Chocolate Stack Cake
  1. I make the cake in a pan that is half again as big as the 9″.  Once the cake is cool just cut your circles in 2″-2 1/2″ rounds with a biscuit cutter, being careful not to tear the cake.  Work slowly.  Then cut each circle in half through the middle, making a very mini layer cake! Put the halves back together. Place them all side-by-side in a sealed airtight container. This can be done well ahead and frozen if you prefer, or you can do it the day before and just keep them prepped and ready.
  2. The ice cream is a bit more of a trick. Soften it slightly and press some into a mold or cutter the size of the cakes. After filling, quickly lay on parchment, finishing the rest as fast as possible. Seal the container and put back in the freezer. Or, you can spread the ice cream into the thickness you prefer in a flat-bottomed plastic container or rectangular cake pan, seal and freeze, then cut into circles and refreeze again. Don’t cut at the time you are planning on serving them or they will melt before you get everything ready to go.
  3. Make the coconut whipped cream ahead and refrigerated in a sealed container. Just give it a good stir when you are ready to use.
  4. The chocolate drizzle makes up well ahead, just be sure and bring it to room temperature before you are ready to put it all together. To assemble for the picture I forgot and had to put it in the microwave. That is why it puddled instead of steady little lines. For just the right thickness, you may have to add a little powdered sugar.
  5. I like to purchase the berries and rinse them prior to the event, standing them on a paper towel and if they need a little extra sweetness, you can sprinkle them lightly with stevia.
  6. It is necessary to work very fast so the ice cream doesn’t defrost before it gets to the table. Be sure and have everything ready to go! I suggest putting the cakes on the plates before getting the ice cream from the freezer. As is evident from the picture, you put the ice cream between the bottom and top cake slices, spoon a little cream on the top cake and place the berries one on top and several on the plate. Once that is accomplished take a spoon and lightly drizzle chocolate sauce across the cake and berries. Serve immediately!