Chocolate Mascarpone Dirt Cake

Chocolate Mascarpone Dirt Cake

By Annie of Annie’s Eats

Chocolate Mascarpone Dirt Cake

File this one under “Childhood Classics Made Better.” Who else grew up digging into a big dish of dirt cake at least once a year? If we were really lucky, it was presented in a big flower pot, garnished with colorful (if fake) flowers. Gummy worms were artfully tucked into the chocolate cookie crumb “dirt,” which covered a generous layer of creamy chocolate pudding.

Dirt Cake is a classic dessert that kids of any age (and by that we mean all the adults too!) can enjoy. This recipe from Annie of Annie’s Eats gives it a fresh modern twist with a creamy filling made with real Wisconsin mascarpone, folded into homemade whipped cream and melted bittersweet chocolate. Nostalgia never tasted so good.

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Chocolate Mascarpone Dirt Cake

Chocolate Mascarpone Dirt Cake
By Annie of Annie’s Eats
Servings: 6
 
Ingredients:
 
4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
1 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
8 ounces Wisconsin mascarpone cheese, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Chocolate wafer cookies, crushed, to make 1/2 cup crumbles (9-10 cookies)
Gummy worms
 
Directions:
 
Melt chocolate in microwave in brief intervals or in double boiler. Set aside and let cool to room temperature.
 
In bowl of electric mixer, combine heavy cream and confectioners’ sugar. Whip on low speed, increasing speed gradually to medium and high speeds, beating until stiff peaks form (do not overbeat). Transfer to another bowl; set aside. In mixer bowl, beat mascarpone until smooth. Do not overbeat.
 
Add melted chocolate and vanilla and mix until fully incorporated. With spatula, gently fold in half the whipped cream into mascarpone chocolate mixture to combine. Fold in remaining half of whipped cream.
 
In small serving cups or jars, place a gummy worm or 2 in bottom of each dish; leave 1 or 2 partially hanging over edges. Spoon or pipe chocolate mixture into each dish. Top with crushed chocolate wafer cookies. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

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