Appropriate occasions for an ice cream cake
- Celebrations like graduations, a new job, anniversaries etc.
- Baby showers
- After having a baby. Because pushing a baby out of your vagina is way harder than getting pregnant and having a party about it. And a woman needs something to look forward too besides the baby. Yes, the baby is pure love – but also work. And sleep deprivation. An ice cream cake is only love.
- A bad haircut
- A good haircut!
- PMS and/or during your period. I'll take one a month please!
- You're grandma/grandpa took a spill but didn't break anything. (Why do old people fall so much anyways? Bless them.)
- A bad dream
- You lost your job
- It's too hot for regular cake
I've been deeply in love with Dairy Queen ice cream cakes since I was a young girl, so for my birthday this year I decided to create my own. My best friend and I are born 6 days apart and have celebrated our birthdays together since our souls intertwined at 12 years old. We are both vehement ice cream and dessert lovers to say the least. I am the person I am today because of her; she has undoubtedly been one of the most loving, accepting, hilarious and weirdest people I've ever known. The last few years we have spent the day at Body Blitz– a spa with a sauna, steam room and therapeutic salt water pools. It's pure bliss. And you can be naked if you want which I feel is important for us women – to get more and more comfortable with ourselves and our bodies. Up to this year, we had only ever gone during the weekdays when there are only a few handfuls of other women and almost everyone is in the nude. This year my birthday was on a Saturday. We quickly learned the weekends are a whole different animal. The place was filled to capacity as we strutted out with nip-ons and vaginas blazing into the large pool area. We were greeted with many staring eyes coming from full bathing suited bodies. Not one other naked person. We stopped frozen for a few seconds quietly muttering to each other out of the corners of our mouths if we missed some nudity ban memo since our last visit. No no, this was definitely allowed. What now? I had a split second thought of “What if I'm offending someone with my naked body..." Then I immediately shut that shit down because NO! I'm not! That's just what we've been taught to think about our bodies our whole life as women. Either offending or pleasing others with our bodies, never neutral or just being. So we decided right then and there to just own it, be proud, and be the vulnerable exposed women that we are. It was amazing. People quickly got used to us and we were told we were brave on three different occasions when completely submerged and relaxing in the cold plunge pool. Maybe they were also indirectly referring to our nakedness. By the end of the day a few other women were nude as well.
We were badass bitches walking steadily into 15 degree celsius water completely naked with nipples that could cut glass and bare butts like the day we were born.
It was a perfect way to begin a new year in this world. Brave and vulnerable all at once.
3 LAYER ICE CREAM CAKE
inspiration: bffs, birthday parties + loot bags
the feels: cold, creamy + crunchy
eat with: friends, coffee, tea
might like if you're into: friendship necklaces (remember these?), loot bags, brain freeze, spin the bottle, ouija boards, makeovers, truth or dare, prank calls, Girl Talk.
makes one 3 layer 9" cake || serves 16 – 18
- 1 + 1/4 cup chocolate cookie crumbs (like oreo cookie crumbs)
- 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
- 36 oreo cookies, half roughly chopped or more if needed.
- 1.5 - 2 cups chocolate fudge sauce (Brown Eyed Baker's recipe is lovely)
- 1.5 L each of three ice cream or gelato flavours (I used vanilla, spumoni and baccio aka chocolate-hazelnut)
- optional: sprinkles, food colouring for frosting
stabilized whipped cream frosting
- 2.5 cups whipping cream (double cream)
- 2 tsp gelatin (I use Knox)
- 2 tbsp cold water
- 1/4 cup icing sugar
- 1/2 tsp natural vanilla extract
- Line the entire inside of a 9-inch springform pan with plastic wrap (bottom and sides) with a few inches overhanging.
- In a medium bowl, add chocolate cookie crumbs and coconut oil and stir until combined. Press mixture evenly into the bottom of the springform pan. Put pan into freezer for 15 minutes or more.
- Take one flavour of ice cream/gelato out of freezer and use a knife to cut slabs right through the container. Remove from lining of container and press on top of the cookie crumb bottom. Use a spatula to press down and even out top of ice cream. Place layer of plastic wrap on top and place back into freezer for at least another 2 hours.
- Remove from freezer, take off plastic wrap and place aside. Layer full oreos on top of ice cream. Add second flavour of ice cream using the same method as step 3. Place plastic wrap back on top and refreeze for another 2 hours.
- Get a cloth and run under hot water (which will help to remove the cake from pan). Remove cake from freezer. Place a large plate or cake bottom (larger than springform pan) beside you on the counter. Turn cake upside down on to the counter (plastic wrap side down), open springform lock and remove cake from pan. Use the wet hot towel to wrap around the side of the pan to help loosen the cake. Lift up and it should slide off. Remove bottom of pan from the side facing up. Quickly grab the cake by the plastic wrap flip upside down on to the large plate or cake bottom. Cover fully with plastic wrap and place back into freezer.
- Put springform pan back together. Wash and dry if need be. Add chopped up oreos to base and cover evenly with fudge sauce. If fudge is warm, place in freezer for 30 or more minutes. If fudge is room temperature, add final ice cream layer by following the instructions in step 3 again. Cover in plastic wrap and refreeze for 2 hours or more.
- Remove both ice cream cakes from freezer. Remove the ice cream cake from springform pan the same way as in step 5. Add on to larger cake cookie/fudge side down. Cover entire cake with plastic wrap and freeze again (ideally overnight) but at least 4 - 6 hours.
- Make stabilized whipped cream. You can use this method from Wilton. It must be stabilized to keep for multiple days in the freezer. If it will all be eaten that day then you don't need to stabilize it with gelatin.
- Add colour to frosting if desired. Frost and pipe cake. Add sprinkles. Refreeze if not serving right away.
- When cutting the cake, keep dipping the knife in hot water.
Adapted from cake queen Sweetapolita.