Passion Fruit and Chocolate Sorbet Cake

A luscious chocolate ganache coats this chocolate-and-passion-fruit sorbet cake with a chocolate cookie crust.
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 5 hr (includes cooling and freezing times)
  • Active: 30 min
  • Yield: 8
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Ingredients

Crushed Cookie Crust:

6 tablespoons butter

9 ounces chocolate wafer cookies, crushed

Ice Cream Cake:

1 quart chocolate sorbet, softened

1 quart passion fruit sorbet, softened

Chocolate Ganache:

3/4 cup heavy cream

8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped

1/4 cup flaked coconut

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 9-inch springform pan and line the bottom with a parchment paper circle.
  2. Put the melted butter and wafer cookies in a medium bowl and mix well. Press the mixture into the bottom and slightly up the sides of the prepared pan. Bake for 10 minutes, then let cool completely before using.

For the ice cream cake: 

  1. Scoop the chocolate sorbet and passion fruit sorbet onto the cookie crust, packing them in tightly and alternating the scoops to create a marbled or checkerboard effect. Spread with an offset spatula to make a smooth top. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze until firm, 2 to 2 1/2 hours.
  2. Unmold the cake by running a knife around the edge of it, then unhinge the springform and remove. Invert the cake onto a sheet of plastic wrap and remove the bottom of the pan and the parchment. Place a plate on the bottom and invert once more.

For the chocolate ganache: 

  1. Bring the heavy cream to a simmer in a small pot. Pour the cream over the chocolate in a heatproof bowl and stir until smooth. Allow to cool 10 minutes before using.
  2. Frost the top and sides of the cake with the ganache and sprinkle with the coconut. If the cake begins to get too soft, put it back into the freezer for a few minutes.
  3. Freeze another 1 1/2 to 2 hours or overnight. Before serving, let the cake sit at room temperature for about 20 minutes.