Its birthday-season in the family, which I have to admit puts quite a lot of extra stress. The whole party thing is loads of fun but does impact the troops quite a bit since it is sooooo exciting, and out of routine. Whilst its fun to be centre of attention, I can also see that it is stressful on him.
Most years we have a big bash, and this year was supposed to be a quiet party. Somehow it turned into having a bunch of boys (was it 6… or 16??!!) for a sleepover and we took them out to a show at the Observatory. They all had an awesome time although I couldn’t tell their parents that they’d had much sleep! Because we don’t eat the traditional party food it was a little different in the food department and I did my best to satisfy everyone’s taste buds but when the cake came out … it was game on!!
All the boys at school are into the book series called Beast Quest so it was the easiest cake decorating I’d ever done – a couple of print outs, some kebab sticks and glue – done!
I used the basic recipe from my previous post on chocolate chip ice cream:
- 2 cups cream
- 1 cup milk (raw milk straight from the cow is best – can use kefir instead if you can’t eat lactose)
- 2 Tbsp heaped with honey (or as much as you need to suit your taste)
- 1 dessertspoon vanilla essence
- 1 1/2 cups berries (preferably organic)
- 1 TBsp butter (or coconut oil)
- 1/3 – 1/2 cup honey (alter to taste)
- The compote takes time to make, so start by putting the berries, honey and butter in a saucepan. Heat till just below boiling point. Leave to simmer until berries become a jam-like consistency. The larger berries might need a pressing down. Approx 20 mins. Place on plate to cool
- Beat cream and milk until lightly thickened
- Turn the beater down to low and add softened honey, and vanilla
- Beat for a short time longer until cream is formed, but not stiffly whipped. It should only be lightly beaten, not as much as you would put with jam on a scone.
- Put in round cake tin and gently swirl through the berry compote. if you want it pink just stir right in.
- Throw it in the freezer – that’s it!
I used a silicon cake tin which made it easy to remove – if using a regular tin make sure you line it with baking paper.
This could be decorated with whipped cream, and/or fruit. I thought it looked nice quite plain so just went with some berries on top. What I do find quite funny is that when I was little an ice cream cake was always my favourite. It kind of made sense becasue I’m a summer baby – even in the winter Cruz has had this for 2 years running now – and loves it!
Have you ever had an ice cream cake? Any exciting ideas for decoration? Have you tried this?
Would love to hear your comments below.