Friday, July 10, 2009

Ice Cream Crunch Cake - Foodie Friday



From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...I love recipes that draw children into the kitchen and involve them in food preparation. Supervision is, of course, necessary, but this dessert - an ice cream cake - can be made by a ten year old. The result is a cake worthy of a minor feast. Aspiring young chefs will need an apron or old clothes and you'll need lots of paper toweling and a smidgen of patience to pull this off. It's a messy but doable dessert. Their pride when the cake is unmolded is unmistakable. That alone would make it worthwhile, but the cake is actually good. Over the next two weeks I'll be working on the recreation of prize winning recipes. Some will be mine, some will belong to friends who've taught me grace in defeat. This recipe is an award winner from the Utica Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Festival. Wilma Griffin fashioned a cake that blends crisp rice cereal with chocolate and peanut butter to form a soft crunchy brittle that's worked into ice cream. You wouldn't want to serve this to the queen or your gourmet club, but it's great for any other occasion where family and friends gather to break bread together. There are no special ingredients here, but good ice cream and chocolate help this along. You'll want to make this at least 8 hours before serving. Once you've tried this you'll probably want to experiment with other flavors, but here is the basic recipe.

Ice Cream Crunch Cake ...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite

Ingredients:
1 (12-oz.) package semisweet chocolate chips
2/3 cup smooth peanut butter
6 cups crispy rice cereal
1 gallon vanilla ice cream

Directions:
1) Melt chocolate chips and peanut butter in a large saucepan set over low heat. Stir in crispy rice cereal; mix well. Turn onto a baking sheet lined with waxed or parchment paper. Spread into an even layer. Let sit for 2 hours. Mixture will firm slightly but still be moist. Break into small pieces. Set aside 1-1/2 cups of mixture for topping.
2) Soften ice cream. Fold in all but reserved portion of cereal mixture. Spread into a 10-inch springform pan. Top with remaining cereal mixture. Freeze firm, about 4 to 6 hours. Remove sides of springform pan and transfer to refrigerator about 45 minutes before serving. Yield: 12 servings.

This recipe is being linked to:

Designs By Gollum - Foodie Friday

Ice Cream Social held at Kitchen Bouquet

Recipe Girl - Ice Cream Sandwiches

86 comments:

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Now, if a child can make this, there's hope for me! Thanks so much for sharing this. I'd like to try this with my godchildren!

Happy Foodie Friday...

XO,

Sheila :-)

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Mary, somehow I missed that this was YOUR recipe! Oh, now I know it will be wonderful...

XO,

Sheila :-)

Kathy said...

Oh, this looks heavenly!!! I can't wait to try this with my kids!!! Yeah, I'm using them as an excuse!!! ;) lol... Thanks for sharing!

Kara said...

Oh yum! I will have to try this with my boys.
Noticed your grandsons on the side by the way, and they are all cuties!!

the ungourmet said...

This cake looks amazing!

It looks like there are nuts in there. Is that from the brittle? What kind of nuts are they?

once in a blue moon... said...

oh yeah, my kinda food!

Chandy said...

I am trying this recipe! Oh, I can already hear my darling babies lovin' this! Yum!

heartnsoulcooking said...

WOW!!! a great to die for dessert. I must try this one as soon as possible. Thanks!!! Geri

The Fajdich Times said...

Yum, looks sinfully wonderful. Have a great weekend:)

finsmom said...

My little one would LOVE this. I can just see my daughter in the kitchen!

Joyce said...

A rice with Rice Krispies is definitely one I need to make! Thanks for sharing and it looks delicious. I wonder if I make it now and put it into the freezer if it will be ready for my breakfast:)
Joyce

Southerncook said...

OMG, Mary, this looks heavenly. Something I want to try very soon.

Carolyn/A Southerners Notebook

Foley said...

This looks so cool and delicious!!
And being easy is a super plus!

You need to link this to Suzy's at Kitchen Bouquet for her Ice Cream Social this weekend..it is perfect!!!

My Little Space said...

Oh Mary, this is absolutely super yummy! My kids sure will love it.

Mary said...

Kim, there are no nuts. What you see are the coated rice crispies. Nuts, of course, could be added.

Valerina said...

Oh yum! This must have a wonderful texture.

Debinhawaii said...

Oh Wow--does this look yummy! It is stunning!

Katy said...

This holds so much appeal to me; it makes me happy just to look at it. I can imagine I'd only be happier EATING it!

Puna said...

Oh my gosh, NO WAY! I'm bringing this to a party next week. Yum!

Beautiful Pear Tree Lane said...

Hi mary,
I can't believe how simple and delicious this cake looks, thanks for sharing. I have a grandaughter coming that loves to create and I think she might want to try this one. I am looking forward to the new recipes you will be sharing.Thank you for sharing.
Sue

Carrie said...

Oh.... Yum!!! That looks so very yummy! Course, I am a fan of ice cream (the only one is my house).

Hootin' Anni said...

Ohhhhhh, MY.....Gawd!!!

See me now? I'm grabbing my keys and taking a quick trip to the store for the ingredients.

Heck, even BUD can make this, and he'd be so proud of himself...he only knows how to make a peanut butter sandwich, so this one will show how accomplished a cook he really is!!

:::drooling:::

pk @ room remix said...

This looks SO yummy! Can't wait to try it.

pk @ room remix said...

This looks SOOOOOO yummy! Can't wait to try it.

Marsha's Mpressions said...

OH OH OH! How delicious this looks! This will be my next dessert to try!!! Thanks!

Nicole Feliciano said...

Oh my! This is decadent. I tried making Soft Shell Crabs while this week. I hope you'll share this on my recipe exchange. Here's my link for Friday's Feast.

http://momtrends.blogspot.com/2009/07/friday-feasts-soft-shell-crab.html

Claudia said...

What a wonderful summer dessert! And crunched for time, can buy the ice cream! It looks gorgeous and would certainly bring my grown children into the kitchen!

Olga said...

ooh, that looks gorgeous!

Frugal Fine Living said...

Oh, my ... this looks wonderful! If I wasn't on vacation, I'd be headed down to the grocery store to buy the ingredients.

Jane

Gaby said...

Mary there aren't even words to describe how amazing this looks and I want to eat it for breakfast right this second!

Mama said...

There are no little ones around here just now, but it won't stop me from trying your delicious recipe :-), hugs, Kathy.

Thank you for your sweet comments Mary, I always enjoy your visits to my blog. K.

darnold23 said...

This looks absolutely beautiful, and I am sure that it tastes terrific. It really sounds like something we would enjoy here at our house. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Please come again soon.
Beginning August 5, I will be hosting Crock Pot Wednesdays at Diningwithdebbie.blogspot.com. I hope you will join me. Thanks again for sharing.

Karen said...

What a beautiful ice cream cake! My sister used to make ice cream cakes for her boys' birthdays... this reminds me of it.. they were always so good!

Rhonda @ Shellbelle's Tiki Hut said...

Okay,

I love chocolate……check
I love peanut butter……check
I love ice cream……check

I love Mary's recipes……five checks!

Forget the kids, I'm making this for me!

Pam said...

Wow! What a fantastic and beautiful cake. Looks so good.

Ann said...

This is surely a Perfect bite! looks so delish

Lori E said...

Ya but if you make it with the kids then you will have to share it too. I say we make it when no one is home then hide it in the freezer labelled liver and onions. Then we can chip away at it over a period of days an no one will know.
Just look bewildered when someone says "I smell peanut butter & chocolate". Be sure to wipe your mouth well with a napkin.

Bill said...

Now that's a recipe guaranteed to bring out the KID in ALL of us!!!

Thank you for the generous comment you left for me. Hope our paths cross again very soon!

I'll definitely be back to check out your earlier posts!

Bye for now,
Bill @ Affordable Accoutrements

Kristine said...

Jackpot! This looks delicious!

Tammy518 said...

Wow, my mouth is watering, looking at your ice cream cake. Sounds delish and easy too, which is also a plus.

I noticed the green beans down below and they look good too, something my vegan son would like.

The Cooking Photographer said...

Hi Mary,

Omgoodness. My daughter would love to do this!

I stopped by to tell you I mentioned you on my blog today. You have been with me on this journey from near the start. Thank-you for that.

Laura

Katherine Aucoin said...

My youngest would love me forever if i made this. It looks beautiful and so decadent.

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Good Morning Sweet Lady. As usual when I think she can't get any sweeter, you just knock me over with something else. This is simply divine. I am going to have to try it. Thank you so much for sharing. Please stop by and say hi this morning. I have left something on my blog for you. You are so deserving. You share so much of your daily life with us, and I always feel a little like coming home and wondering what is Moma cooking today? Thank you Mary, you are so appreciated. Country Hugs honey, Sherry

Cass @ That Old House said...

Well, heck, if I WERE the Queen, I sure as heck would love a big ol' serving of this scrumptious dessert! don't leave the poor queen out -- this is fabulous.
Cass

Christi @ A Southern Life said...

Oh my stars, this looks incredibly delicious. Definitely a keeper!

Christi

Julie said...

This is one of those so easy and so delicious recipes that I can't believe no one has thought of it before. Simply perfect!

The Desperate Cook said...

That is the best looking ice cream cake I have seen....oh my gosh!!! I would love to eat a piece....right now!!

Donna-FFW said...

Oh that sounds like so much fun! And it looks so grand!

girlichef said...

The kiddos would have a blast making this...and I would have a blast eating it :D

Madam Chow said...

Holy Moses. My jaw dropped when I saw your picture - this looks fantastic, and I'm not even a kid! And thanks for stopping by my blog - it's good to hear that someone else has tried that chocolate bread and liked it.

Faith said...

This looks better than any ice cream cake I have ever eaten! Wow, I'm tempted to make it right now!

Lady Katherine said...

I love this cake! My grandchildren would love this! Me too! How grand it looks! Oh, I need a spring form pan! Thank you for stopping by to visit me, I just love reading your comments! I took you up on your invitation to come to your table and I have enjoyed myself so much!

Pam said...

We love ice cream cake! If my kids could make this, then I am sure I could too!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Since we're expecting our first grandchild this September I will save this :) It looks wonderful!

~Susan

Natashya said...

That does look like it would be fun for kids. I am a bit of a loner in my kitchen (except for puppies!)
Maybe I will be more patient with my grandchildren than I was with the kids!

Hoosier Homemade said...

Yum! I posted an Ice Cream Cake earlier this wk too. It must be the summer time dessert right now!
Thanks for stopping by my blog!
~Liz

Shelia said...

This looks amazing! I act like a child, does that count!? ;)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

ellen b. said...

Oh Mary! You are the queen of beautiful good looking food!! I'm just drooling over your photography!!

Toni said...

THAT... LOOKS... FANTASTICALLY YUMMY!!!!!

♥peachkins♥ said...

I am absolutely mouthwatering right now!

Andrea at Opulent Cottage said...

That's fantastic! I love cooking with kids too, my 15-year old daughter and her friends. And I'm getting green beans in my co-op box today, so thank you for the bean recipe!!
Andrea

Cami @ Creating Myself said...

What an incredible "cake"! I can't wait to make this we/ the grands. Love the name of your blog.... I am always trying to create the perfect bite.

Suzy said...

Oh this looks incredible. It struck me when I saw the ingredients that it must take like a Whatchamacalit candy bar which is tops in my book. Thanks for joining in for the Ice Cream social! I was hoping to collect some great recipes and this one is surely a winner.

Foley said...

I'm so glad you linked up to the Ice cream social - gave me another chance to drool over this dessert..have added it to my file and anxious to make it before the summer is over..

printersdevil said...

What a decadent looking ice cream cake. I can't wait to try this one.

Florida Sue said...

This looks heavenly, and I will be sure to try it the next time the grandkids visit. Of course I will have to test it a few times myself!
Thanks for the tip about Deco Lady. I am just catching up reading all of her wonderful posts. (I am catching up on every delicious bit of your posts too, Mary)

XOSue

Deborah said...

Oh, my goodness - this looks amazing!!!!

Kate said...

Wow! This looks fantastic! This will be a great on to do with the nieces and nephews!

Kathleen said...

Hi Mary,
I see you linked up at Suzy's Kitchen Bouquet Ice Cream Social. www.kitchenbouquet.blogspot.com
Could you add that to your post so others can find it easily and see all the delicious entries??
Your cake looks delicious..so refreshing...
Have a good week...

Sasha said...

Omg. This looks so good that I might just have to make it.

Debbie at Mountain Breaths said...

I'm passing this recipe on to my friend Carol that cooks with children all summer. Looks wonderful. Thanks for sharing Mary.

Lori said...

Now how did you know this is my favorite kind of cake? ice cream cake. I love what you did here. I bet my kids would love to be a part of making this. But Mary, just a smidge of patience? I don't know, I might need a double smidge.

newlyweds said...

How beautiful!! Did you make it with your grandsons? Love ice cream cake, super yum!

Michelle said...

OH MY...does this look good and so perfect for summer too!

Michelle said...

Mary-You are amazing...thank you so much for sharing all you do and thank you for your comment on my blog Wednesday....I just loved your simple little "reminder" comment...gave me a sense of peace in this hectic, crazy life.

printersdevil said...

Thanks for stopping by Playing Dishes.

noble pig said...

Wow, that is one beautiful cake! What a piece of art and I would devour that!

Kristen said...

What a great idea for both having kids cook and making a delicious dessert. Thanks!

Dishesdone said...

That looks absolutely fantastic!

Ciao Chow Linda said...

I think the queen and the gourmet club would love this too.

Ingrid said...

Darn! I just found this recipe after I already started a different ice cream one. I will keep it in mind as it's always warm enough here for ice cream cake.

Thanks for sharing!
~ingrid

WORDPRESS SEO said...

I wonder if I can find this flavor around here? This definitely looks fantastic.

Lorie said...

I don't know how I missed this last year, but I'm printing it off as we speak and will make it for our church bible school next month. I can't wait.

Terese @ www.thecountrybasket.com said...

Sounds delicious!

Anonymous said...

Wendy.whitter@brick-kiln.co
Is there anything I can replace technology peanut butter with so I can make this with my triplet grandchildren
Tom Sam and Jack your cake looks so good but Tom has a nut allergy ....Please can you help.

Mary Bergfeld said...

You could try soy nut butter. I've never used this as an ingredient, but others seem to have had success with it.

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