Through the years I have made many ice cream cakes. The person of honor gets to choose their favorite ice cream flavors. Chocolate and vanilla might be the most common but other combinations are great too. Coffee and chocolate is pretty fantastic. Vanilla and mint chocolate chip is a favorite of the littler kids. Cherry vanilla with plain vanilla is my husbands favorite. I like pistachio and vanilla and you can probably come up with a special combination using your favorite flavors.
One of the best parts about ice cream cake is the crunchy stuff in the center. Oreo cookies are crushed into crumbs and mixed with melted butter to make the bottom crust and sprinkled in the middle between the two ice cream layers.
Press the Oreo crumbs into a springform pan and up the sides. A little time in the freezer and the crust will hold together.
Spread a layer of softened ice cream over the Oreo crust.
Smooth the surface.
Sprinkle with the reserved Oreo crumb mixture and pop back into the freezer to firm up.
Spread the second layer of softened ice cream over the crumbs.
Smooth the top of the ice cream.
Cover with plastic wrap.
Then cover with aluminum foil to prevent air from getting in and ice crystals forming. It helps keep the ice cream, well, creamy. Store the ice cream cake, tightly covered in the freezer until almost ready to serve.
When it is time to serve the ice cream cake, you will want to remove it from the freezer 15-20 minutes before to soften and make cutting easier.
If you want to go an extra step, frost the ice cream cake with whipped topping. You can, of course make fresh whipped cream, but it is really convenient to use the whipped topping. You can even tint it with a couple drops of food coloring. Not too much though or it will become too thin.
Spread the whipped topping over the top of the ice cream cake and then pipe a border around the edge. Jimmies or sprinkles will make it look festive.
Personalize the top by piping melted chocolate with a piping bag and small round tip.
Melt chocolate and shortening in a small bowl in the microwave.
Fill a piping bag with the melted chocolate.
And write whatever you’d like onto the top of the cake.
Ice Cream Cake
If you plan on frosting the ice cream cake, spread on the thawed whipped topping and decorate as desired. This can be done before freezing or just before serving.
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