Mocha Icebox Cake
Mocha Icebox Cake

During the scorching NYC summer of 2015, my mother tagged me on Facebook with a link to Bon Appétit’s Coffee-Chocolate Layer Cake with Mocha-Mascarpone Frosting. “When it’s cool enough for baking again,” I said, but by the next day I had other thoughts. “Now that I think about it, I could make an icebox cake with those flavors.” And so it was.

This glorious mess of a cake is neither overly sweet nor bitter, the coffee serving as an accent to the chocolate cookies, which soften and become more cake-like the longer they sit in the mascarpone and cream, only the bare edges retaining crispness.

Notes: I used Nabisco Famous Chocolate Wafers and would recommend something similar, though I bet this would also be fun with Oreos. The amount of cookies you need might vary, especially if a lot of yours turn out to be broken, as mine were. If you want a stronger coffee flavor or a sweeter cake, no reason not to play with the sugar or espresso powder amounts.

Mocha Icebox CakeDuring the scorching NYC summer of 2015, my mother tagged me on Facebook with a link to Bon Appétit’s Coffee-Chocolate Layer Cake with Mocha-Mascarpone Frosting. “When it’s cool enough for baking again,” I said, but by the next day I had other thoughts. “Now that I think about it, I could make an ic...

Summary

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  • Coursedessert
  • Cuisineamerican
  • Yield8 servings 8 serving
  • Cooking Time1 day, 24 hoursPT24H0M
  • Preparation Time20 minutesPT0H20M
  • Total Time1 day, 24 hours, 20 minutesPT24H20M

Ingredients

Heavy cream divided
1 1/2 cups
Instant espresso powder
2 tsps
Brown sugar
2 tbsps
Vanilla
1 tsp
Mascarpone cheese, softened
16 oz
Chocolate wafer cookies
15 oz
Optional
Chocolate shavings

Steps

  1. Bring ½ cup heavy cream to a boil, then stir in instant espresso powder, brown sugar, and vanilla extract. When the espresso powder and brown sugar are dissolved, allow to cool and then beat into the mascarpone.
  2. Whip the remaining cream, and beat a heaping spoonful into the mascarpone mixture, then fold in the rest.
  3. Layer over cookies in a 9x13” dish. This should make two layers. If you wish, use a vegetable peeler to make shavings from a bar of chocolate on top. Chill at least 8 hours.