“Abby, what kind of cake would you like for your birthday?”
“I don’t mind.”
“No, you need to choose, it’s your birthday”
Internal monologue- please pick an easy cake to make
“Mmmmm ok ice cream cake”
“Perfect, not a problem.”
IM- wonderful, not a clue how to make an ice cream cake
Thankfully it turned out to be one of the easiest cakes I have ever made, looked good and tasted better. If you are from Canada it is highly likely you grew up having Dairy Queen ice cream cakes for your birthday. Vanilla & chocolate ice cream with a layer of Oreo chocolate fudge and then a frozen whip cream topping with whatever you fancied drawn on top. They were delicious and I still hold that Dairy Queen makes the best ice cream cakes and blizzards ever! Blizzards are the original Mcflurry. Once you have tasted what they are supposed to taste like, you will never look back.
So I needed to tackle the ice cream cake. I procrastinated until Friday after work as I needed to make it the day before and began searching for recipes and how to make the chocolate cookie fudge layer from the Dairy Queen cakes. The below is a mash of different recipes. Nigella’s rather decadent one inspired me and then there is a touch of Dairy Queen and a bit of Lia thrown in for good measure.
2.5 – 3 litres of vanilla ice cream
2 crushed up Crunchie bars
A box of smarties
1 milk chocolate bar or a bag of chocolate chips. I used a Guivyan chocolate bar which is praline chocolate.
500 ml Chocolate fudge sauce
400g of crushed up Oreo cookies
50g butter melted
- Prepare your cake pan. Butter the sides then line it with saran wrap or cling film, depending on where you from. A matter of debate in our hostel.
- Separate your crushed Oreo cookies into two separate bowls. In one pour in the fudge sauce and mix until all the Oreo pieces are covered and you have a thick chocolatey goo. Refrain from eating it, it will make your cake delicious and it is the Dairy Queen touch.
- Scoop out your ice cream into a big bowl, add your crushed up chocolate bars stir well until it is well combined.
- Pour out you smarties on the bottom of the cake pan so that they arranged as you would like on the top of your cake. Carefully spoon and spread about 3/4 of the ice cream mixture over the smarties. Try not to move the smarties too much or pull them into the ice cream and away from the top of the cake.
- Flatten out the ice cream and spread the Fudgey Oreo mixture over the top evenly.
- Spoon and spread the remaining ice cream. You should now have just enough space for your Oreo base
- Take the melted butter and mix it with the second bowl of crushed Oreo’s. Once combined spread over the top of the ice cream cake. Cover it with cling film and pop it into the freezer over night or at least four hours.
- The most important part: how do you get it out of the pan?
Take the pan and dip the bottom of the pan into hot water. You don’t need to do it long just make sure you get all sides of the cake and then using the saran wrap pull it slowly out of the pan and flip it onto a serving plate. Then just take a fork and dive in. The smarties on top make a kaleidoscope of colour and go crunchy as well.
- Note: If you have a spring form pan you could use this instead and just make the cake right side up putting the base on the bottom, pushing the smarties into the top and using a heated knife to go around the sides of the pan to release the cake.