This week I have shared two other pumpkin recipes that I think help us ease from summer into fall: Pumpkin Cheesecake Cookie Ice Cream and Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins. Those are good, don’t get me wrong, but this, this dessert right here, is my favorite of the three. The flavors scream fall but if you’re one of the people who live where it’s still above 85, this is the perfect dessert for you because it’s no-bake. It’s the best of both worlds.
I first fell in love with icebox cake when I tried this Chocolate Cherry Icebox Cake a little while back. While making that cake I actually had visions of making a fall version with lots of cinnamon, ginger and of course pumpkin. This recipe has all of those things. Spicy gingersnap cookies sandwiched between layers of pumpkin whipped cream.
Yeah, that’s right.
Pumpkin. Whipped. Cream.
It’s just as delectable as it sounds. And when this delectable pumpkin whipped cream is sandwiched between spicy gingersnap cookies and allowed to set overnight until the gingersnaps become as soft as cake, well that, my friends, is pure heaven.
The hardest thing about making this cake is waiting for it to set in the fridge. It is really important that you let it set overnight. If you don’t, the cookies won’t have a chance to soften and they won’t get that glorious cake-like texture. Other than that, this cake couldn’t be easier to make.
Don’t take my word for it though, try it for yourself.
Like seriously, drop what you’re doing and make this cake. Trust me.
Pumpkin Gingersnap Icebox CakePrint Recipe
- 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
- 3/4 cup powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 1/2 cups heavy cream
- 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, plus more for garnish
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/8 teaspoon cloves
- About 45 gingersnaps
Beat cream cheese and sugar together. Add in vanilla. Slowly pour in heavy cream and whip until stiff peaks form. Gently fold in pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger and cloves. Reserve about 1 cup of whipped cream, cover and refrigerate. This is for touch ups to the finished cake.
Line a 8 x 8 dish with aluminum foil. Allow excess to hang off the side so you can lift the cake out.
Lay 3 rows of 3 cookies in the bottom of the prepared dish. Spoon a layer or pumpkin whipped cream over the top. Repeat until there are 5 layers of cookies and cream, ending with a layer of cream. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
The next day, place a plate on top of the cake and turn the cake over. Gently remove aluminum foil. Use reserved whipped cream to touch up any spots and smooth the top of the cake. Slice into wedges, sprinkle with cinnamon and serve.