Sunday, July 25, 2010

Espresso And Mascarpone Ice Box Cake...A Modern Take on Tiramisu!

This lush dessert of cream, mascarpone cheese, chocolate, and espresso echoes the flavors of tiramisu. On sultry summer nights you can leave the oven off and serve a cool treat that’s elegant enough for grown-ups and fun enough for kids. 

With the weather we've had this weekend in most of the East Coast, I think it's time to give this a go!


Active time: 30 min
Start to finish: 9 1/2 hr (includes chilling)


3 cups chilled heavy cream

1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar

1 cup mascarpone cheese (about 9 oz) at room temperature

1 (9-oz) box chocolate wafers such as Nabisco Famous

1 tablespoon instant-espresso powder*


Beat 2 cups cream with 6 tablespoons sugar in a bowl with an electric mixer at medium speed until it just holds soft peaks, 2 to 4 minutes. Reduce speed to low, then add mascarpone and mix until combined.

Spread 1 1/4 cups mascarpone mixture evenly in bottom of springform pan and cover with 14 wafers, slightly overlapping if necessary. Spread with another 1 1/4 cups mascarpone mixture, followed by 14 more wafers arranged in the same manner. Spread remaining mascarpone mixture on top. Smooth top with a metal offset spatula, then cover pan with foil and freeze until firm, about 1 hour. Transfer from freezer to refrigerator and chill, covered, until a sharp knife inserted into center cuts through softened wafers easily, about 8 hours.

Pulse remaining chocolate wafers in a food processor until finely ground.

Beat remaining cup cream with espresso powder and remaining 3 tablespoons sugar using electric mixer at medium speed until it just holds stiff peaks, about 3 minutes.

Remove foil and side of pan and frost cake all over with espresso cream. Sprinkle edge of top lightly with wafer crumbs. Serve cold.

Cooks’ notes:

Cake, without espresso cream, can be chilled up to 2 days.
Cake can be frosted with espresso cream 4 hours ahead and chilled, loosely covered with foil.

*Available at most supermarkets and The Baker’s Catalogue (800-827-6836).

Recipe and Food Styling by Gina Marie Miraglia Eriquez
Photograph by Romulo Yanes
Gourmet 2004


  1. Oh no! Now I'm going to HAVE to make this for Thurs. night guests.....!

  2. I made the Marscapone cake today!!!! Fabu......lous! My sister in law is here, and we all LOVED IT

  3. Where did you purchase the Nabisco Famous Chocolate Wafers? I cannot find them.

  4. Lori

    You find them at all grocery stores. Where I shop, Publix, they happen to be with the ice cream cones. Ask the manager if you cant find them.

  5. Did you use a 9" springform pan?



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