Meet the Sullivans: 4th of July + No-Bake Ice Box Cake Recipe

July 5, 2017

4th of July + No-Bake Ice Box Cake Recipe

Did you have a nice 4th of July? We spent the holiday hanging out in our neighborhood, as we have for the last 4+ years, to watch the fireworks on the 3rd and then to visit the carnival and watch the parade on the 4th.

Keith and Owen went to the fireworks Monday night with some of our family while Luke and I stayed home. It was a pretty windy night, and Luke isn't really keen on loud noises, so we stayed home. Owen had a ball hearing the Stanford Jr. band and watching all the fireworks. He was pretty beat by the end of the night and fell asleep on the drive home.

Tuesday morning we got ready to head our to watch our neighborhood 4th of July parade. Owen is an old pro now and came prepared with a bag for holding all the candy he scored. He really works the floats now with his smiles and waves to get as much candy as he can -- you'd think it was Halloween!

After the parade we walked over to the carnival for some lunch and games. Luke slept in the stroller most of the time, but when he woke up he and Owen had some fun on the playground. I was really hoping for a great family photo of the four of us, but I could barely get one of just the boys together!

I made an ice box cake in the morning, so after dinner we all gave it a try. Owen deemed it the "best thing he's ever tasted" and said he thought the cookies were the best part of the cake.

Ice box cakes are so ridiculously simple, but if done right, they're really good! I know it sounds weird putting cookies in place of actual cake but the cookies soften while the cake sets. I would definitely make something like this again. See the recipe below.


2 cups heavy whipping cream
1/2 powdered sugar
2-3 cups berries, washed, and if necessary, diced.
1 box vanilla wafers

1. Beat whipping cream and powdered sugar together using a mixer until stiff peaks form.
2. Spread about 1/3 of the whipped cream in the bottom of a casserole dish, top with a layer of vanilla wafers, followed by a layer of whipped cream.
3. Add a single layer of berries, and then top with another layer of vanilla wafers. You'll continue this cookie / whipped cream / berries / whipped cream routine until you can't fit another layer. I eyeballed mine to make sure I ended with a layer of whipped cream for presentation's sake. I garnished the top with neat little rows of berries.
4. I put mine in the freezer for a few hours, but I think it might have been better of I put it in the fridge. The berries got really frozen. I think if you're taking it somewhere thought, starting it in the freezer and then letting it thaw out a bit would be a good option.

Anyway, I hope you had a great holiday with the people you love!

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