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Easy No Bake Cake

An icebox cake is a cake made by freezing instead of baking. The chilled mixture of layered ingredients harden to form a solidified dessert. An icebox cake also ends up saving you from heating the house with the stove and it makes an excellent finish to a meal. The elegant Italian flavors of espresso and mascarpone are highlighted in this creamy and satisfying cake. If you are drooling over the picture and must make this recipe,

Espresso & Mascarpone Icebox Cake
From Gourmet magazine

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*
Special equipment: a 9 1/2- to 10-inch springform pan (about 26 cm)

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Transfer from freezer to refrigerator and chill, covered, until a sharp knife inserted into center cuts through softened wafers easily, about 8 hours.
  5. Pulse remaining chocolate wafers in a food processor until finely ground.
  6. 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.
  7. Remove foil and side of pan and frost cake all over with espresso cream. Sprinkle edge of top lightly with wafer crumbs. Serve cold.

Serves 12.

Notes: 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.

*Available at most supermarkets and The Baker's Catalogue (800-827-6836). Or you could do what I do and ask your local Starbucks for a tablespoon of espresso powder when picking up your morning coffee.

Join The Conversation
aznbebe29 aznbebe29 9 years
sounds just yummy... i'm gonna try to make this.
cheezieeo cheezieeo 9 years
My oven recently was spoilt by my carelessness. Finally! A cake recipe w/o the need of an oven! Thanks Yum!
Buffy2103 Buffy2103 9 years
Thanks for ruining it :(
bereagirl bereagirl 9 years
That would have so much fat that it should be considered a heart attack on a plate!
Kaciegrrl Kaciegrrl 9 years
That looks awesome - I'm so hungry, I didn't eat breakfast!
Brians-Girl Brians-Girl 9 years
Yum Yum Yummie... this looks like i wanna eat it!! :)
kiwitwist kiwitwist 9 years
:feedme: yummy!
misslarue misslarue 9 years
cakespy cakespy 9 years
This looks amazing. I love icebox cakes, it reminds me of a refined oreo icebox cake!
i-am-elle i-am-elle 9 years
Mmmm I love mascarpone cheese!
lexichloe lexichloe 9 years
That sounds wonderful, I've been wanting to try mascarpone!
Liz7757 Liz7757 9 years
Sounds a lot like tiramisu, which I love. I'll definitely have to try this!
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
looks really easy to make
mlen mlen 9 years
that looks fab!
ashleycakes ashleycakes 9 years
Oh Man, this looks delicious!! I added it to my favorites because this looks so easy to make I'm going to have to make it one of these days! :DROOL:
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