Recipe

Cheats coffee Christmas wreath

This stunning Christmas wreath cake will make your festivities even more special. With a rich coffee mascarpone filling, its utterly delicious.

  • 45 mins cooking
  • Serves 12
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Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons instant coffee
  • ¼ cup (60ml) boiling water
  • 1½ tablespoons coffee liqueur
  • 600 ml thickened (heavy) cream
  • 2½ cups (400g) pure icing (confectioners') sugar, sifted
  • 500 grams mascarpone
  • ¼ cup (45g) chocolate-coated coffee beans, chopped, plus extra, to serve
  • 1 cup (140g) honey-roasted macadamias, chopped coarsely
  • 30 store-bought chocolates, such as truffles, to decorate
biscuit base
  • 250 grams chocolate chip biscuits
  • 1 cup (100g) chocolate-coated malt balls
  • 60 grams butter, melted

Method

  • 1
    Grease a 24cm (9½in) springform pan; line base and side with baking paper. Wrap a 9cm (3¾in) round ramekin (or other straight-sided round dish) with a double layer of plastic wrap. Grease plastic; place in centre of pan.
  • 2
    Combine coffee and the boiling water in a small jug. Stir to dissolve, then stir in liqueur. Cool.
  • 3
    Beat cream and icing sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer until soft peaks form. Fold in mascarpone, coffee beans and ¾ cup of the macadamias, then fold in coffee mixture until just combined.
  • 4
    Spoon mixture into prepared pan; smooth the top. Freeze for 4 hours or until firm.
  • 5
    Meanwhile, make biscuit base. Process the biscuits and malt balls until coarse crumbs; add butter; process briefly to combine.
  • 6
    Press biscuit mixture over top of ice-cream to form a smooth surface. Freeze overnight.
  • 7
    To serve, remove ramekin and release the side from the pan (if necessary, rub outside of cake pan with a hot damp cloth). Place inverted plate on top of ice-cream and turn over. Remove the bottom of the pan and cover with a serving plate; turn over. Top ice-cream with remaining macadamias, chocolates, truffles and extra chocolate-coated coffee beans. Dust wreath with a little sifted cocoa powder, if you like.

Notes

You will need to start this recipe a day ahead.Wreath can be made up to 3 days ahead.

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