Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Chocolate Ice Cream Cake

easy ice cream cake
One of the most fun things about being in youth ministry is blessing the youth.  Hands down, that is one my favorite.
So in order to do that more, a few years ago we decided that if one of our youth had a birthday on a youth night we would give them cake.  And a smallish celebration.  But mostly, cake.  Whatever kind they wanted I would try to come up with. 
This time the birthday girl wanted a chocolate ice cream cake with vanilla ice cream.  Yum.  Since I had never made an ice cream cake for 30 hungry teenagers I had to be a bit creative.  And no, this cake here did not feed 30 hungry teenagers.  This cake with another sheet cake I made fed 30 hungry teenagers.  That’s a lot of cake.  Given the amount of cake that was needed to be made I had to keep things simple.  Like cake mix simple. 
And I hear that it was good.  And since I came home with clean cake pans I believe them. 

crazy easy ice cream cake

1 cake mix, enough to fill 2 8 inch cake pans

1 carton of ice cream

cool whip

hot fudge sauce

bake cakes according to package directions.  once done, let set in cake pans for about 10 minutes to cool, then remove to wire rack to cool completely.
meanwhile, leave ice cream out a bit to soften.  after cakes are removed from pans, spread the soft ice cream into each pan.  use an offset spatula to level. 
spread a layer of fudge sauce over each cake and then place the cakes, fudge sauce up on top of ice cream in the cake pan.
freeze until hard (or overnight)
once frozen through, prepare the cool whip frosting.  if the fudge sauce is cold, soften in the microwave until warm enough to spread easily.  mix this into the cool whip, stir to fully incorporate.
now get your cakes ready.  use a knife or spatula to remove the ice cream from the pans.  set cake on serving platter, spread a layer of cool whip on top and then top with the other cake.  frost the entire cake with the remaining cool whip.  freeze again until firm.  let set out for about 20 minutes before slicing and serving.
And now my kids are asking for these for their birthdays. 
How do you like your birthday cake?

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