Chocolate peanut butter icebox cake

Based on 4 ratings

“The best icebox cakes are like cookies and cream that went to heaven; the chocolate wafers taste like Oreos, and the cream isn’t that sweetened paste-like filling but plumes of freshly whipped cream. Stacked together and chilled, the cookies soften into glorious thin cakes. Don’t let the homemade chocolate wafers fool you, I still like to do as little work as possible: a one-bowl food processor cookie dough, I skip the chilling step so we can roll them out straightaway. I avoid the peskiness of floured counters and sticky doughs by rolling them between two pieces of parchment paper, and we then use that same parchment to bake the cookies. You can use plain whipped cream here or even flavor it with espresso, mint, or cocoa (for example) and you’ll want to make this one day early so the cake can soften overnight in the fridge. For a larger cake that could easily serve 16, double everything and roll the discs to 25 cm/10 in. in diameter. Adapted from Smitten Kitchen Every Day: Triumphant and Unfussy New Favorites. Copyright © 2017 by Deb Perelman. All rights reserved.”

Difficulty

Medium 👍
60
min.
Preparation
50
min.
Baking
480
min.
Resting

Ingredients

Servings:-8+
20 g Dutch-process cocoa powder
20 g black cocoa powder
50 g creamy peanut butter
115 g unsalted butter (cold)
220 g sugar
egg
1¾ tsp vanilla extract
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
195 g flour
355 ml heavy cream (cold)
salt
chocolate shavings (for garnish)
Metric
Imperial

Utensils

  • food processor
  • rubber spatula
  • oven
  • parchment paper
  • rolling pin
  • baking sheet
  • wire rack
  • large bowl
  • hand mixer with beaters
  • offset spatula

Nutrition per serving

Cal
518
Protein
8 g
Fat
32 g
Carb
63 g
  • Step 1/4

    • 115 g unsalted butter (cold)
    • 200 g sugar
    • egg
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
    • ½ tsp baking powder
    • ½ tsp salt
    • 20 g Dutch-process cocoa powder
    • 20 g black cocoa powder
    • 195 g flour
    • food processor
    • rubber spatula

    Mix butter and some sugar together until combined in a food processor. Add egg and some vanilla and mix. Add baking powder, salt, cocoa powders, and flour and mix just until combined.

  • Step 2/4

    • oven
    • parchment paper
    • rolling pin
    • baking sheet
    • wire rack

    Heat the oven to 175°C/350°F. Divide the dough into 6 equal pieces then roll the first between 2 pieces of parchment paper until very thin and just over 17 cm/7 in. in diameter. Place flat in the freezer for approx. 10 min. Once firm, peel back the top piece of parchment paper (it should now come off cleanly when pulled gently) and use something with a 17cm/7 in. rim to trim it into a neat circle. Slide onto a baking sheet and bake for approx. 8 – 10 min. and let it cool completely on paper, which you can slide onto a cooling rack so that you can use the tray again. Repeat with the remaining dough. It sounds like a lot of work, but the best thing is to get into a pattern where one piece is being rolled while another is freezing while the third one bakes and a fourth is cooling, so you’re never working with more than one piece at a time. By the time one piece bakes, the next is ready to leave the freezer.

  • Step 3/4

    • 50 g creamy peanut butter
    • ¾ tsp vanilla extract
    • 20 g sugar
    • 355 ml heavy cream (cold)
    • salt
    • large bowl
    • hand mixer with beaters

    In a large bowl, beat the peanut butter, remaining vanilla, salt, and remaining sugar until smooth. Beating the whole time, slowly add the heavy cream, one small splash at a time, until the peanut butter cream mixture is loose enough that you can add the rest of the cream without breaking it into clumps. Whip the cream, watching it carefully (it’s very easy to overbeat with an electric mixer) until soft peaks form.

  • Step 4/4

    • chocolate shavings (for garnish)
    • offset spatula

    Place a bit of the whipped cream on a cake stand, then add the first cookie. Thickly frost the first cookie all the way to the edges with about 110 grams/1/2 cup peanut butter cream. Repeat with the remaining cookies, decoratively swirling the top cookie with the remaining peanut butter cream. Garnish with chocolate shavings, sprinkles, or chocolate peanut butter candy. Place the cake in the fridge overnight or, ideally, for closer to 24 hours so that the cookies soften into cake layers.