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Blueberry Lemon Icebox Cake, A Bear in Ralphs, Walton, Lovett & Jungle Book

Blueberry Lemon Icebox Cake. Easy and perfect for your next weekend BBQ!

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Blueberry Lemon Icebox Cake, A Bear in Ralphs, Walton, Lovett & Jungle Cruise

Over the weekend, our family- oriented, Suburban bubble experienced some hilarity.

Pictures: Bear Strolls Through Ralphs Grocery Store Aisles in SoCal

Yes. That is a baby black bear strolling through our friendly, neighborhood grocery store, wandering through the pasta and Asian food aisles, after languidly checking out the artisanal cheeses and charcuterie. As a firm believer of laughing (or crying) at life’s unpredictability, I am left wondering about what’s next and hopefully, going with the flow with a sense of humor. Since we all have such personal experiences with bear archetypes (mama bears, fighting bears, bear cubs), I’m not going to try to draw some illusionary, metaphysical experience out of this for anyone. Sometimes, a duck is a duck, and a bear cub lost in a supermarket is just that.

William Walton was an English orchestral composer from the last century. (I’ve knew about his viola concerto and his other symphonic works). I remember reading he wrote an operetta, “The Bear” about a (surprise, like most operas) a love triangle about a widow, her promiscuous late husband, and a debt collector who eventually falls in love with her. Basically, it’s like the modern day Real Housewives, set to opera music but with different professions.

Francine Vis, mezzo soprano - "I was a constant, faithful wife" - The Bear - William Walton

Because the culture wars are at its height right now with the inability to breach a compromise, this piece came to mind. I abhor extremism at any cost and have always looked for moderation and centrism. Here’s to our ability to find compromise and humanity even though you you might wholeheartedly disagree.

Lyle Lovett - Bears Lyrics

Here is Lyle Lovett with his band, LIVE. In an age where digital perfection reigns supreme, it’s refreshing to see LIVE musicians sounding incredible.

Lyle Lovett - Bears - LIVE Front Row Tarrytown NY 21JUNE13

And finally, it’s fascinating to see how movies capture cultural norms in a specific vacuum and how higher education now has treatises about what amounts to (at the time) vacuous entertainment. I still love this song. It’s joy and placement is like a precursor to “Hakuna Matata” from “Lion King”. Knowing this makes it a joy a being a musician. Enjoy!

The Bare Necessities (from The Jungle Book)

Thanks for reading! I hope this makes you laugh, draws inspiration and at least think about your life in a new way. Have a wonderful week! Xo, Melissa

Blueberry Lemon Icebox Cake. Perfect when you need something "fancy" without the work!

Blueberry Lemon Icebox Cake


Here's the original link.

This is the perfect, no fuss cake to bring to a backyard BBQ or potluck. It’s super easy and you can multitask while looking like a superhero. I decided to make this in a round springform cake pan for better bday presentation. The original recipe calls for it to be completely frozen, like an ice cream cake. I opted to do age initial 4-5 hours in the refrigerator and have a softer bday cake so she can play with the “frosting.” I froze the leftovers, opting for a delicious treat over the next two weeks in order to free up space in the fridge. Enjoy!


8 ounces mascarpone or plain whole-milk Greek yogurt, room temperature

¾ cup powdered sugar

2 tablespoons finely grated lemon zest

2½ cups chilled heavy cream

1cup homemade or store-bought lemon curd, divided

16 graham crackers, divided

1½ cups Blueberry–Chia Seed Jam, divided. (I used a jar of blueberry jam to save time.)

⅓ cup fresh blueberries

Optional: For decoration I used, fresh pomegranates, blueberries, blackberries, fresh edible flowers, and some lavender. My daughter loves berries and beautiful flowers (like her mom!) Enjoy!


1. Line a 9x5" loaf pan with plastic wrap, leaving overhang on all sides. Using an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat mascarpone, powdered sugar, and lemon zest in a large bowl until fluffy, about 4 minutes. Reduce speed to low; gradually add cream. Increase speed to medium as mixture thickens; beat until medium peaks form. Transfer two-thirds of mascarpone mixture to another large bowl and fold in ½ cup lemon curd. Cover remaining mascarpone mixture; chill until ready to unmold and cover cake.

2. Place a single layer of graham crackers over bottom of prepared pan, breaking as needed to fit. Using a small offset spatula, evenly spread a quarter of lemon cream over graham crackers. Dollop ½ cup jam over top, then gently spread evenly over lemon cream. Drizzle ¼ cup lemon curd over. Spoon a third of remaining lemon cream over curd and top with another layer of graham crackers. Repeat layering process with half of remaining lemon cream, ½ cup jam, and remaining lemon curd. Finish with a final layer of lemon cream, then graham crackers. Cover with plastic wrap; freeze at least 6 hours. Cover and chill remaining jam until ready to serve cake.

3. Uncover cake and invert pan onto a platter. Using the plastic overhang to help you, unmold cake; peel off plastic. Spread top and sides of cake with reserved mascarpone mixture (if mixture looks a little loose, whisk until soft peaks form before using). Chill in freezer at least 15 minutes.

4. Just before serving, mix blueberries into reserved jam and spoon over cake.

Do Ahead: Cake can be made 2 days ahead. Cover and keep frozen.

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