Perhaps peppermint is more your style?
I needed an easy, make-ahead dessert for a crowd that would be simple to serve but still special enough for the occasion. These individual ice cream cakes, made days ahead using muffin tins, were perfect.
Individual Ice Cream Cakes
- boxed cake mix (and the eggs, oil, and water to prepare it)
- half sheet pan
- parchment paper
- non-stick spray
- toothpick or skewer
- biscuit cutter
- plastic wrap
- 2 muffin tins
- a gallon of ice cream
- whipped cream, chocolate sauce, sprinkles and/or other toppings
Prepare the sheet pan by spraying it lightly and lining it with a piece of parchment paper. Spray the parchment paper lightly.
Make the cake mix as directed on the package. Pour the batter into the prepared sheet pan. Bake it at the recommended temperature for a 13" x 9" pan, but for half the suggested time. Insert a toothpick or skewer into the cake to test for doneness. Let the cake cook completely in the pan.
Use a biscuit cutter to cut circles from the cooled cake.
You should get 24 total (4 rows of six). You won't use the scraps for this recipe, so go ahead and eat them as is or use them for cake pops.
Remove the ice cream from the freezer and set it on the counter.
Line each cavity of a muffin tin with a piece of plastic wrap. Put a cake round into each.
Scoop about 1/2 cup of ice cream onto each piece of cake. Cover the entire muffin tin with a large piece of plastic wrap. Press down hard on each cake to flatten the cake and ice cream together, like I did on the bottom right. You can use your hand, though after about eight cakes your hand will be painfully cold. I switched to using a measuring cup to pack it down when my hand got too frozen. Be sure you are really packing it down and compressing the cake fully.
Put the muffin tins into the freezer, with the plastic wrap still in place. Let them freeze solid, at least two hours and up to a few weeks.
When you are ready to serve, simply peel the large piece plastic wrap off the top, then remove each cake one at a time. Peel the plastic wrap off the bottom and put them, cake side down, on a plate. Garnish with chocolate sauce, whipped cream and sprinkles...
... or candy canes....
... or whatever else you can dream up! Obviously, you can use whatever combination of cake and ice cream flavors you like. I've even made this using slices of quick bread as the base instead of cake. It's all good!
If you don't need to serve all 24 at once, just leave the bottom piece of plastic wrap on the extras, stack them in a freezer bag, and return them to the freezer. Now you can eat them one at a time whenever you're craving one!