Frozen Chocolate Tiramisu

“€œWHEN I’M DOWN DOWN DOWN DOWN DOWN CAN YOU PICK ME UP?” Isak Strand

Frozen Chocolate Tiramisu | From My Sweet Heart

We can all use a little pick me up now and then. And so I think that tiramisu, in any form, was aptly named. This Frozen Chocolate Tiramisu is my ‘€˜pick-me-up’€™ contribution to The Chocolate Party; where this month we were asked to pair chocolate and coffee! . A light chocolate sponge cake is drenched in an espresso and Kahlua syrup and layered with coffee chip and stracciatella gelato.

The Chocolate Party was created by Roxana, of Roxana’s Home Baking. It’s a fun and fabulous party that anyone may join. Once a month Roxana pairs an ingredient with chocolate. And we all get to do our thing with it. This month I am happy to incorporate coffee, in the form of ice cream, into this recipe.  

 

 Frozen Chocolate Tiramisu | From My Sweet Heart

 

 

This frozen tiramisu is a riff on the original recipe. Ice cream replaces the mascarpone cream. And in this case, a light chocolate sponge cake replaces the ladyfingers. It’s a really easy and versatile summer recipe. The layers of chocolate sponge cake and ice cream make it essentially a wonderful ice box cake. Sponge cake, ladyfingers or even pound cake would work. And be creative with your ice cream flavors, too! You may certainly make your own ice cream. But I found one of my favorite brands, Talenti Gelato, was on sale with a buy one get one free this week. I couldn’t resist!

 

 

Frozen Chocolate Tiramisu | From My Sweet Heart

 

 

This ice box dessert comes together in 3 parts. And if you are using store bought ice cream, you only need to make the espresso syrup and the sponge cake. So let’s start with the baking . . . . .

 

Level of difficulty: easy; but must allow for it to freeze for a day, or at least overnight

Servings: 6-9 portions

CHOCOLATE SPONGE CAKE:

  • 4 ounces of bittersweet chocolate, chopped (or chips)
  • 1/2 cup of cold water
  • 4 eggs at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 3/4 cup of cake flour

Preheat your oven to 350°F. Spray the bottom of an 8 inch square baking pan with nonstick spray. Line the bottom with parchment paper. And then spray the parchment with baking spray with flour.

Place the water and chocolate in a small saucepan and heat it over a low-medium heat. Stir it until the chocolate is melted and slightly thickened, about 5-10 minutes. And remove the pan from the heat.

In the bowl of your electric mixer, whisk the eggs and sugar by hand at first, just to combine them. And then using the whisk attachment, beat on high speed until the eggs have tripled on volume. This should take about 20 minutes and the egg mixture should fall from the beater in a ribbon like pattern. With a spatula, fold the chocolate into the egg mix and then sift the flour into the mix in 4 additions, folding until the flour is no longer visible before adding more. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for about 20-25 minutes and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let the cake cool completely on a baking rack. Don’t remove the parchment until you are ready to work with the cake.

 

 

Frozen Chocolate Tiramisu | From My Sweet Heart

 

 

ESPRESSO SYRUP:

  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 cup of espresso or strong coffee
  • 1/4 cup of Kahlua

In a small saucepan, bring the sugar and coffee to a boil, stirring to be sure all the sugar has melted. Take the pan off the heat and add the Kahlua. Allow the syrup to cool.

 

 

Frozen Chocolate Tiramisu | From My Sweet Heart

 

 

ICE CREAM OR GELATO:

  • 2 pints of coffee ice cream or gelato
  • 1 pint of stracciatella gelato or chocolate chip ice cream

Allow the ice cream to soften. I actually removed the ice cream from the freezer and placed it in the microwave for 30 seconds to slightly soften it. Separately, place the ice cream in the bowl of your mixer and then beat on low speed with the paddle attachment until the ice cream is spreadable.

 

 

Frozen Chocolate Tiramisu | From My Sweet Heart

 

 

ASSEMBLY:

Use a large, serrated bread knife to slice the cake in half horizontally. Place a layer of the cake into an 8 inch square serving dish. Using a pastry brush, brush half of the espresso syrup over the cake. Layer with the coffee ice cream, spreading it evenly with an offset spatula. Gently place the other piece of cake on top. Brush with the remaining espresso syrup and top with the melted stracciatella gelato. Spread evenly. Place in the freezer until completely hardened. When you are ready to serve it, top it with chocolate shavings or curls.

 

Ready to dig in?

 

Frozen Chocolate Tiramisu | From My Sweet Heart

 

 

I served and photographed the tiramisu on a plate so that I could show you it’s layers.  But I think it would also be fun to serve this dessert in some oversized coffee mugs as well.  Here I wanted to share my THRIFTY FINDS for this post with you.  At one of my favorite thrift stores, I found a set of 4 cups with handles on each sides, matching saucers and a large plate.  On the bottom of each piece is stamped ‘Adams, Royal Ivory, England, Estd 1657’.  I loved the vintage look to them and the pale yellow color.  And I paid less than $10 bucks for the lot!

 

 

Frozen Chocolate Tiramisu | From My Sweet Heart

 

 

I actually tried to submit this during last month’s party featuring chocolate and ice cream.  But less than 24 hours after I published my post, it disappeared!  I had no record of it in my files.  And it was like I never wrote it!  Keeping my fingers crossed that it doesn’t happen again.  But trust me, once you make this frozen coffee and chocolate treat, it will disappear quickly!

 

 

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Want to participate in The Chocolate Party? Here are the rules:

1. Blog about your chocolate treat. Your recipe must include the two ingredients we choose. It can be a simple, no bake treat or a sophisticated layer cake. The complexity level of the recipe is totally up to you. This month the ingredients are chocolate and coffee.

2. Include a link back to The Chocolate Party Page. Optionally, add the Chocolate Party logo in your blog post or your sidebar.

3. Your recipe must be published during the current month. Please do not link old recipes, they will be deleted.

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Comments

  1. Just mouthwatering…looks delicious!

  2. It’s a good thing I’m sitting down. Your dessert has me spinning with joyful overwhelm. This tiramisu is definitely manna from the heavens! You have the magic touch for spectacular desserts and amazing antique finds =)

    • Anne Boeckl says:

      Thanks Kim! And I would love to be sitting down to a plate…yes a plate!…..of your fabulous whoopie pies! They look pretty awesome! : )

  3. Tiramisu is my mom’s most favorite dessert. It’s probably mine, too! I love this frozen version. A fantastic summery treat. You are absolutely right, this will be a HUGE pick-me-up.

  4. Wowsers! My oldest LOVES tiramisu…and I must make this beauty for him!!!

  5. Stunning dessert! Each time I visit your blog, I am left spell bound by your awesome creations! Keep it up :-)

  6. Anne: When I am down, down, I want to eat this tiramisu!!!!!!! What a dessert…

    • Anne Boeckl says:

      No Denise….when I’m down, down, down…..I would much rather have a BIG slice of your drunken mocha cake with bananas foster! Talk about a pick-me-up! : )

  7. Tiramisu is my all time favourite dessert and Anne, you have taken it one step further by making it frozen! I love it!

    Nazneen

    • Anne Boeckl says:

      Thanks Nazneen. And your Forelle Pear and Thyme Frangipane Tart is a work of art! Actually all of your tarts just blow me away! : )

  8. This looks so amazing! The light and sepia toned colors in your photos are so pretty!

    • Anne Boeckl says:

      Thanks Becky and your mocha marinated steak looks pretty incredible. And kudos to you for being the only one in the group so far to go savory! : )

  9. What a delicious flavour combination!!
    You have made this look amazing in the pics… I want a scoop :)

  10. This looks to die for, Anne. One slice is definitely not enough for me. So, please, please, save at least two for me. Thank you!

  11. This is such a beautiful and delicious twist to the Tiramisu! I am ready to pick this up right now:-)

  12. Jaw- dropping and delicious!! My sister is a tiramisu fanatic… she would adore this frozen chocolate version. :) Well done my friend. :)

  13. This looks delicious! I love the idea of making it with ice cream!

  14. I’ve never met a version of Tiramisu that I didn’t like, and the record remains unbroken. This looks wonderful! Very creative – thanks.

  15. Great Tiramisu version. I could use this pick me up anytime!

  16. I am more than ready to dig in, this looks fantastic! I’ve also had Talenti before and it is way to good to buy on a regular basis.

  17. Tiramisu is one of my all time favorite desserts and frozen, yum!

  18. Oh my goodness Anne! If my husband sees this he will ask me to make it for him! It looks AMAZING!

  19. I LOVE tiramisu and this is a fantastic variation! Creative but still captures the spirit of the original dessert. Yum!

  20. I love the ice cream twist on this classic dessert. Thanks so much for bringing it to the Chocolate Party!

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