My Famous Ice Cream Cake!
Since Mike’s birthday will ALWAYS be in August and he ALWAYS wants an ice cream cake … I am doomed to make this once per year. After 5 years of failed ice cream cakes I have finally fine-tuned the process, so at least now I don’t have to be embarrassed every year. I decided to document the process here in case anyone else has ever had the burning desire to make a homemade ice cream cake. Maybe after viewing this you will realize why Baskin Robbins charges so freaking much!
Here are the items you need to purchase:
- Devils food cake mix
- Cookies and cream ice cream (1 quart)
- Vanilla ice cream (1 pint is enough)
- 1 tub of chocolate frosting (for decorations)
- Whatever candles you desire (optional, but recommended)
- 2 cans of diet coke to keep you sane while you cook
PHASE ONE - start the night before
Bake your devils food cake mix according to the box directions into two round pans. Try to ignore the fact that the cakes look like boobs here, and that my stove is filthy. I had ice cream cake on my mind, not CLEANING.
For some reason unknown to me, cakes always have a huge hump on the top. Learning from past experience, layer cakes made out of humped layers do NOT work. So I take a bread knife and slice the humped part off trying to make both cakes as flat as possible. Take a minute here to wash one of the cake pans, you will need it later.
Place one layer of cake onto a cake plate. Take your tub of chocolate frosting and ice the entire top of this layer. Then take the second layer of cake and set it on top of the icing.
Take the combined cake layers and put them into the freezer for at least 4 hours, but overnight is better. You want the cake to be frozen solid, it’s yummier that way.
Let your cookies and cream ice cream sit out and melt for quite a while. You want it to be extremely pliable. Dump the entire carton into that cleaned cake pan and smooth it out until it is perfectly flat. Place the ice cream layer in the freezer for at least 4 hours but overnight is better. Now you can relax for a bit until we start phase two.
PHASE TWO - the next day
Remove the ice cream layer from the freezer. Fill up your sink about one inch full of hot water. Dip the ice cream pan into the water being careful not to let the water come over the top edge. This will loosen the ice cream enough that you can shimmy it out using a spatula. Don’t worry if it loses a little bit of its shape.
Carefully place the ice cream layer on top of the cake layers. It will be a little bit soft due to the hot water. At this point you should go around the edges with a spatula and make sure the ice cream layer doesn’t stick out too far over the cake layer. I even shaved some pieces off with a knife to get it just right. I think the cake contracts in the pan so it ends up being a bit smaller than the ice cream layer. Once you get it nice and even, put the entire thing back in the freezer to let it solidify.
Here is the biggest secret. Once the layers are re-frozen and solidly in place, ice the entire cake with vanilla ice cream. Yes I’m serious. Let it get a little bit soft, and then mix in some milk until it is a smooth creamy consistency. It will be spreadable just like icing but it will actually stick to the frozen cake and ice cream. It feels like a miracle if you have ever tried to ice an ice cream cake with normal icing …
Add decorative icing to write and design whatever you want. Again, I am just using a standard tub of store-bought chocolate frosting. I’m also using my fun cake icing kit that I accidentally bought Mike for our anniversary the week before
Here I am with the cake, fully decorated including the delightful number candles. I am awfully proud of myself
Birthday boy. He is probably laughing remembering my disasters of previous years.
The final product! Looks like it’s from a magazine or something huh?
P.S. Did I tell you the kids LOVED it too! Don’t ask me how Mikey ended up with a piece that big. I think his dad was dishing them out …
Hope you had as much fun reading about my adventures as I had documenting them. If you try to make an ice cream cake using my directions I would LOVE to have you come back here and comment and let me know how it goes.