Chocolate Icebox Cupcakes

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Yesterday we celebrated Caleb’s first birthday! We still can’t believe our little pea is one. We had a fun day filled with walks, playing with toys, reading, a special dinner, presents, and of course dessert! Everyone has been asking what Caleb’s first birthday cake would be and it took me a long time to decide. I knew the pressure was on:)

I decided to not make a cake at all:) For my birthday, we celebrate with cookies and for Josh’s birthday we celebrate with key lime tart, so cake really isn’t a tradition in our family. I knew Caleb would just make a mess of whatever we made him, so I kept it simple and made Chocolate Icebox Cupcakes. They are super easy to make and perfect for a one year old to destroy!

Icebox cake is a classic dessert, but I switched things up a bit by making Chocolate Icebox Cupcakes, instead of a large cake. This way Caleb could destroy his cupcake and our guests could still enjoy some dessert.

To make the cupcakes, all you do is layer chocolate wafers and whipped cream and let the cupcakes sit overnight in the refrigerator. The chilling time allows the chocolate wafers to soak in some of the whipped cream, creating a soft, pillow like chocolate dessert. The cupcakes remind me of a big soft Oreo, but better! I am not even a whipped cream fan and I love these Chocolate Icebox Cupcakes.

I added sprinkles to the top of the cupcakes for extra birthday fun. These cupcakes seriously are the easiest cupcakes EVER!

We haven’t given Caleb any sugar yet and didn’t really want him to eat his Chocolate Icebox Cupcake, but we sang to him and let him have at it. He stared at it for awhile and then looked at us. We gave him the ok, so he took off the big #1 candle. He licked it and then went in for the kill. He demolished his cute little cupcake. He really didn’t get much of the cupcake in his mouth though. Most of it ended up on the floor, on his face, and in his hands. First birthday success!

I love his Chocolate Icebox Cupcake mustache! What a cutie pie!

I am so glad I made Chocolate Icebox Cupcakes for Caleb’s first birthday. It was the perfect dessert to be destroyed. I didn’t even have to turn on the oven! So maybe I cheated, but I don’t think Caleb noticed:) He loved his cupcake and our guests enjoyed the cupcakes as well. It was a very happy first birthday! And thanks everyone for sending Caleb birthday wishes yesterday. He says thank you! He certainly is a lucky little guy.

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Chocolate Icebox Cupcakes

Chocolate Icebox Cupcakes-a twist on the classic icebox cake recipe. The same great dessert, but in mini form. The easiest dessert you will ever make!
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  • 1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, whip the cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla together on high speed until medium peaks form.
  • 2. To assemble the cupcakes, spread about 2 teaspoons of the whipped cream on top of a chocolate wafer. Place another wafer on top of the cream to make a sandwich. Spread more cream over the wafer and add another wafer. Top the final wafer with cream. You want to use four wafers per cupcake and end with cream.
  • 3. Place cupcakes in cupcake liners or on a plate and stick in the refrigerator for 4 hours or overnight. The cream will soften the wafers making them soft like cake.
  • 4. When ready to serve, remove the cupcakes from the refrigerator and sprinkle with sprinkles, if desired.
  • Note-you can find Nabisco's Famous Chocolate Wafer Cookies in the cookie aisle. I live in Utah and found them at Dan's Market and WinCo.

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I'm Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. I love how excited he is about the ‘cake.’ And then how tired he looks after, haha. Sugar coma CRASH! Happy Birthday Caleb!

  2. LOL – Caleb is so adorable! Thanks for sharing this recipe – you just inspired me to make one for my friend’s birthday this weekend.

  3. What a cute idea for childrens birthday. Very cute and easy..thanks for sharing.
    You have a beautiful and handsome little one.


    happy birthday Caleb

  4. wow! I can’t believe he’s one already!……..last time I saw you, you were preganat!

    I LOVE this idea! I’ve been wanting to make an icebox cake – may have to try this instead!

  5. Happy birthday, little man! What a fun dessert. I’ve never even seen these before- such a cute (and easy) idea! I can’t believe you don’t like whipped cream, Maria………seriously!

  6. So easy and so simple! Great recipe! Thanks for sharing. Might have to make these for my neice’s birthday 🙂

  7. Caleb is adorable, and your Icebox Cupcakes were perfect for a 1 yr old birthday celebration. It certainly looks like Caleb enjoyed his:)

  8. Those look delicious! I love all the layers. Caleb is such a cutie – he sure seemed to have fun eating them.

  9. Happy birthday Caleb! And Happy 1st anniversary of being parents, Maria and Josh! That looks delicious and looks like Caleb enjoyed it too! I am a special ed. teacher and my co-worker and I get our classes together every Friday for a “cooking” lesson and we incorporate language, motor, counting and social skills into the activities. I am always on the lookout for easy and definitely no-bake ideas (no ovens, but microwaves are okay). This will defintely be in my arsenal! I like how I can have the kids start it on Thursday with the cream fillings and assembly and then finish on Friday with decorating, etc. =) Enjoy your time with Caleb! They do grow up fast! May he be a blessing always.

  10. so stinking precious! i’d probably look like that if that cake was in front of me too! happy happy birthday, caleb!!

  11. These are UNBELIEVABLY cute!! I need to figure out what to make Kellan for his first birthday coming up soon. Our babies are getting so big so fast!

  12. My 10 year old requested these for his bday. I just put them in the fridge for tonight! So easy! Here in MN, I could only find this type of cookie at Walmart…called World Table Chocolate Cookies Thins. Thanks for the recipe!

  13. Not only are these treats cute, but Caleb is just so adorable with his Chocolate mustache! kids of food bloggers really get it best, dontcha think??

  14. If I wanted to make these even quicker, could I use canned spray real whipped cream, or would it become to runny??

  15. Hey! Love this recipe -my grandma made icebox cakes all the time! The presentation is amazing; however, do the edges get soft like the inside of the cookie? Thanks for sharing!

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