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Birthday Icebox Cake


Active Time 30 minutes

Total Time 6 hours 30 minutes, including 6 hours of refrigerat­ion Makes 14 servings


Nonstick cooking spray (or butter, at room temperatur­e)

4½ cups heavy whipping cream ¾ cup confection­ers’ sugar ⅔ cup Dutch-processed cocoa 1¼ tsp. pure vanilla extract 6 cups vanilla wafers (such as Nilla) from two 11-oz. pkgs.

Rainbow nonpareils or sprinkles, for decorating


Take the base out of a 9-in. round springform cake pan and lay a piece of plastic wrap on top of it. Cut around the base to trim excess. Replace base in springform pan and line with the plastic round. Coat sides of pan with cooking spray. Cut a 3x281/4-in. strip of parchment paper to line pan’s sides.

2. Beat cream, confection­ers’ sugar, cocoa, and vanilla in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment on medium speed until starting to thicken, about 1 minute. Raise mixer speed to medium-high; beat until medium-to-stiff peaks form, 3 to 4 minutes.

3. Spread about 2 cups of the chocolate whipped-cream mixture in bottom of prepared pan. Top with a layer of cookies (all facing down), breaking them as needed to fill gaps. Repeat with whipped-cream mixture and cookies 4 additional times (for 5 layers total of each).


Spread top with remaining chocolate whipped-cream mixture. Wrap pan in plastic wrap. Refrigerat­e until set, at least 6 hours or up to 12 hours.

5. Unwrap pan. Remove sides of pan, and peel away parchmentp­aper strip. Place a platter on top of cake, and flip over to invert cake onto platter. Carefully remove bottom of pan and peel away plastic wrap. Decorate cake with nonpareil sprinkles. Cake may be lightly wrapped in plastic wrap and stored in refrigerat­or for up to 3 days.

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