Since both of our daughters have birthdays this first week of December, we usually end up with lots of cake in the house. In the past, I have often baked each of them their own cake, letting them choose the cake and icing flavors they prefer.
This year I decided that since our main celebration for both girls would be done the evening that my parents were visiting, then we could get by with just one cake. Wanting to make it a bit more special, and being inspired by a friend of mine who made one for her daughter’s birthday in the spring, I decided to try my hand at a homemade ice cream cake. Only after it was done did I realize that I should have taken pictures of the process!
It was actually much simpler than I anticipated. I made a yellow cake mix following the directions on the box for a 9×13″ pan. (I would have loved to make one from scratch, but time didn’t allow for that). Once the cake had cooled, I turned it out upside down onto a piece of aluminum foil (wax paper would have worked, but I didn’t have any in the house). I cut it in half horizontally and put the top half (the bottom of the cake) back into the pan. I spread that with a layer of hot fudge topping. I had slightly thawed a half gallon of cookies and cream ice cream (I made sure to buy it in the “box” as opposed to a “tub” so that I could easily tear the sides off). I cut the ice cream into thick slices and layered them on top of the hot fudge. I then placed the other half of the cake on top, covered it with foil and put it into the freezer for a while.
I took about half of another container of cookies and cream ice cream and softened it in a bowl for several minutes, then beat it with a hand mixer until it was whipped. I used that to “ice” the cake, then put the whole thing back into the freezer. Ideally, I would have made an icing out of heavy whipping cream, a bit of powdered sugar and some finely chopped chocolate sandwich cookies, but neither of my girls like whipped topping, so I stayed away from that. Another good addition might have been some sprinkling some crushed chocolate sandwich cookies on top of the hot fudge layer before adding the ice cream. All in all, though, it turned out well and the girls were quite pleased with it!
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