Friday, August 20, 2010

Easy Ice Cream Cake

Happy Birthday to my youngest! Kathleen is 16 today. Today we leave to move our oldest to college. This is the birthday cake we made to celebrate Kathleen's birthday(2 days early) I make a similar cake with cool whip, but this was a nice change. It easily fed 9 adults with some left over.

Easy Ice Cream Cake
(adapted from Real Simple)

1 c. heavy whipping cream
2 Tbsp. powdered sugar

Ice cream sandwiches – enough to make 2 layers in your loaf pan – original recipe called for 6, but I needed 10

1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1/2 c. mini chocolate chips

Line a loaf pan with a piece of wax paper or parchment, allowing the paper to hang over both long sides.

In a large bowl, beat the cream, sugar, and vanilla extract until stiff peaks form.

In the bottom of the pan, arrange a single layer of ice cream sandwiches, cutting them to fit as necessary. Spread with half the whipped cream.Sprinkle with mini chips. Repeat with the remaining sandwiches and whipped cream.

Sprinkle the top of the cake with mini chocolate chips. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze until firm, at least 1 hour and up to 1 week.

Holding both sides of the paper overhang, lift the cake out of the pan and transfer to a platter. Discard the paper, slice the cake, and serve.

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