Saturday, July 02, 2005

Peppermint Ice Cream Cake

Peppermint Ice Cream Cake(Adapted from CL)

3/4 cup dutch processed cocoa
3/4 cup boiling water
6 tablespoons butter, melted
1 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3 large eggs
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 cups Dreyers peppermint ice cream, softened
3 cups lightly sweetened fresh whipped cream
1/8 teaspoon peppermint extract
8 peppermint candies, crushed

Preheat oven to 350

Coat 2 8" round cake pans with cooking spray. Line bottoms with parchment paper.

Combine cocoa, water, and butter, stirring with a whisk until blended. Cool.

Combine sugars in a large mixing bowl, stirring well until blended. Add eggs and beat 2-3 minutes or until light in color. Add cocoa mixture, and beat for 1 minute.

In a medium bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Gradually add flour mixture to bowl; beat for 1 minute or until blended. Stir in vanilla. Pour batter evenly between the prepared pans.

Bake 24-28 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes on a wire rack. Remove from pans. Wrap in plastic wrap, and freeze for 2 hours or until slightly frozen.

If you do not have the special cake pans I used, spread ice cream in an 8-inch round cake pan lined with plastic wrap. If you do, place the softened ice cream into the grooves of the cake from the pan. Cover and freeze 4 hours or until firm.

To assemble cake, place one cake layer, bottom side up, on a cake pedestal.

*If making without the pans* Remove ice cream layer from freezer and remove plastic wrap. Place ice cream layer, bottom side up, on top of cake layer. Top with remaining cake layer.

Combine fresh whipped cream and peppermint extract, and stir until blended. Spread frosting over top and sides of cake. Sprinkle with crushed peppermints. Freeze until ready to serve. Let cake stand at room temperature 10 minutes before slicing.


  1. Hi Joe - I'm sitting here with my 13-year old nephew drooling over the Christmas cookies but THIS cake, shall we say, really caught his attention! THAT looks GOOOOOOD, he says!

  2. What special pans and where did you get them??

  3. AK - Thanks!

    JimC - You can see what they look like here

    I have had them for a few years and bought them in another state. I believe they are called "Surprise inside" cake pans or something like that!

  4. When I was young, I liked cooking. Once my little brother and I cooked the cake like this. I asked him to mix ingredients while I was talking by phone. He put salt instead of sugar and told me nothing! I invited my boyfriend for dinner, served a table... In a nutshell when I had chewed a bit of it, I lost predilection for sweet cakes forever!

  5. Oh my gosh I love the look of this cake! I stumbled upon your blog this morning and found this...and then I ran down to the cake supply shop and said 'gimme one of those cool cake tins!' Hahaha. Apparently they're hard to come across, but the one I got is made by Wilton and is called the 'Fanci-fill (lol) Cake Pan Set'.

    Thanks so much, I'll definitely be giving this a try!

  6. Kellie - I hope you enjoy the cake as much as we did! It was such fun to make and impressive to look at!