The third month of the year is mostly associated with Irish merrymaking. Whether you’re Irish or not, chances are you love enjoying some of the delicious foods and beverages that St. Patrick’s Day is famous for!
There are plenty of sweet treats that remind me of St. Patrick’s Day: chocolate cake infused with sweetness of Bailey’s, a bright green minty milkshake, or a stouty, rich Guiness, poured simply into a glass and topped with a scoop of dark chocolate ice cream.
For me, the combination of chocolate and Irish cream liqueur can’t be topped. I wanted to create a dessert that was perfect for everyone’s favorite Irish holiday, but was also super-simple to assemble. With all of the festivities, who wants to fuss in the kitchen for hours?
The icebox cake is a classic dessert, harkening back to the 1950’s. The cake is basically alternating layers of thin, crisp chocolate wafer cookies and whipped cream. The cake, once assembled, sits in the fridge overnight, which allows the whipped cream to soften the cookies slightly, making the cake sliceable.
While the classic icebox cake is stunning in its own right, I wanted to update it slightly, so I replaced the whipped cream with chocolate mousse, infused with homemade Irish cream liqueur. I also made individual mini-cakes, which is super-fun! Who doesn’t want their own tiny cake to enjoy?
The mousse can be made in about a half an hour, and it can sit in the fridge covered tightly for up to three days before using, although if you’re anything like me you won’t be able to help sneaking spoonfuls of it every once in a while! The actual assembly of the miniature cakes takes just a few moments, and, once assembled, they can sit in the fridge for up to two days before serving. Minimal effort, maximum delicious results!
As far as the chocolate wafer cookies go, I was able to find them easily in my grocery store, but they’re widely available online if you have trouble finding them!
I hope you’ll try this recipe for St. Patrick’s Day; these mini icebox cakes are as delicious and sweet as they are adorable!
See you next month!