The Best Ice Cream Cake

by Scary Mommy
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Evan turned five yesterday, which I did not give him permission to do and am not all that thrilled that he went ahead and did it anyway. But, my baby wanted me to make him an ice cream cake for his birthday and, what my baby wants, my baby gets.

Jeff has long talked about a “Yodel Pie” from his youth. Like all of his family recipes, it consisted of three ingredients: Yodels, ice cream and hot fudge. I’m sure it was good, but I was also sure it could be better. Instead of using jarred hot fudge, I made my own. And, I happened to have both vanilla ice cream and Oreo’s, so I crushed them up and doctored up some Oreo ice cream with far more Oreo’s than any store bought ice cream would ever boast. Also? A heart attack in a bowl.

I wish you guys could all taste it, because it’s kind of unbelievable. If you want to give it a shot, here’s what you need…

Two boxes of Yodels (or Swiss snack cakes), each cut into six slices

Two gallons of ice cream, whatever flavor you want, softened

Hot fudge. You could use two jars, but I think the fact that it was homemade was what made this so good. And it takes five minutes.

{How I always make mine: Simmer 1 container sweetened condensed milk, 1 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips, one unsweetened square of baking chocolate and 1 tablespoon of butter until melted. Mix in 1 tablespoon of vanilla. That’s it.}

Then, you just layer. Start with the Yodels, add the ice cream and then the hot fudge.

Keep repeating until you reach the top of the bowl, sprinkle with all of the chocolate flakes that have fallen off during slicing, and then stick it in the freezer for a couple of hours to firm it up.

The kids literally licked their plates, and that includes Jeff. They’ve already asked that I make it for every other birthday this year, which is fine by me since I can’t overcook it or ruin it by frosting too early.

Happy birthday, my sweet boy.

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