Strawberry Shortcake Icebox Cake

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This Good Humor inspired Strawberry Shortcake Icebox Cake is just the thing to cool you down this summer. Swirls of fresh strawberry ice cream are sandwiched between thick slices of pound cake, whipped cream and a shortbread-strawberry topping. 

This Good Humor inspired Strawberry Shortcake Icebox Cake is just the thing to cool you down this summer. Swirls of fresh strawberry ice cream are sandwiched between thick slices of pound cake, whipped cream and a shortbread-strawberry topping.   ” alt=”alt description” />

This Good Humor inspired Strawberry Shortcake Icebox Cake is just the thing to cool you down this summer. Swirls of fresh strawberry ice cream are sandwiched between thick slices of pound cake, whipped cream and a shortbread-strawberry topping.

It doesn’t take reading this blog for long to realize that I am a true dessert lover. I have tried to tone down my sweet tooth, cut out refined sugars, lower my carb intake…but somehow that craving starts up all over again and I am right back at it. This isn’t a new habit for me though. Dessert is something I have loved ever since I was a kid.

This Good Humor inspired Strawberry Shortcake Icebox Cake is just the thing to cool you down this summer. Swirls of fresh strawberry ice cream are sandwiched between thick slices of pound cake, whipped cream and a shortbread-strawberry topping.

When I was younger, we used to go to this Southwestern restaurant that was basically a legend in our town. My parents would take us on Saturday nights and we would fill up on the homemade tortillas and chips before our dinner ever even came. But no matter how full we got, we would always save room for dessert. The owner was a sweet older man that reminded me of a Mexican Santa Clause. He would come by our table with a smile and his big, round belly laughs. He would pick up my sister and I, and bring us to the back where we would fish out popsicles out of a giant freezer. We always picked the Good Humor Strawberry Shortcake Pops. I would run back to the table full of giggles and strawberry stained lips, already asking my parents when we would be returning.

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Looking back now I realize that the popsicles were a brilliant marketing strategy. Those 50 cent popsicles were the reason kids just like us would beg to go back over and over again, even to endure the long wait. Nowadays, we have moved away from that town but it is still my older sister’s favorite spot so whenever she comes back from Seattle it is always the first place we go. The same sweet old man still owns it. He always greets us with a chuckle and a twinkle in his eye.

This Good Humor inspired Strawberry Shortcake Icebox Cake is just the thing to cool you down this summer. Swirls of fresh strawberry ice cream are sandwiched between thick slices of pound cake, whipped cream and a shortbread-strawberry topping.

So this Strawberry Shortcake Icebox Cake was really just me dreaming up my childhood and finding ways to indulge in my sugar obsession. Lucky for me those pops were a big part of Nick’s childhood too so he loved it just as much. I was struggling to recreate the topping of the traditional bar and he came up with the brilliant idea of combining shortbread cookies with strawberry wafers. It was the perfect combination and tastes just like the real thing. If these popsicles were apart of your childhood get ready to be thrown into complete nostalgic bliss with this Strawberry Shortcake Icebox Cake.


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Strawberry Shortcake Icebox Cake
 
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Serves: 16 Servings
Ingredients
  • 1 Loaf Pound Cake (I used Sara Lee Frozen Variety)
  • ½ Gallon Strawberry Ice Cream, softened slightly
  • 2 (16 oz.) Tubs Whipped Topping (I used Cool Whip)
  • 10 Shortbread Cookies, crumbled
  • 10 Strawberry Wafer Cookies, crumbled
Instructions
  1. Cut the pound cake into twelve ½ inch pieces. Lay the pound cake pieces flat in a 9x13 pan, cutting if necessary to fit. Spread half of the softened strawberry ice cream evenly over the pound cake. Next, 1 container of whipped topping over the ice cream. Repeat once more with remaining ice cream and whipped topping. Freeze for 4-6 hours. Cut into 16 square slices.
  2. In a large plastic bag, combine crumbled shortbread and wafer cookies. Top each slice of cake with cookie crumbles before serving.
Notes
To keep the cookie topping as crunchy as possible, don't top the cake until ready to serve.

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Comments

  1. says

    I also loved the Good Humor ice cream pops as a child and this cake looks like a wonderful copycat of that flavor. I know my kids will love this one. Will give it a try using some homemade shortbread cookies, ice cream, and pound cake. Great idea!

  2. says

    I used to eat those good humor bars all the time when I was younger! My Grandma would always keep a few boxes in her fridge for when I was over, so it was always a treat. This cake looks fantastic, Mariah! I love your creativity. It looks so delicious, too! Pinned!

  3. says

    I am a big sweets lover, too, and I am really trying to cut back, I mean, I believe everything in moderation, but sometimes I do go overboard!! I really do love how refreshing this cake looks (and I don’t see it being totally unhealthy at all.)

  4. says

    I love this Mariah! Every time the ice cream man came down our street, I ALWAYS got the strawberry shortcake popsicle. They were the best! Loved those crunchy bits. I know I would love this icebox cake!

  5. says

    Oh my Mariah this sounds so good!! I love those good humor popsicles too. My high school boyfriend’s dad used to work for good humor so we would eat those ice cream’s by that gallon, hehe. This icebox cake looks perfect for dessert too. Don’t worry sweetie I am a total dessert/sweet person too. I just love food and sweets way to much, hehe. Pinning this for later! 🙂

  6. says

    So nice of the restaurant owner to let you guys choose popsicles too. Oh my goodness, this looks so amazing, Mariah! The Good Humor popsicles were seriously my favorite and I just blogged about ice cream bars too so we’re twinsies 🙂 Great minds! Yours is absolutely gorgeous! I love that you made a cake instead and used strawberry wafers! Genius! Love this idea and totally wish I had a big slice. Swoon!

  7. says

    Amazing!!! I probably haven’t had one of those bars in ten years but I can still remember how they taste. SUCH a great idea with combining the two ingredients for the topping. As soon as I saw the picture I went “ooh that topping looks legit!”

  8. says

    This so pretty and pink! What a fun dessert, Mariah, and I can’t think of a better way to cool off in the summer heat! Pinned. 🙂

  9. says

    This looks super and so easy! I may make my own whipped cream although I ADORE Cool Whip. I also just wanted to say I love your share bar on the left side of the screen. It makes me smile the way it peeps out slowly, like a child who is wondering if it’s time for dessert yet. I’m going self-hosted soon. Would you mind sharing the name of your share bar with me?

  10. says

    I was just talking about having a sweet tooth the other day with my sister. We were talking about losing weight and how I intend to make a serious effort and eating healthier once the novelty of living in a foreign country (and the culinary adventure that goes with it) is gone. I mentioned that in the beginning since I’ll be at my parents’ home, it will be easy to eat right since my mom has had to cut a lot of fat from her diet and cooks accordingly. However, my sister mentioned that she still loves baking her children cakes to take home. My plan is to try to do moderation…although with a dessert as lucious as this, I might have a little trouble doing that.;)

    • Mariah Mercurio says

      Staying on track with healthy eating is SO hard! But I am sure you will do great! If you do make this cake, enjoy it!! 😉
      And enjoy being in a foreign country!

  11. says

    Dear Mariah, My daughter would absolutely adore this cake. First, she loves anything with strawberries; second, she would always pick out the strawberry shortcake bars. Pinned for later. I would love to give this a try this summer. xo, Catherine

  12. Moriah says

    All Day I Dream About Food and Briana Thomas are good low carb, gluten free, sugar free food blogs (all things I have to adhere to due to my food allergies) that actually have good tasting recipes, since I feel the same way as you about food (and Jesus!).

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