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Tiramisu Ice Cream Cake

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The name of the traditional Italian cake dessert, tiramisu, means pick-me-up; and the coffee that infuses this frozen version ensures just that.

  • Servings: 12

Source: Martha Stewart Living, July/August 1998

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups strong, freshly brewed espresso
  • 1/3 cup coffee liqueur, such as Kahlua (optional)
  • Vanilla Sponge Cake
  • 1/4 cup finely ground espresso
  • 2 pints espresso ice cream
  • 2 pints coffee ice cream
  • Chocolate Curls

Directions

  1. Place sugar and 2/3 cup water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; stir in espresso and Kahlua. Let the syrup cool.

  2. Using a serrated knife, cut sponge cake in half horizontally, making two layers. Place one layer in the bottom of a 9-by-9-by-2-inch baking pan. Using a pastry brush, brush with 3/4 cup cooled syrup. Sift 2 tablespoons ground espresso over cake.

  3. Place espresso ice cream in the bowl of an electric mixer. Beat on low speed with the paddle attachment until spreadable. Spread ice cream over cake; top with second layer of sponge cake. Brush with remaining syrup. Transfer cake to freezer for 20 minutes.

  4. Remove cake from freezer; sprinkle with remaining 2 tablespoons of ground espresso. Place coffee ice cream in a mixer bowl. Beat on low speed until spreadable. Spread ice cream over cake, forming large swirls. Return to freezer; freeze until completely hardened. To serve, garnish with chocolate curls.

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  • gkazumi
    22 SEP, 2014
    Since I made it as a birthday cake for my 13 year old granddaughter, I excluded the Kahlua. Couldn't find espresso ice cream. I'm a well experienced baker/cook (make about 60 new recipe a month) but found this cake very labor intensive with so many steps and re-freezing. Can't imagine putting espresso grounds on cake so excluded that too. The chocolate curls were next to impossible as it was too brittle or too soft as I kept putting the pan in/out of the refrigerator. The family enjoyed it and I usually get rave reviews from guest when I make Martha Stewart recipes but sorry, Martha, as I will not add this recipe to my collection.
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    • keirgazelle@gmail.com
      6 MAY, 2017
      There are lots of other ice cream cakes..why choose a coffee ice cream cake if you did not want to have coffee for your granddaughter. Make strawberry or regular chocolate.
  • Norilou
    10 AUG, 2012
    I love this cake! It was easy to make and delicous to eat! I would love to make this cake again!
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  • JustinaGrid
    19 OCT, 2011
    This cake was a HUGE hit at work. I was unable to make the curls, so I crunched up the chilled chocolate and sprinkled around cake plate and on top. I now have three orders for co-workers' birthdays! Thank you, Martha!!!
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  • btrkc
    10 MAR, 2009
    I would not make this again. Yes, it was easy. I made the syrup part twice. It never turned out, what I thought would be syrup.
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  • btrkc
    10 MAR, 2009
    I would not make this again. Yes, it was easy. I made the syrup part twice. It never turned out, what I thought would be syrup.
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  • btrkc
    10 MAR, 2009
    I would not make this again. Yes, it was easy. I made the syrup part twice. It never turned out, what I thought would be syrup.
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  • btrkc
    10 MAR, 2009
    I would not make this again. Yes, it was easy. I made the syrup part twice. It never turned out, what I thought would be syrup.
    Reply
  • btrkc
    10 MAR, 2009
    I would not make this again. Yes, it was easy. I made the syrup part twice. It never turned out, what I thought would be syrup.
    Reply
  • btrkc
    10 MAR, 2009
    I would not make this again. Yes, it was easy. I made the syrup part twice. It never turned out, what I thought would be syrup.
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  • moochi
    11 MAR, 2008
    I made this for my daughter's birthday because she loves tiramisu so much, I thought this would be a different twist. It's extremely easy to make and it tastes delicious. My daughter is only ten so I decided to use chocolate ice cream instead of the 2 pints of espresso ice cream and also substituted some of the sprinkled ground espresso with cocoa powder and it still tasted wonderful. Definitely recommend high quality ice cream such as haagen daaz.
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