The birthday is an excellent time for you to strike a pose, take a stand, submit your principles.
If you feel in lemon-meringue pie, say so. If you’ve got a crush on coconut, speak up. No part of blowing your birthday wish longing for the 冰淇淋.
Sometimes I regret this rule. Like if the birthday boy throws his weight behind ice-cream cake. My ice-cream cake is generally, in the local lingo, a fail.
You’d think pressing frozen treats into cake pose can be simple. It’s not. Ice-cream cake is housed in the icebox, in which the forecast is always freezing. Frozen soft ice cream is useful. Frozen cake is bad. Frozen icing is downright dangerous.
I’ve worked these complexities over many a birthday and lastly resigned myself for the obvious: Buy ice-cream cake. Which I recently did. The very first slice revealed a trade secret: all frozen treats – no cake. Or so little cake, as well as this sort of fudgy disposition, it served as sturdy chocolate subflooring.
This news renewed my zeal for homemade ice-cream cake. I used again, using the store-bought blueprint. Also, I eliminated butter, which, in arctic conditions, turns from delicious to malicious. I baked and packed and stacked, then smoothed on clouds of meringue buttercream, minus the butter.
Sliced and served, this cake stayed fudgy, creamy and fluffy. No person feared losing a tooth or losing interest. It was actually simply good and quickly gone. Leaving us wishing to get more.
Prep: 2 hours, plus 8 or more hours freezing
Bake: 8 minutes
Makes: 1 6-inch cake, serves 12
2 ounces unsweetened chocolate
¼ cup canola oil
½ cup sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ cup sifted cake flour
Pinch of salt
1 quart vanilla frozen treats
1 quart coffee frozen goodies
Soft icing, see recipe below
Melt chocolate. Stir in (in order): oil, sugar, vanilla, egg, flour and salt.
Scrape batter into 2 6-x-2-inch cake pans, lightly oiled, bottoms lined with parchment paper. Bake at 350 degrees until just set, about 8 minutes. Prove cake layers. Cool.
Line cake pans with plastic wrap, with several inches overhang. Scoop vanilla into one pan, coffee in to the other, pressing firmly and smoothing the most notable. Set one cooled cake layer on top of each ice-cream-packed pan. Cover with overhanging plastic wrap. Freeze firm, overnight. (Cake has to be thoroughly frozen to frost.)
Unmold and unwrap 三明治冰餅 disks. Stack 52dexkpky in addition to the other, cake sides down. Frost. Freeze. Let stand at room temperature about 10-20 minutes before slicing.
Whisk together 4 egg-whites and 1 cup sugar inside the bowl of your stand mixer. Set bowl spanning a pan of boiling water and continue to whisk until 165 degrees hot. Return bowl to mixer and whisk on medium-high speed until cool and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Beat in 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted and cooled.