Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Black Forest Ice Cream Cake

Five years ago yesterday, I became a mom! For SA's birthday, I made a simple ice cream cake. I'm usually a from-scratch kind of baker, but we'd had a crazy week with the two youngest sick with a virus. So I used a cake mix and dressed it up with ice cream, chocolate, and cherries. The one thing I was worried about - that the cake would be hard once it was frozen - didn't end up being an issue when I served the cake about 5 hours after putting it together. It was harder the next day, but simply letting it stand at room temperature for a few minutes fixed it.

Black Forest Ice Cream Cake

1 Devil's Food Chocolate Cake mix, prepared as per directions on the box for a 9x13 pan. (I used milk instead of water)
1 litre Cherry/Chocolate/Vanilla type ice cream (I used half a container of PC Loads of Cherries and Chocolate Chunks)
1 litre Vanilla ice cream (I used half a container of PC Cream First Vanilla Bean)
3/4 cup chocolate chips
1 tsp butter
1 cup cherries, pitted (I took the sweet cherries out of a bag of frozen Welches Cherry Berry mix)

Cut the cooled cake in half. Put it in the freezer for 10 minutes or so. Soften the cherry ice cream slightly (leave it in the fridge for a while, or just mix it in your mixer until it's spreadable) and spread over the bottom half of the cake. Top with the top half of the cake and freeze. Soften the vanilla ice cream slightly. Spread over the top of the cake. Freeze until firm, at least 3 hours. Before serving, arrange cherries over the top. Melt chocolate and butter together. Let cool. Scrape chocolate into a small Ziploc bag and cut a small hole out of the corner. Make designs on the cake.


  1. It looks lovely..... and it gives me a very good idea about what to do for Wesley's birthday. So I think that I will make a chocolate, fudge, icecream and cake cake. I'll leave out the cherries because I don't think he would love them.

    Happy Birthday to you, too. 32 years ago Mama became a Mother. :)

  2. Nice! Are you going to make yourself a cake, tooÉ
    We take the girls past the cake display at Superstore every time we go (that, and the lobsters), so now she is planning to have a cake with flowers, and ice cream comes. You know, the kind of cake that has ice cream cones filled with coloured frosting in ice-cream shape all around the outsideÉ
    I know itès my own fault.

  3. It looks lovely! I'll bet it was delicious, too.

  4. It was scrumptious. I have to stop myself from sneaking pieces...
    I didn't make myself a cake because we were still working on Seth's, but I might make one this weekend to share with Stephen's family. I'm not sure what, yet. Should I stick with my tried-and-true favourite no-bake blueberry cheesecake, or try something new and glamourous from Pinterest?
    Wendy, the cool thing about this cake idea is that you can do any kind of cake, ice cream, and embellishment that catches your fancy. The basic idea came from Pinterest, where I saw a French vanilla cake with mango and raspberry sorbet and a whipped cream topping. ( I have an idea for a creamsicle cake...)

  5. I think you should try something new. But stay away from dubious ingredients like cool whip and lemonade concentrate.

  6. Oh? Did you have a flop, by any chance? I did pin a cake once that had lemonade concentrate that looked good. No cool whip = a no brainer.