Of First Ice-Cream Tortes and First Virtual Parties…

Happpy friendship’s day everyone! I’m so happy to welcome everyone to our very first virtual brunch! I hope you’ve brought your appetites and tons of food to share!
There are fewer things more exciting than an ice-cream cake. The fact that its being brought to a Friendship’s Day Brunch to be devoured is just the icing on the cake. To those who are ice-cream purists, this cake is the dream – a layer of Oreos (or any crushed biscuit to form a sturdy base – I used Oreos because we are inseparable), a thick layer of ice-cream, some homemade hot fudge sauce and some more ice-cream topped with some chocolate chips or whipped cream. That’s really all there is to it. I wish I could also say that its made in a jiffy but you do need to freeze it in between layers or else there wont be any distinction.
Needless to say, it was a big hit and I’ll definitely be making it again when I’m short on time but ye high on the guestlist. It also spruces up the dessert routine a notch – instead of having plain ol’ ice-cream, have 2 flavors in one slice! I started out with a 1kg ice-cream tub thinking just half a kilo wont be enough but if you leave it out, the ice-cream starts to melt thereby making it super easy to spread. I ended up using only half the pack. The recipe is inspired by Annie’s Eats, who did a layered ice-cream cake but if you’re short on time, you could try it Nigella Lawson’s way too. The only thing I would probably change the next time around would be omitting the peanut butter from the hot fudge sauce (adapted from Nigella Lawson). If you’re a peanut butter fan then this is the sauce for you, but if you’re not then the flavor can be overwhelming. Instead, you could just make a simple ganache and add some corn syrup for easy spreading (and also, the syrup ensures it doesn’t freeze into one hard block of chocolate). Other than that, this is one dessert that’s hard to resist.
Oh here are what some of my other fabulous friends brought:

Gayathri bought some chocolate chip cookies!
Sarah bought the cutest cupcakes & some roasted red pepper chicken – perfect for a girly brunch!

Ice-cream Cake
Yields: 8 to 10 servings
For base:
  • 2 packets Oreos
  • 4 tbs melted butter
  1. Crush 2 packets of Oreos in a zip lock bag with a rolling pin or just grind them in a food processor till they resemble sandy crumbs. Just 2 to 3 pulses should be good enough – remember you need a sturdy base so a few chunks will do you more good than harm. Add melted butter and mix well. Line the base of an 8″ springform tin with this mixture and freeze till firm. I checked this by turning the tin upside down – if there are no crumbs falling down, you’re good to go.
For Layers:

  • 1 half kg pack of favored ice-cream flavor (alternatively you could use 2 1/4 kg packs of different but complementing flavors)
  1. Set the tub of ice-cream in a fridge or outside (depending on the weather) to soften up. It should be easy to scoop out and spread. I left it out for about 30 minutes.
For Hot Fudge Peanut Butter Sauce:
3 tbs Golden Syrup
100g chocolate
175ml cream
100g peanut butter (smooth or chunky depending on your taste – I used chunky)
  1. In a thick bottomed vessel, add cream, peanut butter, chocolate and syrup. On a low flame, heat till all ingredients have melted and formed a thick but fluid sauce. Turn off the flame and set aside to cool. Do not use till the sauce has come to room temperature.

For assembly:
  1. On the frozen Oreo cookies base, with the help of a large spoon, scoop out some ice-cream (about 4 to 5 heaped spoons) and spread evenly across the base. You could make each layer as thick as you like. Pop it back in the freezer and wait till the ice-cream has set completely.
  2. Layer the ice-cream base with the hot fudge peanut butter sauce. Set back in the freezer till sauce has set. Because of the cream and syrup it doesn’t harden completely but you should eyeball to it ensure it doesn’t mix into the forthcoming layer.
  3. Add the final layer of ice-cream and set into the freezer again. At this stage you add chocolate chips, melted chocolate or crushed Oreos (Once again! Who can have too many Oreos eh?) or simply let it bask in its natural beauty. Before serving you could add some whipped cream if you like but again you could just let it bask in its natural beauty.


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