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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Birthday Cake Batter Ice Cream Cake

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As much as I wanted to keep this cake batter ice cream for late night ice cream cravings, I had grander plans for it. Although I had made Julia the chocolate peanut butter cake for her birthday, that cake was for her surprise party, which fell a few days before her actual birthday. Everyone knows you need a cake on your actual birthday too, so I set out to make her an ice cream cake starring cake batter ice cream.

You could make endless variations of this cake--oreo crust instead of graham cracker crust, different ice cream in the filling, topped with candy or caramel or fruit...don't be afraid to make it your own! That being said, I don't think this version could have been any more perfect. It was good enough for Julia to enjoy again for lunch the next day, or so I'm told...

Tell me, what's your ultimate ice cream cake concoction?! I need ideas for the next birthday!

Birthday Cake Batter Ice Cream Cake

-2 cups graham cracker crumbs
-1/2 cup butter, melted
-1/3 cup granulated sugar
-1 batch cake batter ice cream
-chocolate syrup, sprinkles, whipped cream, & cherries

1. Mix graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, and sugar in a medium bowl. Press into a 9-inch springform pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray, covering the bottom and pressing up the sides approximately 1 inch.
2. Bake crust at 400F for 5-10 minutes, until lightly browned. While crust is baking, set ice cream out to soften. After crust has cooled, spread ice cream into springform pan on top of crust. Cover and freeze for at least four hours, or overnight.
3. Before serving, decorate with sprinkles, chocolate syrup, whipped cream, and cherries. Cut into slices and serve immediately.