Ice cream cakes - to make or to buy, where and how

@whittby (3072)
United States
April 23, 2008 6:00pm CST
I have a birthday celebration coming up and will most likely do ice cream cake of some sort. I was pricing some the other day and came away with sticker shock. If I buy one, I want to get a really good one. If I make it, I want it to be good too. So, here's the debate - to buy or make one. Do you always go to the same place to buy yours? And where is that? Do you make one and do you have the recipe?
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@megumiart (3777)
• United States
23 Apr 08
I'd rather buy one. I think it's too much hassle to soften and freeze the ice cream in layers. :/ Maybe you could try building an ice cream cake with store-bought ice cream sandwhiches? lol. idk, it's an interesting idea. xD
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• United States
23 Apr 08
I would love to make them myself. I have my daughter's birthday coming May 12th. She is turning 14 and still a kid at heart. She would love these ice cream sandwiches. I just don't find paying $1.00 for one to be a great price. I was just wondering what I could for her birthday.. being I have to pay for this prom and us moving out.. I would stick to making something if I could.
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@sedel1027 (17850)
• United States
24 Apr 08
I normally buy the from Baskin Robbins although Dairy Queen has them and they are (were?) much cheaper. There are super easy to make. Make the size cake you want and let it cool a few hours. Instead of scooping ice cream for the bottom cut it (like cut the carton in to 2" rounds). Take a bit of frosting or a small bit of melted ice cream and put that on the bottom of the cake, place the cake on top of the ice cream. Put that in the freezer for at least 24 hours for it to set. Then you can take it out to be iced. BR's icing is a white icing mix. I believe it is really just vanilla ice cream mixed with white frosting.
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@whittby (3072)
• United States
25 Apr 08
With so many flavors of ice cream at the store nowadays, this could be interesting. You all make this sound very easy and do-able.
@sedel1027 (17850)
• United States
25 Apr 08
Even better would be to make the ice cream at home. You could easily do that as well. I use to work at BR a few years ago, I was in charge of the cakes LOL
• United States
24 Apr 08
Whittby, I am a very good cook, but baker I am not. I have tried on several occasions to make an ice cream cake and on each occasion managed to make such an incredible mess of it that all I could do it freeze it hard and dump whipped cream over it, or fruit of some kind. boy they are expensive too. Dairy Queen is my store of choice and yes I suck it up and buy one if thats what I have to have.
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@whittby (3072)
• United States
25 Apr 08
Hmmm, so you're saying you make ice cream dump cake? I like dump cake. I have the energy today, but we will see when the time gets closer. Pam ES posted some instructions above, as well as come other friends, I will say it's possible at this point.
@bagumbayan (2705)
• Philippines
24 Apr 08
Is it your birthday, advance Happy Birthday! I dont know how to bake ice cream cake or any cake whatsoever. Even if my sister owned a bakery shop before and baking all kinds of bread and cakes and me there sometime to help I dont ever tried to learn. I suggest that you just buy one that you like best. If you tried one bake shop you can try the other one so you will know which is better. Next time you buy you know where to buy. But if you know how and you have the time, just prepare one.
@whittby (3072)
• United States
25 Apr 08
No, it's my husband's birthday, but we aren't celebrating it on his birthday and may do a double with him and my daughter celebrating when she comes. I don't know how, but that's never stopped me!
• United States
24 Apr 08
I believe my partner always gets ice cream cakes when she has them from Dairy Queen. I've only tasted them once but she seems to really like them. I think you can get several different sizes from DQ and I don't think they are too expensive but I could be wrong.
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@whittby (3072)
• United States
25 Apr 08
We used to get the Dairy Queen cakes in Ohio. They were good enough, but I think the Dairy Queen ice cream has changed over the years or maybe my taste buds. Personally, give me a bunch of their hot fudge by itself and that woulde a treat!
@aseretdd (13732)
• Philippines
24 Apr 08
My brother bought my mother ice cream cakes during her birthday... that was a first one for all of us... since this type of cake is not very common... but it was quite delicious... he bought it at the mall... in your case... if you have the time and energy... making the ice cream cake can be a good activity for your birthday... but if you have other things to do... then i suggest just buy one...
@whittby (3072)
• United States
25 Apr 08
I have a tendency to over-extend myself, but this might be fun.
@alamode (3071)
• United States
24 Apr 08
I make them, though I don't have an actual recipe... I soften the ice cream by letting it set on the counter for half an hour or so, depending on how warm the room is. I line the pan I'll be using to bake the cake with foil, make an even layer of ice cream, and refreeze. I pop that out, wrap in more foil, and keep in the freezer, then make the cake in the same pan. When its completely cooled, I split the cake horizontally... mark it halfway with lots of toothpicks to keep the cut even. I lift off the top layer, add the ice cream layer, then put the top back on and get it into the freezer. We can't do frosting around here, so I usually add a thick layer of whipped cream and drizzle the top and sides with flavored ice cream topping. It cuts better if it stands at room temp for 10 minutes.
@whittby (3072)
• United States
25 Apr 08
I'm wondering if an 8x8 would actually stay together. I'm not making a mountain out of a molehill here, since it does sound very easy to do.
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@alamode (3071)
• United States
25 Apr 08
If you let it stand and thaw for a while... or you could let the ice cream soften a bit before putting the layers together... then when its refrozen, the layers will 'weld' together. I haven't had a problem cutting them, though, using a serrated knife dipped in hot water. A note... one of my freezers does NOT freeze rock-hard... thats the one I use for this.
@blackbriar (9080)
• United States
24 Apr 08
I've only bought one ice cream cake ever and that was for my daughter's 7th b-day a few years ago. It was good but prolly won't buy one again. Won't make them either. I like the giant decorated cookies myself. They come bout 14" across.
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@whittby (3072)
• United States
25 Apr 08
Do you make the cookies or buy them? I got one at the mall for a birthday a number of years back - loved all the frosting and stuff on it.
• United States
25 Apr 08
I bought the first one then tried experimenting on a couple myself. I now make all my cookies. It's easy to do.
• United States
23 Apr 08
I always buy my birthday ice cream cakes from Baskin-robbins they make the most delicious Ice Cream cakes. I love their ice cream anyway. So a ice cream cake of course has to come from there. Here is a link to a baskin robbin site. It even tells you where a store is located in your area. http://www.baskinrobbins.com/Cakes/ There is no way I would try to make a ice cream cake.
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@whittby (3072)
• United States
25 Apr 08
Oh I went and took a look and what fun to choose a cake there. I liked the roll cakes - kind of reminded me of a big chocolate cake HoHo. And they have pies too.
@whittby (3072)
• United States
25 Apr 08
Oh and I found two stores within 2 miles of me. I had no idea.
@Hatley (164169)
• Garden Grove, California
24 Apr 08
Ialways go toBaskins robbins for a ice cream cake as they have so many flavors and do suchj a goodjob with it that it pays to go there.I think they do have sales and some times by the time you buy all the ice cream and the cake you have not saved a nickle on your purchase. nnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnmm
@whittby (3072)
• United States
25 Apr 08
Well, let me see, ice cream, cake ingredients, spring form pan, cool whip, chocolate, caramel, ...... hmmm
@lilybug (21145)
• United States
23 Apr 08
I have never had an actual ice cream cake before. I have had an ice cream cake roll though. Mine have always been store bought. They look like they could be fairly easy to make though. I am not sure I am brave enough to try making a whole ice cream cake though. Let us know if you make one. Take a picture for us.
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@whittby (3072)
• United States
25 Apr 08
I will definitely take a picture I may need to get a springform pan to do it if I use cake.
@tyc415 (5706)
• United States
23 Apr 08
I have not had an ice cream cake in a long time. Not knowing where you are not sure what places you have around there that make them but I always found that Baskin Robbins Ice Cream had very good ones.
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@whittby (3072)
• United States
25 Apr 08
I just check out their website and they do look very good. I used to love their ice cream.
@Sir_bobby88 (8241)
• Singapore
25 Apr 08
Well normally i would buy one from my favourite shop secert receipe yea , their cake is very nice and had win various asia awards yea .
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@ebsharer (5515)
• United States
24 Apr 08
Because I don't like the bakeries around where I live I go to Sams Club and get my cakes. There prices aren't too bad and I end up getting every thing there. I can't bake to save my life so I don't even attempt any more to try.
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@jesbellaine (4140)
• Philippines
24 Apr 08
Hi, since I don't know how to bake cakes, I always buy one for myself or family especially when there is a special occassion.
@sacmom (14250)
• United States
24 Apr 08
Whenever I want an ice cream cake I buy it. I've never tried to make one, so I doubt that it would come out right. LOL Oh yeah, I get my ice cream cakes from Baskin Robbins each and every time. Yum!
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@Lakota12 (42678)
• United States
24 Apr 08
Never had and icecream cake might melt before we got to eat it. BUt if we dont make our cakes we buy them at ALbertsons or food 4 less
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@chrislotz (8200)
• Canada
2 Jul 08
I have never made one myself and I wouldn't know how to. I have always bought mine at Dairy Queen and it is a bit pricey at about $25.00 but I think it is worth every penny as I love them. I am an ice cream eater and so anything with ice cream in it is great for me. I would be interested in making one myself if it isn't too much work, so I will watch and see if anyone has posted a recipe here and if so I may try it. Good luck my friend.
@rhane7315 (5655)
• Philippines
28 Apr 08
since i don't have any idea on how do i make my own ice cream, i usually buy my ice cream to the grocery store. any place would do, as long as they have the ice cream brand that i'm looking for