Mocha Chocolate Icebox Cake - Barefoot Contessa

Total Time
Prep 24 hrs
Cook 0 mins

You can find the cookies Ina calls for online, or just use any thin and crisp chocolate chip cookie.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
Most Helpful

Delicious! I used the really cheap store-bought cookies too. In the future, I bet it would be just as delicious and so much less money and work to buy the chocolate Cool Whip in the store and add some instant espresso or coffee to it and use that. I bought mascarpone ($7.50 for 8.8 ounces!) and realized the container wasn't enough, so I supplemented with some cream cheese I had in the fridge. I ended up with about a cup of the mixture leftover which I just ate with a spoon. It was so good and beautiful presentation!

buzz1183 January 18, 2011

Loved this easy dessert! If there is one thing I have learned.... In Ina I Trust! This was a hit at my in-laws Thanksgiving dinner. The recipe recommends using Tate's Chocolate Chip cookies. But since they are expensive to order, I opted for the Tate's recipe I found on line (which makes enough for 2 cakes). After making the cake I saw the importance of having a crisp cookie since they soften so much overnight. The leftover cookies were a great snack as well.

ksweaz November 27, 2010

Very easy and very good. I used a 9-inch springform pan (instead of the 8-inch one Ina called for), so only had 4 layers. I used Pepperidge Farms cookies, too, a crunchy, dark chocolate chip-pecan one, I believe. I let it set for 24 hours and the cake held its shape well. Easily served 10.

stgmngrjan September 16, 2012