Easy Chocolate Strawberry Shortcake

by Daisy on 02/23/2012

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I’ve decided it’s spring.  June, even. We may get a blizzard next week, but I don’t care.  I’m ready for some strawberry shortcake.

This is inspired by thekitchn.com’s No-Bake Strawberry Icebox Cake.

I’ve never been much of a regular graham cracker fan, though, and I wanted to go in a chocolate direction, with a cheesecake twist.  I also subbed honey for sugar in the whipped cream.

The flavor I ended up with reminds me a lot of one of my favorite childhood treats from the corner grocery store ice cream treat freezer: the ice cream sandwich.  Vanilla ice cream sandwiched between chocolate . . . wafery something.  Yes, there were nutty buddy’s (which always leaked) and orange sherbet push-ups (my second choice), but the ice cream sandwich always beckoned.

This cake isn’t frozen, and there’s no ice cream, just cream, cream, but that ice cream sandwich flavor is still there, along with fresh strawberries, which is never a bad thing.

Easy Chocolate Strawberry “Shortcake”

Makes one 9×13 “cake”

1 box chocolate graham crackers (you’ll have a few left over)

3 cups heavy whipping cream, 2 T. reserved for the chocolate ganache

1 lb. fresh strawberries

1 8 oz. pkg. cream cheese, at room temperature

1 dollop honey, to taste

1 tsp. vanilla

1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Whip the whipping cream until soft peaks form.  Add a gloop of honey, to taste, and the vanilla.  Stir in.

In a separate bowl, stir the cream cheese to get it smooth and obedient.  Add a dollop of the whipped cream and stir it in.  Add another dollop and stir, and continue in this way until you think it will stir into the remaining whipped cream without lumping up too much.  Do so.

Layer the bottom of a 9×13 in. pan with one layer of chocolate graham crackers.  Spread one third of the whipped cream/cream cheese mixture over the crackers.

Wash, cap, and sort of dry the strawberries.  Slice one third of the strawberries over the whipped cream layer, spreading the slices out evenly.

Top with a second layer of crackers and strawberries, then a third layer.  You may want to arrange the top layer of berries in a neater fashion than the two under layers.

Melt the chocolate chips with the cream for a few seconds in the microwave (in a microwave-safe bowl, naturally), stopping to stir frequently.  Quit when you’re ahead–you don’t want to cook the chocolate, just melt it.

Stir well until you have a smooth ganache.

Drizzle or pipe the ganache over the top of the cake.

Chill for a couple of hours or up to two days before serving.

How do you eat an ice cream sandwich?  Do you just chomp away, or do you lick the ice cream all around the perimeter first?

 



{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Sherry February 24, 2012 at 4:59 am

Lick the sides….chomp, chomp~

Sherry February 24, 2012 at 5:00 am

OH…and I am DEFINITELY going to be chomping some of this!

deb February 24, 2012 at 10:35 am

Lick the sides, squeeze a little, lick the sides again. Nibble some, lick the sides. I make a production of it making it last as long as possible.

Wanda February 24, 2012 at 11:13 am

How do I eat an ice cream sandwich? I lick all around first. :) I also prefer mine
with the vanilla wafery things instead of the chocolate. They are harder to find though.

BTW–this looks yummy!

NatureGirl February 24, 2012 at 11:56 am

Oh MY! Why did I not think of this…Thank you for the recipe!

Lisa February 24, 2012 at 3:20 pm

This looks gooey and amazing. It would be perfect today, but I’m not going out in the snow to get the supplies!

MJ February 28, 2012 at 4:20 pm

http://www.mycookingblog.com/post/1-raventx1/21835/Crock-Pot-Ham-and-Beans-Menu-for-6

I used this recipe as part of my cooking blog menu today. I made it for my parents (my guinea pigs for test recipes) and they loved it.

cheryl April 8, 2012 at 10:07 am

Made this for Easter in mini dessert cups…Fun and Delicious!

MaryW June 1, 2013 at 11:11 am

I made the Kitchn’s version, and it was great. I love the direction you’ve taken it in, and I’m going to have to try it! Thanks!

Michele North May 22, 2014 at 8:31 am

Do the graham crackers get soft?

Daisy May 23, 2014 at 8:03 am

Michele North–Yes, they soften up.

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