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Need advice on baking a spoof 'Ben & Jerry's' cake!

posted at 8/10/2013 12:56 AM EDT
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Allow me to start off by letting everyone know I am not a baker!
The seldom baking knowledge I do have comes my experience working in the Whole Foods bakery. 
 I enjoy experimenting with food and recipes and this Sunday I have a birthday to bake for!
 
My boyfriend absolutely loves Ben and Jerry's Half Baked icecream. Which basically consists of vanilla icecream surrounded by brownie and cookie dough chunks. Instead of buying him a boring pint of icecream with a candle shoved in the middle, i had the bright idea to turn his favorite icecream into a birthday cake! It seems like it wouldn't be too hard, but I have never baked an icecream cake so I'm not sure what kind of difficulty i am looking at.

Here are my general ideas on going about the cake:
I was thinking it would cut some time and difficulty if I did cupcakes as opposed to a large cake that could ultimiately fail..
Perhaps using brownie mix as my base with mixed in cookie dough bites (should I add the cookie dough half way through the bake time?)
and after the initial bake, cutting holes through each individual brownie and adding the dollop of icecream.
I would finish by placing the cupcakes closely together and frosting them over with a homemade frosting. 
Creating a medium sized cupcake-cake Ben and Jerry's icecream cake!

I'm wondering if this idea is a sloppy, non realistic way to go about making this creation. 
I'm looking for simplicity.. it doesn't have to be beatuiful, just tasty. 

Feedback would be appreciated! Nothing too complicated, folks!
Thanks for reading, 

Alicia.

Re: Need advice on baking a spoof 'Ben & Jerry's' cake!

posted at 8/10/2013 6:27 AM EDT
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 it was very easy to make this recipe .

Re: Need advice on baking a spoof 'Ben & Jerry's' cake!

posted at 8/10/2013 6:27 AM EDT
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 it was very easy to make this recipe .

Re: Need advice on baking a spoof 'Ben & Jerry's' cake!

posted at 8/10/2013 8:45 AM EDT
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I will try to make it thanks

Re: Need advice on baking a spoof 'Ben & Jerry's' cake!

posted at 8/10/2013 9:37 AM EDT
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I have a few ideas for you.  Not sure how you want your cake to look so...

If you want to make an ice cream cake I would do it this way. 
Make a batch of brownies.  Bake just like normal. Make the fudgy type. 
Make a batch of cookie dough, omit the eggs. 
Get a container of vanilla ice cream and allow it to soften. 
Mix the brownies in that you cube up. Just a portion of the pan should be enough. 
Mix in some of the cookie dough as much as you think would be good. 
Press this mixture into a cake pan that you have lined with plastic wrap.
Freeze until firm. 

Make a cake. 2 layers. 
Trim a bit of the ice cream cake layer. 
Place that between the cake layers and frost as usual.  I will tell you right now frosting the ice cream will be difficult.  So what I do is pipe a ring of frosting around the edge of the cake and place the ice cream inside the ring. Pipe more of the frosting to cover the edge of the ice cream.  Press the top layer of cake down so it comes in contact with the frosting. This should seal the layers.  Now it will be easier to frost. 
Freeze.
Remove from freezer about 1 hour before you serve. 

Another suggestion going off your idea. 
Make your brownie batter.  Fold bits of cookie dough into the brownie batter. 
Pour batter into a lined pan.
Bake but watch your time.
Cool brownies, use over hang of liner to lift brownies out of pan. 
Cut rounds, use a can or glass to make the rounds the size you want. 
Place a scoop of ice cream on top of each round. 
You can cover these with a ganache.  That should be easier than covering with a frosting. 
What I would do though is make ice cream sandwiches.  After you place the ball of ice cream on the round cover with another round and press down wrap with plastic and freeze. 

Ganache recipe....
1 Cup cream 
1 Cup semi sweet chocolate
Heat cream until it almost comes to a boil.
Pour over chips, allow to set for a few minutes.  Stir until smooth. (It will look nasty for a moment but keep stirring)
Allow it to cool it will thicken as it cools. Place the brownies with the scoop of ice cream on a wire rack over a pan.  When the Ganache has gotten a bit thicker but still pourable pour over the "brownie ice cream cakes"

Good luck I hope these ideas work out for you. 

If you have any questions just click on the "contact nikki" and send me an email.

Re: Need advice on baking a spoof 'Ben & Jerry's' cake!

posted at 8/10/2013 10:05 AM EDT
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Very good thanks

Re: Need advice on baking a spoof 'Ben & Jerry's' cake!

posted at 8/10/2013 5:18 PM EDT
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In Response to Re: Need advice on baking a spoof 'Ben & Jerry's' cake!:
I have a few ideas for you.  Not sure how you want your cake to look so... If you want to make an ice cream cake I would do it this way.  Make a batch of brownies.  Bake just like normal. Make the fudgy type.  Make a batch of cookie dough, omit the eggs.  Get a container of vanilla ice cream and allow it to soften.  Mix the brownies in that you cube up. Just a portion of the pan should be enough.  Mix in some of the cookie dough as much as you think would be good.  Press this mixture into a cake pan that you have lined with plastic wrap. Freeze until firm.  Make a cake. 2 layers.  Trim a bit of the ice cream cake layer.  Place that between the cake layers and frost as usual.  I will tell you right now frosting the ice cream will be difficult.  So what I do is pipe a ring of frosting around the edge of the cake and place the ice cream inside the ring. Pipe more of the frosting to cover the edge of the ice cream.  Press the top layer of cake down so it comes in contact with the frosting. This should seal the layers.  Now it will be easier to frost.  Freeze. Remove from freezer about 1 hour before you serve.  Another suggestion going off your idea.  Make your brownie batter.  Fold bits of cookie dough into the brownie batter.  Pour batter into a lined pan. Bake but watch your time. Cool brownies, use over hang of liner to lift brownies out of pan.  Cut rounds, use a can or glass to make the rounds the size you want.  Place a scoop of ice cream on top of each round.  You can cover these with a ganache.  That should be easier than covering with a frosting.  What I would do though is make ice cream sandwiches.  After you place the ball of ice cream on the round cover with another round and press down wrap with plastic and freeze.  Ganache recipe.... 1 Cup cream  1 Cup semi sweet chocolate Heat cream until it almost comes to a boil. Pour over chips, allow to set for a few minutes.  Stir until smooth. (It will look nasty for a moment but keep stirring) Allow it to cool it will thicken as it cools. Place the brownies with the scoop of ice cream on a wire rack over a pan.  When the Ganache has gotten a bit thicker but still pourable pour over the "brownie ice cream cakes" Good luck I hope these ideas work out for you.  If you have any questions just click on the "contact nikki" and send me an email.
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This is extremely helpful! Thank you so much. I may perhaps try the latter recipe you provided. However, I saw a tutorial on the first suggestion so I should be able to pull that off if I need too. Also thank you for the ganach recipe, that was very kind! I'll post pictures when I have the finished product.

Re: Need advice on baking a spoof 'Ben & Jerry's' cake!

posted at 8/10/2013 11:17 PM EDT
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In Response to Re: Need advice on baking a spoof 'Ben & Jerry's' cake!:
In Response to Re: Need advice on baking a spoof 'Ben & Jerry's' cake! : This is extremely helpful! Thank you so much. I may perhaps try the latter recipe you provided. However, I saw a tutorial on the first suggestion so I should be able to pull that off if I need too. Also thank you for the ganach recipe, that was very kind! I'll post pictures when I have the finished product.
Posted by Alicia R

I do hope it works out well for you. 
And I would love to see photos. 
at least photos have no calories!

Re: Need advice on baking a spoof 'Ben & Jerry's' cake!

posted at 8/11/2013 7:50 AM EDT
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 it was easy recipe to make and it was very good.

Re: Need advice on baking a spoof 'Ben & Jerry's' cake!

posted at 8/11/2013 8:39 AM EDT
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Thanks for all the information and tips.

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