Boston Cream Icebox Cake

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By no means am I a Patriots fan. But it only seems fair that I include something on my Super Bowl menu that represents the opposing team, since I have a dish celebrating the Eagles. Boston cream pie is the official dessert of Massachusetts, so I decided to make it the official dessert of our family Super Bowl Party. Instead of cranking on my oven to bake a sponge cake, I went the no-bake route with an icebox cake. Super easy and super tasty! This cake is so good, I almost caught loving feelings for New England. Then I realized it was just the chocolate ganache talking, and I came to my senses. If you can open a box of graham crackers, whisk instant pudding, and layer everything in a dish, you can make this dessert.

Let me know when you make this recipe. Take a picture and hashtag it #QUEENCITYKITCHEN. I can’t wait to see what you post!

Boston Cream Icebox Cake
Makes 12 servings

Cake
1 (14-ounce) box honey graham crackers
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 cup cold heavy cream
2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
2 (3.5-ounce) box instant vanilla pudding
3 cups milk

Ganache
8 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
1 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Line the bottom of a 9 by 13-inch baking dish with cookies, breaking them to fill in any gaps along the edges.

Combine the sweetened condensed milk and cream cheese in the bowl of an electric mixer on medium speed. Whisk the heavy cream with the sugar in a large chilled bowl until soft peaks form; set aside. In another mixing bowl, whisk the pudding mix and milk until thoroughly combined. Pour the pudding mixture into the mixing bowl with the cream cheese mixture. Mix until combined. Fold the whipped cream into the pudding mixture.

Pour half of the pudding mixture over the graham crackers, spreading to cover. Top with another layer of graham crackers. Spread the remaining pudding mixture evenly over the crackers. Top with a final layer of graham crackers.

Place chocolate in a medium heatproof bowl. Heat the cream in a small saucepan over medium heat and bring to a simmer. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate and let stand for 5 minutes. Stir in the butter and vanilla until smooth. Pour the ganache over the top graham cracker layer and spread evenly. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours up to overnight before serving.

 

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