Creamy layers of cheesecake, graham crackers and sweet strawberries sit overnight like an icebox cake and become a delicious dessert “lasagna”.
Every Sunday in college, my dorm room full of girls would walk around to the other side of the apartment complex to make a meal for the boys. We’d gather all of our rice and beans and ramen and conjure some sort of homebaked dish to share with a crowd of 20 or so starving Freshmen.
In return, the boys took turns treating us ladies to homemade desserts. And it was on one of these days that I was introduced to the classic “Éclair Cake”. Quick and easy to make, the vanilla-pudding-and-whipped-cream flavor combo tucked inside layers of graham crackers was a crowdpleasing hit. The girls were begging for the recipe, the boys were scrambling for an extra slice. The Dessert Maker stood in hero glory, basking with a thick smile across his face, “Yeah. I knew you guys would like it. It took, like 5 minutes to make.”
There’s something about 9x13-inch pans filled with creamy, refrigerated layers of dessert. Everyone loves such. Nobody can get enough.
And so, when I set out to create a fresh new twist on the classic éclair cake of college days, I knew it was going to be good. But I had no idea how irresistible a Strawberry Cheesecake Lasagna version would actually be!
Fast forward 6 forks and three plates later, I can confirm to you that the éclair cake twist I’m about to show you is a winner, winner. Just forget dinner. Dive into this dish. Tote it to your next potluck. Make it for your birthday. Drown your sorrows within its strawberries. Share it with the dorm. This one is pure and yummy love.
And so easy. You can’t help but smile and nod, “Yeah. It took, like, 5 minutes to make…”
Here’s your lineup. A few basic ingredients. Cream cheese, whipped topping, graham crackers, sugar and strawberries. And jam. And the top secret ingredient in that little bowl in the corner? Amaretto. Because if you didn’t know before today, amaretto and sweet strawberries are like Kim and Kanya. They should just be together forever. So perfection.
Amaretto, cream cheese, sugar and whipped topping are whipped together, then spread on top of graham crackers.
Then frozen strawberries are mixed with sweet Cascadian Farms® jam and spread on top of the mix.
For this layer, I recommend using frozen strawberries because they won’t create the same goopy overripe flavor that you might get if you pop fresh strawberries in the center of your cake.
Now just one more layer of graham crackers and whippy cream cheese.
Then cover and refrigerate overnight. Just like an icebox cake, the graham crackers will soak up all the flavors, turning into a soft and cakey layer.
Just before serving, prep a second layer of jam and strawberries (you can use fresh sliced strawberries, if you want—just serve within 2-3 hours for freshest flavor). Then slice, serve and enjoy!
Brooke blogs at Cheeky Kitchen, where she shares crazy simple, healthy family recipes. She joined Tablespoon to share some of her best, so keep an eye on Brooke's profile to see what she cooks up next!