Berries are a dream team in this triple-decker dessert. A layer of cool and sweet raspberry sorbet is the perfect topper to blackberry-studded ice cream, while rich chocolate cake is the ideal base for this dessert.

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly coat an 8-inch springform cake pan with cooking spray. In a large bowl, whisk together cocoa powder, flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Whisk in egg yolk, buttermilk, 1/4 cup warm water, oil, and vanilla. Pour batter into pan and bake until cake pulls away from sides and a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, about 15 minutes. Let cool completely in pan on a wire rack, 1 1/2 hours. Cut one or two pieces parchment paper 1 inch taller than pan side and place between cake and inside of pan, overlapping if necessary (parchment should fit snugly around entire circumference of cake).

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  • Place blackberries in a medium bowl and lightly mash with a fork. Stir in vanilla ice cream. Working quickly, spread ice cream mixture in an even layer over cooled cake with a small offset or rubber spatula. Freeze until ice cream is very firm, 2 hours. In a small bowl, stir sorbet until spreadable. Spread in an even layer over ice cream and freeze until set, 1 hour (or, covered, up to 1 week). To serve, unmold cake and peel away parchment.

Cook's Notes

To get perfect portions, run your knife under hot water between slices.

Reviews (3)

41 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 10
  • 4 star values: 15
  • 3 star values: 12
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: Unrated
12/13/2014
One of my go-to desserts, easy, beautiful and delicious. In the recipe instructions you have left out the 1/4 cup of warm water to be added to the buttermilk. Please correct - I'll have to fix this in my "cookbook" too as I copied from your original - the cake has been fine but I did wonder why the batter was a bit thick.
Rating: Unrated
09/02/2012
i melted the vanilla icecream wayyy too much! i added the berries anyway... and put it back in the freezer! I'm sooo nervous rite now cuz i put the vanilla icecream tht wuz really melty on the cake!! i put it directly in the freezer... thts whr it is rite now!
Rating: Unrated
09/02/2012
i melted the vanilla icecream wayyy too much! i added the berries anyway... and put it back in the freezer! I'm sooo nervous rite now cuz i put the vanilla icecream tht wuz really melty on the cake!! i put it directly in the freezer... thts whr it is rite now!
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