* Update: We now make a variation of this cake every year for our daughter’s birthday – she’s now 3!
Depending on how you read the recipe title, you will either be intrigued or disgusted. Never fear – this cake isn’t from last year, it was for our daughter’s first birthday! As a kid, I rememeber Carvel ice cream cakes (with the fudge-like coating) being the best birthday cake ever. So when it was time to celebrate our daughter’s first birthday, my first thought was ice cream cake. The problem with the Carvel cakes is they look too fake, and as I recall, they taste like plastic. Delicious plastic, but plastic nonetheless. Then I thought: how hard could it be to make an ice cream cake? Let the ice cream thaw a bit, spread it out, layer it up, and decorate it. Making it was just as easy as I thought. As I soon realized, the benefits of making your own ice cream cake include: cheaper, better quality ingredients, fully customizable, and tastier!
1. Take out the first quart of ice cream and let thaw for 5-10 minutes, until soft and workable.
2. Using a spatula, scoop 1-inch thick layers of ice cream into a 9×9 glass baking dish. Once you’ve emptied the container, smooth out the ice cream with the back of the spatula, pressing the ice cream together to form a solid layer. Cover this layer with chocolate chips (or graham crackers) and put back in the freezer for 20 minutes.
3. Take out the second quart of ice cream and let thaw for 5-10 minutes, until soft and workable.
4. Using the spatula, scoop 1-inch thick layers of ice cream onto the first layer. Once you’ve emptied the container, smooth out the ice cream with the back of the spatula, pressing the ice cream together to form a solid layer. Now decorate the top with M&M’s, sliced almonds and any other desired candy. Place it back in the freezer until ready to serve.
5. When ready to serve, make a whipped cream border by making little circles with the can of whipped cream while moving around the edge.
The ice cream was a bit cold for her, but she liked the whipped cream!