Sunday, October 9, 2011

Nutella Ice Box Cake

Nutella, what a sweet addiction! It's October, the time of year my best friend Wanda comes for a visit. 

During a trip to Italy in 2007, we discovered Nutella. Oh my gosh, we were in love! preparation for her visit, I made this Nutella Icebox Cake as a surprise. It is easy, an luscious and I think she would agree that it is awesome!

If you have kids that love Nutella, you could just mix up the pudding portion of this recipe and pour into individual bowls and refrigerate. 

I'll leave you with the recipe and one word - YUM!  Enough said!

Nutella Icebox Cake

2/3 cup whole milk
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup granulated sugar
4 large egg yolks
2 tbsp cornstarch
6 1/2 oz Nutella
2 tbsp Frangelico
36 graham crackers

Line a 9" square cake pan with plastic wrap. Set aside.    The crackers will not fit perfectly, so break them up and fit as needed.

Scald the milk, cream, and 1/4 cup of sugar in a small saucepan.
In the mean time, whisk together egg yolks, 1/4 cup of sugar, and cornstarch in a large mixing bowl until smooth.

Temper the eggs by pouring in a bit of the hot milk into the egg mixture while whisking. Keep adding milk to eggs and continue whisking until incorporated. Pour mixture back to saucepan.
Cook over medium high heat and stir constantly with a silicone spatula or wooden spoon. When it starts to boil, the custard will thicken considerably. Keep stirring vigorously for another 15 seconds. Remove from heat.
Empty the cooked custard into a large mixing bowl. Whisk in Nutella and Frangelico until smooth. You now have Nutella pudding! 
This is what 6 1/2 oz. of Nutella looks like.
To assemble icebox cake, line cake pan with a layer of graham cracker.

Top the graham crackers with 1/2 cup of pudding. Smooth pudding evenly using a large spoon. Repeat with another layer of graham cracker and pudding three more times until you have 8 layers in total. The top layer should be Nutella pudding. Level with offset spatula. You may have a bit of pudding leftover...get yourself a spoon and take care of it!

Wrap the pan with plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for 24 hours.

During this time, the moisture from the pudding will soften the graham crackers until they take on a cakey texture. Don’t rush it! If you want very clean neat cuts, I would put it in the freezer for 3 hours until solid.
To serve the cake, lift it out of the cake pan with the help of plastic wrap. Peel off the plastic wrap and transfer cake to serving plate. Cut with a knife dipped in hot water and divide into 9-12 pieces. If the cake had been frozen, let it stand at room temperature for about 30 minutes before serving.

 ...and that's What's Cooking at Cathy's ~ Enjoy!

1 comment:

  1. I can verify that this dessert is just as good as it looks! I had the opportunity to visit Cathy's kitchen and can testify to her exceptional culinary abilities.


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