Death by Chocolate Icebox Cake

This Death by Chocolate Icebox Cake was a huge hit! Layers of chocolate ganache, chocolate mousse and chocolate graham crackers are topped with chocolate sauce for a decadent treat that’ll put you in a chocolate coma!

If you’re a chocoholic like me, you should also check out my Hot Chocolate Cake and my Drunken Chocolate Truffle Cake!

Death by Chocolate Icebox Cake slice on a plate

A Big Slice of Death by Chocolate Icebox Cake on a plate

Death by Chocolate Icebox Cake

So you know what I don’t love? Jeans shopping. If I want to feel not so hot about myself, jeans shopping will surely do it. That must be why I usually wear my jeans until they start to have holes in them before I’m willing to go shopping for them again.

I did a little jeans shopping on Sunday and Monday and the experience was as expected. I tried on mountains of jeans and barely found some that actually fit. Seriously, why is it that every. single. pair. fits differently. I could try on the same size of jeans but because they’re different styles they’d all fit differently. Some big, some so small I can’t put them on.

What is up with that?

And then I find a pair that actually fits well and they come with holes in them. That’s the exact problem I was trying to get rid of to begin with.

Rich Chocolate Icebox Cake in a Pan with a couple slices removed
The Best Chocolate Mousse Cake on a Plate

Fortunately I was able to find a couple pairs. My favorites were from Express, surprisingly enough. They fit quite well.

Then I did some shoe shopping, which I sometimes have the same problem with. I love shopping for fun shoes like heels. I could buy those babies all day long. But when looking for the basics that I wear most of the time, it’s hard to find stuff I like that fits well.

I finally walked holes right into the bottoms of my favorite flats so I had to get new ones. I literally got the same brand and size assuming they’d fit just as comfortably. Then I wore them for a little bit yesterday and already had problems with them rubbing. Grrr.

I’d rather shop for cute dresses, tops and heels any day. I just don’t like to wear those every day. Darn it!

Chocolate Icebox Cake Slice on a Plate
A Slice of Death by Chocolate Icebox Cake on a Plate

I would eat this chocolate icebox cake every day, however. Only problem is, I’d end up jeans shopping again because they wouldn’t fit me anymore if I ate this every day. I will certainly eat my share though.

Tips for Making This Decadent Chocolate Icebox Cake

I absolutely love the simplicity and ease of making icebox cakes. And you can mix up the flavors, making them fun to play with.

This time around I decided to go all in with the chocolate. I mean, when is tons of chocolate not a good idea?

The chocolate mousse-like layer is not a true mousse, but is very mousse-like in texture. It’s also delicious. The chocolate ganache is thicker, so they contrast each other nicely.

The chocolate graham crackers help give the cake it’s structure and hold everything together. Plus, they’re more chocolate.

Death by Chocolate Icebox Cake in a Pan
A Serving of Death by Chocolate Icebox Cake on a plate

Then it’s topped with chocolate sauce and mini chocolate chips. Heavenly, I tell you. And if you wanted, you could totally add more chocolate sauce between the layers. You know, if that’s your kind of thing.

This cake was a big hit. All my taste testers were fans. Some of my favorite taste testers are my co-workers kids and I hear there was an argument over who got the last piece of this particular cake. 🙂

Other Chocolatey Treats to Try

Nutella Biscoff Icebox Cake
Cinnamon Apple Icebox Cake
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Reese’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Icebox Cake
Death by Chocolate Devils Food Cake

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Recipe

Death by Chocolate Icebox Cake

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 minutes
  • Total Time: 28 minutes
  • Yield: 15-18 slices 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Microwave
  • Cuisine: American

Description

This Death by Chocolate Icebox Cake was a huge hit! Layers of chocolate ganache, chocolate mousse and chocolate graham crackers are topped with chocolate sauce for a decadent treat that’ll put you in a chocolate coma!


Scale

Ingredients

  • 14.4 oz box of Chocolate Graham Crackers

CHOCOLATE MOUSSE

  • 8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 8 oz cool whip (or homemade whipped cream*)

CHOCOLATE GANACHE

  • 11 oz semi-sweet or milk chocolate chips (about 2 cups)
  • 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream

CHOCOLATE WHIPPED CREAM AND TOPPINGS


Instructions

TO MAKE THE CHOCOLATE MOUSSE

1. Combine cream cheese, sugar and milk together in the bowl of a stand mixer, or with a hand mixer. Mix until completely combined.
2. Add cocoa and mix until smooth.
3. Fold in the cool whip.

TO MAKE THE CHOCOLATE GANACHE

1. Place chocolate chips in a metal bowl.
2. Microwave the heavy cream until it starts to boil. Remove from microwave and pour over chocolate chips.
3. Cover bowl with saran wrap for 5-7 minutes.
4. Whisk chocolate and cream until smooth.

TO MAKE THE CHOCOLATE WHIPPED CREAM

1. Add the heavy whipping cream, cocoa and powdered sugar to a large mixer fitted with the whisk attachment.
2. Whip on high speed until stiff peaks form.

PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER

1. Place a single layer of graham crackers in the bottom of a 9×13 pan.
2. Top graham crackers with half of the mousse mixture and spread evenly.
3. Spread half of the chocolate ganache on top of the mousse mixture and spread evenly.
4. Place another layer of graham crackers on top of the chocolate ganache
5. Spread remaining mousse mixture on top of graham crackers.
6. Pour remaining ganache on top of mousse mixture and spread evenly.
7. Top ganache with one more layer of graham crackers.
8. Top cake with chocolate whipped cream and spread into an even layer.
9. Finish cake off with chocolate sauce and mini chocolate chips, if desired.
*If making homemade whipped cream, I recommend 1 1/4 cups whipping cream and 1/2 cup powdered sugar.

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  1. Lisa

    This was AMAZING! My oven went out right before my son’s birthday. But I’m adamant about making my own birthday cakes. This was a perfect substitute. Super easy. And very well received by my fellow chocolate lovin’ son. This one has earned a spot on the “Oh Yeah!” List. Thank you.

  2. Heather Underwood

    I made this last night, it was so rich! This is better than most regular cakes! ???????????? Thank you so much!

  3. Jennifer Danielson

    This is now my go to desert when we go to friends for dinner every one loves it I think we even tryed alcohol in it and made and adult version ty for posting this we love this recipe

  4. Kristin

    I’ve discovered icebox cakes this summer, just because I’m really trying to NOT use my oven much since I live in a place that has triple digits most of the summer. I’ve tried a few different icebox cakes, and this one is my new favorite! I just love all the chocolate. Thanks for a great recipe that I can add to my no-bake-summer-dessert repertoire!

  5. Erica

    I have made this cake several times over the past two years for church fellowships and it’s always a huge hit. I always use hot fudge for the top since the only other thing my grocery carries is chocolate syrup. Also, I find it tastes better when it sits for two nights- perhaps that’s because the only time I usually have to cook is right before bed. It’s still delicious after one night, but I find two to be ideal. Thanks so much for sharing! 

  6. Nancy Ainslie

    Have you made this ahead of time and frozen ? I was thinking of putting it all together except the whipped cream topping, and adding that at the last minute ?
    Thanks

  7. Savannah LaTour

    I have a question about this: So you said we need this for the Chocolate Ganache
    11 oz semi-sweet or milk chocolate chips (about 2 cups)
    3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
    3/4 tsp vanilla

    When your explaining how to do it you never mentioned when to put the vanilla in:
    To make the chocolate ganache
    1. Place chocolate chips in a metal bowl.
    2. Microwave the heavy cream until it starts to boil. Remove from microwave and pour over chocolate chips.
    3. Cover bowl with saran wrap for 5-7 minutes.
    4. Whisk chocolate and cream until smooth.

    Should you put the vanilla after you poor the heavy cream over the chocolate chips? Also are you talking about vanilla extract?

    1. Lindsay

      Thanks for pointing that out Savannah! You don’t actually need the vanilla extract. It certainly won’t hurt it, but it’s not necessary. I’ve removed it from the ingredient list.

  8. Valerie

    I’m making this tomorrow trying to impress my son’s future in-laws (hopefully someday) we’re meeting for the first time. I even splurged and bought all Ghirardelli chocolate. I hope I don’t screw it up. Thanks for sharing!

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