Peanut Butter Banana Bacon Ice Box Cake
6 to 8
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 8 hrs 36 mins
Total Time: 8 hrs 41 mins
3 cups heavy cream (chilled)
1/3 cup confectioners' sugar
2/3 cups creamy peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 bananas (peeled, chopped)
vanilla wafer cookies
store-bought chocolate syrup (to drizzle)
1 recipe candied bacon (below, to top)
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 pound bacon
1/2 cup brown sugar
For the Ice-Box Cake:
Line the bottom and sides of a 9-inch springform pan with plastic wrap leaving some overhang and set aside.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, add the heavy cream, confectioners' sugar, and vanilla extract. Beat on medium speed until medium peaks form. In a large bowl add the peanut butter, gently fold in the whipped cream and chopped bananas in batches until completely combined. Set aside.
In the prepared springform pan, add a layer of vanilla wafers dome-side up. Add 1/3 of the whipped cream mixture and spread evenly with a rubber spatula. Add another layer of vanilla wafers but this time dome-side down. Repeat this method, alternating with the wafers and whipped cream, ending with the whipped cream. Wrap the cake with the plastic wrap overhang and refrigerate overnight to let the wafers soften.
For the Candied Bacon:
Preheat the oven to 375ºF. Place a baking rack inside of a baking sheet.
In a small bowl, add the maple syrup and cayenne pepper and stir to combine. Arrange bacon on prepared baking sheet and brush the bacon with maple syrup mixture. Sprinkle brown sugar on the bacon and cook in the oven until the sugar has melted and the bacon is crispy, about 15-20 minutes. Allow bacon to cool, roughly chop and set aside.
Remove cake from refrigerator, unwrap plastic wrap, and release the springform pan ring. To serve drizzle with chocolate syrup and sprinkle with candied bacon.
Tip: Use any leftover candied bacon in a cocktail or mixed into a cookie or cake batter for a salty-sweet surprise!