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Chocolate-Coffee Bean Ice Cream Cake

At our school, we celebrate faculty birthdays. I needed a quick recipe that would be appealing to everyone. This tall, impressive dessert certainly fit my needs and it was a huge hit.—Karen Beck, Alexandria, Pennsylvania
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. + freezing
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 1-3/4 cups chocolate wafer crumbs (about 28 wafers)
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 2 quarts coffee ice cream, softened
  • 1/3 cup chocolate-covered coffee beans, finely chopped
  • 2-1/4 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon baking cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Chocolate curls and additional chocolate-covered coffee beans


  • In a small bowl, combine wafer crumbs and butter; press onto the bottom and up the sides of a greased 9-in. springform pan. Freeze for 10 minutes.
  • In a large bowl, combine ice cream and coffee beans; spoon over crust. Cover and freeze for 2 hours or until firm.
  • In a large bowl, beat cream until it begins to thicken. Add confectioners' sugar, cocoa and vanilla; beat until stiff peaks form. Spread over ice cream. (Pan will be full.)
  • Cover and freeze for 4 hours or overnight. Remove from the freezer 10 minutes before serving. Garnish with chocolate curls and coffee beans.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice (calculated without chocolate curls): 512 calories, 36g fat (20g saturated fat), 105mg cholesterol, 185mg sodium, 46g carbohydrate (34g sugars, 1g fiber), 7g protein.

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  • mamoonis
    Jan 29, 2017

    Loved it!!

  • haylcreww
    Jun 4, 2014

    Made this with Oreo cookie crumble crust instead and use cappuccino frozen yogurt ice cream (it is soft to begin with so it made mixing really easy). I missed the part about chocolate covered coffee beans, so I just got french vanilla coffee beans and put chocolate chips in the chopper when chopping up the coffee beans. It was a great hit! Thanks for the recipe :)

  • carman28460
    Apr 25, 2013

    Walgreens has chocolate covered coffee beans. This recipe is great.

  • tsuop
    Apr 25, 2013

    Not being a coffee ice cream lover, I changed it to french vanilla ice cream w/choc. chips YUM!! (no stars came up SO.... 5 stars)

  • janabelle
    Apr 24, 2013

    Havn't tried the recipe yet, but I will. I get my chocolate covered coffee beans at the coffee shop at the mall.

  • ctbelle
    Apr 24, 2013

    Can get chocolate covered coffee beans at Trader Joe's or Whole Foods. Good luck!

  • justjanie
    Apr 24, 2013

    Restaurant supply stores also carry them.

  • mebolen
    Apr 24, 2013

    One place to get chocolate covered coffee beans is - they carry all kinds of unusual items that often aren't available in your local stores. I ordered some for another recipe and have been looking for another recipe to use them in so I'm looking forward to making this recipe.

  • ctmom05
    Apr 24, 2013

    Where do you purchase chocolate covered coffee beans from?