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"Last Minute" Ice Cream Cake (Berkeley)

Lo and behold, one of the visiting young cousin's birthdays is TODAY, and he wants an ice cream cake. Who has pre-made or can make to order on short notice? Sketch doesn't open until 12:00 to call. I need it for tonight, not for this afternoon, so it isn't like I have to go to Walgreens and slice a brick of bad icecream and stick a candle in it.

Any suggestion are most appreciated. Or am I going to end up in emergency31flavorsland this afternoon?

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  1. The only ice cream cake I've ever had at a kid's party was from Baskin Robbins. If you can find a more gourmet version, I'd be curious to know where you get it. If you're willing to to settle for B-R you can to go to their website to find the one closest to you. There seem to be a lot fewer than when I was a kid, but I think there is one in El Cerrito still. And maybe Emeryville. However, the cakes may be very yucky. I haven't tasted one in years.

    Edit -- I shouldn't post before I've had my coffee. It just dawned on me what 31flavorsland means. Duh!

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    1. re: Glencora

      The "kids" are all mid to older teens, and like the "Berkeley" foods I serve them. They are just "young cousins" in relation to me. Upscale/no hormone milk is fine :) It just needs to serve 5.

    2. Think the bakeries at Safeway, Lucky or Raleys/Nob Hill make them. Or else there's always Cold Stone

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      1. re: kc72

        Rockridge Safeway carries ice cream cake sometimes. It was pretty good. They are back in the Bakery section. Call your closest Safeway.

      2. Sketch requires 48 hours notice.

        Ici used to keep cakes in stock. Do they still? Call them.

        If you want a step up from BR, consider Ben and Jerry's - pretty sure they keep them around.

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        1. re: Morton the Mousse

          Didn't even think about B&J - they have a bunch in stock. Thanks!

        2. Haven't been to Ici in a couple of weeks, but they've always had at least 1 or 2 different ice cream cakes ("bombes", I believe they dubbed them?) available in the display case. Dunno how many mouths would need to be fed, as they aren't very large, and they'll certainly cost you a bit, but undoubtedly more interesting flavor combinations than Jamoca Almond Fudge/Rocky Road (not that there's anything wrong with that....).

          1. I know this is too late for the OP, but for future readers, Ici does usually have a few ice cream cakes (bombes) in stock, though not many, and usually only one or two flavor combinations to choose from. Also in Berkeley, the Carvel shop on Bancroft sells pre-made ice cream cakes.

            1. Too late for OP but B-R has a no-cake version that's great for those disliking frozen cake. Last weekend's birthday boy (23 years) had requested black cherry with chewy fudge icing -- deelish & not sugary sweet. No idea about cost.

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              1. re: Stephanie Wong

                Actually the B&J worked out great. They didn't have much to choose from by the time I got there which made it VERY easy! A heath bar crunch, and they write the stuff on it while you wait.