Saturday, 21 July 2012

Cake Slice Bakers July 2012 White Chocolate Coffee Ice Box Cake

Nearly ready for the freezer
This month’s cake is a different kind of cake – a White Chocolate Espresso Icebox Cake. It comes from the Mousse and Ice Cream Cakes chapter of The Cake Book by Tish Boyle published by John Wiley and Sons 2006.

I’ve not made an ice box cake of this kind before. It needed Nabrisco Famous Chocolate Wafers, which I have never seen to buy in the UK. One of my fellow Cake Slice Bakers – Emily and I had a discussion about what we could use instead of the recommended wafers, and she found this recipe in Smitten Kitchen. I have the book that inspired that recipe and replaced the wafers with Cocoa Wafers from Pure Dessert by Alice Medrich, I used half the quantity and made the cookies rectangular (ish) to fit in the loaf tin better. The cookies are held in place with a white chocolate and coffee gelatine set mousse that then becomes ice cream when it is frozen. It should have been espresso, but I used a couple of tablespoons of Camp Coffee.

I’m a day late in posting, and when I looked at some of my fellow bakers offerings I could see that I’ve placed the cookies into the tin in the wrong way altogether! So instead of slicing it as you would a loaf cake I’ve had to cut it in half and then slice the halves up to get the striped slices that I should have had, if I’d done it the easy way. It was good, not a wow, but definitely good. The biscuits taste like oreos without the filling and the mousse is creamy and coffee flavoured with the white chocolate adding a little extra something.

If you would like to see some of the other Cake Slice Bakers ice box cakes have a look at the blogroll here.

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Paloma said...

It still looks fabulous! You should be very proud for baking your own warers! You did an amazing job! How did you like the flavor? This cake seems very intriguing to me! I might make it even late... :)

Cucina49 said...

Yours is lovely--I can't believe how different our cakes look, but it was a great recipe. Kudos for making your own wafers!

OvenDelights said...

I totally agree about the cookies tasting like oreos!

manu said...

This is so beautiful!!I definitely give it a go!

Kelly-Jane said...

Thank you all for your comments :)

Paloma, the coffee ice cream and chocolate wafers were good together, it does need to ripen a bit for the icyness to wear off after cutting though.

Cucina 49, All our cakes look totally different this time! It's funny how the recipe works out differently in each of our hands.

Oven Delights, It's uncanny!

Manu, thank you :)


Becca said...

Looks great, and sort of messy too :P This totally came last minutes (not even more like a suggestion for next time...?) but You could have probably used chocolate graham crackers. I dunno. Either way your ice box cake looks great! :)

Emily said...

Me think both of us do good with homemade cookies. Our biscuits gave the dessert an extra edge: more cookies to go with the cream!

Nicola said...

This looks and sounds delicious Kelly-Jane!

Maranda said...

I just love the picture of the bowl of mousse being mixed with the coffee flavor. So lovely! Your cake looks great, even if you did put the wafers in the wrong way. And great job on making your own cookies!

Maggie said...

This is a very unusual bake and I only wish I could have a slice to try because it looks so delicious.

Kelly-Jane said...

Becca, I could have done that, the cookies were really quick to bake up, so I thought why not?!

Emily, absolutely!!

Nicola, thank you.

Maranda, Thank you, I loved the marble effect when it was half folded together too :)

Maggie, I don't think we have anything like an ice box cake here, it was worth a go :)