Delicious Espresso Mascarpone Icebox Dessert Recipe

Welcome coffee lovers and dessert enthusiasts! Are you ready to experience the ultimate indulgence in every bite of a creamy and luscious dessert? Well, look no further because I have something that will make your taste buds dance with joy – the Espresso Mascarpone Icebox Dessert Recipe.

This recipe is an excellent choice for those who are seeking something different and sophisticated than traditional coffee desserts. It features a perfect balance of espresso, mascarpone cream, and ladyfingers layered together to create a heavenly dessert that you won’t be able to resist. The combination of caffeine from espresso powder with the sweetness of vanilla and confectioners’ sugar makes this dessert a delightful treat for all.

Now, let’s talk about why this recipe is worth trying. Not only is it easy to make, but it also requires minimal preparation time, so you don’t have to spend hours in the kitchen. Plus, it’s incredibly versatile since you can customize it according to your liking by adding your favorite flavors or toppings.

So why not impress your loved ones with this show-stopping Espresso Mascarpone Icebox Dessert Recipe? Trust me; they’ll be begging for more!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Espresso Mascarpone Icebox Dessert
Espresso Mascarpone Icebox Dessert

As a barista, I can tell you that coffee and desserts are a match made in heaven. And that’s precisely why you’ll fall in love with this Espresso Mascarpone Icebox Dessert Recipe.

Firstly, the combination of mascarpone cheese and chilled heavy cream makes for an incredibly creamy texture. Add a touch of espresso powder and vanilla extract into the mix, and you’ll have a whole new world of flavors bursting in your mouth.

But that’s not all. This recipe also calls for ladyfingers – a type of sponge cake that soaks up the espresso mascarpone mixture beautifully. Each layer of the cake is like biting into a cloud of deliciousness that melts in your mouth.

The cocoa powder also adds a slight bitterness to the dessert, balancing out the sweetness of the sugar and confectioners’ sugar. It’s like enjoying a cup of coffee and chocolate cake at the same time, only in icebox form.

And with its easy-to-follow directions, precise measurements, and readily available ingredients, this recipe is great for both novice and veteran bakers alike. You don’t even have to turn on your oven!

One bite of this Espresso Mascarpone Icebox Dessert, and you’ll be hooked. So if you’re looking for an impressive dessert for your next dinner party or want to satisfy your sweet tooth, give this recipe a try – trust me; you won’t regret it.

Ingredient List

 A delectable dessert made for coffee and dessert lovers
A delectable dessert made for coffee and dessert lovers

Let’s dive into the ingredient list of this indulgent and delicious Espresso Mascarpone Icebox Dessert Recipe. To make this recipe, you will need the following items:

For the Espresso Mascarpone Cream

  • 2 cups cold heavy cream, chilled
  • 16 ounces mascarpone cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup instant espresso powder

For the Ladyfingers Layers

  • 3 cups cold heavy cream, chilled
  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • 4 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 24 to 30 ladyfingers

Optional Toppings

  • Chocolate chips or shavings
  • Cocoa powder or espresso powder

The quality of your ingredients will significantly impact the outcome of your dessert. Use high-quality semi-sweet chocolate chips, good-quality coffee beans, and fresh heavy cream for best results.

The Recipe How-To

 A perfect combination of creamy, rich mascarpone cheese and bold espresso
A perfect combination of creamy, rich mascarpone cheese and bold espresso

Now that we have gathered our ingredients for this rich and velvety Espresso Mascarpone Icebox Dessert, let’s dive on to the recipe instructions. This easy and elegant no-bake dessert is made with luscious mascarpone cheese, strong espresso coffee, and ladyfingers.

1. Make the espresso mixture

Begin by brewing 2 cups of strong espresso coffee or 2 cups of very strong instant espresso. Add 1/2 cup of granulated sugar to the hot espresso, stir it until sugar is dissolved completely and let it cool.

2. Prepare the cream mixture

In a large bowl, beat together 16 ounces of mascarpone cheese, 3/4 cup of confectioners’ sugar, and 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract with a handheld electric mixer until well combined. Then add slowly cooled espresso mixture into the bowl while mixing on medium speed.

3. Make whipped cream

In another bowl, beat together 3 cups chilled heavy cream with an electric mixer until soft peaks form.

4. Add whipped cream to mascarpone-espresso mixture

Using a rubber spatula, fold in one-third of the whipped cream into the espresso-mascarpone mixture until it’s fully incorporated. Then gently fold in remaining whipped cream until no white streaks remain.

5. Assemble the cake

Now it’s time to assemble our icebox cake layer by layer. Dip each ladyfinger cookies quickly (about 2 seconds) into cold water(make sure you don’t soak them), then arrange them in a single layer in a 9-by-13-inch dish. Start with one third of the mascarpone cream mixture, then repeat layers twice more (ladyfingers + mascarpone cream). End with a smooth layer of cream on top.

6. Cover and chill

Once we’re done layering, cover with a plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 6 hours or overnight to let the flavors meld and ladyfingers soften into a cake-like texture.

7. To serve

Just before serving, dust top of the cake with cocoa powder or cocoa/espresso powder. Cut into pieces and serve cold in individual plates.

These instructions may seem lengthy, but they are actually simple to follow. You can prepare this elegant espresso mascarpone icebox dessert in no time with very little effort – just make sure you have enough room in your refrigerator before starting!

Substitutions and Variations

 A no-bake dessert that is perfect for summer
A no-bake dessert that is perfect for summer

Let’s face it – sometimes we don’t have all the ingredients on hand or want to mix it up a bit. Fear not, fellow coffee lover! There are a few substitutions and variations you can make to the Espresso Mascarpone Icebox Dessert recipe that will still leave you with a delicious treat.

Firstly, for those who don’t have ladyfingers on hand or simply don’t enjoy them, graham crackers or chocolate wafers work just as well as a substitute. You can even experiment with different types of cookies or biscuits to add an interesting twist. Just make sure they are sturdy enough to hold up in the dessert.

For the coffee lovers out there, you can play around with the amount of espresso powder used in the recipe depending on your preference. Add more if you want a stronger coffee taste or less if you prefer it to be more subtle. Additionally, you can mix it up by using pumpkin spice or mocha chocolate icebox variations for a unique twist.

If you’re looking for a lighter option, try substituting part of the mascarpone cheese with whipped cream cheese or Neufchâtel cheese, which has less fat than traditional cream cheese but still provides a creamy texture. Or try swapping out some of the heavy cream with non-dairy alternatives like coconut cream for those who are lactose intolerant.

For those who love a little extra sweetness, top your dessert off with chocolate chips or drizzle caramel sauce over each layer. Alternatively, you can opt for raspberries or strawberries instead to add a fruity element.

Mix and match these substitutions as desired to make this delicious Espresso Mascarpone Icebox Dessert recipe truly your own.

Serving and Pairing

 A smooth and indulgent dessert that melts in your mouth
A smooth and indulgent dessert that melts in your mouth

Once the espresso mascarpone icebox cake is ready, it’s time to serve and savor! This rich and indulgent dessert is the perfect ending to any meal. With its layers of creamy mascarpone cheese and espresso-soaked ladyfingers, this dessert is sure to impress your guests.

To enhance the flavor of this sweet treat, I recommend pairing it with a cup of freshly brewed coffee or espresso. The strong coffee flavors complement the creamy and decadent taste of the icebox cake.

For a fun twist, try serving this dessert with a side of fresh berries or fruit. The acidity and tartness from the fruit will balance out the richness of the mascarpone cheese and chocolate flavors in the icebox cake. Additionally, you can run a sprinkle of cocoa powder on top for added sweetness.

If you’re hosting a dinner party and want to take your presentation to another level, serving slices of cake alongside a scoop of vanilla ice cream will add creaminess into your dish. Not only does it elevate the experience, but it also adds new dimension into the taste.

No matter how you serve it this dessert is sure to please. This dessert is versatile enough to be enjoyed any time of year or for any occasion.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 A dessert that's easy to prepare and hard to resist
A dessert that’s easy to prepare and hard to resist

One of the best things about this Espresso Mascarpone Icebox Dessert recipe is that it can be made ahead of time, which gives you more time to enjoy with your guests. Once assembled, the icebox cake can be wrapped tightly with plastic wrap and stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

When ready to serve, remove the plastic wrap and dust with cocoa powder or grated chocolate for an added touch. If slices are not completely consumed at one time, simply wrap them with plastic wrap and store them in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Now, if you intend to make the Espresso Mascarpone Icebox Dessert recipe in advance, I would suggest making the base recipe and storing it without adding any cocoa powder or grated chocolate on top. This will help prevent any moisture from forming on top that may eventually result in a soggy appearance when served.

To reheat individual slices: microwave them for a few seconds at a low setting until they reach room temperature. Alternatively, leave them out on your countertop for about 15-20 minutes to come to room temperature naturally. Do not attempt to freeze the slices as this may cause them to lose their creaminess and overall texture.

Overall, follow these tips to ensure that you get lovely and fresh servings of the Espresso Mascarpone Icebox Dessert every time!

Tips for Perfect Results

As a barista, one of the things that I prioritize when making coffee is ensuring that it has that perfect taste and texture. Making the Espresso Mascarpone Icebox Dessert Recipe is no different, and here are some tips to help you achieve perfect results:

Firstly, use the right equipment. A big factor to consider when making this dessert is the electric mixer that you will use. I suggest using an electric mixer with a fitted whisk, as it can ensure the perfect consistency for your mascarpone cream.

Additionally, it’s essential to have all your recipe ingredients on-hand before starting. Read through the ingredient list carefully and make sure everything’s available – this can prevent any mishaps later on.

Another tip is to whip your cold heavy cream in a chilled bowl thoroughly. Use 2 cups of chilled heavy cream and add 1/3 cup granulated sugar as you mix with an electric mixer in the bowl. Doing so helps create whipped cream with the right amount of sweetness and stiffness.

To prevent sogginess, make sure not to over-saturate your ladyfingers with espresso. Gently dip each ladyfinger into the prepared espresso (use instant espresso powder mixed with hot water), holding them just enough to absorb without letting them sink in. Ensure they’re coated evenly without being oversoaked.

It’s Also Important not to rush the chilling process; give it adequate time for ideal results. Letting it sit overnight or at least six hours will allow for optimal absorption.

Lastly, feel free to explore variations such as adding cocoa powder or mocha chocolate chips to your mascarpone cream for a more intense flavor profile.

By following these tips, you can create an amazing Espresso Mascarpone Icebox Dessert that will impress your guests or even better- make it for indulgent enjoyment at home!


As you prepare to make this delicious Espresso Mascarpone Icebox Dessert, you may have some questions that come to mind. This FAQ section is designed to help address and answer any concerns or issues you might have about the recipe. From ingredient substitutions to common problems during preparation, we’ve got you covered. So, let’s dive into these frequently asked questions and get started on making the perfect icebox cake recipe!

What can mascarpone be used for?

Here are some delectable recipes that I’ve come across – very berry trifle, smoked salmon & mascarpone tortilla, orange & almond cake with citrus mascarpone, roasted tomato & mascarpone soup, pasta with prawns, mascarpone & lemon, cherry, almond & lemon mascarpone tart, tomato & mascarpone pasta bake, and lastly gnocchi with courgette, mascarpone & spring onions.

What is a limoncello mascarpone cake?

Our 7-inch Limoncello Mascarpone cake, available for retail purchase, falls under the categories of Gourmet Cakes and Italian Desserts. This decadent dessert boasts a sumptuous blend of Italian mascarpone and sponge cake infused with zesty Sicilian lemon flavor. Topped with delicate European white chocolate curls, this creamy masterpiece strikes the perfect balance between sweet and tart, making for a refreshingly light indulgence.

What is icebox dessert?

A chilled dessert that is composed of prepared ingredients such as cookies or whipped cream and doesn’t require any additional baking is commonly known as a refrigerator cake.

What is an icebox cake?

Icebox cake is a delectable dessert that doesn’t require any baking. This sweet treat consists of layers of cream, condensed milk, wafer cookies, and fruit, which are then refrigerated until set. The best part about this dessert is that it’s highly customizable, as long as the cookie and cream layers remain the base.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, the Espresso Mascarpone Icebox Dessert recipe is an indulgent and satisfying treat that you won’t regret indulging in. The infusion of espresso and mascarpone cheese, paired with ladyfingers and other ingredients, creates a uniquely rich and delicious flavor profile that you’ll be sure to love.

Whether you’re entertaining company or just looking for a sweet treat for yourself, this recipe is sure to impress. With simple instructions and easy-to-find ingredients, you can have this dessert ready in no time.

So go ahead, give this recipe a try today! And don’t forget to experiment with different variations and substitutions to truly make it your own. Whether it’s adding chocolate chips, pumpkin spice, or different types of cream to the mix, the possibilities are endless with this versatile recipe.

Trust me – you won’t be disappointed with this delectable Espresso Mascarpone Icebox Dessert. Try it today and see for yourself why it’s quickly becoming a fan favorite among cake recipes!

Espresso Mascarpone Icebox Dessert

Espresso Mascarpone Icebox Dessert Recipe

Espresso, mascarpone and ladyfingers combine for an eggless version of tiramisu in this no-cook recipe. Cook time is chill time.
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Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 4 hrs
Course Dessert
Cuisine Italian
Calories 232.3 kcal


  • 2 cups whipping cream
  • mascarpone cheese (8 or 9 ounce tub)
  • 6 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1.5 (3 ounce) packages ladyfingers
  • 2/3 cup espresso (or very strong coffee)
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon espresso powder (optional)


  • In a medium bowl, whip cream to stiff peaks; set aside.
  • In a separate bowl, beat mascarpone cheese, confectioners' sugar and vanilla until smooth. Fold in about 3/4 cup of the whipped cream.
  • Drizzle the ladyfingers with espresso.
  • In a small bowl, combine the cocoa powder and espresso powder; set aside.
  • Line the bottom and sides of an 8- or 9-inch square baking dish with the espresso-drizzled lady fingers.
  • Spread the mascarpone mixture over the ladyfingers and dust lightly with some of the cocoa. Top with remaining whipped cream. Dust top with additional cocoa.
  • Cover and refrigerate 4 to 12 hours before serving.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 82gCalories: 232.3kcalCarbohydrates: 14.1gProtein: 2.5gFat: 18.9gSaturated Fat: 11.4gCholesterol: 93.5mgSodium: 39.4mgFiber: 0.3gSugar: 8.1g
Keyword Dessert, Low Protein
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