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Recipe: Easy Rainbow Icebox Cake — Recipes from The Kitchn

I think we can all agree that the rainbow trend reached peak unicorn when Starbucks made a drink based on the popularity of multi-hued foods, but you try explaining this to my 5-year-old.

Looking for a rainy-day baking project, I had a lightbulb recipe moment: We could make a rainbow cake without turning on the oven and using just four ingredients with a classic back-of-the box recipe. And so on this rainy day, a rainbow icebox cake was born.

All the flavors you know and love from icebox cake — soft, chocolatey wafers and cool, lightly sweetened whipped cream — are made more magical with a little food coloring and sprinkles. Here's how to be a rainbow cake hero using just four ingredients.

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Recipe: Red, White, and Blue Jello Mold — Easy Dessert Recipes

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If you're feeling patriotic, there are plenty of red, white, and blue jello mold recipes out there, but the kicker is that most start out with boxes of flavored gelatin. Let's go for a tastier version, shall we? One with real fruit juice and lots of fresh fruit suspended in the layers, and no artificial colors.

This dessert is quite the showstopper — especially for kids. Plus, who doesn't love a sweet-tart red layer filled with strawberries, a creamy vanilla-based middle layer that tastes a bit like whipped cream, and a dark-blue layer chock-full of plump blueberries? Having it all in one slice is the best part. Not only will you get an amazing, satisfying feeling as you cut into the three gorgeous layers, but your taste buds (and guests!) will also thank you.

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How To Make the Best Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream — Ice Cream Lessons from The Kitchn

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Good chocolate ice cream has contrasting allure. It's rich, cool, and creamy with dark roasted flavors only cocoa can impart. This chocolate ice cream is for the real die-hard chocolate-lovers in the group. It's sweet and malty, with the tiniest bitter tones to balance that sweetness. Almost right in the middle between dark chocolate and milk, it's the kind of chocolate ice cream that doesn't leave you wishing there was more chocolate in the mix or less.

After tasting and testing several chocolate ice cream recipes, I can firmly say this is the best one I've tried yet. For starters, this ice cream's base doesn't require tempering eggs with hot cream, so it's easier to make. It has not one but three types of chocolate, and it doesn't freeze up impossibly hard to scoop, thanks to a secret ingredient.

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Recipe: Trail Mix Cookies — Easy Snack Recipes

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What's not to love about trail mix? It's equal parts sweet, savory, crunchy, and chewy — a perfect snack no matter what you're craving. Throwing all these elements into a soft oatmeal cookie yields a one-handed treat that's easier to eat than trail mix, yet still offers that same satisfying mix of dried fruit, toasty nuts, sweet chocolate, and yes, even salty bits of crunchy pretzel. Let's just call these little guys trailblazers (pun intended), shall we?

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How To Make Banoffee Pie — Baking Lessons from The Kitchn

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Banoffee pie, as in "banana toffee pie," strikes an amusing balance between buttery rich sweetness and everyday fruit flavors. This playfulness is exactly what makes it extraordinary. This no-bake pie cuts into a buttery cookie crust full of a creamy brown sugar-flavored toffee filling. Just try saying that three times fast! Topping the sumptuous toffee filling with seemingly ordinary bananas and barely sweetened whipped cream brings balance back to every bite. Be assured this is still one seriously sweet dessert, but one that leaves a wake of ardent admirers in its wake.

Learn how to whip up a picture-perfect crumb crust and a sweet toffee filling, and make the best banoffee pie you'll ever have with this recipe.

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Recipe: Triple Coconut Poke Cake — Easy Dessert Recipes

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Calling all coconut-lovers! If you're a looking for a special dessert for this weekend's festivities, this coconut poke cake won't let you down. With a coconut cake base, homemade coconut pudding (featuring homemade coconut cream!), and shredded coconut over a layer of fluffy white frosting, it's coconut sweetness through and through. It's also the perfect make-ahead dessert, as the cake really needs plenty of time for the pudding to permeate, flavor, and tenderize the cake — a good 24 hours is ideal. So make this today, and tomorrow you'll be cutting squares of tender coconut cake.

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