Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Neapolitan Brownie Ice Cream Cake

Happy August! I can't believe summer is flying right on by and Fall will be here before we know it! This summer has been extremely hot and humid in Mobile, so I've found myself not wanting to turn on the oven and bake quite as often. Being able to open the freezer and find a sweet treat is what I'm all about these days.

Remember the Homemade Vanilla Bean Ice Cream recipe I shared with you a few days ago? Well sometimes when I eat ice cream I crave chocolate too, and cake and icing...so I decided to create a Neapolitan Brownie Ice Cream Cake just to cover all my cravings in one delicious bite!

The ice cream layer sandwiched in between two layers of chocolate is absolutely perfect. And the thin layer of strawberry buttercream adds a little extra sweetness to each bite of cake.

I cut a slice for me and a slice for you...but then I had to eat your slice because, well, it was melting and I'm addicted and it was just too darn good!

Chocolate, vanilla and strawberry not your favorite flavor combination...well the possibilities are truly endless when making an ice cream cake. You can swap out the brownie layers for your favorite cake instead.

Don't have an ice cream maker and don't want to make your own from scratch...go buy a half gallon of your favorite flavor and keeps things simple! Heck add a second layer of ice cream and feature two of your favorite flavors!

Don't want to dirty up your mixer to make the buttercream...why not ice the cake with a chocolate ganache or some whipped cream.

See what I mean, you can go a million ways with this idea! So play around with what works best for you and go create a fabulous ice cream cake masterpiece! I sure did have fun with this one, but I'm envisioning one with chocolate chips or Oreos next time around. Or maybe even a Snickers Ice cream bar cake...YUM!

Neapolitan Brownie Ice Cream Cake
(makes one 3-layer 8" cake)

-box of brownie mix
-Homeade Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
-Strawberry Buttercream (recipe below)

1.Prepare brownie mix per package directions. Bake in two 8" cake pans. Allow brownie layers to completely cool before assembling cake.
2.Line an 8" cake pan with aluminum foil. Scoop ice cream into prepared pan. I used 8 scoops and spread flat with a spatula. Place a layer of foil on top of the ice cream and place pan in freezer to firm up for 2-3 hours prior to assembling cake.
3.Place one layer of brownie on cake plate for bottom layer. Remove ice cream layer from freezer and place on top of brownie layer. Add the second brownie layer on top of the ice cream layer. Tightly wrap cake in foil and place back in the freezer for 2 hours to firm up.
4.Remove frozen cake from freezer and frost with Strawberry Buttercream. You will need to work quickly when icing the cake as it tends to harden fast since the cake is frozen. Once the cake is completely frosted place back in the freezer until ready to serve.

Strawberry Buttercream
-2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
-5 cups confectioner's sugar
-1 tsp strawberry extract
-3 Tbsp milk

-Beat butter with stand mixer until creamy.
-Gradually add in confectioner's sugar, scraping sides of bowl as necessary.
-Add in strawberry extract and milk and mix until desired consistency.

So what flavors would make up your perfect Ice Cream Cake?


  1. I love vanilla ice cream, and when I have it, chocolate is usually a accompaniment too, somehow. Brownies are the perfect chocolate component!!!

  2. What a lovely (and i'm sure, YUMMY) creation! And your idea of a Snickers ice cream bar cake sounds really tempting!

  3. WOW!! I am OBSESSED WITH YOUR BLOG!!! I want everything that you make!! Beautiful photos!


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