105 degrees. That's how hot it's been here that last couple of days. One hundred and five stinking degrees. That's hot, yo. So hot that I haven't wanted to bake anything which is a bit extreme for me. Granted I'm one of the people you will hear grumbling pretty non-stop about the melting heat but I usually just hibernate until the temperature dips back down into the 70's. However some things like grocery shopping and working require you to adventure into the blazing hot sunshine (blast!). I get so hot going outside that there is no way I am going to bake ANYTHING. So I decided to cure the sweet tooth that was yelling in my ear (aka my husband), I would try an icebox cake.
Now for those of you that don't know what an icebox cake is, here is the low-down on wikipedia. Basically you use graham crackers or wafers topped with pudding and/or whipped cream to make this simple dessert. The pudding/whipped cream saturates the wafers and creates a cake-like texture. It looks like you slaved all day to created a multi-tiered masterpiece when in reality it only took about 30 minutes (plus the 24 hours of not-so-patiently waiting).
As you might know by now, I don't generally love to bake with graham crackers. I'm a firm believer that graham crackers are made for dunking in milk and eating as s'mores, period. That is the end of their responsibilities. So I usually replace anything graham cracker with Nilla wafers because, well honestly I don't feel like I have to explain that they are amazing. So I came to the conclusion that this no-bake dessert would use Nilla wafers. And while we're being honest about what I don't like, I don't really care for straight pudding. But that's what most icebox cakes are made with so I figured that Nutella would make it much more palletable because frankly that's Nutella's job. I bet I could even get Kitty to eat green beans if I slathered them in Nutella. Of course I wouldn't tell her before she ate them because she gags just seeing them but you get the point. Nutella rocks! I whipped up some Nutella pudding and it delivered!
So get your Nilla wafers and Nutella ready for this tasty treat! The downside? You have to leave it in the fridge for 24 hours before partaking. But let me tell you, it was worth it. 100%. Make it for your next get together but be sure to get a piece because it will disappear quickly.
Here's what you'll need:
Nutella Pudding (click for recipe)
2 - 15 oz Boxes Nilla Wafers
2 Cups Prepared Whipped Cream (1 Cup heavy whipping cream, 2 tsp. vanilla, 1/4 Cup powdered sugar whipped and chilled for about an hour)
Here's how you make it:
Line the bottom and sides of a 9x13 baking dish with wax paper. If it's easier, you can tape the edges of the wax paper to the outside of the dish. Lightly spray the bottom and sides of the dish with cooking spray.
Next line the bottom of the dish with one layer of Nilla wafers.
Using my super-technical diagram below, continue to layer Nilla wafers, pudding, and whipped cream.
Wrap the top of the dish with cling wrap and place in the fridge for 24 hours. Seriously, I know it will be incredibly painful to wait that long but it is TOTALLY worth it!
When you take it out of the fridge, place the platter on top of the baking dish and carefully flip over. Slowly remove the wax paper. Cut into chunky slices and enjoy!