Lemon verbena and speculoos icebox cake


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.



  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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