Thursday, May 10, 2012

Lazy Homemade Ice Cream Cake

Ice cream cake: name obscured b/c I'm a privacy nut

From Eco-novice's recipe archive

I never saw it officially announced, but it looks to me like the Green Phone Booth theme for May is Greener Parties!

If you are too lazy to make the ice cream cake posted earlier this week, here is the truly lazy method:

You need:

  • 9 x 11 pan, or something close
  • 1 carton vanilla ice cream (the ones that come in boxes are easy to use)
  • 1 carton other flavor ice cream (chocolate chip, cookies 'n' cream, etc.)
  • 1 box not-too-terrible chocolate sandwich cookies (I usually use Whole Foods or Trader Joes -- and, yes, they both contain palm oil)

  1. Crush up the sandwich cookies. You can use a food processor or a rolling pin or whatever. They do not need to be ground to dust, different sized pieces are fine, but a portion should be crumb-size.
  2. Press about half of the crushed cookies into the bottom of the pan.
  3. Let the ice cream warm up a bit. 
  4. Spread the non-vanilla container ice cream over the crushed cookies. I like the rectangular boxes because you can just tear off the entire box and then slice the cake into rectangles to fit your size pan.
  5. Spread the other half of the crushed cookies on top of the ice cream layer. Ice cream should be melty enough that you can press the cookies into them. This is important or the cake will just fall apart in the middle when you serve it. Not that anybody would really care...
  6. Spread the entire box of vanilla ice cream over the top. Again, slicing it into rectangles saves you a lot of spreading. I like to use vanilla on top so you can decorate the top.
  7. Put the cake in the freezer and let it firm up a bit. Then use chocolate chips or something else to spell your child's name, age, etc. 
  8. Insert candles just before lighting.
  9. Enjoy!

This simple cake is beloved by all, adults and children alike. It can be assembled the morning of the party or the night before. 

Thanks to my sister-in-law for this awesome recipe.

1 comment:

Heidi said...

Made this yesterday! So easy and delicious. I just kept asking myself why I haven't been doing this sooner?!


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