Today was my awesome cousin Austin's birthday. He's actually always seemed more like a nephew (or our own kid before we even had kids of our own) and we've watched him grow from this adorable, amazing, funny, sweet little boy into this adorable, amazing, funny, sweet young adult who STILL seems to enjoying hanging out w/ us for some reason! So, I asked him yesterday what his favorite kind of cake was and he replied "Ice cream cake!!!". During a stop to one of the local grocery stores, I checked out all the ice cream cakes they had in the freezer and not surprisingly at all, I found that there wasn't a single ice cream cake that my girls could eat since they were all "Made on shared equipment with peanuts and tree nuts." Boo.
Unfortunately, there aren't too many store-bought ice cream cakes that the girls can eat given that one's severely allergic to peanuts and the other's severely allergic to tree nuts. Dairy Queen has one but honestly, I've never been a huge fan of theirs. Though that layer of crunchies is good, I prefer more cake with my ice cream and not the other way around. We used to get them from Cold Stone (YUM!!) until my 'nut-free' birthday cake a few years back accidentally came with a layer of peanut butter in it!!!!! You can bet that I'm totally turned off by them now. Thank GOD Little Sis only took a teeny tiny bite of her piece and spit most of it out because she didn't like it. It wasn't until Big Sis started yelling "This has peanut butter in it!!" that we figured out why. We watched her like a hawk for about an hour but then it was bedtime. After a couple more hours of vigilant watching over her while she slept, she finally threw up an ungodly amount all over herself but kept right on sleeping. Poor funny little thing. Luckily, I had put her down to sleep on a water-proof mattress cover on my bed and towels to cover the floor up which meant the clean up was quite manageable. And I thank my lucky stars that I awoke to an energetic Little Sis jumping up and down on the bed the next morning like nothing ever happened. Whew!
I decided to just make my own. I've made them for the hubby in the past, before we ever had kiddies to worry about. I went with an Oreo Ice Cream Cake using my favorite cupcake recipe: Pastry Affair's Vanilla Cupcakes. I simply added about 16 coarsely chopped (like each cookie was cut into about 9 pieces) Double Stuffed Oreo Cookies to the batter and mixed well. Mmmmm. Oreos.
Here's the batter in a 8x8 or 9x9 baking dish. I don't know which but either would do. :)
And here's the cake, right out of the oven. This one took a while to bake - about 30 minutes. You should definitely keep a watchful eye out on yours at around the 25 min mark. Mine got a little browner than I would have liked, but the inside just wasn't cooking very quickly. I guess that's why it's called a CUPCAKE recipe. But this still turned out FABULOUSLY!
Ooops! I forgot to take pictures of the next step, but I let the cake cool in the baking dish for a few minutes then loosen the edges with a knife and carefully flip it out onto a plate (upside down) and let cool COMPLETELY. Then, cut the cake in half, laterally and placed the top half onto a separate plate.
Next I emptied the ice cream out onto a cutting board and sliced it evenly into thirds. My ice cream carton wasn't full, but I still had plenty.
I placed the 1st third of ice cream onto one corner of the cake and then cut the other pieces of ice cream to fit accordingly. I even had some ice cream left over.
Then I re-placed the 'top' (which is actually the orginal bottom of the cake) on top of the ice cream layer.
I frosted the cake w/ my favorite frosting. It took me exactly one standard sized tub of frosting to ice this cake. After frosting it, I just stuck it in the freezer for a couple hours and it was ready to decorate and eat!
VOILA! A peanut/tree-nut free ice cream cake for the whole family to enjoy. And enjoy we did. It was seriously one of the yummiest ice cream cakes I've ever had, if I do say so myself and almost put the birthday boy into a food coma! lol. :)
Happy Birthday, Geeeeeeeeno (nickname! Can't believe you are 19! Thank you so much for spending your special day with us and these girls that love your and your little sis SOOOOOOOOOOOO much! :) And Happy Early Birthday, Jenpalalalala!! Sorry I can't make you a cake on your birthday 2 days from now!
And if you LOVE all things Oreo, then you gotta check these out up close: Vanilla Oreo Cupcakes
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