Some of you have been around long enough to remember that before I was a fashion blogger, I was a food blogger. For the first year and a half of its existence, Sugarlaws was a place where I posted original recipes as I created them -- and at the time, that's how I thought it would stay.
It's funny to remember those early days now, because obviously this blog has changed a lot since then. But what I remember most is what a small community that food-blogger world was. I remember reading a handful of blogs whose writers became my virtual friends -- this was before the days of events and fashion week and my blogger friends becoming real-life friends, back when an online "friend" was someone you tweeted with every once in a while and maybe exchanged and email or two. And, above all, we commented on each other's blogs. It was a small world back then, and I'm pretty sure my first hundred or so comments were from other food bloggers, encouraging me and sharing in my successes and failures (of which there were many).
Some days, I kind of miss that. The internet has gotten so vast and expansive that it's easy to forget there are real people behind each website, and I find myself gravitating to the bloggers who don't mind reminding you that they're normal people with normal lives every now and again. I always appreciate when bloggers are open and honest about their real lives -- the good, the bad, and the ugly -- and I'm making an effort to become one of them.
Which is a long way of saying: this cake came into my head back in those days, in 2007 when I saw it for the first time on Smitten Kitchen. I remember thinking it was so beautiful (it is) and Deb was so talented (she is), and that someday, I'd try one of my own. And look: it only took me six years!
White Chocolate Icebox Cake
2 cups heavy cream, chilled
1/3 cup confectioners sugar
6 ounces white chocolate discs (you could also use chips)
1 box (9 ounces) ginger wafer cookies (chocolate would be great too)
Raspberries, for decorating
Whip 1 1/2 cups cream with sugar until soft peaks form. Melt chocolate over simmering water until smooth and creamy; whisk in 1/2 cup cream. Fold white chocolate mixture into whipped cream until incorporated.
Spread a small amount of the whipped cream onto the bottom of six cookies, and arrange them in a circle on a cake dish. Place one additional cookie in the middle of the circle. Spread the whipped cream mixture over the entire layer of cookies, spreading outwards to cover them up to the edges. Layer another set of cookies on top of the whipped cream mixture in the same pattern, and repeat with another layer of whipped cream. Repeat until you have reached the desired height, ending with a layer of whipped cream. Top with a few raspberries or white chocolate shavings.
Refrigerate cake at least 6 hours (or up to overnight) before serving.