Sunday, June 10, 2012

Ice Cream Cake for Marcus!

Yesterday Marcus turned seventeen.  Yes, you read that correctly.  Seventeen.  UGH!  I think we need to put a moratorium on birthdays for a bit....

Fortunately, Marcus likes to have fun with birthday cakes and usually chooses something different each year.  Some years it's cake, some years it's brownie ice cream pizza, and some years, like this year, it's ice cream cake.

FYI:  Ice cream cakes are expensive.  A couple of years ago I decided to try to make my own, and I'm happy to say it came out quite tasty, and was a heck of a lot cheaper!  In case you're curious as to how I make it (as I know a few people out there are) here are my seriously easy directions:

You Will Need:

2 Containers of ice cream (1/2 gallons of any flavors you want)
1 chocolate Oreo pie crust
1 large tub of Cool Whip
Chocolate Sauce
Candies for Garnish

First I lined a 9-inch spring form pan with plastic wrap.  You can use any type or shape of pan, but spring form is easiest since the sides pop right off.  Soften 1 container of ice cream.  It doesn't need to be melted, just a little squishy so you can spread it.  Smoosh ice cream in an even layer to fill half the pan.  Freeze for 15-20 minutes until ice cream is set.  Remove from freezer and add broken up chocolate pie crust.  Drizzle some chocolate sauce in there (or caramel or whatever you like) and add some crushed up candies if you want.  Seriously, whatever you want.  Freeze again for 15- 20 minutes until firm.  Soften second container of ice cream then smoosh that on top of the layer of crumbs until the pan is full.  Put a piece of plastic wrap over the top and freeze again until solid.  This takes a little longer, maybe an hour or two or overnight.  Thaw Cool Whip when ready to frost.  Remove cake from pan and put on your plate.  Make sure you take off all the plastic wrap too.  It should slide out without any problems, but if it stick just run the pan under a little warm water.  (I suggest chilling the plate as the ice cream melts really fast when it hits the warm plate.)  Frost quickly with Cool Whip (I read you can make chocolate Cool Whip by folding in some chocolate sauce, but I haven't tried it) and decorate with chocolate sauce and crushed candies or whatever you want to do.  (One year I wrote Happy Birthday and covered it with sprinkles!)  Freeze again until Cool Whip is set.  Maybe another hour or so.  And that's it.  It takes some time to freeze the layers, but really it takes maybe 15 minutes of actual working time.  And it looks and tastes pretty amazing.  I'm not going to say it's AS good as one you might buy, but it's good....and I don't think there's anything wrong with that!

Mmmmm, ice cream...

This one was mint chocolate chip ice cream with a layer of chocolate crumbles and chocolate sauce and a bottom layer of chocolate ice cream.  The top has more chocolate sauce and crushed Andes Chocolates.


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