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Pumpkin Spice Icebox Cake

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Hello friends! It has been a hot minute since I’ve hopped on here and typed up a post for ya’ll – this year has been a wild one for sure! I’m getting back into it though and will have some new content for you for fall, winter and the holidays! So, lets get started with this amazing pumpkin spice icebox cake!

Now this is for pumpkin spice fans that live in warmer climates (or like cold desserts) and want to change it up from your traditional pumpkin spice cake or roll. It is no less decadent though with layers of whipped cream and pumpkin sandwiching cinnamon sugar graham crackers. Yes please!

One of the most important things regarding this pumpkin icebox cake is that you want to assemble it a least a day before you intend to cut and serve to give it plenty of time in the freezer. This not only will firm up the cake, but it will allow the flavors to really meld and combine. I made this the night before I wanted to serve it and dished it up the next day!

This also means that this cake stores well, up to a month in the freezer. I find that the freezer is the best place for this cake as the fridge just didn’t set it up firm enough. If you want it to be scoop-able, then you can let it firm up in the fridge, you just wont be able to cut it into clean wedges.

So here’s what you’ll need for your pumpkin spice icebox cake:

  • Cold Heavy Cream
  • Canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • Sweetened Condensed milk
  • Sour cream or Greek yogurt
  • Brown sugar
  • Salt
  • Pumpkin pie spice
  • Ground ginger
  • Vanilla
  • Cinnamon sugar graham crackers

Let’s Put it together:

First up, the cold heavy cream. There really is no substitute for this as you want stiff peaks of whipped cream to fold into the heavier pumpkin mixture. It is important that your cream is very cold as it will whip up faster. So throw it into your stand mixer, or use a hand mixer, or (goodness) use a whisk and beat the cream until stiff peaks form at the end of the whisk attachment. Don’t over do it though and make butter – so keep your eye on the cream.

Next, whisk everything else (aside from the graham crackers) in a large bowl. Once combined, fold half the whipped cream in using a spatula. You want to go down the middle of the mixture and then around the outside of the bowl. Fold until the cream is just combined, then do it again with the remaining cream.

You don’t have to use a spring form pan to make this cake, but I found that it was easier to remove and store with one. You want to line the bottom of your chosen pan with wax paper then top with a thin layer of your pumpkin cream. Layer up with graham crackers and continue until you are at the top of the pan with the last layer of pumpkin cream. Top with crushed graham crackers, another round of wax paper and then wrap tightly with plastic wrap before popping in the freezer over night.

So why wax paper? Cream (and really any dairy for that matter) is highly susceptible to picking up nasty odors, so unless your freezer is supppper clean, you’ll want to wrap this cake up tight to keep odor out.

Once 8-12 hours has passed, you are ready to de-pan, slice and serve! Now that, my friends, is an easy pumpkin spice dessert that you don’t even turn the oven on for. Enjoy!

XO,
Danielle

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Pumpkin Spice Icebox Cake

This cake is for pumpkin spice fans that live in warmer climates (or like cold desserts) and want to change it up from your traditional pumpkin spice cake or roll. It is no less decadent though with layers of whipped cream and pumpkin sandwiching cinnamon sugar graham crackers. Yes please!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword icebox cake, pumpkin spice
Prep Time 20 minutes
Freezer Time 8 hours
Servings 12 Slices
Author Danielle

Ingredients

  • 2 cups heavy cream cold
  • cups pumpkin purée
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • cup sour cream or Greek yogurt room temperature
  • cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 12 -20 5 x2-inch cinnamon sugar graham crackers I used some from Trader Joes

Instructions

  1. Add cold cream to a bowl and using an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat until stiff peaks form.
  2. Whisk pumpkin pureé, brown sugar, sour cream (or yogurt), condensed milk, pumpkin pie spice, ginger, vanilla and ¼ tsp. salt in a medium bowl until smooth. Fold 1½ cups whipped cream into pumpkin mixture until combined and no streaks of white remain. Fold in the rest of the whipped cream.
  3. To assemble the cake, arrange cinnamon sugar graham crackers flat in a 9-inch springform pan, covering the bottom as much as possible. (I break some cookies to fill in the spaces.) Spread a fifth of the pumpkin whipped cream evenly over the cookies. Place another layer of cookies on top, lying flat and touching, followed by another fifth of the cream. Continue layering cookies and cream until there are 5 layers of each, ending with a layer of cream. Smooth the top, cover with plastic wrap, and freeze overnight.
  4. When ready to serve, run a small sharp knife around the outside of the cake and remove the sides of the pan. Sprinkle the top with crushed cinnamon graham crackers, cut in wedges, and serve cold.

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