We had a birthday this week! Happy Birthday, S! This post is indulgent for many reasons, and I wanted to add it because I have always wanted to make an ice cream cake, and I finally did it, with some of my current favorite ingredients – ice cream (coconut) and brownies (protein rich, gluten-free).
I was inspired by Zoe’s ice cream cake blog post, and Zoe is a great online baking tutor. I’ve learned several baking techniques since reading her blog. So, for the full technique in online color pictures, go to Zoe’s post.
I modified the recipe using what I had on hand and my favorite ingredients, which I include below. And I made 4 layers, which I found to be quite enough to try to fit into my freezer. I stored the cake in my freezer by covering it with parchment paper since I didn’t have a box or cake cover that would fit. It would be great to have a homemade or store-bought cake box, but I made do (and it didn’t last too long).
Note For SCDers, substitute the Refrigerator Cake for the brownie cake.
Ice Cream Cake
- 4 cups of ice cream (or more; about 2 pints of store-bought ice cream; I used two different flavors for each of the ice cream layers)
- 1 batch of brownie batter
- Make the ice cream (or buy it).
- Make the brownie batter and then divide it into two batters. Place each batter in a 9 inch cake pan and bake the two for slightly less time (5 minutes less) than the full batch calls for.
- Cool the brownie layers of the cake.
- Place one of the brownie cakes on top of clean cardboard, and then fit this bottom brownie layer onto the bottom of a spring-form pan. Place the ring of the pan on the brownie layer.
- Slip wax paper or parchment paper in between the ring and the brownie layer, so it is around the total circumference of the brownie layer.
- Add 2 cups of ice cream on top of the brownie layer.
- Place another brownie layer on top of the ice cream layer.
- Place another 2 cups of ice cream on top of the second brownie layer.
- Decorate the top as desired and place in the freezer for a few hours.
- Serve with candles and a howling rendition of the happy birthday song.