Monday, January 3, 2011

Grandmother's Chocolate Ice Box Cake

This is a traditional dessert whenever there's a big family gathering on my mom's side of the family. It's rich and worth every bit of the effort involved!

  • 2 squares bitter chocolate
  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 1/4 c. water
  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 1 c. powdered sugar
  • 1 c. butter
  • ladyfingers (a type of cookie--you'll need about 2 dozen)
  • real whipped cream for serving
Separate eggs and beat both, whites until stiff.
Melt chocolate on top of a double boiler and add to sugar, water, and beaten egg yolks. Cook until thick and smooth. Cool.
Cream together the powdered sugar and butter. Add chocolate mixture and fold in stiffly beaten egg whites.
Arrange ladyfingers on bottom and up sides of a souffle dish. Pour about half the mixture over the ladyfinger "mold" and place more lady fingers on top. Spread/pour the rest of the chocolate mixures on top.
Allow cake to chill thoroughly. Unmold and serve with real whipped cream.

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