Mocha Me Crazy Icebox Cake

  • Servings: 1 cake; serves 8 to 10
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Chill Time: 3 hours


  • 1 (9-ounce) package chocolate wafer cookies
  • 3 tablespoons whole milk
  • 3 tablespoons instant espresso powder
  • 3½ cups cold heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1¼ cups powdered sugar
  • 12 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 12 ounces chocolate chips or melting chocolate wafers


1. Crush the cookies in a food processor to the consistency of wet sand.
2. In a small saucepan, heat the milk until it begins to steam. Stir in the espresso powder and set aside to steep.
3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the wire whip, whip 2½ cups of the heavy whipping cream on high until foamy. Add the vanilla and powdered sugar and continue whipping until stiff peaks form. Transfer to a large bowl and set aside.
4. In the same mixer bowl (no need to wash) using the paddle attachment, combine the cream cheese and granulated sugar and mix for 2 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl, until smooth.
Add the espresso-milk mixture and stir to incorporate. Fold the two mixtures together until no white streaks remain. Place in the refrigerator to chill.
5. Meanwhile, put the chocolate chips in a large bowl. Heat the remaining 1 cup heavy whipping cream in a small saucepan over medium heat until steamy. Pour the cream over the chips and stir until a smooth, shiny ganache forms.
6. Place half the crumbs into a greased 8-inch springform pan and press with your fingertips to form a bottom crust. Spoon in half the whipped filling and smooth. Pour ½ cup of the ganache over the filling and carefully smooth. Repeat the layering.
7. Chill the cake for at least 3 hours before serving.

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