How to Make a Quick and Easy Ice Cream Cake

Ice Cream cake is a fun and delicious way to end a meal or to celebrate a special occasion. I find that the store bought version is boring, tasteless and quite expensive.

So for my daughter's birthday we came up with own unique customized ice cream cake. We used all of her favorite ice creams, cookies, gel decorations and candy to get exactly what she wanted. We also had a terrific time talking about the type of cake, the number of layers and which flavors would taste best together.

The first thing to do is to line a pan with a piece of wax paper or parchment paper and allow the paper to hang over the sides. Also, at this time, remember to take the ice cream out of the freezer so it can soften.

In a large bowl, beat 1 1/2 cups of heavy cream and 2 tablespoons of confectioner sugar until stiff peaks form. Spread a layer of whipped cream in the bottom of the pan and put the pan in the freezer for a few minutes. Place cookies in a bag and crush with a rolling pin and then spread a portion of the cookies on top of the whipped cream.

Add the softened ice cream and return to the freezer for a few minutes. Then repeat the steps with more whipped cream, cookies and then ice cream until you nearly fill the pan. Finish with whipped cream, sprinkle the top with chopped chocolate or candy bars. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze until firm.

When you are ready, remove the plastic wrap and while holding the paper overhang, pull the ice cream cake out of the pan and place on a serving plate. Discard the paper and complete your decorating by personalizing the cake with writing gel. Instead of using the typical greeting, think about being very creative by adding a message, brief poem or clever saying.

It only takes about 15 minutes to assemble the cake and about an hour or so to chill it completely. The cake will be the exact size and flavors that you love and will please everyone. This is just a basic concept for a unique cake. Feel free to improvise and create something special for your family and friends.