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.
Chocolate Icebox Cupcakes
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 3 tablespoons powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 9-ounce package Nabisco’s Famous Chocolate Wafer Cookies
- Sprinkles optional
- 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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Love a nice no-bake dessert! These are awesome – and so is Caleb. WHAT a CUTIE PIE!!! 🙂
What a great idea and it definitely looks like Caleb enjoyed it!
LOVE that you made these into cupcakes!
My mom made this cake for our birthdays shaped into our initials growing up – I love your cupcakes though – they are so cute!!!! Your version is so festive and portable and perfect for a 1 year old or any age (I’ll be 45 next week and am thinking I’ll anonymously send this link to our 14 year old who loves to bake . . . ha ha ha)
The picture of him with the candle going into his mouth is the CUTEST EVER!
I love the idea of the icebox cakes as minis…very clever 🙂
Ahh he is so cute and the cookies look amazing!!!
Caleb is ADORABLE Maria! What a cutie pie. And a lucky birthday boy! These ice box cupcakes are too perfect. Love all the sprinkles and those chocolate wafer cookies. 🙂
Awww Happy Birthday Caleb!!! Such a cutie!
Yay!! Happy birthday Caleb ~ LOVE these cute cakes 🙂
Looks like Caleb was a very happy birthday boy… I can see why!
I cannot believe he is so big already, and these sound so good, never seen them before.
Adorable icebox cupcakes and even more adorable birthday boy!
I can’t believe he is already 1! Seems like his birth announcement was yesterday! My husband’s family goes gaga for icebox cake (his grandma always makes it at Thanksgiving) so they would surely get a kick out of these individual treats 🙂
Love those pics. That last one is the best. It’s sorta like “yeah, I did it. What about it?” happy birthday to Caleb!
So fun! Looks like he loved them! Great pictures.
Congratulations to the birthday boy AND the proud parents! He looks so big now, no longer a baby, time does fly with our little ones!!!
Yumm!! I think this would be a great treat for anyone at any age 🙂 I can’t get over how cute, your little pea is <3 The three peas, make quite the cute family.
He’s adorable! Happy Birthday, Caleb!
CUTE. Delicious. Can’t handle it!
I’m so glad that he had a great 1st birthday! These little cupcakes are the cutest and so easy to make.
Absolutely adorable–the cupcakes and Caleb!
What a fun idea! I have never made an icebox cake before, but i am love with this cupcake idea.
Happy Birthday to Caleb! Too cute! Ilove this idea.
Love these cupcakes, perfect for a little one!
Those look sooo yummy! Happy birthday to your little boy!
What a creative/cute idea! The pictures are just priceless!
This is seriously the cutest thing ever.
Happy Birthday Caleb!!
I cannot believe Caleb is already one; time flew by! Love icebox cake and this twist is not only adorable but even better. My nephew had the same reaction when he turned one. He had never had sugar and was not sure what to do with the cupcake. Had to finally put a taste in his mouth, then he went crazy for it! Adorable!
he is just too cute!!! i love the pictures! thanks for sharing his 1st bday with us 🙂 happy first, Caleb! xo
Yum! I love the idea of making them into cupcakes. So cute!
Happy birthday, Cutie!
What a great twist on icebox cake and perfect for a 1st birthday!
These are so cute!!
Looks like Caleb enjoyed his candle and cupcake..
What a handsome little man you have there! My first grandchild will be a year old on Nov. 4 and I think we’ll definitely have chocolate icebox cupcakes for her birthday! Happy Birthday, Caleb!
These look delightful! And so ridiculously easy.
Wow, this idea is genius! I just made my first icebox cake about a month ago…I’ll have to try a cupcakes version!
Whew! He is getting so big! What a delicious recipe. Thanks for sharing!
What a great treat! And how cute is he! So awesome that he smashed it all up! I’m not a cake girl at all. I prefer a basket of tortilla chips 🙂
SO cute and perfect for a first birthday. Hope it was great!
Soo cute! And they sound tasty too!
I love how excited he is about the ‘cake.’ And then how tired he looks after, haha. Sugar coma CRASH! Happy Birthday Caleb!
Awww what a cutie pie! Looks like he had a wonderful birthday! Love this idea for a birthday treat!
LOL – Caleb is so adorable! Thanks for sharing this recipe – you just inspired me to make one for my friend’s birthday this weekend.
Happy birthday to Caleb! I love that you made these cupcake-sized. I adore icebox cakes, so this is perfect.
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
So cute – and so pretty! Happy Birthday, little man!
Ha! Caleb’s cupcake mustache is hilarious!
Oh my word, these look so cute but not as cute as the Birthday Boy! Happy Birthday Caleb!
How adorable, Maria!!
These are such a great idea! And happy happy birthday to little Caleb!
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!
These look delicious and are easy! Awesome!!
happy BIRTHday to you & your little guy.
these are adorable!
these look amazing!!
This is such a good idea :DD and so cute too!
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!
Happy Birthday to your little munchkin!
Happy Birthday Caleb, even though it is a little late! I loved the pictures and loved the deseert!
What a cutie and a great and easy recipe!
So easy and so simple! Great recipe! Thanks for sharing. Might have to make these for my neice’s birthday 🙂
Super cute. (both the cupcakes AND Caleb) 🙂
Fun treat. Happy birthday to Caleb!
Caleb is adorable, and your Icebox Cupcakes were perfect for a 1 yr old birthday celebration. It certainly looks like Caleb enjoyed his:)
Caleb is adorable, and your Icebox Cupcakes were perfect for a 1 yr old birthday celebration.
Can’t believe how fast the year has gone, LOVE these icebox cupcakes!
Those look delicious! I love all the layers. Caleb is such a cutie – he sure seemed to have fun eating them.
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.
so stinking precious! i’d probably look like that if that cake was in front of me too! happy happy birthday, caleb!!
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!
So creative! Really nice cupcakes! I would like to showcase this recipe on my cupcake recipes & ideas blog if you agree. Best regards
he’s way too cute! so miss that age. enjoy every minute of it!
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!
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??
If I wanted to make these even quicker, could I use canned spray real whipped cream, or would it become to runny??
I haven’t tried spray whipped cream, but I am sure it would be fine.
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!