Mocha Chocolate Icebox Cake

Mocha Chocolate Icebox Cake

This has got to be one of the easiest cakes ever made. It took me about 20 minutes to make this mocha chocolate icebox cake. I had watched Ina Garten make this on barefoot contessa the other day on food network and decided to try it. I didn’t have all the ingredients so substituted for some and scaled down the recipe. The original recipe can be found here.

Ingredients

1 cup + 1/3 cold heavy cream
4 ounces cream cheese
1/3 cup sugar
1 tsp Hershey’s chocolate syrup
1 tsp instant coffee powder mixed in 2 tbsp water
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder (nestle)
1 teaspoon instant espresso powder
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 (16-ounce) packages chocolate chip cookies
Semisweet chocolate chips for garnish

Method:
In a mixing bowl, combine the heavy cream, cream cheese, sugar, cocoa powder, espresso powder, vanilla, chocolate syrup and instant coffee powder mixed in water. Combine and mix until firm peaks are formed.

In a round deep dish, arrange chocolate chip cookies covering the bottom as much as possible. Spread a fifth of the mocha whipped cream evenly over the cookies. Place another layer of cookies on top, followed by another layer of the cream. Continue layering cookies and cream until there are 4 layers of each, ending with a layer of cookies. Save the remaining portion of the mocha cream in an air tight container. Cover the cake with plastic wrap, and refrigerate overnight.

Run a knife around the outside of the cake and invert the dish. Spread the remaining mocha cream on top of the cake and decorate with the chocolate chips and serve cold.

Mocha Chocolate Icebox Cake - up close

Mocha Chocolate Icebox Cake

Mommy’s blueberry plum parfait

He walked! He walked! He walked!

My baby doll took his first few steps yesterday. My brave li’l munchkin was standing leaning against an ottoman while I was sitting on a rocking chair across the room from him. One moment he was standing there playing with his sketch pen and the next he started taking one two three four five six little steps towards me just like that. I was so startled to see him walk so suddenly and unexpectedly that I didn’t even react on time to catch his video. I very well should have, considering how my phone was within reach and how I was so ideally positioned to at least click a picture or two. Maybe another time when I am a little less dazzled by my champ. Pfft like that’s ever gonna happen! I’ll always be in awe of this little bundle that gives me so much joy. I love you my son!

What he had for breakfast today – Mommy’s blueberry plum parfait
2 organic plums – Cut in half, remove the seed and place them with the open side down in a baking tray filled with 1 inch water and bake for about 20 min at 400 degree F and gently peel the skin off with your fingers
1/4 cup organic blueberries – raw or lightly stewed in water for 10 min
3 tbsp multigrain cereal
2 tbsp greek yogurt (I used fage)

Blend all the ingredients together and serve!

Blueberry plum parfait - before blending

Blueberry plum parfait

We like kiwifruit!

Why a whole post on kiwifruit? Because I got a kick out of serving this exotic tropical fruit to my son even though I have personally hated this fruit until now.
I have usually preferred dessert over fruit. So with our baby, we decided we’d expose him to a variety of fruit and vegetables right from the beginning. He’s been a good eater so far. He hasn’t expressed a firm dislike towards any particular food. At 10 months old, he’s pretty much had all kinds of fruits and vegetables that are out there, or so I thought until daddy got him kiwifruit last night. I don’t particularly care for tart taste in fruit or pies except during pregnancy when I had strange cravings for berries especially strawberries. kiwifruit have never even featured in my grocery lists. Needless to say, I had no idea how to prepare them for baby. From a quick google search, I learnt that they didn’t need to be baked or boiled. So for baby’s breakfast this morning I puréed:

2 kiwifruit peeled and cut
1/2 ripe banana
2-3 tbsp baby oatmeal cereal

He loved it! He really did! Even before I added the banana and cereal, I gave him a few spoonfuls of kiwifruit purée and he happily gobbled it up and that makes me a very happy mommy! Kiwifruit will hopefully be a regular on our fruit platter hereafter.