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Guys, come on. How epic is this cake! I made my own birthday cake! Before you start thinking “oh no, that’s really sad! The baker’s curse strikes again!” I was actually really excited to make my own cake. Making your own birthday cake equals making your idea of cake heaven.
It means creating the most amazing and perfect combination that doesn’t have to please anyone but yourself.
For me, that equaled not even making a cake at all. Instead, I made an ice cream layer cake!
Who wants to bother with fiddly layers and boring old cake flavors when instead you can just eat ice cream. Let’s be serious here. Especially when the ice cream is home churned and made out of three mind-bogglingly good flavors.
The bottom layer is of course mango. I know I’m overwhelming people with the mango…it’s getting ridiculous. Imagine if I had a follower that hated mangoes! They’ve probably unsubscribed until March.
The good thing about this cake though is that you can kind of choose whatever flavors you like the best. The middle layer (my favorite layer) is chocolate sorbet, and the top layer is an amazingly refreshing peach and raspberry sorbet.
This cake is similar to the chocolate, berry, and cinnamon ice cream cake I made for my boyfriend’s birthday a while ago. Ever since making that cake, I was just itching to make another one. It was so good! My dream would be to have a recipe list full of hundreds of different ice cream cake combinations with all the ice cream flavors of the land!
I didn’t bother making a base for the cake because whenever I’m eating ice cream cake, I always want less base and more ice cream. AND IT’S MY BIRTHDAY! You could of course make the brownie base from the cinnamon and berry cake, or you could make a gluten-free and vegan base like in this frozen lychee cheesecake.
Just double the recipe so it’s enough for the larger tin.
This cake is absolutely perfect for the holiday season. It’s actually super easy. Especially if you aren’t as into making ice cream as me, and instead just buy your three favorite flavors. It makes a lot of ice cream to feed a crowd with minimum effort.
And it’s naturally vegan and gluten-free! My idea of the perfect birthday cake Hopes you like it as much as I do! Speaking of, I might go eat another slice right now.
- 3 medium mangoes, peeled and cut into chunks
- 150ml (2/3 cup) water
- 130g (1/2 cup) sugar
- juice of 1 medium lime
- 2 tablespoons gin or white rum
- Blend all the ingredients together thoroughly.Pour into a bowl, cover in cling wrap, and refrigerate until completely chilled (at least 5 hours).
- Freeze in your ice cream machine according to instructions.
- 170g (1 3/4 cups) dark chocolate
- 550ml (2 +1/3 cups) water split into 375 ml (1.5 cups) and 125ml (1/2 cup) bowls
- 200g (3/4 cup + 1 tbsp) sugar
- 75g (2/3 cup) cocoa powder
- pinch of salt
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- Whisk 375ml (1.5) cups of water with the sugar, cocoa powder and salt.
- Bring to a boil and whisk frequently. Boil for about 1 minute until completely combined and glossy
- Break up the chocolate in a bowl and set it aside. Pour over the hot chocolate mixture and leave to melt. Stir together until completely incorporated, then stir in the rest of the water and the vanilla.
- Cool in the fridge overnight then churn in the ice cream machine.
- 6 medium yellow peaches
- 150ml (1/2 cup) water
- 250g (1/2 pound, 9 ounces) raspberries, fresh or frozen
- Cut up the peaches and place them in a pot with the water.
- Put a lid on and gently simmer until the peaches are soft.
- Turn off the heat and stir in the sugar until combined. Mix in the raspberries and leave to cool.
- Blend well, and refrigerate for 8-10 hours until cold. Freeze according to manufacturers' instructions.
To assemble: Get a 23cm (9 inches) round springform pan and release the bottom. Slip a sheet of plastic wrap in between the bottom and the sides and secure it in place, so that the plastic wrap is curled up around the outside of the tin and covers the bottom.
Line the sides either with oil and baking paper, or more plastic wrap.
Take out one sorbet and let it defrost until soft. Scoop into the tin and spread evenly. Freeze until hard. Repeat with the other layers, allowing a few hours in between to let each layer freeze solidly and prevent them from bleeding together.
Release the cake from the tin before serving and place a plate on top of the cake, before inverting it and peeling off the plastic. Place a large plate on the exposed base and flip it back over.
Work fast so it doesn’t melt! Run a knife under boiling hot water in between slices to get a smooth finish. Eat it!!!
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Photos & Recipes by Lillian Crowther Gibson. Sugar&Cinnamon.