What I loved most about Garten’s cake was that it actually tasted better the longer it sat in the fridge.
It took a couple of days for my family to finish the mocha chocolate icebox cake, and each day we actually loved it more and more. The consistency became akin to those frozen Pepperidge Farm cakes you can buy from the grocery store, but with far more exciting flavor.
Overall, I think Garten’s recipe is a fantastic dessert. Since it’s no-bake and eaten cold, the cake is perfect for hotter days when you can’t be bothered to use your oven and have no desire for rich layers of chocolate. Yet it’s just decadent and buttery enough for the winter months, too. I definitely wouldn’t say no to a slice if I saw this at a holiday party.
But the best thing about Garten’s cake, much like her recipes in general, is that it’s so accessible. Whether you’re making this with your kids or have kid-level baking skills (ahem, me), this is one of the easiest desserts you can make from scratch — and I guarantee it’ll still impress everyone.
And who knows? Maybe it really will make some grown men cry.