Spiced dulce de leche banana icebox cake

By • May 31, 2013 • 14 Comments

Author Notes: I never tire of the fun of making an icebox cake. As a kid my mom and I would make them often, putting them in the freezer in the afternoon so they were ready after dinner. It is an indulgence I was excited to pass down to my daughter and I wanted to upgrade it a bit. The chocolate wafers were a must, but I decided to stir some dulce de leche into the whipped cream and layer in some bananas. I had long wanted to try making the dulce de leche in a slow cooker which worked really well. It seemed silly to make only enough for this recipe, so there will be leftovers which is hardly tragic. You can also use a jar of dulce de leche instead of making your own. savorthis

Serves 8

Spice dulce de Leche

  • 2 cans sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom
  1. Mix milk with spices and pour into 3 8 oz canning jars. Gently secure the lid, put in a slow cooker and fill with hot water up to the top of the milk in the jar. Cook about 6 hours on low until milk has browned. Tighten lids and put in fridge.

Icebox Cake

  • 1 pint heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 ounces dulce de leche
  • 1 box chocolate wafers
  • 2 bananas, sliced
  1. Whip cream with vanilla and salt just until stiff peaks form. Drizzle in dulce de leche and mix until incorporated. Layer whipped cream, bananas and cookies. I chose to expose the edges of the cookies à la Smitten Kitchen for a mix of crunch and soft cookie. Put in freezer until firm. Let sit on counter about 10 minutes before serving.
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9 months ago [email protected]

OK...I'm new at this. Could you please explain 2 things for me? One, what is Dulce De Leche and how is it pronounced, and 2, do you still put it in the fridge overnight like the cookies and cream? I'm guessing that the Dulce De Leche really softens the cookies and that's why you freeze it but I need to be positive. Thank you so much for this excellent sounding recipe!


9 months ago savorthis

It is a caramelized sweet milk or "milk candy." There are many different versions of it, but the pronunciation I am familiar with is similar to DOOL-seh deh LEH-tcheh (though people also say DUL chay which is probably not correct). You can actually buy cans and jars of it already made at many grocery stores, but it is not hard to make yourself. I chose the freezer because I like those cakes a little firmer. The dulce itself does not make a big difference so you can easily put it in the fridge. One other benefit of the freezer is you can take it out for your company to admire a bit before serving and it will be just right.


about 1 year ago Angel At Large

We can buy a cans of a sort of ready made dulce de leche here, so my question is would it be possible to just stir the spices through or would it be necessary to cook it from scratch to infuse the flavours? thanks. I'm a bit nervous about boiling it in jars. :)


about 1 year ago savorthis

Oh that would be fine and if you were up for it, toasting and grinding the whole spices could only improve either method.


about 1 year ago Angel At Large

Brilliant thanks!


about 1 year ago Lauren Hendrick

Mercy mercy... this looks fantastic! Can't wait to make it.


about 1 year ago Amanda Faison

Made this tonight--it was fantastic. And easy! I used thin gingersnaps instead of chocolate waffers and I thought the cookies played well off the cardamom and cinnamon. I can see all kinds of variations working (like peaches or plums instead of bananas). I've added this recipe to my go-to file. Can't wait to make it again.


about 1 year ago savorthis

Thanks Amanda! Gingersnaps sound great and would be great with peaches (patiently waiting for the Palisades...)


about 1 year ago wutsfasupa

Approximately how many gingersnaps? Thank you.


about 1 year ago EmilyC

This looks great for both kids and adults! Yum!


about 1 year ago savorthis

Thanks.....definitely decadent!


about 1 year ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

This looks and sounds amazing, Love the slow cook method for the dulce de leche.


about 1 year ago meganvt01

This looks fantastic!