Make Your Own Ice Cream Cake
It's summer and in my house that means burgers on the grill, corn on the cob, and watermelon slushies.
And for those with summer birthdays, there is nothing like an ice cream cake.
The only problem is ice cream cakes from the local Carvel or supermarket aren't very inspiring and they are expensive. So I make my own with flavors I like at half the price. I use store bought ice cream. But you can use whatever you like.
Ice Cream Cake
10-inch springform pan
2 half gallons of ice cream, contrasting flavors (such as chocolate and vanilla)
About half a package of Oreo cookies (approximately, probably a little less)
6 Heath bars/Skors bars (approximately)
1. Crush Oreos in a clear plastic bag until crushed but chunky. (I use the smooth side of a meat mallet, you could use a rolling pin, or back of a frying pan)
2. In another bag do the same to the Heath/Skor bars.
3. With a large, heavy metal spoon, soften each flavor of ice cream in two large separate bowls so each is spreadable.
4. In the Springform pan, alternate: Half of flavor one ice cream spread out, top with half the Oreos, spread half of flavor two, top with half the Heath/Skors bars, top with remainder of flavor one, spread with remaining Oreos, spread remainder of flavor two and sprinkle with the remaining heath bars. wrap in plastic wrap and foil and keep frozen until ready to serve.
Serve in slices. Can top with fudge sauce/whipped cream, or whatever you like.
Chocolate and Vanilla ice cream is great... so is Strawberry, Black Raspberry, Peach, Coffee, Mint (without chips), etc... Just avoid flavors like Chocolate Chip and such because the chips tend to sink when softening.
For cookies...Try crushed Lorna Doone Shortbread, Chocolate Chip, or Toasted Coconut cookies and or just plain toasted coconut.
I sort of hate to admit this, but the best damned ice cream cake I ever made didn't use homemade, or even "premium" ice cream. Or homemade cookies, or Oreos, or heck, cookies at all. And as the mother of three kids, I've made a bunch of mediocre "cakes" for them.
But... Ice cream sandwiches serve as the be-all/end-all base for ice cream cake. It helps tremendously if you can get good ones (ie, Blue Bell), but I doubt it really matters. Just layer the ICS, your favorite ice cream, homemade choc. syrup, heath bar "bits" and... sheesh, yes, I'll say it.. Magic Shell. No, it is NOT haute, but its so darned good. For real.
I don't doubt you could "class it up" a bit - but I'd say not TOO much.
Yes. Really. I also love Frito Pie with Wolf Brand Chili, though, so feel free to castigate/ignore at will.
Agreed Scuba, you can really personalize the flavors to suit the recipient. My husband likes dark chocolate and coffee, while grandpa likes strawberry and black raspberry (with the Lorna Doones and coconut) because he does not care for chocolate.
One St. Patty's Day we made a lime and orange sherbet version, and my son is partial to "creamsicle" orange sherbet and vanilla.
I can't remember where I got the original recipe. I know I didn't invent it.