Meyer Lemon Thyme Icebox Cake Recipe
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This lovely (and easy!) Meyer Lemon Thyme Icebox Cake is the perfect celebration cake with no baking required.
No need for an oven with this lovely Meyer Lemon Thyme Icebox Cake. This icebox cake is perfect for any spring or summertime occasion. From baby showers and Easter lunch, to Mother’s Day and backyard barbecues, this cake would be a lovely addition to the celebration.
This recipe was my answer to a challenge from KitchenAid® a few years back. The challenge was to create a recipe for a springtime no-bake cake. Bright, fresh, springtime flavors came to mind, like lemons, and thyme. So I gathered my favorite cake plate, a bunch of Meyer lemons, some pre-made vanilla cookies, plus a few other basic ingredients, and began to form a plan.
I wanted the cake to be simple to make, but still a showstopper—an impressive cake filled with loveliness and flavor, reminiscent of spring or summertime, when the living is easy and sweetness abounds. But the best part? No baking required. So easy!
Before making this easy cake, be sure to create space for it in the refrigerator. This cake requires at least 3 hours of refrigeration to set and must be refrigerated until ready to serve. Some basic mixing and simple assembly is the extent of technique required for this no bake cake.
How to Make Meyer Lemon Thyme Icebox Cake
- Begin by whipping up heavy cream with fresh thyme and Meyer lemon zest. Separately whip together cream cheese, honey and lemon juice until combined. Fold the whipped cream mixture into the cream cheese mixture to create a smooth and fluffy filling. The filling is so aromatic too!
- The cake assembly begins with a layer of cookies on a cake plate, followed by a layer of the whipped cream cheese filling. Add another layer of cookies, and so on until the desired height is reached.
- Top it all off with a lovely garnish of Candied Lemon Slices, and more fresh thyme.
This is icebox cake such a pretty cake and perfect for a special occasion. I have to admit it was quite fun building this cake—like legos for adults, only edible. And super duper easy too!
The flavor of the no bake cake is astounding, but not overwhelming. Meyer lemons, thyme and honey are such a heavenly combination. It is pure lightness and happiness on a fork.
Meyer Lemon Thyme Icebox Cake recipe notes:
- For easy prep ahead, whip the cream cheese filling a couple of days ahead, then cover and refrigerated until ready to assemble cake.
- While any thin vanilla or lemon cookies may be substituted, I used a favorite Moravian lemon cookie found at a local grocer. A thinner cookie will work better as it is easier for layering evenly, and absorbs moisture to soften nicely for slicing and serving. Vanilla wafers, and those inexpensive butter cookies would work well too. You know the ones we enjoyed as kids that are shaped liked flowers with holes in the center that we wore as rings? Just be sure to adjust amounts accordingly. The recipe below is based on the very thin 2-inch Moravian cookie size.
- Powdered confectioners sugar may be substituted for honey. Use an additional 1-2 tablespoons of cream to create a smooth consistency.
- Edible Candied Lemon Slices are a wonderful garnish for this cake. Easily prepare them ahead and refrigerate until needed for garnish.
- If fresh thyme isn’t handy, substitute dried. If using dried, use 1/3 of the amount.
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- Easy Blueberry Lemon Napoleon Dessert Recipe
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- Frozen Strawberry Squares Recipe
- Honeydew Blueberry Lemon Cream Trifle Recipe
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Meyer Lemon Thyme Icebox Cake Recipe
Meyer Lemon Thyme Icebox Cake Recipe
This easy icebox cake is a wonderful flavor combination perfect for spring and summer.
- 4 cups heavy cream
- 2 tablespoons fresh thyme, roughly chopped
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon zest
- 16 ounces cream cheese
- 6 tablespoons Meyer lemon juice
- 3/4 cup honey
- 230 2-inch thin vanilla or lemon cookies (adjust amount according to cookie size)
- Add heavy cream, chopped thyme and lemon zest to a large mixing bowl and whip until soft peaks form. Set aside.
- Whip together cream cheese, lemon juice, and honey until smooth and light. Fold in whipped cream until combined and smooth, cover and refrigerate* until ready to assemble cake.
- Assemble cake by arranging 12 2-inch cookies in a circle on 10-inch cake plate (a ring of 9 cookies, edges touching, with 3 in the center). Gently spread 1/2 cup of cream cheese whipped filling over layer. Repeat cookie and filling layers until desired height. Top with final layer of cream.
- Refrigerate for at least 3 hours, or until ready to serve. When ready to serve, garnish with candied lemons, and fresh thyme if desired.
*Cream cheese whipped filling can be prepared up to 2 days ahead and kept covered refrigerated until ready to assemble cake.
Substitute vanilla wafers, sugar or butter cookies for the thin cookies.
Powdered confectioners sugar may be substituted for honey. An additional 1-2 tablespoons of cream may be needed to create a smooth consistency.
This post was sponsored by KitchenAid, March 2014.
lovely cake…cake, to me, is better than pie
Wow, this cake is gorgeous! Would you recommend making it for Easter?
What a gorgeous cake! I am also intrigued by thyme in a dessert. I bet it pairs incredibly well with the lemon.
I have the ingredients for a similar cake sitting on my counter right now. Now I want to make yours instead. I love anything meyer lemon, add that it’s easy and I’m in. This is stunning Amy, just love the photos.
My new favorite no bake dessert are (vegan) gingerbread truffles–made with dates. So yummy!
My favorite is my chocolatte cherry cheesecake…so yummy!! Started out making my normal cheesecake from scratch and then just started changing my recipe.
This cake is something I would really like to try! My current favorites are Caramel Apple Salad and good old-fashioned “Dirt”.
That looks so good, great photos!!
Just found this after looking at a different recipe here. This looks gorgeous and sounds really tasty. Will be fun to give it a try with my granddaughter sometime soon.
Our favorite family recipe is a lemon frozen pie made with evaporated milk. Really quick to throw together. Back in the day we used ice cube trays because of the small freezers we had, now I use a cake pan:
Lemon Cream Freeze
1 (14.5 oz.) can evaporated milk
1/2 c. lemon juice (preferably fresh)
3/4 c. sugar
dash of salt
2 tsp. grated lemon zest
Pour milk into ice cube tray (or similar container) and freeze until it gets icy around the edges. Dump into a cold bowl, add lemon juice, and beat until thick. Add sugar and salt gradually, then rind, beating until stiff and fluffy, like whipped cream. Return to ice cube tray and freeze until firm.
This sounds delightful! Thank you so much for sharing the recipe.
I made it! It’s not as pretty as yours but still impressive. I used mascarpone and lemon curd (instead of cream cheese, lemon juice and honey) and added fresh blueberries to each layer. Thank you for your lovely recipe.
I’m so glad you enjoyed it! I hope you had fun “building” it as much as I did.
Can you tell me please how many tubes or ounces of cookies “230 cookies” is?
How pretty is that!! Hope mine turns out as beautiful as yours. =)
Oh, Susie, I’m sure yours would be even prettier!
Unbelievably gorgeous Amy! And I just adore the lemon-thyme-honey flavor combination here! Too pretty!
How far ahead can the building begin? Could I assemble Friday for Sunday?
Whoops, sorry for the delayed reply. Yes, you can begin assembly ahead by a day or two. It is actually better made a day ahead as the cookies soften as it chills.
Thanks! No worries. I took a chance and built on Saturday morning, for Easter Sunday. It was a big HIT! So beautiful and yummy. Thanks so much for sharing. 🙂
Amy, I absolutely love that you added thyme to this cake! It adds so much to a sweet dish and pairs perfectly with lemon
This cake is beautiful! I’m so impressed with your decorating skills!
never made an iced box cake. this look delicious!
It’s so to make easy, Nicole! And it looks fancy-ish, yet it’s not.
Any chance we could get the name of the cookies you used? Please!!
I’ve used the Salem Baking Moravian Meyer Lemon Cookies as well as another brand I forget for this cake. I think I saw some thin lemon cookies at Trader Joe’s too. It takes a bunch to make a full size cake, but it can easily be reduced to a smaller size.
Trader Joes has a lemon cookie I LOVE! I can’t wait to try this! Although I don’t think mine will look as professional as yours does! Wow! Just stunning! (love the cake stand too!!)
can this lemon cake be made a day ahead and is the trader joes lemon cookies too thin and if not will it be soggy because of the thinness of the cookies?
Thanking you in advance.
With this icebox cake the cookies should soften and not be crisp at all and slice easily. That’s why thinner cookies are best to use with this cake. I have made this a day ahead and it works well.