Earlier this week I gave you a recipe for making your own, from scratch, ice cream sandwich cake, now here’s one that requires no baking and is actually made from store bough ice cream sandwiches. Talk about EASY!
What group of kids wouldn’t think this was a ‘way cool’ birthday cake? None that I can think of! Everybody knows how to partially soften and then spread the ice cream ‘filling’, but those soft cookies are another matter. Here’s how:
This is too easy and too yummy not to serve at your next warm-weather party. Who doesn’t like ice cream sandwiches, and who doesn’t like something nice and cold on a hot summer day? It’s a sure-fired hit with kids. Here’s a shout out to the creative folks over at thyhandhathprovided.com for coming up with this and sharing it.
You will need 24 ice cream sandwiches, a 16oz tub os cool whip, a jar of caramel sundae topping and your favorite chocolate candy, such as Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, chopped coarsely.
Line a 9″x13″ pan with foil, or not – it appears that it works both ways. Lay in 1/2 the ice cream sandwiches, trimming as needed. Top with 1/2 the cool whip, 1/2 the caramel topping and 1/2 the candy, and then repeat.sandwiches. Cover and freeze. That’s it- your birthday party cake is all done.
You’ll probably need to thaw the cake for 15-20 minutes before cutting and serving.
24 ice cream sandwiches from the supermarket are going to be significantly cheaper that a store bought ice cream cake, and probably not take any longer than driving to the store to pick it up. I love it when a good idea saves money too! Do enjoy this perfect party treat.
Imagine the surprised look on their faces when you cut into your ordinary looking birthday cake and they see this! This is just the kind of surprise that kids love, and that they’ll remember about this party.
And it’s not hard! Kudo’s to whisk-kid.com, Kaitlin, for coming up with it, and her all from scratch recipes do sound terrific, but you can also make this cake using a box mix and store-bought icing, if that’s your preference.
All it takes is as many layer pans as you can scrounge up and the gel food coloring you can buy at the supermarket. As you can see, there are six layers, so just recycle the pans as needed to get to the six. Don’t use the liquid food coloring or your colors won’t be nearly as vibrant and intense and fun.
Divide your batter into 6 bowls– Kaitlin suggest dividing by weight which will certainly make it all more accurate. Whisk in the food coloring to get the shades you want and pour into the layer pans. The batter won’t be very deep, so the cook time is much shorter- 15 minutes.
If your birthday crowd is old enough to appreciate the joke, I love Kaitlin’s idea of frosting the cake with perfectly plain and smooth and kind of boring looking buttercream frosting. Then, when it’s cut, the surprise inside has the full effect. If you go for this presentation, keep the cake hidden away rather than displayed, as it won’t add much to the festive nature of that table. But the kids will think it’s all a great joke!
Banning sugary treats from the school for birthday’s shouldn’t be confused with being responsible about possible allergic reactions, usually caused by nuts. I recommend for your reading as a helpful kids tip on an important parenting subject the heated discussion and response over at the Huffington Post.
Yes, it’s sad that the tradition of birthday treats is being thrown out at our schools where a little celebration of their special day means a whole lot to our children. Yes, the sugar in those cupcakes does in some small way contribute to the obesity epidemic we face here in America, which has now trickled down to include our kids. I would, however, argue that the contribution from a few birthday treats on someone’s special day is meaningless in the scheme of things. Not because I’m the birthday party games lady, but because traditions and birthday’s are both important, attack all the other, every day and constant causes of the epidemic and leave the special occasions alone. My opinion.
BUT- we parents really do need to be aware and careful about ingredients that might hurt the allergic child. I know I don’t have an allergic child, and they had no friends who were allergic, so I never gave it much thought. My bad.
But in the classroom setting where you don’t know everyone or their medical histories, it’s critical that we parents assume responsibility and send in NOTHING with nuts. Gluten free is a newer issue we parents need to deal with, but we can ask teachers if it’s an issue. If so, search for a gluten free recipe or send in a gluten free alternative for the sensitive child. Here you go.
Sadly, allergies seem to have become much more common, so we parents all need to adjust our thinking when it comes to those birthday treats we send in to school- in those communities where they still permit it.
Forget paying through the nose for a store-bought ice cream cake- this is EASY to do! Hats off to Jeanne Winters for adapting an allrecipes.com recipe and sharing her success and her how-to with all of us. THANKS!! Check this ice cream birthday cake out on her blog.
You will need: oreos, 1/4 cup of melted butter, your 9″ springform pan, a jar of hot fudge sauce, chocolate covered graham cookies, 1.5 quarts of chocolate ice cream and 1 quart of complimentary flavor ice cream- cookies and cream, mint chip, your choice. And, room in your freezer for the pan (a real challenge for my overcrowded freezer).
Putting this confection together is, pardon the pun, a piece of cake. Crush 25 of the oreos, mix with the butter and line the bottom of the pan. Stand the cookies around the edge of the pan as the sides of your cake. Cover the cookie bottom with (warmed- so it’s spreadable) hot fudge sauce and freeze for 15 minutes. Soften the chocolate ice cream and add over the hot fudge sauce- freeze again for 30 minutes. Top with scoops of your 2nd flavor ices cream- filling in between the scoops with any ice cream that melted while you’re adding in the scoops. Freeze four hours or overnight and it’s done.
Here’s my favorite part of this recipe- let the kids ‘decorate’ this ice cream cake as one of your party activities. Have colored sugar, assorted sprinkles, even more caramel or chocolate sauce, whipped cream. This is a party after all, not a weight watchers meeting! Give the table a raincoat so that when they miss with the decorations it’s no big deal.
WARNING– this cake creator says it’s really sweet, so thin slices are sufficient!
Not that 2+ quarts of ice cream are cheap these days, but they are WAY less expensive than buying a ready made ice cream birthday party cake. Save a few $ on your birthday cake and it will help keep your budget intact with no sacrifice as to quality and fun.
Get in on the building with this adorable kids birthday cake idea for your next Lego themed party. Why should the kids have all the fun? And it’s easy, thanks to great directions from the good folks at Betty Crocker.
It’s a box cake mix with 2 containers of ready made vanilla frosting amended with the gel food coloring in red, yellow and blue to get those strong Lego-like primary colors. 1 cup of frosting for each color- mix these up while your cake bakes. Plus- large marshmallows, cut in half. You’ll use a 13×9″ rectangular pan. While the cake bakes prepare your cake surface from a large cutting board or piece of cardboard, perhaps covered in birthday wrapping paper. With or without the decorative paper, cover this surface tightly in plastic wrap, tightly taped on the reverse side for a smooth surface.
Using a large serrated knife, cut the rounded dome from the top of the baked cake, and discard (or give to the kids for a snack). Flip cake over so the cut side is down and cut it into thirds crosswise, and cut one of the thirds in half to make two squares. Move the pieces to your prepared serving surface.
Crumb coat your cake pieces– meaning cover in a THIN layer of frosting to seal in any crumbs. Make 1 square blue and one white; 1 rectangle red and the other yellow. Set the frosting in the refrigerator or freezer for 1/2 to a full hour.
Add the finish coat of frosting to each cake piece and then finish with the marshmallow halves. Frost 8 of them in red, 8 in yellow, 4 in white and 4 in blue, and place appropriately on the corresponding cake pieces. You’re Done! And your Lego party has the perfect cake that the kids will love. Fun and easy birthday cake- Thanks Betty Crocker!
I promised you some more dinosaur birthday party ideas, so here’s one for a dinosaur birthday cake. Obviously perfect for a dino themed party, but also perfect just to add a different touch instead of an ordinary birthday cake to a different themed party such as an outdoor – backyard party or a pool party. All kids love dinosaurs so you really can’t lose with this one.
If you google ‘dinosaur birthday cake’ you’ll see some really incredible cakes that you could make– most of which are really complex and really time consuming. If that’s your thing- go for it! If not, this colorful stegosaurus cake is much much simpler and pretty darn cute. I don’t have permission to use their photo of the cake, so do click on the link to take a look.
Full instructions are included on the page referenced above, but simply put all you need are a 13″ x 9″ sheet type cake (store bought or box made at home, your choice), store bought or home made frosting, food coloring, some candies as specified, and a small resealable plastic bag to make into a decorating bag. Nothing extraordinary required.
Putting this dinosaur birthday cake together is equally simple. Cut out the simple stegosaurus shape (as per the illustration) from your sheet cake, tint your frosting purple or whatever color you want to use, add the candies to your frosted dino and your cake is all done.
Childrens birthday cakes needn’t be professional-looking; they need to be colorful and fun and this one fits the bill. And the kids don’t have to be the only ones to have some fun with their party food – you can enjoy making this guy without spending hours and hours and hours.
Photo courtesy of and with permission from sohowsittaste.com
Use those delicious Kit Kat cookies to create a birthday cake for kids of a different kind!You see it turned out as a wonderful Easter cake in this graphic, but the possibilities are endless for your next kids birthday party.
All you need are a boxed cake mix baked as two round layers and ready-made frosting and the cookies. Leah, who came up with this great idea, used 3 boxes of the snack sized Kit Kats. You can, of course, use cake and frosting that you make from scratch if that’s your thing. Just press the cookies into the frosting on the sides and finish off with the pretty bow, or not, depending on your planned decorations.
While the cookie sides is sufficient to give this cake a lovely and different look, it also creates a space for some imaginative decoration. The cookies give the cake top the feel of a tableau, just waiting for a scene like the easter eggs and grass you see in the graphic. Sure, you could do that without the cookies, but it just wouldn’t have the same impact as the cookie ‘frame’.
Within that frame, many things are possible. Matchbox cars and/or motorcycles with tiny black and white checked flags for your cars birthday cake- just stick them securely into the icing and move it about carefully. Polly Pockets would work too.
Get creative- this birthday cake gives you the frame for your fun ideas.
Kudos to Dede over at the Enjoy Life Love Life blog for figuring out this beautiful castle cake for her daughter’s princess birthday party. Simplicity wins again and makes it something anyone can duplicate for their princesses.
Sheer brilliance to use ice cream cones for castle spires. You’ll notice in the photo that there are two kinds of cones- sugar cones on top and the regular cones underneath. I can only assume the bottom cones have simply been jammed into the baked cake, so they need to have pointed not square ends. Or, just use the upside down sugar cones nestled into the icing on the top and all the spires will be the same height but no mashed cake underneath.
The ball candies atop the spires definitely complete the castle effect.
You can do homemade or use a box cake with pink frosting and either a decorating tip on your pastry bag or just buy the canned frosting with the tip. Either way will delight the princesses.
This cake hasn’t, but you could also frost the cones, perhaps in a different shade of pink or in white. Another variation might be to use small, colorful candies stuck onto the sides of the cake. Be creative!
Your birthday party food or cake doesn’t need to be professional or expensive from a bakery to delight your birthday party princesses.