This Ritz Cracker and Mixed Berry Icebox Cake is the perfect dessert for summer entertaining. | Inspired by Charm
This post is sponsored by NABISCO.

Today I’m remixing another old-fashioned dessert just in time for summer BBQ season! It’s a RITZ Cracker and Mixed Berry Icebox Cake.

This Ritz Cracker and Mixed Berry Icebox Cake is the perfect dessert for summer entertaining. | Inspired by Charm

This icebox cake is the perfect combination of salty and sweet topped with fresh summer berry flavor! My friends over at NABISCO asked me (and you!) to remix our backyard BBQs this summer. So I thought I’d create this classic icebox cake in a new way using RITZ Crackers, homemade whipped cream, and fresh berries. It’s a wonderful way to cool down and enjoy the flavor and fun of an unforgettable summer.

Ritz Cracker and Mixed Berry Icebox Cake summer dessert recipe | Inspired by Charm

Ritz Cracker and Mixed Berry Icebox Cake summer dessert recipe | Inspired by Charm

This recipe idea is based on a classic one. The traditional dessert is a no-bake recipe consisting of RITZ Crackers, whipped topping, and grape jelly. Yep, that’s it. However, I decided to take it to the next level by whipping up my own whipped cream and adding cream cheese and mixed berry jam. I also topped the whole thing off with a pile of fresh berries because … why not?

Ritz Cracker and Mixed Berry Icebox Cake summer dessert recipe | Inspired by Charm

To create my version, you start by whipping up a big batch of whipped cream. Cream cheese, powdered sugar, and mixed berry jam are then combined and slowly folded into the whipped cream to create the sweet and fluffy part of this dessert.

Ritz Cracker and Mixed Berry Icebox Cake summer dessert recipe | Inspired by Charm

Now, the fun starts. The cake is formed by layering RITZ Crackers with this sweet berry filling.

I started mine on a cake plate. Then, I added just the outer ring of a spring form pan. Doing this isn’t required, but I found it helped to hold everything together and ensure that the layers didn’t slide as they set.

Ritz Cracker and Mixed Berry Icebox Cake summer dessert recipe | Inspired by Charm

I began with a layer of crackers, then a layer of mixed berry whipped cream. I put my whipped cream into a piping bag which made adding it to the crackers much easier. I then used a small offset spatula to level everything off.

Continue adding layer by layer until you reach the top. I used about 6 sleeves of RITZ Crackers (1 1/2 box) and most of my mixed berry whipped cream. You can reserve a bit of your whipped cream to add the fresh berries on top before serving.

This Ritz Cracker and Mixed Berry Icebox Cake is the perfect dessert for summer entertaining. | Inspired by Charm

Next, the whole cake gets refrigerated for 4-5 hours or until you’re ready to serve it. Before serving, add a dollop of the reserved mixed berry whipped cream and top with a mound of fresh berries. How’s that for Remix Your BBQ dessert? Mission accomplished, NABISCO!

This Ritz Cracker and Mixed Berry Icebox Cake is the perfect dessert for summer entertaining. | Inspired by Charm

As I mentioned above, the resulting dessert is the perfect combination of salty meets sweet. The addition of mixed berry jam and fresh berries add just the perfect taste for summer. You’re going to be the king or queen of your next BBQ.

This Ritz Cracker and Mixed Berry Icebox Cake is the perfect dessert for summer entertaining. | Inspired by Charm

For more fun, try some of these easy and inexpensive BBQ decor ideas:

  • Instead of fresh flowers, use seasonal blooms such as geraniums and petunias to add color to your party.
  • Pick up some inexpensive handkerchiefs to use as decor. They can dress up a table, line a basket for chips, or function as a napkin.
  • Use some galvanized steel server ware. It’s a beautiful and trendy metal for outdoor entertaining.
  • Save your fancy glassware for inside. Opt for mason jars with paper straws. They are durable and fun.

This Ritz Cracker and Mixed Berry Icebox Cake is the perfect dessert for summer entertaining. | Inspired by Charm

This Ritz Cracker and Mixed Berry Icebox Cake is the perfect dessert for summer entertaining. | Inspired by Charm

I think your summer BBQ is ready. Let’s whip up this cake so we can get to the fun!

This Ritz Cracker and Mixed Berry Icebox Cake is the perfect dessert for summer entertaining. | Inspired by Charm

RITZ Cracker and Mixed Berry Icebox Cake

Serves 16-18

Here's what you will need:
4 cups heavy cream
2 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar, divided
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
16-ounce cream cheese
1 1/2 cups mixed berry jam
5-6 sleeves RITZ Crackers
2 cups fresh berries to garnish

In a large mixing bowl, whisk the heavy cream until soft peaks form. Add 1 cup confectioners' sugar, lemon zest, and vanilla extract. Continuing whipping until firm peaks form. Set aside.

In another large mixing bowl, whip together the cream cheese, mixed berry jam, and 1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar until smooth. Fold into the prepared whipped cream until evenly combined. Divide into three large piping bags. Refrigerate for 15-20 minutes.

Assemble the cake by arranging a layer of RITZ Crackers on a cake plate or serving dish using a springform pan ring as a guide. (The springform pan ring is optional but recommended.) Pipe about 3/4 cup of the mixed berry whipped cream on the crackers. Spread the whipped cream out evenly with a small offset spatula. Repeat the cracker and filling layers until you reach the top of the pan or desired height. The top layer should be the mixed berry cream.

Refrigerate for 4-5 hours or until ready to serve. When ready to serve, top with any extra mixed berry whipped cream and a mound of fresh berries.

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This Ritz Cracker and Mixed Berry Icebox Cake is the perfect dessert for summer entertaining. | Inspired by Charm

Isn’t it gorgeous? I love how simple and delicious ingredients can make a beautiful and delicious dessert in no time!

This Ritz Cracker and Mixed Berry Icebox Cake is the perfect dessert for summer entertaining. | Inspired by Charm

This Ritz Cracker and Mixed Berry Icebox Cake is the perfect dessert for summer entertaining. | Inspired by Charm

This will definitely wow your guests this summer. It’s the perfect dessert for any celebration.

And don’t forget the tunes for your summer BBQ. As part of the “Remix Your BBQ” campaign, NABISCO is teaming up with Lady Antebellum for their YOU LOOK GOOD WORLD TOUR. They will be at select stops throughout the summer sharing more remixed recipes.

This Ritz Cracker and Mixed Berry Icebox Cake is the perfect dessert for summer entertaining. | Inspired by Charm

This Ritz Cracker and Mixed Berry Icebox Cake is the perfect dessert for summer entertaining. | Inspired by Charm

For more information about “Remix Your BBQ,” including recipes and a chance to win tickets to see Lady Antebellum, head on over to NabiscoBBQ.com.

Also be sure to show off how you remix your BBQ by using the hashtag #NABISCO and #BBQRemix.

This Ritz Cracker and Mixed Berry Icebox Cake is the perfect dessert for summer entertaining. | Inspired by Charm

This Ritz Cracker and Mixed Berry Icebox Cake is the perfect dessert for summer entertaining. | Inspired by Charm

I hope you enjoyed my delicious remix of a classic desert with this RITZ Cracker and Mixed Berry Icebox Cake. Cheers to summer!

Comments

  • Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch at

    I love this idea, Michael! (But then I think you are one of the most creative minds around!)
    Love the salty and sweet combination – and how really cute it is!

  • Joy at

    oh my goodness that looks heavenly! Thanks for posting 🙂

  • Terrell at

    This is a MUST MAKE!! Thank you for the inspo, Michael!!

  • Julie Blanner at

    This cake is absolutely stunning! I love the sweet and salty combo and added it to our 4th of July menu!

  • Mary at

    I don’t like cream cheese, would I just double the whipped cream?

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Maybe? Though I’m not sure it would have the stability to hold up as nicely.

      xo Michael

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