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Cherry Chocolate Ice Cream Cake with brownie base mimics the classic flavors of a Black Forest Cake but in a wonderful cold treat perfect for summer!
I’ve always had a soft spot for ice cream cakes. Ice cream has to be one of my all time favorite desserts and pairing that up with brownies like this ice cream brownie cake just puts it over the top. I may have been a little giddy about making this dessert. It’s the little things, right? But my hubby isn’t too keen on anything ice cream and chocolate is also kind of meh for him but he happens to like Black Forest Cake. Go figure! So I thought we would channel the flavors of Black Forest Cake with this Cherry Chocolate Ice Cream Brownie Cake of amazing-ness.
How to make ice cream cake?
- Start with a base layer of cookie, cake, or in this case brownie.
- Add a layer of softened ice cream (see notes below).
- Add another layer of cake, cookie, or brownie (optional)
- Top with frosting or toppings. I added fudge sauce and maraschino cherries.
- Freeze your cake for 2-3 hours before serving so everything sets well!
For this cake, I made a brownie base and cooked it (and cooled it) in a spring form pan to make it easy on myself later. I then added the ice cream layer and the fudge sauce on top of the brownie in the spring form pan.
Then stick it in the freezer until you are ready to serve. When you are ready to serve, unsnap the spring form pan and remove the surround. Remove the cake from the base plate and place it on your serving platter.
Ice cream cakes are surprisingly easy to make but the biggest challenge is allowing enough time for it to chill. When I first made it and tried to take a picture of it the top was sliding off! It was really hot that day, like over 100 degrees F hot, and although it had been in the freezer for over an hour it just wasn’t enough. So beware!
How to soften ice cream without melting?
The next layer in this cake is an ice cream layer, but you need to soften it first. Two ways to do this- either use a stand mixer to soften the ice cream right out of the freezer or allow the ice cream to sit on the counter until you can scoop it over the base. But don’t let it get soupy!
For this cake, I topped it with some chocolate fudge sauce that I warmed up just until it was pourable. You can quickly top with cherries if you want. Then get it in the freezer fast!
Where to store ice cream cake?
Keep your ice cream cake in the freezer! Don’t be tempted to just leave it in the fridge because your ice cream will become a liquid mess and if it’s not in a good container you will have one big mess on your hands! So make some room in your freezer before you make this cake and plan to leave room for the extras, if there are extras I mean!
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The new Blue Bunny® treats give classic flavors a fun, unique twist and are perfect treats for the entire family! There are so many options to choose from it was pretty crazy! I snagged both the Blue Bunny® PB ‘N Cone™ and the Blue Bunny® Cherry Pickin’ Chocolate®. And the kids were so excited when I grabbed The Original Bomb Pop®. I remember being so excited as a kid when my mom would let us have those that I just couldn’t pass them up.
What’s nice is Blue Bunny® products are available at Walmart stores nationwide so it was really easy to find them at our local store. The ice creams were with all of the other ice cream brands and The Original Bomb Pop® were with the other frozen ice cream treats on the other side of the frozen aisle.
The Cherry Pickin’ Chocolate® is so tasty and had way more of a cherry kick than I was expecting. It was awesome! Pairing it with a brownie base and topping with chocolate sauce and maraschino cherries just put it over the top! And with only 4 ingredients it’s really simple to put together for some WOW factor.
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Want more brownie recipes? Try these:
Cherry Chocolate Ice Cream Cake with Brownie Base
Cherry Chocolate Ice Cream Cake with a brownie base mimics the classic flavors of a Black Forest Cake but in a wonderful cold treat perfect for summer!
- 1 box brownie mix prepared per package directions
- 46 fl oz Blue Bunny® Cherry Pickin' Chocolate® ice cream
- 1 jar chocolate sauce
- 1 jar maraschino cherries
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Pour prepared brownie batter into a round spring form pan. Bake according to package directions. Make sure center is cooked and not gooey. Cool completely!
Do NOT remove the brownie from the pan.
Allow ice cream to sit out for about 5 minutes. Give ice cream a quick stir to break up the middle and then spread over the top of your brownie base in the spring form pan. Return to freezer immediately and allow to harden up for at least an hour.
With the brownie and ice cream still in the pan, pour the chocolate sauce over the top and spread to cover. Return the whole thing to the freezer for at least 30 minutes.
Just before serving top with the maraschino cherries around the outside and in the middle. Then remove the cake from the spring form pan*. Slice and serve.
*The easiest way to do this is to place the pan on a tall object like a jar and allow the outside part of the pan to fall away from the base.