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Berry Swirl Gelato Cake

Photo: Alison Miksch; Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham

Active time 30 mins
Total time 25 hrs

Serves 10

Store-bought waffle cones and gelato bring this impressive dessert together. We like Talenti brand gelato for its softer, easy-to-spread texture.


  • 2 cups fresh blackberries
  • 2 cups fresh raspberries
  • 5 cups waffle cone pieces (about 1 [7-oz.] pkg. waffle cones)
  • 1/3 cup cocktail peanuts
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 7 tablespoons salted butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup malted milk powder
  • 2 (1-qt.) containers vanilla bean gelato
  • 2 to 3 cups assorted fresh berries
  • Powdered sugar (optional)

How to Make It

  1. Process blackberries and raspberries in a food processor until very smooth. Pour through a fine wire-mesh strainer, using the back of a spoon to press as much pulp through as possible; discard solids. Cover and chill 2 hours to 2 days.

  2. Preheat oven to 350°F. Pulse waffle cone pieces, peanuts, sugar, and salt in a food processor until coarsely ground. Add butter, and pulse until well combined. Using a straight-sided glass, press the mixture into the bottom and all the way up the sides of a 9-inch springform pan.

  3. Bake in preheated oven until fragrant, 10 to 12 minutes. Cool completely, about 30 minutes. Freeze 30 minutes.

  4. Beat malt powder and 1 quart of gelato with an electric mixer at low speed until smooth and soft, about 1 minute. In a separate bowl, beat chilled berry puree and remaining quart of gelato at low speed until blended, about 1 minute.

  5. Spoon some of the berry-gelato mixture into prepared pan. Top that with some of the malted gelato. Repeat layers, ending with the berry-gelato mixture. Using a wooden skewer, swirl layers together. Cover and freeze 24 hours. Remove sides of pan. Just before serving, top cake with berries and, if desired, a sprinkling of powdered sugar.

Cook's Notes

Allow 24 hours for freezing.