Ice cream birthday cake

My youngest daughter turned two recently and I wanted to have a huge ice cream party for her. Well with a new baby only weeks away I decided I didn’t have enough energy to go all out plus we needed to save money for the new little one. I settled on making her an ice cream cake. It’s actually not an ice cream cake, just a regular strawberry cake with ganache on the top! I made it so it would look like the ice cream had melted all down the cake. It was so easy to make that I was surprised.

Here is the cake cut in half. Sorry I don’t have one of those fantastic pictures of the cake coming out but when you have two little ones demanding cake it’s hard to tell them, “hang on a second I need a great picture of the cake being cut. And could you move? You’re in my picture.” I did one cake mix and then cooked one the regular color of the strawberry cake and held back the second half and added extra food coloring to make it darker. Don’t think I’m that cleaver, I found this in a magazine while at my doctors office while waiting to go in. I was actually happy that I looked at a magazine that time instead of playing games on my phone.

I found the cute sign (they also have one for boys), printed it and put it in a dollar store frame that I spray painted pink. One nice thing about having only girls? I can spray paint everything pink. I’ve had lots of people who are sympathetic towards me for not having a boy but really, I think it’s kind of nice to have only one gender. Now I don’t have to figure out how to potty train boys.

So, here’s the deal I didn’t take exact measurements on my cake. Sorry I was winging it.

Ingredients:

1 box cake (whatever your pleasure is)

1/2 cup plain yogurt

1 cup milk

3 eggs

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix them all together and pour into a greased round pan, whatever size you want your cake to be. I used a smaller one so that the layers would be thick enough to cut in half. If you only want a two layer cake you could go with a bigger pan. It’s up to you. Hold back half of the batter and add food coloring of choice to have different colored layers.

Ganache:

1/2 cup half and half (you can use cream if you want and then use 1 cup I went with the half and half because it’s cheaper)

1 cup chocolate (some people say not to use chocolate chips. I used a few and it seemed to work for me.)

Boil half and half for 2 minutes and then pour over chocolate. Stir until chocolate is melted and combined with half and half. If it isn’t thick enough you can put it in the refrigerator to cool and become thicker. Then drizzle over the top of the frosted cake.

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