Lime IceBox Cake
This Lime Icebox Cake, known as a Carlota in Spanish, is a cool, creamy no-bake treat that layers a cream filling with crisp GOYA® Maria Cookies. Here, we whisk together cream cheese, condensed and evaporated milk with lime juice and zest to make a refreshing citrus filling that’s set between the cookies. Once assembled, we simply chill the cake in the refrigerator overnight until the cookies absorb the flavors of the filling and soften into a sliceable, cake-like consistency.
- 4 oz. reduced-fat cream cheese, at room temperature
- 1 can (14 oz.) GOYA® Sweetened Condensed Milk
- 1 can (12 oz.) GOYA® Evaporated Milk
- ½ cup of lime juice, plus 2 tsp. of lime zest (about 4 limes), plus more zest for garnish
- 1 pkg. (7 oz.) GOYA® Maria Cookie
- Step 1: In large bowl, stir together cream cheese and 2 tsp. lime zest until blended. Using whisk, gradually whisk in condensed milk until blended. Whisk in evaporated milk and lime juice until smooth and thick. Using spoon, spread ½ cup cream cheese mixture on bottom of 8” glass baking dish.
- Step 2: Top cream cheese mixture with 9 Maria cookies, arranging in single layer. Gently spread cookies with about ¾ cup cream cheese mixture. Repeat layering 3 times more, using ¾ cup cream cheese mixture and 9 cookies per layer, ending with remaining cream cheese mixture. Cover cake with plastic wrap; transfer to refrigerator. Chill at least 8 hours, or overnight. Garnish cake with lime zest, if desired, before serving
Prep Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 20 mins
Yields 12 Servings
Did you know:
The icebox cake is derived from similar desserts such as the charlotte and the trifle, but made to be more accessible for housewives to prepare. It was first introduced to the United States in the 1930s, as companies were promoting the icebox as a kitchen appliance. Its popularity rose in the 1920s and 30s, as it used many commercial shortcuts and pre-made ingredients. In response to the dish’s popularity, companies that manufactured ingredients for the cake, such as condensed milk and wafer cookies, began printing recipes on the backs of their boxes.