This No Bake Black Forest Icebox Cake super simple, 3 ingredient dessert that’s perfect for Valentine’s Day or any occasion — it comes together in no time and you can make ahead!
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When I made this icebox cake, and was trying to cut a piece to photograph, I told myself it was never going on this blog. It was SO ugly, and the layers weren’t perfect, and everything was kind of smushed.
It’s also kind of not a recipe at all.
There are only 3 ingredients, and you can likely figure them out just by looking at it.
But I have a number of not-really-recipes that you guys seem to really like (like these No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Pinwheels that went crazy at Christmas!), so I figured maybe you would like this one just as much.
I mean, you could add cream cheese, or vanilla pudding, or use fresh cherries, or dress it up in a number of different ways (chocolate pudding? Now there’s an idea!), but I didn’t.
This Black Forest Icebox Cake came about after the fail of these dreamy Black Forest Crepes I’d envisioned in my mind. I wanted something Valentinesy, and Black Forest always says Valentine’s Day to me. Chocolate and cherries?!? Always a good idea.
My Black Forest Crepes tasted great, but I just had the hardest time styling them and making them look good. Plus, making crepes? Kind of the most painful thing you can undertake with a 3 year old and a 1 year old in the house. A 3 ingredient icebox cake? That’s more my speed.
So then I was left with half a can of cherry pie filling (and if you’re not into the canned stuff, you can make your own or use fresh!) and a whole lot of whipped cream that needed to be used up. I had some grand ideas, but I find right after I fail one of my grand ideas I tend to go for “quick and easy” instead.
I had 2 boxes of chocolate wafers left over from another recipe. I thought to myself, “that is so not worth posting! It’s not even a real recipe.” But it actually tasted pretty great. And maybe you need something that’s 3 ingredients and no bake and tastes great but you don’t really care if it’s all that pretty!
- When I made this, I doubled up on my chocolate wafers because we don’t have chocolate graham crackers here and the wafers are pretty thin. I wanted a good amount of “cake” for substance. My very bottom layer of wafers stayed somewhat firm, which is okay, but next time I would brush 1-2 tablespoons of milk or cold coffee in the bottom of the pan, just to soften up that very bottom layer.
- I used half a can of cherry pie filling because that’s what I had left. Feel free to use more or less of whatever you have!
- I like using a bag to pipe the whipped cream — I find it’s the easiest way to get a thin even layer without moving the cookies all over the place. You can do it this way or simply spread it with a spatula or spoon.
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- 1 box chocolate wafer cookies or chocolate graham crackers
- ½-1 can cherry pie filling
- 3 cups whipped cream
- *Please see note above recipe for doubling wafer cookie layers.
- Lay one layer of chocolate wafer cookies in an 8x8" pan. Top with about 1 cup of whipped cream and 3-4 tablespoons cherry pie filling.
- Repeat layers one more time. Top with remaining whipped cream and crushed chocolate wafer cookies if desired.
- Refrigerate at least 4-6 hours or until cookies are soft and cake-like. Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up 5-6 days.
More Icebox Cakes!
Strawberry Cheesecake Icebox Cake from Life Made Sweeter
Death by Chocolate Icebox Cake from Life, Love and Sugar
Butterfinger Icebox Cake from Beyond Frosting