think I’ve tried lemon and chocolate together before, but it sounds like it’s yummy. I am glad I halved the recipe too, it’s that good.

Jennifer May 11, 2009 at 2:00 pm

I have never tried a chocolate and lemon combo, but it sounds good.
Happy Belated Mother’s Day, btw.
I’m glad everyone seems to be enjoying the recipe. I really liked it and would definitely make it again. (In fact, I’m thinking of making it for Memorial Day)

The Bahens May 11, 2009 at 5:46 pm

I don’t love vanilla wafers either, so I did half vanill wafers and half graham crackers for the crust and it was quite tasty. I’ll have to try oreos sometime! Maybe with orange custard instead of lemon! The possibilities are endless!

pinkstripes May 11, 2009 at 7:32 pm

Your cake looks gorgeous. I love the chocolate crust! I hope you had a good Mother’s Day!

Tracey May 11, 2009 at 9:44 pm

Hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day! Your cake looks amazing, especially with that chocolate crust. I had to skip this week but I can’t wait to make the cake later this summer!

Jaime May 12, 2009 at 12:05 am

i’m sorry i missed this one! i was wondering what it tasted like so your description is great and actually makes me want to try it! great job 🙂 the meringue looks fabulous

hope you had a great mother’s day too

Fit Chick May 12, 2009 at 12:44 am

The meringue was wonderful and easy. Your cake looks yummy, nice job.

Katrina May 12, 2009 at 3:20 am

Wow, seriously, that looks amazing!

Anonymous May 12, 2009 at 3:31 pm

I love your blog and refer to it often. I am fairly new to baking and was amazed that you cut the recipe into a third. Does this work with most recipes?

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