Let them eat {ice cream} cake

We love to eat {ice cream} cake and those store-bought ones are really expensive. Since we celebrate 4 out of 7 birthdays in February, March, and April we have a good excuse to eat cake and get creative with our flavor combinations.

Caleb chose chocolate cake with M & M’s ice cream in February:

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I chose chocolate cake with coffee ice-cream in March:stacy

mgThe chocolate cake and coffee ice-cream was a hit. Jon Eric requested it for his birthday in April:

jeThese cake and ice-cream combinations are super easy, affordable, and very delicious.

My approach is really, really simple. I’m sure you have lots of ideas to “fancy it up” but for the simple approach here’s what you need:recipe

1. 1 box of cake mix, 1 gallon of ice-cream, and 1 can of frosting. Choose your own flavor combinations. Yum! You’ll also need 3 round cake pans.

2. A day before you bake the cake, take one of the cake pans and lay 2 long pieces of plastic wrap crossways inside it. Spoon the ice-cream into the lined pan and fold the plastic wrap over the top. Press down and smooth out ice-cream before returning pan to the freezer. It should look like this:recipe 2

3. Bake the cake according to package directions and allow it to cool thoroughly before assembling. Once the two layers have cooled I usually set them (separately) in the freezer for a few minutes so that they’re very cold but not frozen when I add the ice cream layer.

4. When cake is cool, place bottom layer on cake plate and add a thin layer of frosting. Remove ice cream pan from freezer and quickly unwrap and carefully turn out onto frosted cake layer. Top with cake layer #2. Quickly add frosting to the top cake layer and return to the freezer.

The cake is better if it’s allowed to freeze slightly before serving. To serve: run a sharp knife under hot water before slicing.

Warning: this cake may have side effects.caleb DSC_0328 DSC_0326

But that’s OK. Because…julia

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