Yesterday was my Dad’s birthday. Happy Birthday Dad! It’s been awhile since I have been home to celebrate his birthday with him. However, it never fails that my dad makes himself an ice cream cake for his birthday. This is sort of our family tradition when it comes to birthdays. I decided I would make a mini ice cream cake with cake batter whipped cream frosting for his birthday. Don’t worry dad, we ate the whole thing!
Ice cream cakes are pretty easy to put together, and I mean really, what goes better with cake than ice cream? My favorite flavors are grasshopper pie (editor’s note: I don’t know what that is) ice cream with chocolate cake. There are so many flavor combinations with the ice cream cake, which is why it is one of my favorite cakes! If I wanted some serious calories, I would choose Ben and Jerry’s Oatmeal Cookie Chunk ice cream, that is my jam!
To make an ice cream cake, you first need to bake two 8″ or 9” cake rounds. I happened to bake three 6” rounds, but only because I wanted a small cake. Once your cake is cooled completely, remove each layer from the pan and cut it in half. This will make your cake 4 layers.
Thaw your ice cream for 15 or 20 minutes to allow the ice cream to become soft and spreadable. Start with the bottom layer of cake and spread evenly with ice cream. Place a second layer of cake on top. Spread another layer of ice cream, then cake, then ice cream, then your top layer of cake.
Put your cake in the freezer for at least 30 minutes to an hour to allow it to refreeze. Once it is frozen again, take a container of whipped cream and spread evenly around the outside. I have recently become obsessed with cake batter whipped cream, so I made a batch for this cake. If you have an 8” or 9” layer cake, then you will want to double the recipe.
The most difficult thing about this cake? Is waiting 15=20 minutes for it to thaw enough to cut through. Yes, you will have to remove it from the freezer before you serve it and you will need a large knife to cut through it, I prefer one with a serrated edge.
With summer time just around the corner, this is a fun treat to cool you down!