Slideshow: 8 Icebox Cakes We Love

Red White and Blueberry Icebox Cake
Red White and Blueberry Icebox Cake
Strawberries, blueberries, Nilla wafers, and plenty of fresh whipped cream? What's not to love about this patriotic little cake?

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Chocolate Chili Icebox Cake
Chocolate Chili Icebox Cake
The secret to this chocolate icebox cake? The whipped cream is flavored with cocoa powder, New Mexican chile powder, and cayenne. The result is a chocolate-chile slice of heaven that has never been easier to create.

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Lemon Icebox Pie
Lemon Icebox Pie
This pie has a mostly sweet lemon flavor, but if you hit some zest there's an occasional burst of mouth puckering acid. The crust is essential; it provides a crunchy, gingery shell to hold the smooth lemon filling. Make it special with a garnish of seasonal fruit.

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Turrón de Chocolate (Chocolate Biscuit Cake)
Turrón de Chocolate (Chocolate Biscuit Cake)
A variation of this cake was made famous by a certain royal wedding. In this version the cake is chilled, making chocolate covered cookies appropriate even for warm weather.

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Mango Icebox Cake
Mango Icebox Cake
Mascarpone cheese adds velvety richness to the texture of this cake, as well as a tartness that complements the fruity mango. There is a bit of condensed milk for sweetness and that Latin American accent, as well as cardamom and lime juice for an unexpected twist.

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Cardamom Lee's Cake
Cardamom Lee's Cake
Most icebox cakes rely on cookies, and here the choice is butter biscuits (Leibniz cookies, ideally, though any similar butter biscuit will do). The soaking liquid wine and milk and the cream spiked with dark cocoa. It's an odd thing when first put together, but after a few hours in the refrigerator the cookies soften the astringency of the wine, which in turn reinforces the bittersweet complexity of the chocolate. Cardamom is the finishing touch.

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