Sunday, October 31, 2010

A Recipe From Ina's New Cookbook...Mocha Chocolate IceBox Cake

As you all know,  Ina Garten's "Barefoot Contessa: How Easy Is That?" cookbook just came out this week.

I have not read it, but from what I can gather, it is full of simple no-fuss recipes for those who like to eat well but want to spend minimum time in the kitcken.  That seems to be the majority these days.  I think there are few of us who want to spend a whole morning making a bolognese sauce for a dinner party.

She was on the Today Show Tuesday morning showing three of the recipes in her new book.  Click here to view the segment.

Serves 8


2 cups cold heavy cream

12 ounces Italian mascarpone cheese

1/2 cup sugar

1/4 cup Kahlúa liqueur

2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder, such as Pernigotti

1 teaspoon instant espresso powder

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

3, 8-ounce packages of Tate's Bake Shop chocolate chip cookies

Shaved semisweet chocolate, for garnish


In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, combine the heavy cream, mascarpone, sugar, Kahlúa, cocoa powder, espresso powder, and vanilla. Mix on low speed to combine and then slowly raise the speed, until it forms 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 five 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 in wedges and serve cold.

*You don't have to use Tate's but do get a good brand

Recipe Ina Garten
Photo Quentin Bacon


  1. Would you believe that I just made that this afternoon for a company luncheon tomorrow? The cream is yummy!!! It's chilling in the fridge -- this is a great and easy recipe. I'll let you know how it tastes tomorrow!

  2. Great minds, Martha! seriously, let me know how it comes out. Planning to make it next weekend for my grandson's christening lunch. My son loves icebox cakes!

  3. It certainly is easy to put together. Almost a no brainer and the picture looks like a really elegant (and time consuming) dessert! I will post it on my blog.

  4. Have to admit, I've never bought one of her cookbooks, and don't really follow her....but lately with all the (good) hype, I will have to put this on my Christmas list. Yes? Good idea? I've gotten stuck on Silver Palate books: they are my standbys. Oh this cake looks SO good! Can't wait to hear Martha's review.

  5. Just by reading the recipe I know it will be good! just couldn't afford to make it (calorie wise!) before posting it seeing that I had made a cheesecake for a friend last week and apple crisp for the dinner after the farm expedition. Check out her Barefoot in Paris cookbook, bet you'll like that!

  6. It is fantastic. It gives a great "bang for the buck" -- very elegant and very delicious and so easy to put together. A company dessert for sure. It is very very rich and I think it could probably serve 12 (I cut it in 8 pieces -- but we did manage to eat every crumb!)

    I bought Keebler cookies (crisp ones) and I used Starbuck's Coffee Liqueuer (because I had it and didn't want to go buy Kahlua when I had a coffee liqeuer.

    It's great presentation and really good and soooo easy! Almost too easy!

  7. Thanks Martha...I'll pass the words!!



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