Sunday, June 21, 2009

Father's Day Ice Cream Cake

So I made this masterpiece for my dad today. It was a little tricky, but totally worth it. I thought I'd take a break from my usual type of entries and tell my readers how to make an ice cream cake.

You'll need:
  • A box of your favorite cake mix
  • At least a gallon of your favorite ice cream (you want to get more than you think you'll need. After all, leftover ice cream poses much less of a problem than not enough ice cream)
  • 2 cans of your favorite frosting
  • 3 round cake pans of the same size
  • Anything you'd like to put on top (fruit, sprinkles, etc.)
  • Plastic wrap
  • Foil
So after getting all of your ingredients, here's what you do:
  1. Let the ice cream out to thaw for 20-30 minutes. Line one of the cake pans with plastic wrap and spread the icecream in the pan. Make sure you get in all of the corners and that you make the top as flat as possible. Cover with foil and put in freezer over night.
  2. Grease and flour the other 2 cake pans. Prepare and bake the cakes according to the box.
  3. After the cakes are completely cool (I let them cool over night), frost the top of one of them and the bottom of the other.
  4. (This part goes fast) Get your ice cream pan out of the freezer. Carefully slide the plastic wrap out of the pan and turn the ice cream upside down on top of the top-side-frosted cake. Peel off the plastic wrap. Take the other cake and put it frosting-side-down on top of the ice cream.
  5. As fast as you can, frost around the ice cream. This can get tricky because the ice cream will start to melt and the frosting will slide off. If this happens, just add more frosting and smooth as much as possible. After you've frosted around the ice cream, put the cake in the freezer for 10 minutes just to let the ice cream freeze a little more.
  6. Take the cake out and frost the entire thing and decorate as desired. *note* if you want to use fruit to decorate, save it until right before serving. I made the mistake of putting strawberries on top and freezing the cake, thus freezing the strawberries and rendering them inedible.
  7. After the cake is decorated, put it back into the freezer until serving. Cover any leftovers with plastic wrap and re-freeze.
You can't really go wrong with ice cream cakes; everyone likes them. They're fairly easy to make, but the trick is frosting the cake quickly.

1 comment:

Holly Noelle said...

That looks soooo good!