Triple Sec Flavored Mocha Ice Box Cake


My husband and I are invited to a dinner party tomorrow evening and I was asked to bring a dessert.  I decided I was going to make a mocha ice box cake.  I was out shopping today with my daughter for an outfit for her senior portraits.  They are coming up this Wednesday … where oh where has the time gone?!  I wanted to go to a mall that had a Sur la Table so I could get myself a new springform pan.  It was such a successful shopping trip because I was also able to find a trifle bowl and that was only because someone was returning it … it was the last one in the store!

Ina Garten suggests using Tate’s chocolate chip cookies for her mocha ice box cake recipe.  I was at Trader Joe’s, so I grabbed their version.  This version happens to be gluten free.  I don’t need to eat gluten free, but that is how they come at Trader Joe’s.  Ina also uses coffee liquer in her recipe, but  I didn’t have any, so I used triple sec.  I must say, the triple sec tastes great in this whipped cream, yum!!

I hope my friend’s enjoy this dessert tomorrow night, I think it looks pretty fantastic.

Triple Sec Flavored Mocha Ice Box Cake

  • 3 Packages of 7 oz. Trader Joe’s Crispy Crunchy Chocolate Chip Cookies (Gluten Free)
  • 2 cups Heavy Cream
  • 12 ounces Mascarpone
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 1/4 cup Triple Sec
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • Shaved Dark (70% cocoa) Chocolate

In your electric mixer, fitted with the whisk attachment, combine the heavy cream, mascarpone, sugar, cocoa powder, triple sec and vanilla until stiff peaks form.

Lay your chocolate chip cookies on the bottom of your springform pan, making sure to fill in where there are gaps.  You will need to break up more cookies to fill in for this bottom layer.  Next, layer the cream.  Once you’ve spread out your first layer of cream, lay another layer of cookies.  Continue this for five layers, and end with the whipped topping on top. Shave dark chocolate over the top of your cake.  Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.  Cut into wedges for serving.  Enjoy!

Until next time, Kris


Author: Sunshine and Savory

I love when my house is filled with people, having friends and family over for a meal feeds my soul. There is nothing I enjoy more than preparing for a dinner party, a holiday dinner, or a book club meeting when it's my turn to host ... If I could, I would own a Bed and Breakfast! This would ensure I'd always have someone to prepare a meal for. Being with others and sharing my table is what I look forward to most. I was born in Wisconsin and after I got married in 1987, my husband and I moved west for his job. He had just graduated college and we were married a couple months later. An interesting tidbit about me is that I never cooked a meal before I got married. I taught myself how to cook and found that I really enjoyed it. One of the first meals I made after we were married was a shrimp pasta dish. I made this for myself when my husband was on business travel and I had so much fun inventing this meal - this was the start of my love of cooking. I probably won't be posting much on shrimp dishes, since I am now allergic. Big bummer! I was allergic to lobster, and then had an issue with scallops, so just never had a shrimp after the scallop incident. Why couldn't I be allergic to something less enjoyable?! My favorite celebrity chefs are Ina Garten and The Pioneer Woman. I hope you enjoy my blog!

2 thoughts on “Triple Sec Flavored Mocha Ice Box Cake”

  1. Kris, have made Ina’s mocha ice box cake and it is delicious. Costco also sells the Tate cookies. On another note, made your Turkey meatloaf last night and it was sensational. So full of flavor. We loved it !


    1. Hi Barbara! I’m so happy you enjoyed the turkey meatloaf! Another friend of mine tried it last week as well and she said her and her husband loved it. I’m so delighted that you both tried one of my recipes! I look forward to trying the ice box cake tonight. I licked the spoon with the extra triple sec cream and it was so good! Have a great day Barb 😊.


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