This is a "cake" I adored as a little girl in the 70s, but hadn't really thought about it again until the creative minds at Cooking Channel asked for my take on icebox cake. It really isn't a cake at all; it's layers of chocolate wafer cookies and whip cream. I am sure the version I ate as a child was made with Nabisco Famous Chocolate Wafers, which are still available, and Cool Whip. Although that was satisfying when I was a kid, my taste buds now crave more flavor and a touch less sweet. I added burnt sugar to the fresh whipping cream and baked my own bittersweet chocolate wafers. Something old is new again and so much tastier. When you slice into the cake you reveal the beautiful stripes of caramel and chocolate. You can simply spread the top with the caramel whip cream, but for Easter or other holidays you might want to use a pastry bag and pipe a fancier design. Either way this is one of the easiest and tastiest desserts I have ever made. I am thankful that the Cooking Channel for reminding me of this retro treat.
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