Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream Cake

Tuesday, February 19, 2013


Dear Husband,

When I first met you, I was a young, naive eighteen year girl, and you were a grown-up ninteen year old man.  Wow, nineteen years old, I thought, what a mature age

It's true when they say you don't choose the person you fall in love with, it just happens.  You took my breath away with your perfect teeth and smile(though you still harbor intense hatred for your old orthodontist).  With your goofy and semi-inappropriate humor that always had me laughing so hard I cried.  With your ability to both go to school full-time and work full-time.  Who does that?  And walk 3 miles each way, to and from work every day.  At 6 am.  After you had been up late the night before playing shows with your band.  The band that you were the lead singer, keyboardist, and drummer for.  Yeah, you were pretty much the most awesome guy I ever met. 

Dear Husband,

This week you turn twenty-nine years old.  Ten years have gone by and you still take my breath away.  Your smile, it will always get me.  Your dedication to learning and achieving personal goals is something I greatly admire.  You make me want to be a better person.



Dear Husband,

Happy twenty-ninth birthday.  I love you to the moon and back.  Or maybe to UDF 2457 and back.  I'm sure you like that reference much more.  I feel so privileged to have known you for ten years.  To have watched you grow and adapt.  To have experienced so much with you.  And just to love you.  I look forward to 10x10 years more.


Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream Cake
makes one 8-9" round cake
for the crust:
1 c natural creamy peanut butter
1 c vegan granulated sugar
1 tbsp flaxseed meal mixed with 2 tbsp warm water and set aside for 5 minutes
1 tsp vanilla extract 
1/2 gluten-free oats


for the frosting:
1 c raw cashews, soaked overnight
1/4 c natural creamy peanut butter 
2 tbsp almond milk
1 tbsp brown rice syrup

1/3 c vegan chocolate chips
1 tsp coconut oil

To make crust:  Preheat oven to 350.  Line the bottom of a spring form cake pan with parchment paper.  In a food processor, mix together peanut butter and sugar.  Scrape down sides when necessary.  Add in flax egg and vanilla and continue to mix.  Lastly, pulse in oats until just combined.  Press dough into the bottom of the cake pan.  Bake in preheated oven for 12 minutes.  Allow to cool, then place in freezer.

Prepare ice cream.  When finished processing, scoop ice cream into cake pan(on top of prepared crust).  Cover with aluminum foil and place in freezer.

Once ice cream is frozen, make frosting.  In food processor, blend cashews until a cream is created.  Add in peanut butter and continue to mix.  Lastly, add in almond milk and brown rice syrup and mix until completely smooth.  Scoop out the frosting onto the cake and quickly smooth over the entire surface of the ice cream.  Cover and place in freezer.

Lastly, 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.  Drizzle melted chocolate over ice cream cake.  Enjoy!

65 comments:

  1. Wow this looks delicious!!! My husbands 30th birthday is next week - this looks like the perfect cake!

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    1. thanks, em! if your husband is an ice cream fanatic like mine, it definitely would be a great cake for him ;)

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  2. I love this post! What a wonderful tribute to your husband. As the wife of a chronic over-achiever/perfectionist, I can definitely relate. But that's one of the million reasons we love them, right? Ok, now on to the cake! It looks so silky and ... epic! I love the top ... and the middle ... and the crust -- it all looks so fantastic Caitlin!

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    1. thank you so much, erin! dayv's over-achieving and extreme intelligence are definitely two of the qualities i love most about him ;)

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  3. What a delicious-looking cake. Your husband is a lucky man.

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  4. What a sweet post to your hubby :) Awe! Happy Birthday!

    And this look fricking amazing!!!! WOW! I cannot wait to make it. YUM!!!!! Dayv is one lucky guy to have a special lady make him such a terrific birthday cake! :) My birthday is in June..... :)

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    1. thank you, courtney! i'd be happy to make you an ice cream cake for your birthday! but how to get it to you...hmmm... ;)

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  5. Happy Birthday Dayv! What a wonderful birthday cake and post to your husband!

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  6. I just got all swoony/teary over that love note to Dayv. And the cake looks pretty rockin' too! Happy birthday Dayv!

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  7. what a sweet post to your love! a very happy birthday to davy!
    (ps, that cake looks phenomenal!) xo

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  8. What a sweet post! :) This cake looks amazing. I really need to stop making all the wonderful desserts I see online but this one is going straight to the top of the "must make" pile. My husband will love this! Alex @ DK

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  9. Aw, sounds like you have such a strong and loving relationship - so sweet! This cake sounds like a peanut butter lovers dream. I've always loved ice cream cakes, but I've never been lucky enough to try one that has a peanut butter crust, vegan ice cream and a peanut butter-cashew frosting! Sounds amazing!

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    1. thanks, genevieve <3 i know, i totally wanted to make a chocolate ice cream sandwich with peanut butter frosting and crust on either side ;)

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  10. What a cute post :) Love the cake also. You two look like you are living a beautiful love story :)

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    1. Cait that is great how much you love your husband. It makes your Pop very happy that you are in love. I will love to taste the cake and there is nothing much more to say but your hubby is a lucky man.

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    2. lysa- thank you <3 i love to think of our relationship as a love story <3

      dad- congratulations on posting a comment on my blog! and thank you for your lovely words <3

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  11. A sweet post and a delicious looking cake! I love that ice cream, it sounds divine. I wish you many more birthdays to celebrate together!

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  12. I can certainly tell you are living a beautiful life :)...Love stories like yours gives me hope!

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    1. aww bridge, we totally try ;) there is definitely hope that it will happen for you, too <3

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  13. Now THAT is a CAKE. Here's to a lifetime of birthdays! (And cake. That too.)

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  14. This looks amazing. I am so glad that this recipe is gluten free and I can have it!

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    1. thanks, sandi! you can totally have it!

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  15. i just want to squeeze you two so tight:)) happy birthday to dayv!
    wow a band.. that is so awesome:)
    this is an awesome awesome cake!! wish you two a lifetime of birthdays, cakes and fun!

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    1. aww richa- i WANT you to squeeze me tight <3 thank you <3

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  16. Such a great dessert to make for your boo! Your note to him here is so sweet too. I have a birthday coming up and this sounds SO tempting, Caitlin. The sheer amount of peanut butter in it is making my mouth water.

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    1. haha laura, i used to call dayv my boo, but he didn't like it too much. he thought it was weird :/ thank you!

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  17. This is one of your all-time best posts. I got a little lump in my throat while reading it and oh. my. god. This cake! This is so up my alley- I think it needs to be MY birthday cake this year!

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    1. aww kristy. i love you <3 i want to make this for you!

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  18. this post is ADORABLE! and holy buckets this cake looks yummy.

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    1. molly- YOU are adorable ;) thank you!

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    1. you're amazing, too, amber! thank you ;)

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  20. Awww! This is so cute! And seriously, school and work full-time? Crazy man! I love your ice cream cake though, PB & Chocolate is one of my ultimate favorite combos!!

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    1. thanks, jackie! he is a crazy man, but that's why i love him!

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  21. this is such a sweet post:) and what a delicious cake!! save me a slice!! :D

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  22. Such a cute blog post and such a gorgeous cake! Love it :)

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  23. That looks amazing! Well done!

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  24. What a sweet letter and a sweet cake!! How wonderful that you've known each other for ten years. Here's to many more! :)

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  25. You love him "to the UDF2457 and back!" Love it!!! What a beautiful letter! Happy Birthday to your husband and I'm so going to make this dessert!!!!!!

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    1. yay, debby! i hope you enjoy it ;)

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  26. Oh stoppp. I mean, don't stop. This was just the most adorable post ever!!! I hope to write as cool a post about my significant other someday :) And make an equally gorgeous, healthyish cake! You're giving me so many aspirations!

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    1. oh you stoppp. thank you for your kind words, erika!

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  27. if i want to just used store bought ice cream, is it just a pint?

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  28. OMG this looks like heaven :) what could I use instead of the oats?

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    1. you could try cashews that you've pulsed in the food processor!

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  29. I can't wait to make this for my boyfriend's birthday this week! Can you confirm what size pan you used?

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  30. Even though the store only had an 8", which made the crust a bit thick, the cake was a great success! My boyfriend absolutely loved it! Thanks for such an awesome recipe!

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    1. yay! so happy you and your boyfriend loved it! thanks for checking back in ;)

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