Ina’s Chocolate Mocha Icebox Cake

You know if it’s an Ina recipe it is easy to make and incredibly delicious! It really is worth it to look for the Tate chocolate chip cookies in the ingredients. They are so delicious, and I’m not the biggest fan of cookies from the grocery store. I live in a very small town, north of Phoenix, and I was sure it was going to be impossible to find them, so I decided in advance, I’d buy whatever was on the shelf at Fry’s grocery store. I truly whooped when I saw them on the shelf in the cookies aisle there! This is spectacular looking without a lot of effort!

  • 2 cups cold heavy cream
  • 12 ounces Italian mascarpone cheese
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ 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 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 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 in wedges, and serve cold.

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