Sunday, January 18, 2009
Recipe for Disastrous Looking But Delicous Ice Cream Cake
Harry requested a chocolate and ice cream cake for his birthday last weekend. I decided to make it myself, which was so much harder than walking over to Baskin Robbins, selecting a cake and putting a #4 candle in it. But so worth the effort.

I only wanted a single cake layer in the ice cream cake so I made a 1/2 recipe of
Hershey's Perfectly Chocolate Cake. After I buttered the pan, I dusted it with cocoa powder so there wouldn't be any white on the sides of the chocolate cake:

Then you mix up the ingredients and bake according to recipe directions. Someone forgot to take a picture of the mixing. Pour it into the prepared pan and after baking for 35 minutes you have this:

Meanwhile, soften the ice cream for 20 minutes or so. It is 26 degrees here so it took a little longer in our drafty kitchen. About the time it takes to check Facebook. Line a cake pan with plastic wrap (make sure you have a couple of inches of plastic hanging over the rim). Spread the softened ice cream in the pan. Return to the freezer to harden.

Prepare whipped cream: 1 teaspoon gelatin dissolved in 2 tablespoons hot water. Cool slightly then whip into 2 cups heavy cream, 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 to 1 teaspoon vanilla.

When you are ready to assemble the cake, remove the cake pan from the freezer and lift the ice cream layer out of the pan. Place ice cream layer on a freezer safe plate. At this point you could add finely crushed Oreos or Nabisco's Famous Chocolate Wafers. I didn't because I always think of these things too late. Discard the plastic wrap. It was only there to give you something to hold onto anyway.

Spread some whipped cream on top of the ice cream, then place the cake layer on top.

Frost with remaining whipped cream. Get teary eyed because it looks terrible.

Decorate with miniature marshmallows. Invite the neighborhood lunatic over to write Happy Birthday Harry on the cake.

He doesn't look too unhappy.

Place candles in cake, sing a little birthday ditty and dig in.


Blogger Andie said...

I think the cake looks fine...and probably tasted fantastic!!

Blogger Meredith said...

It actually did taste pretty good. The chocolate layer was delicious and Sophie has asked me to make a full recipe of the Hershey's cake for her birthday this week.

Anonymous Katie said...

The cake looks awesome!!! I'm inspired to try this for my daughter's upcoming 5th birthday (how'd THAT happen?!) Though mine, I'm sure, will be a candidate for the Cake Wrecks blog....

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