Espresso and Mascarpone Icebox Cake
- Active time:30 min
- Start to finish:9 1/2 hr (includes chilling)
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.
- 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.
- 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.
via The Bedlam of Beefy (from Gourmet)