Monday, May 4, 2020

KAHLUA MEXICAN CHOCOLATE ICEBOX CAKE: Cinco de Mayo

Vintage Ice Box Cake Pan
Cinco de Mayo is tomorrow, and I have a Mexican Chocolate Ice Box Cake to add to my growing list of Mexican chocolate recipes. This recipe, originally from the 60s, was 'found' by the Baltimore Sun for a reader. I've changed a few things, and you might want to, too, to modernize it a bit. I used Taza Mexican Chocolate and cut down a bit on the sugar. If you use unsweetened chocolate, you can add more sugar. You can always cut off the tops of the lady fingers, but I like the way they look the way they are. Love this no bake cake. No eggs, so no worries, either. And, in case you don't know, an ice box was a large wooden box, zinc or tin-lined, with a compartment for big blocks of ice and an area with shelves for storing perishables. Starting in the early 20th century they were called refrigerators, but make no doubt about it, they were not mechanized or electrified.


Kahlua Mexican Chocolate Icebox Cake

Ingredients
60 ladyfingers (Trader Joe's .. but there are other brands)
2-3/4 cups chilled whipping cream
4 ounces Taza Mexican chocolate (but feel free to use any very dark chocolate)
1/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup powdered sugar, plus 2 tablespoons
1/2 cup unsalted butter (room temperature)
2 tsp Mexican vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon
1 ounce semisweet chocolate (grated)
1/4 cup or more Kahlua

Directions
Brush ladyfingers with Kahlua. Line bottom of 9-inch diameter springform pan with ladyfingers. Line sides of pan with ladyfingers, standing ladyfingers side by side with rounded side facing out.
Stir 3/4 cup whipping cream, chocolate, and 1/4 cup granulated sugar in heavy saucepan over low heat until chocolate melts and mixture is smooth. Remove saucepan from heat and cool to room temperature.
Using electric mixer, beat powdered sugar, butter, and 1 teaspoon vanilla in large bowl until blended. Beat in cooled chocolate mixture.
Combine remaining 2 cups cream, 2 tablespoons powdered sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and cinnamon in another large bowl. Using clean dry beaters, beat until firm peaks form. Fold half of whipped cream mixture into chocolate mixture.
Spread half chocolate filling into ladyfinger-lined pan. Top with layer of ladyfingers, then remaining chocolate filling.
Pipe or spread whipped cream mixture over filling. Sprinkle with grated semisweet chocolate.
Refrigerate until firm, at least three hours. Can be made one day ahead. Cover and keep refrigerated. Remove pan sides from cake and serve.

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