Elderberry Ginger Icebox Cake | Nik Snacks | Norm's Farms ~ Nik Snacks

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Elderberry is my jam.

Elderberry is very special to me because it LITERALLY changed my life. Back in 2004, I contracted bronchitis and after THREE rounds of antibiotics, nothing could touch it. I was desperate. I went into my personal Facebook page to lament. A friend suggested elderberry syrup as her husband swore by it and was cured of his respiratory illness soon after adopting a regimen. I tried it. Within 48 hours, my lungs were clear. Any and every opportunity I can to extoll the virtues of elderberry, I can. And do.

Founded in 2013, Norm’s Farms is located in the Piedmont of NC, in Pittsboro. The family-owned business has developed a line of products featuring home-grown elderberries that have a great taste and top-notch efficacy. You can find elderberry and elderflower jams, jellies and syrups in co-ops, independently owned health food stores, Whole Foods and a host of other grocery and specialty markets in over 20 states.

Fluffy swirls of elderberry-laced cream are layered with spicy gingersnaps in this summery, no-bake confection. The deep elderberry flavor comes through in the whipped cream and in dollops of jam.

Norm's Farms elderberry jam provides an immune system boosting, cold and flu busting, additive free supplement to any dessert but this icebox cake is perfect for Father's Day, Flag Day or any holiday and occasion that doesn't require heating up the oven.

I used store bought ginger snaps, but any brand should work, as could vanilla wafers or molasses cookies. This cake is best made the day before you want to serve it, giving the ginger snaps a chance to soften into a luscious, soft cake.

You not only can freeze icebox cake, but you should! Because whipped cream is used for the “frosting”, it won’t hold up as well in the refrigerator. The cake will need to be thawed slightly once removed from the freezer to make it sliceable and to give it a better texture.


1 quart heavy cream
¼ cup confectioners’ sugar, more as needed
8 oz Norm's Farms Elderflower syrup
1 8 oz jar Norm's Farms Elderberry jam
1 lb bag ginger snaps (about 135 cookies)


1. In the bowl of an electric mixer set on low speed, whisk togetherand confectioners’ sugar, elderflower syrup, 3 Tablespoons Elderberry jam, heavy whipping cream . Once the cream mixture is combined, but not fully whipped, taste and add more confectioners’ sugar if necessary. Add elderberry jam and whip on high until stiff peaks form.

2. Place ginger snaps in a medium-sized bowl. Drizzle with 1/4 cup elderflower syrup, just until all are slightly moistened.

3. Line a 9" springform pan with plastic wrap (or aluminum foil). Pour 1/3 of the elderberry whipped cream into pan, spreading to the edges. Place 1/3 of the ginger cookies over whipping cream, leaving a border on the outside. Layer elderberry jam on top of the whipped cream in tiny dollops or 1/2 teaspoons. Pour in 1/3 more whipped cream spreading to edges then add more dollops of elderberry jam and another layer of cookies. Finish with a final layer of the remaining cream, spreading it like frosting. Decorate the top with crushed cookies. Tap the pan lightly on your work surface to let the cake settle. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and chill for at least 8 hours, preferably overnight.

3. Unmold cake and carefully remove saran wrap, then place cake on serving platter.

Serve immediately or allow to thaw slightly then serve.

This post is sponsored by Norm's Farms.
I was compensated for this post, but all photos, words and opinions are my mine.


dee.rachelle said...

This looks delicious! I’d love to make a trip down and buy some of that elderberry jam too!

Jenni said...

I love Norm's Farms! This icebox cake is making me very happy!

Emily said...

I love elderberry and ginger so this sounds like something I need to make ASAP. Pinning for later!

Melissa said...

I have heard so many things about elderberry. Thank you for sharing your experience at the farm.

FabEllis said...

This sounds absolutely delicious! I have actually never heard of elderberry before reading your post, but as someone who inevitably catches a cold or sinus issue every year, I need this.