DEATH BY CHOCOLATE ICEBOX CAKE

Thhis Death by Chocolate Icebox Cake was a huge hit! With layers of chocolate ganache, chocolate mousse and chocolate graham crackers all topped with chocolate sauce, you will be in a chocolate coma after eating it.🙂

So you know what I don’t love? Jeans shopping. If I want to feel not so hot about myself, jeans shopping will surely do it. That must be why I usually wear my jeans until they start to have holes in them before I’m willing to go shopping for them again.

I did a little jeans shopping on Sunday and Monday and the experience was as expected. I tried on mountains of jeans and barely found some that actually fit. Seriously, why is it that every. single. pair. fits differently. I could try on the same size of jeans but because they’re different styles they’d all fit differently. Some big, some so small I can’t put them on.

DEATH BY CHOCOLATE ICEBOX CAKE
DEATH BY CHOCOLATE ICEBOX CAKE

What is up with that?

And then I find a pair that actually fits well and they come with holes in them. That’s the exact problem I was trying to get rid of to begin with.

Fortunately I was able to find a couple pairs. My favorites were from Express, surprisingly enough. They fit quite well.

Then I did some shoe shopping, which I sometimes have the same problem with. I love shopping for fun shoes like heels. I could buy those babies all day long. But when looking for the basics that I wear most of the time, it’s hard to find stuff I like that fits well.

I finally walked holes right into the bottoms of my favorite flats so I had to get new ones. I literally got the same brand and size assuming they’d fit just as comfortably. Then I wore them for a little bit yesterday and already had problems with them rubbing. Grrr.

I’d rather shop for cute dresses, tops and heels any day. I just don’t like to wear those every day. Darn it!

I would eat this chocolate icebox cake every day, however. Only problem is, I’d end up jeans shopping again because they wouldn’t fit me anymore if I ate this every day. I will certainly eat my share though.

I absolutely love the simplicity and ease of making icebox cakes. And you can mix up the flavors, making them fun to play with.

This time around I decided to go all in with the chocolate. I mean, when is tons of chocolate not a good idea?

The chocolate mousse-like layer is not a true mousse, but is very mousse-like in texture. It’s also delicious. The chocolate ganache is thicker, so they contrast each other nicely.

The chocolate graham crackers help give the cake it’s structure and hold everything together. Plus, they’re more chocolate.

Then it’s topped with chocolate sauce and mini chocolate chips. Heavenly, I tell you. And if you wanted, you could totally add more chocolate sauce between the layers. You know, if that’s your kind of thing.

This cake was a big hit. All my taste testers were fans. Some of my favorite taste testers are my co-workers kids and I hear there was an argument over who got the last piece of this particular cake.🙂

DEATH BY CHOCOLATE ICEBOX CAKE

Yield: 15-18 slices

INGREDIENTS:

14.4 oz box of Chocolate Graham Crackers

CHOCOLATE MOUSSE

8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
3 tbsp milk
1/2 cup cocoa
8 oz cool whip (or homemade whipped cream*)

CHOCOLATE GANACHE

11 oz semi-sweet or milk chocolate chips (about 2 cups)
3/4 cup heavy whipping cream

CHOCOLATE WHIPPED CREAM AND TOPPINGS

3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
1 1/2 tbsp cocoa
1/4 cup powdered sugar
Chocolate sauce (I used this one)
Mini chocolate chips

DIRECTIONS:

TO MAKE THE CHOCOLATE MOUSSE

1. Combine cream cheese, sugar and milk together in the bowl of a stand mixer, or with a hand mixer. Mix until completely combined.
2. Add cocoa and mix until smooth.
3. Fold in the cool whip.

TO MAKE THE CHOCOLATE GANACHE

1. Place chocolate chips in a metal bowl.
2. Microwave the heavy cream until it starts to boil. Remove from microwave and pour over chocolate chips.
3. Cover bowl with saran wrap for 5-7 minutes.
4. Whisk chocolate and cream until smooth.

TO MAKE THE CHOCOLATE WHIPPED CREAM

1. Add the heavy whipping cream, cocoa and powdered sugar to a large mixer fitted with the whisk attachment.
2. Whip on high speed until stiff peaks form.

PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER

1. Place a single layer of graham crackers in the bottom of a 9×13 pan.
2. Top graham crackers with half of the mousse mixture and spread evenly.
3. Spread half of the chocolate ganache on top of the mousse mixture and spread evenly.
4. Place another layer of graham crackers on top of the chocolate ganache
5. Spread remaining mousse mixture on top of graham crackers.
6. Pour remaining ganache on top of mousse mixture and spread evenly.
7. Top ganache with one more layer of graham crackers.
8. Top cake with chocolate whipped cream and spread into an even layer.
9. Finish cake off with chocolate sauce and mini chocolate chips, if desired.
*If making homemade whipped cream, I recommend 1 1/4 cups whipping cream and 1/2 cup powdered sugar.

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