icebox cake barefoot contessa: easy steps

Icebox cakes are a classic dessert that has been around for over a century. They’re simple to make and require no baking, making them the perfect dessert for those who want a sweet treat without turning on the oven.

In this recipe, we will make the “Icebox Cake Barefoot Contessa” recipe, which is made famous by Ina Garten. This cake is made with just a few simple ingredients, but when combined, they create a delicious and indulgent dessert that’s perfect for any occasion.

icebox cake barefoot contessa
icebox cake barefoot contessa

How to make Icebox Cake Barefoot Contessa?

  • Preparation time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking time: 0 minutes
  • Total time: 6 hours and 20 minutes (including 6 hours of chilling time)
  • Serving size: 8-10 slices

Note: The total time includes 6 hours of chilling time in the refrigerator. So, be sure to plan accordingly when making this dessert.


  • 2 cups cold heavy cream
  • 12 ounces Italian mascarpone cheese
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup Kahlua liqueur
  • 2 packages (7 ounces each) of thin and crisp chocolate chip cookies


  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat the heavy cream until it forms stiff peaks. Set aside.
  2. Mix the mascarpone cheese, sugar, and Kahlua liqueur in a separate bowl until it’s smooth and creamy.
  3. Gently fold the whipped cream into the mascarpone mixture until thoroughly combined.
  4. To assemble the cake, place a single layer of cookies on the bottom of an 8-inch square baking dish, breaking the cookies into pieces if necessary to fit. Spread a layer of the mascarpone mixture on top of the cookies.
  5. Repeat the layers of cookies and mascarpone mixture until you have used up all the ingredients, ending with a layer of the mascarpone mixture.
  6. Cover the baking dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 6 hours or overnight.
  7. Before serving, remove the plastic wrap and dust the top of the cake with cocoa powder or shaved chocolate, if desired.
  8. Slice and serve chilled.


  • Use thin and crisp chocolate chip cookies for this recipe, as they’ll soften when layered with the mascarpone mixture and create a cake-like texture.
  • The Kahlua liqueur is optional, but it adds a delicious depth of flavor to the cake. If you prefer, you can leave it out or substitute it with another liqueur.
  • This cake can be made up to 2 days in advance and stored in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
Chocolate Mocha Icebox Cake (w/ Ina Garten's mocha cream)

Write nutrition facts about icebox cake barefoot Contessa

Calories 550
Total Fat 41g
Saturated Fat 25g
Cholesterol 155mg
Sodium 230mg
Total Carbohydrates 38g
Dietary Fiber1g
Protein 5g
Write nutrition facts about icebox cake barefoot Contessa


The Icebox Cake Barefoot Contessa is a classic dessert perfect for any occasion. Its simple ingredients and easy assembly make it a great recipe for beginners or anyone who wants a quick and delicious dessert. So the next time you need a sweet treat, try this recipe and enjoy the creamy, chocolatey goodness of this classic icebox cake.