Monday, January 21, 2008

Ice Cream Cake

My brother turned 18 this past weekend, and being the snow-covered jack rabbit that he is, asked for an ice cream cake instead of a traditional Birthday cake. Just thinking about it makes me shiver!

My grandmother discovered the art of the ice cream cake when I was around the age of 15 - and for about 4 whole years that's all anyone ever got for their birthday. My grandmother had a real sweet tooth (even though she had dentures!) and would place little surprises in the ice cream layers that would seriously send you off to the dentist in pain...snickers bars, Carmelo squares, M&M's - - all of which would harden to bricks when frozen!

Truth be told, ice cream cakes are super easy to make as there is no baking involved. There's no right or wrong way to make one, and you are only limited by your imagination, and perhaps your wallet. Premium ice cream is expensive!


1/2 gallon (each)
Friendly's Forbidden Chocolate and French Vanilla ice cream, softened
1 package chocolate wafer cookies
4 tbsp butter, melted
Butterscotch topping
Chocolate fudge topping
Butterfinger crunch topping

Place cookies in a food processor, and pulse until cookies become the texture of coffee grounds. Add melted butter and pulse to combine. Press cookie mixture into the bottom of a large (10-12 inch) spring form pan.

Evenly spread your 1st choice of ice cream directly on top of the crust layer. (I always put the darker ice cream on the bottom so that it doesn't "bleed.") Layer candy/crunch topping, butterscotch and chocolate fudge topping. Place pan in freezer for about an hour to firm up ice cream.

Evenly spread your 2nd choice of ice cream directly over the candy layer. Decorate as desired. Freeze overnight covered with plastic wrap.

To serve, remove from freezer about 1/2 before cutting. Gently run a knife around the edge of the spring form pan to loosen the ice cream. Cut into wedges and serve with a drizzle of chocolate fudge topping.

Did you wish for a cure for ice cream headaches?


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Maria said...

Nice post

Zoot Suits said...

Yum! I want to eat more Ice cream, Ube and vanilla flavor is the best.