My kids love ice cream cakes for their birthdays.
I do not like the price of the ones you buy at bakeries or ice cream stores. I found this recipe in a Quick Cooking magazine that I used to subscribe to years ago! It is super easy, super delicious, and super cheap compared to the store bought cakes.
This cake can be made using a cake mix, but we love brownies more, so we like to make it the way the recipe says and use a brownie mix.
The sauce is also to die for, and my kids like it better than frosting. I usually cut the cake, give each person their serving of cake and then spoon some of the sauce over each piece. This way the sweets lovers can have more sauce, and those who don’t like their desserts as sweet can have less sauce or none. I then store the extra sauce in the refrigerator and warm it up for when we eat the rest of the cake so that we always have warm sauce– yum! Leftover sauce can also be used as an ice cream topping later.
- 2 packages fudge brownie mix (8-inch square pan size) (or one family size brownie mix if you want thinner layers)
- 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
- 4 cups vanilla ice cream, softened (We use any flavor we like and we add as much ice cream as we can!)
- 1/2 cup English toffee bits or almond brickle chips (if desired)
- 1/3 cup evaporated milk
- 1/4 cup butter, cubed
- 1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- 2 cups confectioners' sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Prepare brownie batter according to package directions; stir in chocolate chips if desired.
- You can also just make one family size brownie recipe and divide it equally between the two pans. Now the brownie layers are much thinner, but that is perfect for littler mouths.
- Place parchment paper on the bottom of 2- 8" round cake pans or spray the pans.
- Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely. Freeze for 2 hours or until easy to handle.
- Spoon ice cream on top of one brownie layer. You can top with toffee bits if desired. We usually just top with ice cream and the second brownie layer. Wrap in plastic wrap; freeze until set. May be frozen for up to 2 months. Remove from the freezer 10-15 minutes before serving.
- For chocolate sauce, in a small saucepan, combine the milk, butter and chocolate chips. Cook until chips are melted; stir until smooth. Stir in confectioners' sugar and vanilla. Cut the ice cream sandwich into wedges; serve with chocolate sauce.Yield: 10-12 servings.
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