Today is my Grandma’s 90th birthday, and I wanted to commemorate the occasion here on Brown Eyed Baker by sharing one of her recipes. My first inclination was to feature Pepperoni Bread, but that has already graced the screen here, plus I really wanted to share a dessert. (But please don’t overlook the pepperoni bread – I can devour multiple loaves in one day!) This icebox cake has been one of her specialties for as long as I can remember, and from what I understand, something she has been making since my mom was a little girl. It’s a very simple dessert with simple ingredients, but it’s one of those feel-good dishes that makes you giddy when you see it sitting on the table. And then years later, when you see it or taste it or think about it, it makes you feel warm and cozy inside. It really epitomizes the notion that food doesn’t always have to be fancy or made to impress, but it should make people feel comfortable.
One of the best things about this dessert is that you can make it with any flavor that tickles your fancy. We usually always had it either with all vanilla pudding or with one layer of chocolate and one layer of vanilla. With all of the new flavors abounding for instant pudding, you could go crazy with a lot of different options. You could even add layers of sliced fruit (bananas or strawberries would be great!), and include whipped topping for a bit more decadence. Feel free to use more pudding and add even more layers too!
Happy 90th Birthday to a truly wonderful woman who has seen so much in her life and has given so much to those around her!
2 boxes instant pudding (flavors of your choice)
Whipped topping (optional)
1. Prepare the instant pudding according to the package directions and set aside to thicken.
2. Line the bottom of a 9x13-inch pan with whole graham crackers. Break them in half if needed to fit.
3. Cover the graham crackers with half of the pudding. Add another layer of graham crackers on top of the pudding. Top with the rest of the pudding.
4. If desired, cover the top layer with whipped topping. Crush extra graham crackers on top, cover and refrigerate until cold and set, about 3 hours.