Mocha Chocolate Icebox Cake

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Total Time:
12 hr 20 min
Prep:
20 min
Inactive:
12 hr

Yield:
8 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 2 cups cold heavy cream
  • 12 ounces Italian mascarpone cheese
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup Kahlua liqueur
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder, such as Pernigotti
  • 1 teaspoon instant espresso powder
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 (8-ounce) packages Tate's Bake Shop chocolate chip cookies
  • Shaved semisweet chocolate, for garnish
Directions
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, combine the heavy cream, mascarpone, sugar, Kahlua, cocoa powder, espresso powder and vanilla. Mix on low speed to combine and then slowly raise the speed until it forms firm peaks.

  • To assemble the cake, arrange chocolate chip cookies flat in an 8-inch springform pan, covering the bottom as much as possible. (I break some cookies to fill in the spaces.) Spread a fifth of the mocha whipped cream evenly over the cookies. Place another layer of cookies on top, lying flat and touching, followed by another fifth of the cream. Continue layering cookies and cream until there are 5 layers of each, ending with a layer of cream. Smooth the top, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

  • Run a small sharp knife around the outside of the cake and remove the sides of the pan. Sprinkle the top with the chocolate, cut into wedges and serve cold.

  • Note: Tate's Bake Shop cookies are two inches in diameter, and they're thin and crisp. You will have some left over from the three packages. If you can't find Tate's, use another thin, crisp chocolate chip cookie.

  • Photograph by Johnny Miller


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