Ice Cream Cake

My second little man turned five this last week and he was VERY specific about what he wanted his special birthday cake to be.  His request: Chocolate cake with ice cream and cookies inside and sprinkles all over on the top with a big 5 candle to blow out.  I was so glad that I totally nailed it and it was A-MAZ-ING!  I’m excited to try this with different kinds of cake and ice cream combinations.   It was so worth making rather than spending $30 for an ice cream cake at Baskin & Robbins that wasn’t half as good:).

Chocolate and Cookie Ice Cream Cake

1 Chocolate Cake Mix pre made in a round pan***

Cookie Dough Ice Cream

1 Tub Chocolate fudge frosting

Oreos

Sprinkles

This takes a few steps.  It’s easy to make but takes time.  Once the cake is cooled off  place it on some waxed paper on a plate and put in the freezer for a couple of hours.  Take the ice cream out to soften a little bit and then scoop it into the bottom of the pan, that once had the cake in it, so that it’s about 1-2 inches thick.  Smooth it out as best as you can and put it back in the freezer.  After a couple of hours, take the cake and ice cream out of the freezer.  Cut the cake in two with a long serrated knife.  Put one half of the cake on the serving dish. (I crumpled up some Oreos and put it on the dish so the cake wouldn’t stick to the plate)  Put a warm washcloth on the outside of the pan holding the ice cream so that it melts a little bit and can slide out easily.  Plop the ice cream layer on top of the cake bottom and then place the top half of the cake on top of the ice cream.  It looks like a big oreo:).  Cover in a few layers of foil and stick in the freezer for a few hours or over night.     Carefully frost the cake.  It won’t look super neat, but that’s okay.  Cover the sides with cookies to cover the imperfections and cover the top with sprinkles or crumbled up cookies.  Numm Num Num!  Enjoy!

***I used Dark Chocolate Fudge Mix with the high elevation instructions and replaced the oil for applesauce.  Be sure to spray the pan really well so that the cake will slip out easily.  I have a springform pan with a drop out bottom that made it even easier to make.

PS: We did have a big ’5′ candle on the top.  It made my little man’s day to have exactly what he asked for.  :)