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Not What You Expected Ice Cream Cake

on 10/27/2011

Okay, people, tonight you are doubly blessed…because i was doubly blessed.  My waistline is doubly blessed too. 😛  As if the Corn and Cheese Chowder weren’t enough, i had to try another recipe because it’s been driving me bonkers ever since i read about it.  Honest.  I know i shouldn’t be that way, but when a bee gets in my bonnet,….

A few nights ago i was reading a food blog (imagine that!  nah, you don’t say! really?  how unusual!) and found myself completely fascinated.  The recipe said it was for Ice Cream Cake.  I would’ve stopped if it hadn’t been for the photo.  The photo was of a “vintage” cookbook put out by a church.  According to the blogger (Aleta at Omnomicon), it was from a Calvary Baptist Church in Easthampton sometime in the 1950’s or 1960’s.  Okay, i’m intrigued.  For one thing, i know that Baptists can cook so there’s got to be some doggone good stuff in there!  For another, i’m in a phase where i want to find older recipes.  Having run across some of my Granny’s recipes recently has kindled a fire, i guess.  Anywho, i read the recipe and got hooked.

This is not ice cream cake as in Baskin-Robbins-make-a-cake-that-tends-to-get-hard-when-frozen-and-slather-ice-cream-on-top ice cream cake.  The ice cream never makes it to the top.  It goes inside the cake.  No, not inside as in in-between layers.  Inside the cake as in it’s part of the batter!  Yes!  Are you intrigued now too?

In her recipe, she used a chocolate cake mix and chocolate ice cream and said it was the moistest cake ever.  Well, as much as i love chocolate, i had to change it up a bit but i will tell you this: IT IS THE MOISTEST CAKE EVER!!!  I cannot overstate that.  It is the lightest, airiest, moistest, most incredible cake.  I don’t know why the ice cream does that, but it does and that’s enough for me!  I used a Duncan Hines Dark Chocolate Fudge cake mix and Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream and it is moluscious!

Now…i almost didn’t include this photo but i wanted you to see that i was on the up and up.  However, i knew it could cause some serious flack from my Southern friends.  Yes, that does say Breyer’s Ice Cream.  Yes, i agree.  Blue Bell is hands-down the best commercial ice cream in the world.  There’s just one problem.  We don’t get Blue Bell in our grocery stores in WV.  I know.  I know.

Anyway, i am way too excited about this recipe.  My little pea brain is just racing thinking of all the cake/ice cream combinations!  Butter Pecan/Butter Pecan.  Carrot or Spice Cake/Pumpkin Ice Cream.  Strawberry/Strawberry.  Chocolate/Cherry-Vanilla.  Chocolate/Coffee.  Caramel or Golden/Dulche de Leche.  Wheeeee!

Ice Cream Cake

1 box cake mix
1 pint ice cream, softened
3 eggs
1 cup water

Preheat oven to 350o. Grease a tube or bundt pan, then dust with cocoa powder (if cake is chocolate) or flour.

Beat all ingredients together for 4 minutes, pour into pan and bake 45 minutes.

Serve with a dusting of confectioner’s sugar, a thin icing, whipped cream or the frosting of your choice. (i made a glaze with confectioner’s sugar, milk and mint chocolate chip flavored oil and added some green food coloring for fun.)

*note: i no longer have my tube pan and used 3 baby bundt pans and a loaf pan.  Let’s just say my reputation as not a pretty cook still holds.  The baby cakes spilled over (this stuff rises!), so be careful.  Oh, and it took a little over an hour for the loaf pan to bake.

oopsy! guess who gets to clean the oven?


2 responses to “Not What You Expected Ice Cream Cake

  1. Michael Franz says:

    So when are we getting another ice cream cake? Another combination!!! ;-D

    • choklitluvr says:

      Don’t make me come in there and smack you. Can’t do a cake with vanilla ice cream because SOMEBODY would eat it before the cake could be made!

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