July 30th was National Cheesecake Day!
I celebrate this day every year! Actually, The Cheesecake Factory lets me celebrate this day twice a year – their half priced cheesecake special is 7/29 & 7/30!
The Mr. & I went to The Cheesecake Factory on the 29th & had some delicious cheesecake – for dinner.
What? We are adults!
This was actually the 3rd year in a row we’ve done this. I love our traditions!
The 30th we had a nice dinner with some friends we hadn’t seen in a while. A real dinner with protein & veggies & everything. And, of course, dessert.
Being National Cheesecake Day & all, I wanted to make something cheesecake-y. I knew I wouldn’t have the time during the busy work week to make a cheesecake from scratch, so I started thinking of a recipe using pre-made cheesecake filling. Then it came to me: graham crackers + cheesecake filling + homemade strawberry jam! But then I thought to myself, “that sounds a little too basic & predicable. How can I spice it up a little?” That’s when I remembered that I had just a little bit of lemon buttercream left in the fridge. NOW we’re talking!
I had to look up what exactly an icebox cake is to see if I can call my dessert that. The answer is yes.
My husband preferred the term Cheesecake Lasagna, though. I kind of like that, too!
The steps are easy! Just layer to your heart’s content.
I know, I know, it would have been much easier in a rectangular pan. Well I ain’t got one!
Plus, I wanted to use my fancy Corningware that I got as a wedding present!
It got easier as I added more layers.
I did 3 layers, plus a top layer of graham crackers. That’s where the lemon buttercream came in!
Off to the fridge to chill.
Our friends loved it!
We let them take home the leftovers – we still had some Cheesecake Factory in the fridge. 🙂
Strawberry Lemon Cheesecake Icebox Cake
- 1 tub Cheesecake filling
- 1 box graham crackers
- strawberry jam
- lemon buttercream
- In a deep pan, place a layer of graham crackers. Cover the graham crackers with a thin layer of jam, then a layer of cheesecake filling. Repeat 3 times.
- Top with a layer of graham crackers.
- Microwave lemon buttercream so that it’s runny & pour over the top layer of graham crackers.
- Chill in refrigerator overnight.