Easy peezy ice cream cake

This is one of those cakes that looks more difficult when you serve it that to actually make it – which is the kind of cakes I like.  More importantly it’s so easy and quick to make, that it will be your go to for company coming over, especially as a nice cool down in the summer.  If kids are coming this is almost a must.  It’s also great because not only can you do it ahead of time – you have to in order for it to freeze well.  Once you do it the first time you’ll see how easy and impressive this is, it’s almost criminal.

Time:

30 minutes (Plus another few hours for freezing)

Serves:

12

Good for:

  • Kids will love it
  • So easy and simple
  • Few ingredients
  • A cool treat in warmer weather

Ingredients:

  • 10 to 12 Swiss cake rolls (the small packaged ones)
  • 2 pints of vanilla ice cream, softened
  • 2 pints of chocolate ice cream, softened
Not a must:
  • 3/4 cup hot fudge ice cream topping as a middle layer
  • Syrups and other decorations

Kitchen things you’ll need:

  • Medium bowl (easily holds 2 quarts or about 8 cups)
  • Saran plastic wrap
  • Serrated knife (to cleanly cut the rolls)
  • Ice cream scoop

Making it:

  • Line the bowl with the plastic wrap. Cut each cake roll into eight slices (about 2 inches thick); line them in the bowl completely covering the bottom and sides. Doesn’t matter that there are some gaps in between.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and freeze for at least 20 minutes or until the rolls are firm.
  • Spread vanilla ice cream inside the rolls. Cover and freeze for at least 1 hour.
  • Spread with fudge topping as a middle layer or go straight to the next step. If you put fudge freeze for at least 1 additional hour.
  • Spread with chocolate ice cream. Cover and freeze anywhere between 1 hour up to 2 months!
  • Just before serving, remove from the freezer and invert onto a serving plate. Remove bowl and plastic wrap. Cut into wedges.

Tips/notes:

  • Of course you can play with the ice cream flavours such as peanut butter ice-cream with chocolate, strawberry with vanilla, mango with lemon, etc.
  • You can also use chocolate or white/vanilla rolls with strawberry jams as an alternative (or interchangeably both on the same cake)
  • It looks impressive as is, but you can always garnish with ice cream syrups of any kind and sprinkles for a birthday cake!
  • Make sure you use freezer friendly bowls such as stainless steel or silicon – most of them are anyway but just check in case so that you don’t ruin your bowl.

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