Delicious Coffee Mocha Ice Cream Cake Recipe

Welcome, my dear coffee and dessert enthusiasts! I am thrilled to share with you my latest creation that will knock your socks off! This recipe combines two of the most beloved treats in the world: ice cream and cake. But not just any ordinary cake or ice cream, mind you. This is a Coffee Mocha Ice Cream Cake, a dessert made in heaven for all coffee lovers out there.

As a barista and a passionate baker, I have always found ways to infuse coffee into my desserts. Is there anything more comforting than the rich, bold flavor of espresso that lingers on your taste buds? I think not. Mocha, for me, has always been the perfect marriage between coffee and chocolate.

This recipe is easy enough for beginners to follow but sophisticated enough to impress your guests. Imagine biting into creamy coffee ice cream sandwiched between layers of decadent chocolate brownies and chocolate crunch. The whipped cream top with chocolate-covered coffee beans adds another fancy touch to this dessert.

Whether you are celebrating a special occasion or just need something sweet to cheer you up on a gloomy day, this Coffee Mocha Ice Cream Cake will undoubtedly do the trick. So, let’s roll up our sleeves, brew some instant espresso, and let’s get started with this epic indulgence!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Coffee Mocha Ice Cream Cake
Coffee Mocha Ice Cream Cake

Mmm, my mouth is already watering with just the thought of this Coffee Mocha Ice Cream Cake Recipe. If you’re a coffee lover or an ice cream fanatic, this recipe is perfect for you! Imagine indulging in a sweet and creamy dessert made with layers of deliciousness: chocolate brownie, chocolate crunch, and coffee ice cream.

Firstly, who could resist the blend of coffee and chocolate? This classic duo never gets old. The rich cocoa flavor combined with the robust taste of espresso powder in this recipe creates an irresistible mocha taste that will leave your taste buds dancing. The smooth texture of the ice cream paired with the chunky chocolate coffee beans will add the perfect amount of crunch to every bite.

Secondly, this recipe is easy to make! You only need a few simple ingredients such as sweetened condensed milk, heavy cream, and unsalted butter which can be easily found at any grocery store. You don’t have to spend hours in the kitchen as most of the preparation is simply layering and mixing ingredients.

Lastly, this Coffee Mocha Ice Cream Cake Recipe is versatile! With simple substitutions and variations like swapping out brownies for chocolate cookies or adding flavored syrups to the coffee ice cream, you can customize it to your liking. Impress your guests by serving it in a trifle bowl or in individual jars for a fancy dessert presentation at your next gathering.

In conclusion, this creamy cake recipe is the ultimate indulgent dessert that combines all our favorite flavors into one. It’s perfect for those hot summer days when you’re craving something cold and refreshing. I guarantee that everyone will be begging you for seconds (and thirds!). Don’t wait any longer; try out this recipe now and experience what it means to indulge in heaven!

Ingredient List

“Satisfy your sweet tooth with a slice of this decadent Coffee Mocha Ice Cream Cake”

Here’s what you’ll need to make this Coffee Mocha Ice Cream Cake Recipe:

For the Mocha Brownie Layer:
– 1/2 cup unsalted butter
– 1 cup chocolate (chopped)
– 3/4 cup granulated sugar
– 1/4 cup brown sugar
– 1 1/2 teaspoons instant espresso powder
– 3 eggs
– 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
– 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
– Pinch salt

For the Chocolate Crunch Layer:
– 7 oz (200g) chocolate cookies or chocolate graham crackers
– 1/2 cup chocolate-covered coffee beans

For the Mocha Ice Cream Layer:
– 2 cups coffee ice cream
– 1 cup mocha ice cream
– 1 tsp instant espresso powder

For the Whipped Cream Layer:
– 1 can sweetened condensed milk (14 oz or 397g)
– 2 cups heavy cream, chilled
– 1 tbsp vanilla extract

For the Topping and Decoration (Optional):
– Kit Kat bar
– Chocolate-covered coffee beans
– Cocoa powder for dusting

Make sure to have all of these ingredients at hand before starting with the recipe.

The Recipe How-To

“Layers upon layers of coffee, chocolate, and ice cream make for the perfect dessert”

Coffee Mocha Ice Cream Cake Recipe

Recipe makes (1) 9-inch round cake


  • For the mocha brownie layer:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, melted

  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp. instant espresso powder
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 and ⅓ cups all-purpose flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • Coffee ice cream, for churning

  • For the whipped cream layer:

  • 2 cups heavy cream

  • 2/3 cup powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder

  • For the chocolate crunch:

  • 1 and ¾ cups chocolate cookie crumbs

  • 11 ounces chocolate, chopped
  • ½ cup heavy cream

  • For assembling the cake:

  • Sweetened condensed milk, for brushing the cake layers

  • Chocolate-covered coffee beans, for decoration


Step One: Making the Mocha Brownie Layer

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F. Grease a 9-inch round cake pan with butter and line it with parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl combine melted butter, granulated sugar, cocoa powder, instant espresso powder, vanilla extract and stir until well combined.
  3. Add in eggs one at a time whisking well after each addition.
  4. In another bowl mix flour, baking powder, and a pinch of salt.
  5. Gradually add in dry ingredients to your wet ingredients until you no longer see any flour.
  6. Pour brownie batter into your prepared pan and bake it for 25 minutes. Let it cool completely.

Tip: To make this part even easier, use store-bought or pre-made brownie mix, if desired.

Step Two: Churn the Coffee Ice Cream

  1. While the brownie is cooling, prepare the ice cream.
  2. Prepare your ice cream maker according to manufacturer’s instructions.
  3. Scoop coffee ice cream into the bowl of an ice cream maker and churn following manufacturer’s instructions.
  4. After churning, it should be smooth and creamy, be careful not to over-churn.

Step Three: Making the Whipped Cream Layer

  1. In a separate large mixing bowl with an electric mixer whisk heavy cream until soft peaks form.
  2. Add in powdered sugar, cocoa powder and continue to whisk until stiff peaks form.

Tip: Don’t over-whisk the whipped cream as it may split and turn into butter.

Keep in the fridge until ready to use.

Step Four: Making the Chocolate Crunch

  1. In a saucepan and on low-medium heat, gently heat heavy cream until small bubbles appear on the surface.
  2. Gradually add in chopped chocolate, whisk

Substitutions and Variations

“Get a caffeine kick with a scoop of rich coffee ice cream”

Now, I’m no square, so trust me when I say that there are plenty of ways to put your own swing on this recipe. If you’re not a coffee fanatic, you could always swap out the coffee ice cream for another flavor, like classic vanilla or chocolate. Or, if you’re feeling adventurous, try using a fun specialty ice cream flavor like salted caramel or praline crunch.

If you’re looking for something a bit more chocolate-centric, consider swapping out the coffee ice cream for chocolate ice cream instead. You can also add some chocolate chips or chunks to give it an even richer chocolate flavor.

But why stop at just one type of cookie? You could use Oreos instead of chocolate cookies for the brownie layer to give it a completely different texture and flavor. And if you’re feeling particularly indulgent, try adding some whipped cream and chopped nuts to the top for added richness and crunch.

For those who find the espresso powder too overpowering, consider swapping it out with instant hot cocoa mix or cinnamon. If you prefer a more subtle coffee flavor, use less espresso powder than what the recipe recommends.

Don’t have any chocolate-covered coffee beans around? No problem! Simply sprinkle some regular coffee beans over your whipped cream or ice cream for that satisfying and sophisticated caffeine kick.

Remember that in life – as in food – there’s no right or wrong answer. So don’t be afraid to mix it up and make this recipe uniquely yours!

Serving and Pairing

“A heavenly combination of chocolate cake and mocha fudge will melt in your mouth”

Once you have created your delicious ice cream cake masterpiece, it’s time to dive in and enjoy! The coffee and chocolate flavors in this mocha ice cream cake complement each other perfectly and make an ideal dessert for a variety of occasions.

While this ice cream cake is fantastic on its own, there are a few ways that you can elevate your serving and pairing experience even further. One option is to drizzle some chocolate or caramel sauce over the top of the cake before serving, adding an extra layer of decadence to each bite. Alternatively, you could crumble some chocolate-covered coffee beans on top for added texture and crunch.

When it comes to pairing, this mocha ice cream cake pairs well with a variety of drinks. Coffee or espresso would be the obvious choice since both beverages share the same flavor notes as the cake. However, you could also choose to pair this dessert with a glass of milk or a sweet dessert wine. Finally, for those looking for something a little more spirited, try pairing your ice cream cake with a shot of Baileys or Kahlua.

Overall, this mocha ice cream cake is truly versatile when it comes to serving and pairing options. Whether served at a dinner party or enjoyed at home on a lazy afternoon, it is sure to satisfy any coffee or chocolate lover’s cravings!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

“The perfect dessert for any coffee lover – try our Coffee Mocha Ice Cream Cake!”

“Make-ahead, storing, and reheating – oh my!” I typically get asked these questions when folks are throwing parties or have a special occasion in the works. Luckily, this Coffee Mocha Ice Cream Cake Recipe is a dessert that can be prepared ahead of time with ease.

First off, let’s address the make-ahead process. This cake is perfect for making the day before your event or celebration. Once the cake is assembled, it can be covered in plastic wrap and stored in the freezer until you are ready to serve it. I recommend adding the chocolate-covered coffee beans on top right before serving to keep them looking fresh and crunchy.

When storing this dessert long-term, it’s essential to wrap it tightly with cling wrap or aluminum foil to prevent freezer burn. This way, your mocha ice cream cake will remain fresh for up to four weeks in the freezer.

If you’re planning on reheating this cake (although most prefer it served frozen), it’s essential to put it in the refrigerator first for about an hour or two to help soften it up a bit. Then simply remove the plastic wrap and let it sit at room temperature for ten minutes or so before slicing and serving.

Remember that while this recipe is excellent as-is, there are plenty of options for substitutions and variations that can cater to your taste preferences. Whether you want to swap out some ingredients or try different variations of coffee flavors, don’t be afraid to experiment and make this yummy treat entirely original!

Tips for Perfect Results

“Indulge in a creamy, smooth, and chilled slice of our Coffee Mocha Ice Cream Cake”

Making an ice cream cake can be challenging, but don’t worry, I’ve got some tips for you to ensure perfect results. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

1. Softening the Ice Cream

Before layering the ice cream in the cake, take it out of the freezer and let it soften for about 10 minutes. This makes it easier to spread evenly and prevents cracks from forming.

2. Using High-Quality Chocolate-Covered Coffee Beans

To enhance the mocha flavor of your cake, use high-quality chocolate-covered coffee beans. They add an extra layer of texture and taste that complements the richness of the ice cream.

3. Adding Chocolate Crunch

Adding chocolate crunch between the layers of ice cream creates a satisfying contrast in texture. You can use crushed chocolate cookies or a chocolate bar chopped into small pieces.

4. Refrigerating Between Layers

Once you’ve carefully layered your ingredients, make sure to refrigerate the cake between layers for at least 2 hours before adding the next layer. This helps to stabilize each layer and prevents them from mixing together.

5. Garnish with Coffee Beans

Decorate your ice cream cake with extra chocolate-covered coffee beans on top for a fun pop of color and added crunch.

Stay true to these tips, and you’ll have a decadent mocha ice cream cake that’s sure to impress any dessert lover!


Before you start making this delicious Coffee Mocha Ice Cream Cake Recipe, it is essential to have all your doubts cleared. To make sure that you have a hassle-free experience while preparing this cake, let me answer some frequently asked questions in the list below. These FAQs will help you understand and tackle any problems that might arise while baking. So, without any further delay, let’s dive in!

What does adding coffee to cake mix do?

There’s something magical about adding brewed coffee to a cake, as it brings out a delectable texture that’s moist and dense. A few of our editors have even raved about its “pudding-like” consistency. But when you pair coffee with chocolate, that’s when things really get heavenly. This combo takes the cake to the next level, creating a dessert that’s rich and luxurious, akin to a mocha latte.

Is Mocha cake made of coffee?

If you’re planning to make a scrumptious Mocha Cake, then you’ll need a few key ingredients. Firstly, strong coffee is an essential component as it’s needed for both the syrup and the filling. Secondly, ensure that you use heavy or whipping cream rather than light cream. Lastly, don’t forget to include gelatin as it helps to stabilize the cream so that it doesn’t leak when you slice the cake. To give your cake an added flavor of excitement, try using Kahlua, as it’s known to elevate the taste of any dish. Remember, alcohol can go a long way to enhance flavors!

What is mocha ice cream made of?

Mocha ice cream is a frozen dessert that can be easily prepared without the need for baking. With only five ingredients, heavy whipping cream, sweetened condensed milk, instant espresso powder, chocolate chips, and water, it is a simple and delicious treat. Once it is mixed together, it is then frozen and best enjoyed when served chilled.

Is Mocha ice cream sweet?

Satisfy your craving for coffee with this scrumptious ice cream concoction that boasts of low calorie count and low-fat content. Delight in the combination of chocolate swirls that add depth to the flavour profile of this icy dessert made with only 100% cane sugar. Dive into a rich and satisfying blend of sweet and savoury notes that will leave you wanting more.

Bottom Line

Now that you have the recipe for this scrumptious Coffee Mocha Ice Cream Cake, it’s time to try making it for yourself! It’s a dessert that will make you the talk of any party or gathering.

The addition of coffee and mocha flavors adds a bold and exciting twist to a classic cream cake recipe. Plus, with easy substitutions and variations, you can make this dessert your own creation.

Don’t be afraid to experiment with different mix-ins or toppings, such as Kit Kat bars or salted caramel sauce. The possibilities are endless!

And for those who might be intimidated by making their own ice cream cake, fear not. The recipe is straightforward and simple to follow, with tips provided for perfect results every time.

So what are you waiting for? Gather the ingredients and start making your own Coffee Mocha Ice Cream Cake today. Trust us, you won’t regret it!

Coffee Mocha Ice Cream Cake

Coffee Mocha Ice Cream Cake Recipe

I found this recipe in Bon Appetit (August 2000). I was looking for an ice cream cake that included coffee ice cream and soothed my chocolate craving. This is it!! **Alternative: double the crushed cookies and add the layer between the ice cream and chocolate topping Yummy!**
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Global
Servings 12 slices
Calories 484.7 kcal


  • 6 ounces chocolate wafer cookies, crushed into pieces (about 26 cookies)
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 quarts coffee ice cream, slightly softened
  • 1/3 cup chocolate-covered coffee beans
  • 2 1/4 cups whipping cream, chilled
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, plus
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder


  • Blend cookies in processor until finely ground. Add melted butter; process until crumbs are moistened. Press crumb mixture onto bottom of 9-inch-diameter springform pan with 2 3/4-inch-high sides. Freeze until firm, about 10 minutes.
  • Place ice cream in large bowl. Finely chop coffee beans in processor. Add to bowl with ice cream; stir until well blended. Transfer ice cream mixture to crust-lined pan. Smooth top. Cover with plastic wrap. Freeze overnight.
  • Combine whipping cream and vanilla in another large bowl. Sift powdered sugar and cocoa over. Using electric mixer, beat until soft peaks form. Spread mixture over top of cake. Freeze until cream is set, at least 1 hour. (Can be made 2 days ahead. Cover; keep frozen.) Sprinkle chocolate shavings over top of cake. Run knife between pan sides and cake to loosen. Remove pan sides. Using small metal spatula or knife, smooth cake sides. Let cake stand at cool room temperature 10 minutes before serving.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 165gCalories: 484.7kcalCarbohydrates: 49.8gProtein: 6gFat: 31.6gSaturated Fat: 19gCholesterol: 99mgSodium: 167.4mgFiber: 2.9gSugar: 37.8g
Keyword < 30 Mins, Beginner Cook, Dessert, Easy, Freezer, Frozen, Stove Top, Summer, Sweet
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