This easy ice cream cake recipe makes a great birthday cake and feeds a crowd! Made with store bought ice cream to be super easy, but homemade caramel and ganache to be extra delicious!
Stop! Do not pass go. Do not collect $200. There's something important to announce!
We made it to 100!! Posts, that is. Celebrations are in order. And cake! Ice cream cake. Oh, yes.
I say "we" because I couldn't have ever made it this far without you. Without you reading, gawking, commenting, making and sharing my recipes, I would have no motivation or reason to continue posting. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Seriously, from the bottom of my heart, thank you for all your love, support and inspiration.
100!! Guys, that's soooo many! It's hard to believe that in just two years I've managed to write a story, take a picture, and develop a recipe that many times. I've come a long way since my start, evidenced mostly by the progression of my photography.
What's really crazy is that in 2 years and 100 posts, there has yet to be a single recipe for cake. There's certainly no shortage of sweets here, but how about that? No cake! Until now.
It's no secret that I have
a major sweet tooth a mouth full of sweet teeth. But in a world of flaky pastries, chewy cookies and creamy custards, cake has never really buttered my bread the way the others do. Don't get me wrong now, I like cake. A lot! They're certainly the prettiest desserts out there, but they rarely top my list of favorites.
In fact, I've always thought ice cream cakes to be far superior to any other kind of cakes. First of all, it's ice cream, which doesn't really need any further justification in my eyes. Second, there's no baking involved, which is music to my sweaty, refusing-to-turn-on-the-AC ears. Just plenty of very-welcome trips to the freezer. We'll get back to ovens when the weather cools down again.
Now, I have to be honest, this isn't the first ice cream cake I've made. I've been holding out! Trying to get the mix of flavors and textures just right before passing it on. The last one I made had crushed pretzels in the middle which seemed genius in theory, but then they turned soggy and lost all their moxie. See what I'm saying? This cake has no shortage of moxie. I promise it's worth the wait. And the calories. Just look at it!
We start out with a buttery chocolate graham cracker crust, which is then sealed with a thin layer of chocolate ganache, and a sprinkling of flaky sea salt. That's only the beginning! It just gets better from here. Next, we pile on a whole half-gallon of vanilla ice cream - store bought is fine - followed by more buttery chocolate crumbs and a thick layer of homemade salted caramel. More ice cream. More ganache. More chocolate crumbs. More caramel. More salt.
Out. Of. Control.
This is a cake for indulging. A cake for sharing. A cake for celebrating. I hope you make it!
Here's to 100 more. Cheers!