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(No- bake) Ice cream cake 

4 Sep

Chocolate, vanilla and strawberry ice cream 

Hello

Today I bring a spin on the ice cream cake that involves well…no cake. This is a great treat to make as a regular cake alternative for your ice-cream loving friends.

Instead of cake , this recipe uses a cookie crumb crust similar to a cheesecake. I have also included a decor DIY I think is fitting for any ice cream party.
ICE CREAM CAKE

I made two small cakes and some mini ones. The process is identical the difference is the container used. You can also make a larger cake or use a loaf pan.
WHAT YOU NEED 

1) Ice cream– I bought a box of neopolitan ice cream that way I got 3 flavours out of one  purchase but use whatever you have/want.

2) Cookies/Buscuits– I used custard creams as the vanilla and strawberry base and oreos for the chocolate base.

Custard creams and oreo cookies

Butter 
3) Cake tin(s) I used two 4 inch diameter spring form tins and a mini muffin tin for the smaller ones.

Cake tins

PROTIP : The key here is the spring form tin. I have attempted ice cream cakes in the past that didn’t work out because I simply couldn’t get them put the tin. Remember you are freezing the ice cream, it will not easily slip out of a regular tin. For the smaller ones it was easier to remove because liners were used. I haven’t tried it but I suspect this could work with a silicone container. 

4) Blender/Food Processor – To crumble the cookies. You can alternately do it manually. 
WHAT TO DO 

1) Remove filling from your biscuits  (if they have )

Golden custard and oreo cookies sans cream
2) Blend cookies  -In food processor / blender/nutribullet  to create crumbs. If you don’t have one of these devices then place the cookies in a plastic bag, get a heavy utensil  (mallet, bowl, leg of ham…) and pound the daylights out of it, use that elbow grease. This is a more labour intensive method but it works just fine. 

Cookie crumbles 
3) In a heated skillet melt a small amount of butter at a time alternatjng with adding cookie crumbs.  You want to create a concoction the texture of moist sand.

Creating crumb and butter mixtures
4) Press cookie-butter mixture into lined pans or cupcake liners and place in the freezer for about 15 minutes to firm up.

Compress mixture
5) Once the crust is firm add softened ice cream on top and smooth over. Atthis point you can make any additions you want like broken up cookie bits, fruit, jelly candies. ..you get the idea.

Process of adding ice-cream to base.
6) Freeze for at least 6 hours but overnight if you can. I want to recommend covering your cakes with plastic wrap as this may help reduce the frostbite mine ultimately suffered. 

7) Decorate -I broke up some cookies and placed them onto the top of the cakes but you can add sprinkles, frosting whatever you want! 
DOILY/DOILIE BANNER

I made a banner using dyed doilies as I thought this would go along with the ice cream vibe. I made a similar one a few years back for my mother’s birthday party. Doiles are very inexpensive and can be used in all kinds of crafty activities and I think they suit events such as ice cream and tea parties. 
WHAT YOU NEED 

1) White doilies (I used 6 out of a package of 40)

2) Food dye– you can also use natural dyes such as berries or tea.

3) String

4) Glue

5) Bowls– to soak the doilies in. The number you use corresponds with the number of colurs you use, unless you’re like me and you only have one bowl, then this process takes MUCH longer!

Materials needed
WHAT TO DO 

1) Place water into bowl and add dye. The more dye and less water you add (i.e the more concentrated the solution) the more brightly coloured your doily will turn out.

Water and dyes placed
2) Place doilies in and let soak. -I left mine for about one hour, long enough to soak up as much colour as possible but not so long as to become over saturated and disintegrate. 

Doilie soaking
3) CAREFULLY  remove from water, separate and lay flat to dry. Until they dry they remain quite delicate. 

Dyed and dried doilies
4) Fold dried doilies over string and glue. I folded mine 1/3 over because I liked it better that way, but you can fold it in half or even cut them to make more.

Folded and glued doilies  (back view)
Hang and enjoy! 

Dolie banner
Combine your decor and finished ice cream cakes for a whimsical ice cream party. This is great for birthdays,  a cute dessert option for any gathering. 

Have an awesome day! 

Dessert Party

29 Sep

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Hello everyone. I had a birthday this month. (Shout out to all September borns!)

Initially I wanted to have an intimate gathering. A cooking party, one where a chef comes and demonstrates while the guests follow and prepare the gourmet meal they then indulge in. I soon realized this was well above my means.

What I did instead was just as good. I had a dessert party! A dessert beach party to be exact! Yup, a party where the entire menu is dessert. I also had the fortune and pleasure of being able to have it at a beach house. Dessert, sand, ocean. Pretty perfect.

INSPIRATION
The inspiration for my party was…wait for it…. “My Little Pony Friendship is Magic” a.k.a MLP FIM. Yes, this adult over here is a huge fan of the series. I’ve been a fan of My Little Pony since the original series back in the day. I’m sure most people are vaguely aware that the series has been revamped quite a few times but I have to say that this current version (Generation 4 or G4) is the best! But I digress.

I knew I wanted a party inspired by them but having MLP FIM plates, tablecloth and loot bags would be a bit much even for me. I decided to have a more abstract interpretation of the show.

On the show, the ponies are always having a good time and throwing some kind of party usually put together by resident party planner and my favourite character Pinkie Pie. For this reason I chose pink as the colour of my decor.

At their parties the menus almost solely consist of dessert. Hence my idea to have a dessert party!

THE PARTY
Every shindig I throw together no matter how big or small how casual or fancy I have a party plan. This is where I put together important bits of info to guide me as I plan. Sometimes it’s written, sometimes I put it in my phone and sometimes it’s just in my head but the point is that it’s there.

PARTY PLAN

WHAT: Birthday- Dessert Party

WHEN: September 6th 2014

WHERE: Beachhouse at X location

WHO: Insert guest list here

THEME: MLP FIM /Dessert

MENU: Insert menu here

ENTERTAINMENT: This is where you decide how you keep ypur guests bustm. Anything from an iTunes playlist to a game of monopoly to a performance by a belly dancer goes here.

BUDGET: Arguably the most important part of the party plan.
My budget was $100 US

Wait…what! An entire party for 25 plus persons feeding them dessert!(easily the most expensive part of any meal) for $100 US! No way!

Yes way. I am the poor party girl. I entertain and live fabulously on a budget!

HOW: I decided to do it potluck style. I asked each guest(or couple) to bring a dessert. That way each person only spent money on one dish but put altogether we had quite a spread.

THE LIST
This is my menu
1) Strawberry Trifle

2) Chocolate Trifle (ended up being baked chocolate mousse cake)

3) Brownies

4) Blondies

5)Cheesecake (one with strawberry and the other with cherry topping)

6)Coconut mousse

7) Ambrosia Salad

8) White chocolate chip cookies

9) Strawberry Strudel

10) Ice Cream

11) Fruit Tarts

12) Coconut Loaf

13)Chocolate Bread Pudding

14) Jello

Additionally we had tuna, cheese and cucumber sandwiches as well as fishcakes for those who wanted a break from the sweetness.

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Fruit tarts

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Blondies being sliced

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Some of the desserts

Of course there were drinks. From juice to coke wine, rum and vodka(birthday cake flavoured!), tipsy gummy bears and jello shots!

DECOR
As I said pink was the colour of choice. In an effort to stick to my budget coupled with my lack of time and energy to DIY, I had very minimal decorations but I think it worked out just fine.

1) Triangle flag banners
I bought three of these 9 foot long card banners. They were pink and white with alternating patterns of polka dots and stripes. I got them from a craft/toy store and they werw very inexpensive.

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The banners

2)Flowers
I usually get flowers from my supermarket. They are reasonable and there’s a decent selection. To save money, you could buy 2 or 3 flowers and either add some bulk with foliage from your garden or leave them just so for a minimalist look. This is what I usually do but I got crazy and bought a full bouquet with pink being the main colour of course.

3)Table
I bought a dirt cheap plastic tablecloth in flamingo pink. Not wanting to hide to beautiful dark wood table entirely my sister folded the tablecloth lengthways into 1/3’s and made it into a table runner.

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Table runner and flowers

4) Balloons
What a controversial decoration. For years I considered them tacky. A six year old birthday? Yeah. A high school dance? Fine, maybe. A wedding or a conference? NO!
Now I don’t feel that way at all. All over the net I’ve seen some seriously tasteful balloon decorations. Also, if you like balloons..use them! They are cheap, fun and instantly say “party!”.
My sister and mother got me three regular latex balloons filled with helium( they don’t last as long as heluim balloons) for my welcome home which happened 5 days earlier. They still had a little life in them so I tied them to the gate of the beach house so guests could find us.

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The balloons on day 1(sorry no party pics of them)

5) Candles
More for the ambience than decoration. I got a Glade candle in Coral Lagoon scent. Glade, BBW and similar brands are cheaper alternatives to fancy schmancy pricey designer candles.

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Glade candle

ENTERTAINMENT
Music
My sister’s bf set up a laptop and speakers and hooked it up to the TV. He had a playlist going most of the evening but later in we switched to YouTube requests and karaoke. Fun times!

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The entertainment system and me being a total creep in the window.

Hula(Hoola) hoop
Oh yes, inspired once more by MLP FIM. In their land Equestria, technology doesn’t exist and the ponies entetain themselves with old fashioned passtimes like apple bobbing and ball bouncing. I had 2 hoola hoops and later on in the evening some of us retreated to the sand and had a serious hooping session. I won!
There was also a beach ball (for those who couldn’t hoola hoop)

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View from the beach where the hoop-off took place.

THE CAKE
Half of my budget was spent on my cake. I love baking but who wants to have to make their own birthday cake? I ordered a dark chocolate mousse on chocolate sponge. It was topped with thick white chocolate curls and sliced strawberries. It was pure, smooth chocolaty evil. And we loved it!

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Decadence

I had an old fashioned “birthday song singing, speech giving cake sticking” It was touching.

That’s it in a nutshell. Another birthday well spent with excellent company. I have to admit I had been feeling really down in the days leading up to and on my birthday. This happened to me last year as well (I hope it doesn’t become a regular thing). By the end of the night I felt better and for that I am grateful. (especially after that hooping sesh!)
Wishing everyone an awesome day!

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