Friday, May 4, 2012

Construction Site Ice Cream Cake

 After I found the ice cream cakes for sale locally were super expensive (its just ICE CREAM, people!) and that many of them had regular butter cream frosting, I looked online and found several recipes that looked easy enough. 

Here's what we did:  crush a package of oreos (and fruit loops, but they made a kind of funny texture) and let your ice cream soften for 10-15 minutes.  If you are making whipped cream from scratch do that now (I did and added ovaltine for chocolate-y goodness).  You can also use any whipped topping like cool whip - if frozen, you need to let soften the same as the ice cream.  You want a spreadable softness, not melted.

Layers:  bottom crust: oreos.  Some recipes recommend stirring in melted butter to make it more of a graham cracker crust, but I couldn't believe that was really necessary, and the cookie layer worked fine for us without butter.

Pint or 1/2 a large package of softened ice cream

thin layer of oreos

pint of ice cream (we used vanilla on the bottom and chocolate on the top.  One recipe I saw was for peppermint ice cream cake for Christmas, may need to put that on our list this year, it sounded so good!)

Top with a layer of whipped cream and crumbled topping or decoration.  We made our tiny construction trucks (the party favors)  move the oreos around.

This made a 9x12 pan of ice cream cake, plenty for 10 adults and 8 kids, with plenty left over.  You know, for recovering from the party.

Knowing how easy this is to make - there isn't any cooking, just spreading and freezing - I won't ever buy one again.  After all, it is just ice cream.

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