Chocolate, vanilla and strawberry ice cream
Today I bring a spin on the ice cream cake that involves well…no cake. This is a great treat to make as a regular cake alternative for your ice-cream loving friends.
Instead of cake , this recipe uses a cookie crumb crust similar to a cheesecake. I have also included a decor DIY I think is fitting for any ice cream party.
ICE CREAM CAKE
I made two small cakes and some mini ones. The process is identical the difference is the container used. You can also make a larger cake or use a loaf pan.
WHAT YOU NEED
1) Ice cream– I bought a box of neopolitan ice cream that way I got 3 flavours out of one purchase but use whatever you have/want.
2) Cookies/Buscuits– I used custard creams as the vanilla and strawberry base and oreos for the chocolate base.
Custard creams and oreo cookies
PROTIP : The key here is the spring form tin. I have attempted ice cream cakes in the past that didn’t work out because I simply couldn’t get them put the tin. Remember you are freezing the ice cream, it will not easily slip out of a regular tin. For the smaller ones it was easier to remove because liners were used. I haven’t tried it but I suspect this could work with a silicone container.
4) Blender/Food Processor – To crumble the cookies. You can alternately do it manually.
WHAT TO DO
1) Remove filling from your biscuits (if they have )
Golden custard and oreo cookies sans cream
2) Blend cookies -In food processor / blender/nutribullet to create crumbs. If you don’t have one of these devices then place the cookies in a plastic bag, get a heavy utensil (mallet, bowl, leg of ham…) and pound the daylights out of it, use that elbow grease. This is a more labour intensive method but it works just fine.
3) In a heated skillet melt a small amount of butter at a time alternatjng with adding cookie crumbs. You want to create a concoction the texture of moist sand.
Creating crumb and butter mixtures
4) Press cookie-butter mixture into lined pans or cupcake liners and place in the freezer for about 15 minutes to firm up.
5) Once the crust is firm add softened ice cream on top and smooth over. Atthis point you can make any additions you want like broken up cookie bits, fruit, jelly candies. ..you get the idea.
Process of adding ice-cream to base.
6) Freeze for at least 6 hours but overnight if you can. I want to recommend covering your cakes with plastic wrap as this may help reduce the frostbite mine ultimately suffered.
7) Decorate -I broke up some cookies and placed them onto the top of the cakes but you can add sprinkles, frosting whatever you want!
I made a banner using dyed doilies as I thought this would go along with the ice cream vibe. I made a similar one a few years back for my mother’s birthday party. Doiles are very inexpensive and can be used in all kinds of crafty activities and I think they suit events such as ice cream and tea parties.
WHAT YOU NEED
1) White doilies (I used 6 out of a package of 40)
2) Food dye– you can also use natural dyes such as berries or tea.
WHAT TO DO
1) Place water into bowl and add dye. The more dye and less water you add (i.e the more concentrated the solution) the more brightly coloured your doily will turn out.
Water and dyes placed
2) Place doilies in and let soak. -I left mine for about one hour, long enough to soak up as much colour as possible but not so long as to become over saturated and disintegrate.
Dyed and dried doilies
4) Fold dried doilies over string and glue. I folded mine 1/3 over because I liked it better that way, but you can fold it in half or even cut them to make more.
Folded and glued doilies (back view)
Hang and enjoy!
Combine your decor and finished ice cream cakes for a whimsical ice cream party. This is great for birthdays, a cute dessert option for any gathering.
Have an awesome day!