Friday, July 1, 2016

{Gluten and Dairy Free} Icebox Cake Jars for the 4th of July

Go Dairy Free, one of my favorite blogs shares this super fun Fourth of July treat! If you haven't checked out her blog or cookbook, I'd highly recommend it!
Dairy free Icebox Cake Jars! Recipe includes Full Cake instructions & Red, White & Blueberry option
photo from Go Dairy Free
Dairy Free Icebox Cake or Cake Jars
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Please note that you will want to place your coconut milk in the refrigerator before preparation (at least several hours) and that our Prep time doesn't include chilling. The dairy free whipped cream in this recipe is adapted fromGo Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook.
Serves: 1 8x11-inch cake
  1. Skim the thick coconut cream from the chilled coconut milk (leaving any watery / pure liquid behind) and place it in a chilled mixing bowl. Add the sugar, dairy-free milk powder (if using), vanilla, and lemon juice, if using). Blend with a hand mixer to combine and lightly whip. Cover and refrigerate while you prepare the rest.
  2. Spread a thin layer of the whipped coconut cream in the bottom of an 8 X 11-inch pan.
  3. Then cover with a layer of graham crackers, using smaller rectangles to fill in the edges as needed.
  4. Top the graham crackers with a single layer of strawberries and blueberries. Alternate the fruit in single-file, red and blue 'stripes', if making for the holidays.
  5. Spread half of the remaining coconut cream on top of the fruit, followed by another layer of graham crackers, and then the remaining coconut cream.
  6. Cover the cake and refrigerate for several hours, preferably overnight. Refrigerate the remaining strawberries and blueberries separately.
  7. Before serving the cake, decorate the top with the remaining strawberries and blueberries. Slice into squares and serve. Refrigerate any leftovers; they will keep for a couple of days.
Coconut Milk Note: The So Delicious Culinary Coconut Milk is richer than most canned coconut milks, so you still only need 2 packages, despite the fact that they are a little smaller than coconut milk in cans. It's basically coconut cream!

Dairy-Free Milk Powder Note: If you have a very thick coconut whip without the milk powder, and you don't have any on hand, then this can be omitted. You may want to reduce the powdered sugar in half, and add more to taste, if desired.

Cake Jar Option: Layer as described above, but into single serve jars. I use Enjoy Life Crunchy cookies (which are round) instead of graham crackers, and trim the cookies with a knife if they are a little too big (will depend on your jar width).

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