Lemon verbena and speculoos icebox cake

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Hellooooo summer!

Icebox cakes are the perfect dessert to whip up on a whim.

A refreshing treat, they also free up the rest of your weekend afternoon to run around outside or splash in a pool (yes, I am talking about us adults over here!)

My love for speculoos cookies is well-documented and they make for the perfect sturdy base for this cake.

If you don’t have speculoos (Biscoff/Lotus or some other kind), you can substitute ginger snaps.

Tips: And speaking of adults, lemon verbena gives this a subtle herbaceous quality that would pair very well against a g&t.

Lemon verbena and speculoos icebox cake

You’ll need:

  • about 40 speculoos cookies
  • 1/2 pint heavy whipping cream
  • the zest of one lemon
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 big T sour cream
  • 3 T honey
  • 2 T fresh lemon verbena, chopped
  • fresh lemon slices, for topping

1. Whip cream with the lemon verbena and most of the lemon zest. (Reserve a couple of tablespoons for serving)

2. In a separate bowl, whisk together sour cream, lemon juice and honey. Fold in half of the mixture – gently! – into the whipped cream and reserve the rest.

3. On a cake platter (you can add a piece of plastic wrap on the bottom for ease), arrange cookies in layers of about 10 at a time.

4. Drizzle each cookie layer with sour cream mixture, then top with whipped cream. Repeat, finishing off with a final layer of whipped cream.

5. Top with thin lemon slices and refrigerate for 3-4 hours.

IMG_1420Before serving, top with a little more whipped cream, lemon zest, and lemon verbena (and its flowers!)

How gorgeous is that?

And it will cut smooth like butter.

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Comments

  1. Wow, this sounds so refreshing and delightful. I never thought of the lemon + speculoos flavor combination, but I’m sure it’s delicious.

    • saffronandhoney saffronandhoney says:

      Thank you, Allison! I think the tartness of the lemon is really great with the subtle ginger spice of speculoos. Too bad we finished that cake off yesterday… :) I want another piece!

  2. This sounds delectably good and perfect for a summer dessert.

  3. I’ve heard of speculoos and how amazing they are! I’ve even heard of people making a biscuity butter with them. Sigh! Love lemon verbena & definitely piqued my interest when I saw this one on your IG feed too!

    • saffronandhoney saffronandhoney says:

      You can buy the butter and let me tell you, it is a dangerous thing to have around (you can catch me with a spoon in the jar!) haha

      Thanks, Alice!

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