In our house, birthdays are a BIG DEAL! I think that mostly comes from my birthday being so very close to Christmas (I am a Christmas Eve baby) and there never really being an opportunity for me to have birthday parties as a child.
I have never wanted my children to ever think we didn’t feel their birthday was important so I have always gone all out for my kids’ birthday. This year my twins (Yes, TWINS!) turned 10. What better reason to make a gigantic deal about a birthday than it being the year they turn double digits, baby?
So how did I handle it? Well, with 3 days of birthday parties of course! Now I won’t go into all the details and bore you with my excessive birthday celebration for my kids, but I do want to share the recipe from my favorite chef (The PioneerWoman – found on her Food Network show).
This recipe is for her Ice Cream layer cake.
- 1 pound cake
- 1 cup vanilla ice cream, slightly softened
- 4 large peanut butter cup candies, roughly chopped
- 1 cup chocolate ice cream, slightly softened
- 1/2 cup chocolate candies, such as M and Ms, roughly chopped
- 1 cup chocolate chip ice cream, slightly softened
- Chocolate shell ice cream sauce (the type that hardens), such as Smucker’s Magic Shell, for covering the top
Slice the pound cake horizontally into 3 pieces. Place the first slice in a loaf tin lined with plastic wrap. Cover the cake with the vanilla ice cream, followed by three-quarters of the chopped peanut butter cups. Add a second layer of cake and cover with the chocolate ice cream, followed by three-quarters of the chocolate candies. Place the last layer of cake on top, followed by the chocolate chip ice cream. Cover with the chocolate shell sauce, then the remaining peanut butter cups and chocolate candies. Let the sauce set for a few seconds, then fold over the plastic wrap and place in the freezer until frozen, about 4 hours.
When ready to serve, pull back the plastic wrap, gently lift the cake out and peel off the wrapping completely. Slice to serve.
You can watch a video on how to make the cake here.
The cake was a huge success and I had some very happy kids! This is a definite recommend.