So Saturday night was ladies game night. So fun. We played Apples To Apples and Loaded Questions. Have you played them before?? If not, I highly recommend them. You'll learn lots of things about the people you are with, funny things I tell ya... My friend made the BEST food. She made these chicken flautas and I made Ina Garten's mocha icebox cake. Let me tell you about this cake...
It. Was. Good! It is simply made with layers of chocolate chip cookies and mocha-flavored whipped cream. I honestly could have taken a swim in that whipped cream and called it a day. Heavenly...
But I resisted the urge to swim, grabbed some chocolate chip cookies and got to work. Here is what you need and what to do:
2 cups cold heavy cream
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
1 teaspoon instant expresso powder
1/4 cup coffee liquor ( I used Kahlua)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
12 oz marscapone cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
3 8 oz packages of store bought crisp chocolate chip cookies
Shaved semi-sweet chocolate for garnish
Add the first 7 ingredients into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Turn the mixer on low. Once the ingredients are incorporated, turn the mixer on high and whisk until the cream forms stiff peaks.
Arrange a layer of cookies in the bottom of an 8-inch springform pan. Break some cookies to fill in any spaces. Add a fifth of the whipped cream evenly over the layer of cookies. Add a layer of cookies on top of the cream, followed by another layer of cream. Continue layering, ending with the cream. Smooth the top with a butter knife or offset spatula. Cover it with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator overnight. Before serving, run a small knife around the sides of the pan, sprinkle the top with chocolate and serve cold. How simple is that??
We were engaged in good girl talk when we ate this so I forgot to take photos of the inside, but I do have a few comments about it. The recipe says you should have five layers of each, but I only had three layers of each. My cookies were a little thick, so use thin cookies if you want five layers. Oh, one more thing. This cake is RICH! So have a glass of milk on the side for sure!
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