Ice Cream Cake

Thursday, February 23, 2012



Some men never grow up.  My husband is one of them.  Last week, I asked him what kind of cake he wanted for his birthday.  Without missing a beat, he said, "ice cream cake with chocolate candy on top."  At first I was a bit taken aback, but then I remembered all the pictures of Dayv at various birthdays, blowing out candles on ice cream cake.

On Sunday, I made his favorite childhood birthday cake come to life.  One of Dayv's requests was for it to be vanilla chocolate chip ice cream, but he didn't want it to be boring.  I decided to make a raw crust for the bottom of the cake and to also incorporate it into the decorations on top.  I also made chocolate candies based off my Valentine's Day chocolates.  Lastly, I added a little Ricemellow to the ice cream right after it had finished churning, since Dayv is such a big fan of marshmallows. 

Tonight I presented Dayv with his Happy Birthday Ice Cream Cake.  Sometimes, the best way to show you love someone is by making them an ornate vegan ice cream cake.  Sometimes, that's all you need to do.  Happy birthday, Best Friend <3  


Ice Cream Cake

for the raw crust:
2 cups raw cashews
1/4 cup medjool dates
2 tbsp maple syrup
1 cup vegan chocolate chips
1 tbsp coconut oil

for the candy:
1 cup vegan chocolate chips
1 tbsp coconut oil
marshmallows

for the ice cream:
2 can full fat coconut milk(chill one in the refrigerator)
1 cup vegan sugar
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1 cup mini chocolate chips
8 heaping 1/4 tsps of Ricemellow Creme

Make crust:

Prepare a 9" round cake pan by cutting out a round piece of parchment to fit the bottom of the pan.

Using a food processor, pulse cashews until they are crumbs.  Add in dates and pulse again until they are fully incorporated.  Pour maple syrup over the mixture and pulse again until a raw dough is formed.  It will be consistent in color and texture and hold together well.  Set 1/4 cup of the mixture aside for decoration(chill in refrigerator).  Take the remainder of the crust dough and press to the bottom of the parchment prepared cake pan, making it as even in thickness as possible.  Place in freezer.

Bring a small pot of water to boil.  Place a glass bowl overtop of the pot and add the chocolate chips.  Stir continually until the chocolate chips are completely melted.  Add in the coconut oil and continue to stir until chocolate is very smooth.  Take cake pan out of freezer and spoon/brush melted chocolate over the crust, covering the entire top.  Place pan back into freezer.

Roll out 1/4 cup of crust to your desired thickness.  Use your favorite cookie cutter(s) to make shapes to decorate the top of your cake.  Place in a sealed container in the refrigerator, separated by parchment paper, until ready to use. 

Make candy:

Bring a small pot of water to boil.  Place a glass bowl overtop of the pot and add the chocolate chips.  Stir continually until the chocolate chips are completely melted.  Add in the coconut oil and continue to stir until chocolate is very smooth.

Spoon just enough chocolate into the molds to cover the bottom.  Take each marshmallow and toss it in the chocolate until covered.  Place in the candy mold, and cover with additional chocolate until the entire mold is filled.  Refrigerate/place in freezer until candy has hardened.  Pop out of the molds and store in airtight container, preferably in the refrigerator. 

Make Ice Cream:

In a medium sized pot, combine 1 can of coconut milk and sugar.  Whisk continually until sugar has completely dissolved.  Pour into a bowl, cover, and place in refrigerator or freezer.  Once chilled, combine with chilled can of coconut milk and vanilla extract and whisk until smooth.   Add to ice cream maker and process according to manufacturer's instructions.  Once the ice cream has finished churning, stir in chocolate chips and Ricemellow.  Spoon ice cream into cake pan, cover, and place in freezer.

Just before the cake is going to be served, remove from freezer.  Run a knife in between the cake and thesides of the pan to separate.  Remove the springform pan and top the cake with your decorations.  Enjoy ;) 

36 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday Dayv, spoiled again I see :)

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  2. The cake looks beautifully perfect, Caitlin! You can tell it was made with <3!

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    1. thank you, erin! that's so sweet of you to say <3

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  3. I hope Dayv had a wonderful birthday! I am sure with that ice cream cake, he probably did!

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  4. How did you think of this!!! Your a RaW Genius! I have no kids bday parties coming up so I think I will have to throw myself one :)

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    1. a genius?! wow, that's quite the complement! and you should TOTALLY throw yourself a party- you deserve it!

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  5. My boyfriend is the same way. Chocolate anything and he's happy as can be.

    This cake looks AMAZING! I would definitely be in line for seconds!

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  6. Happy Birthday to your Boy!

    For the record my Birthday is July 22nd in case you wanted an excuse to make another amazing cake :)

    No really, this looks so good!!! Justin always requests a German Chocolate Cake - always. Me on the other hand am with Dayv; I LOVE Ice Cream Cakes!

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    1. thanks, heather! i was a fan of german chocolate cakes back in the day, too!

      my birthday is the 31st- maybe we can have a joint birthday party/cake? ;)

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  7. I love ice cream cake too - Dayv is a lucky guy for you to make this for him! The top reminds of of Candy Land...like a mixture of the ice cream sea, lollypop woods and candy cane forest! (now I want to play that game again...)

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    1. thanks, genevieve! it DOES look like candy land! that game brings back good memories for me, too ;)

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  8. You spoil that man! Which inevitably makes me want to marry you as well :) Hopefully we can work something out..

    What a BEAUTIFUL cake, Caitlin!! I am currently working on what type of cake I want for November. hehe

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    1. haha..i do..but he's worth it <3

      and, cara, we SHOULD work something out..i'm sure dayv would be open to it if i showed him all the candy and cookies you make ;)

      i want to make you a birthday cake. let me know ;) :*

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  9. Wow. How do I get you to love me enough to make me one of these?

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    1. haha brad! you make me laugh! i'm a happily married woman, though. but, you're very sweet to say that.

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  10. seriously Caitlin! Happy Birthday to Dayv! Hope you 2 had an awesome day!
    i should hide this post from hubbs.. else i will have to whip this up for his bday..
    though just in case. my bday is in October. i will remind you then.. just in case you think about overnight-ing something to me.. just in case:D
    i heart those hearts on top.. its like a dream!

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    1. thanks, richa! i'm sure you spoil your husband on his birthday, too!

      and i'll write october down in my calendar to make you a birthday cake ;)

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  11. Holy beautiful ice cream cake!!! Make one for my birthday, please? :)

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  12. Wow, that looks fabulous! Dayv is a lucky man!

    By the way, next time, you don't need to heat the coconut milk and sugar. You can combine them in a blender for about 30-40 seconds to dissolve the sugar, or whisk it until the sugar has dissolved. That will give you finished ice cream in a fraction of the time. Chill both cans and go from there.

    Alina Niemi
    Author of The New Scoop: Recipes for Dairy-Free, Vegan Ice Cream in Unusual Flavors (Plus Some Old Favorites) alinaspencil.com

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  13. Wow, this cake is GORGEOUS! I love the hearts on top. What a lucky husband! =)

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  14. It's my birthday this month and I seriously want this as my cake. Shame we can't get marshmallow creme here.

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    1. oh no, really? i wish you could have this cake for your birthday ;(

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  15. That is one gorgeous vegan ice-cream cake! Beauty!

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  16. This looks incredible! I'm going to have to try it out for my sister's birthday - she's vegetarian and LOVES ice cream! Xo.

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    1. thanks, lisa! i hope your veg sister loooooves this ice cream cake!! xo

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  17. Caitlin, this ice cream cake looks delicious! Like your husband, I've always had ice cream cakes for my birthday. Nice to see such a beautiful vegan version! Thanks for stopping by Munchin with Munchkin. You have a great blog here!

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  18. Where do you find vegan marshmallows? or do you make them? i always crave them but the normal kind arent even vegetarian let alone vegan

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    1. i get dandies, which are vegan and gluten-free. i buy them at whole foods!

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