Friday, May 6, 2011
Blowing DQ out of the water....
I invented my own ice cream cake recipe. And, yes, it blows Dairy Queens out of the water! Today was the Hub's 31st birthday!! This is the ninth birthday we have celebrated together. I'll tell you a little story filled with romance and ice cream of the first birthday we celebrated together in just a bit.
Anywho, the hubs, isn't the biggest cake guy but does enjoy other tasty treats like pink frosted donuts with sprinkles from Dunkin Donuts. He says he likes the strawberry flavor, I say he likes the sprinkles! SO...I created a mish mosh of tastiness to celebrate this birthday that will officially push him into his thirties. (I like to tease him about this for the time being. Give me another 6 months and I might have a breakdown at the mere mention of the word thirty!)
Let me just clarify, as much as I love love love to bake, I am no creator of recipes. More like the opposite. I follow recipes to a tee. But what the heck, friends? Can you really go wrong with gooey brownies, hot fudge, crushed oreos and strawberry ice cream??? I think not. Especially when you have a tiny sous chef named MacGruber.
brownies (totally used a box, folks!)
strawberry ice cream
fresh strawberries on top for some pretties (and fruit=healthy!)
First, bake your brownies according to the directions on the box. Be sure to lick the bowl!
Back to this gooey deliciousness-once brownies are cooled, start putting the cake together. I used an angel food cake pan, took out the middle insert, and put a round cake pan under the angel food pan as sort of a bottom. I knew I would want to flip this bad boy upside down once I took it out of the pan, so I started on the "top" layers first. Spread the slightly frozen cool whip on the bottom, then the strawberry ice cream on top of that. I wetted my hands with water to help melt and spread out the ice cream a bit. Pop that baby in the freezer for a bit to get that ice cream solid again. Next, schmear on that hot fudge, take a big ol' spoonful for yourself, then throw on the crushed oreos. P.S. My oreos were totally double-stuffed!! Then, I cut out big chunks of the brownies and kinda mushed them together as the final layer. I covered that sweetness and threw it in the freezer for a couple of hours. Preparing the grand masterpiece-I quickly ran the pan under some warm water just to loosen the sides. I flipped it onto a plate, gave it a few smacks, and wha-la...it actually came out in one piece!! I'm pretty sure I shouted "Hallelujah" at this point. I decorated the top with some fresh berries and friends, let me tell ya...it is good! Ice cream cake might just become a birthday tradition in the house of MacGruber! (I whipped up some of hubby's fav rice krispies treats too!)
Tell me..what birthday traditions do you have in your home?
I added one more tradition this year in honor of this post from one of my fav. family's, Young House Love. Check out the photo below. Not sure if we will continue the signage for the grown-ups. Can you imagine me standing in front of my sign that will someday say "50?" However, I LOVE the idea for MacGruber and his future siblings.
I would also like to clarify that I am in no way a food stylist. I am also no Cake Boss, kids! I love that I "tried" to take a side profile pic of my beautiful cake to show you the layers. Wait..what? You don't see layers...yeah, me neither. Must.work.on.that. Enjoy!!