This post sharing my individual strawberry lemonade icebox cake recipe was sponsored by Nabisco as part of a Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
I have a rule during summer: I don’t turn on my oven. Ok ok, so I occasionally break it, but I do my best to avoid using the oven. I still want dessert, so I’m all about no bake desserts.
Growing up, my mom used to make a strawberry icebox cake with graham crackers, and when I saw the Lemon NILLA Wafers at Walmart last week, I had a brainstorm.
Lemon NILLA wafers in an icebox cake would be even better than graham crackers, right? And if I’m going to use lemon in the “cake” then I really should go with a strawberry lemonade flavor throughout.
My mind made up, I totally went back to my childhood with this fun and easy recipe. Who doesn’t remember snacking on NILLA Wafers?
This individual strawberry lemonade icebox cake is the perfect update on an old no-bake classic.
Really, the possibilities are endless when it comes to using NILLA Wafers or Lemon NILLA Wafers in summer recipes. They’re perfect for your next party.
In fact, I plan to make this individual strawberry lemonade icebox cake recipe for my Fourth of July party. Top them with a few blueberries in addition to the strawberries, and you’ve got a perfect patriotic dessert.
They’re perfect for a party because you make them ahead of time – winning! Give them at least four hours in the fridge or up to overnight, which means less prep when you have guests coming over.
I love the tang of the lemon and cream cheese in this that keeps it from being too sweet on a hot summer day. And since you make this in individual jars, you don’t have to worry about serving it up later. Just hand your friends a small jar and spoon!
If you didn’t grow up eating icebox cake, you’re in for a treat. The Lemon NILLA Wafers soften from the whipped cream mixture and create a soft cake texture with a delicious filling around it. This is the dressed up adult version, and all my friends loved their individual strawberry lemonade icebox cake.
If you don’t have small jars, you can make this recipe in an 8×8 glass dish, too. I love the elegance and no mess ease of individual desserts though!
How to Make an Individual Strawberry Lemonade Icebox Cake
Are you a visual person? Check out the video at the top of this post that shows how to make this no bake strawberry icebox cake step by step:
Be sure to soften your cream cheese to room temperature before starting. If it’s cold, your whipped cream mixture gets lumpy. The cream cheese not only adds some tang to complement the lemon flavor but also helps maintain the structure of your whipped cream as it refrigerates.
Wash and hull your strawberries. Cut two large or three regular size strawberries into pieces, and sprinkle the granulated sugar over them. This helps soften the strawberries and release the juices that you’ll add to your whipped cream.
Congratulations, you just made macerated berries! Pro tip: Use macerated berries to top ice cream, cheesecake, and other desserts. You can do this with raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, and more.
Slice your remaining strawberries into thin slices and set aside for later.
Add the cream cheese to your mixing bowl and mix for ten seconds to ensure it spreads easily. Add the whipping cream and start mixing on low. Turn up the mixer slowly and beat until you notice it start to thicken.
Add the powdered sugar and mix again, starting on low speed and gradually turning up the speed. Mix until stiff peaks start to form.
Add the lemon juice and your macerated strawberries with their juice. Beat again until the strawberries start to fall apart, then turn off the mixer.
Get out your clean jars. You want small jars with wide mouths for this. Depending on the size of your jar, this makes either four or six cakes.
Break one third of your Lemon NILLA Wafers in half. Place a whole Lemon NILLA Wafer and a half Lemon NILLA Wafer on the bottom of the jar.
Top with one to two spoons of the whipped cream mixture, and spread to cover the Lemon NILLA Wafers.
Add a layer of sliced strawberries. Repeat twice more, ending with a layer of the whipped cream mixture.
Fill all jars the same way, then place your jars in the fridge for at least four hours and up to overnight. You won’t use all your strawberries, so place your remaining strawberries in the fridge, as well, in a separate sealed container.
Just before serving, remove the individual strawberry lemonade icebox cake jars from the fridge. Decorate with the remaining strawberry slices, and serve.
Have you ever tried an individual strawberry lemonade icebox cake?
Don’t forget to check out more NILLA Wafer summer recipe ideas.
If you don't have small jars and want to make a traditional cake, use an 8x8 glass baking dish instead. Repeat the same steps, although you likely won't need to break Lemon NILLA Wafers in half. As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn a commission from qualifying purchases.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1 jar
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 338 Total Fat: 25g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 154mg Carbohydrates: 28g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 20g Protein: 3g
If you don't have small jars and want to make a traditional cake, use an 8x8 glass baking dish instead. Repeat the same steps, although you likely won't need to break Lemon NILLA Wafers in half.
As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn a commission from qualifying purchases.