Monday, March 4, 2013

polka dot ice cream cake

We celebrated our youngest daughter's 2nd birthday with a polka dot ice cream cake!

This sweet cake was inspired by a Polka Dot Cake seen on Pinterest! 

Although I loved the Polka Dot Cake I saw and admired, I knew that Lauren Jane would enjoy an ice cream cake more, so the wheels started turning . . . How could I make a Polka Dot Ice Cream Cake?!

Here's how . . .

Cookie Crust
3 cups Vanilla Wafer Cookies
1/2 cup butter, melted

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. 
Using a food processor, blend Vanilla Wafer Cookies until they are fine crumbs. 
Pour into mixing bowl, and then add melted butter. 
Stir until crumbs are moist and combined. 
Pour into a 9-inch Springform pan and mold to the bottom and sides, using your hands.
Bake for 20 minutes, or until golden. 
Let cool completely before assembling ice cream cake!

Your kitchen will smell simply heavenly 
while baking the Vanilla Wafer Crust!
Don't be surprised if your neighbors make a surprise visit!

On to the ice cream and assembly of the cake!

I chose to use sherbet ice cream for this cake. I thought its pretty colors and light flavors would make for a darling polka dot cake.

Our local market had so many sherbet flavors to choose from! I ultimately decided on Key Lime (mint color) and Mandarin Orange (peach color); and chose Raspberry Sorbet for the polka dots, as I knew that it would be a pretty contrast to the pale sherbet colors.

Step 1. Polka Dots 

Using a small ice cream scoop, scoop out small balls while the sorbet is still frozen. 

Use your hands to smooth any rough edges. The heat of your hands will help to make smooth polka dots. 

Place the formed polka dots into an open container, and then place in freezer. 

Be sure they do not touch. Let them freeze until hard, approximately 2 hours.

Step 2. Melt the Sherbets 

Allow the sherbet (or ice cream) containers to sit on your counter top until soft, approximately 1.5 hours. 

You don't want the sherbet (or ice cream) to melt to a liquid state. You want it soft enough to be able to spoon out and mold into your springform pan. 

Step 3. Add Sherbets to springform pan

Using a wide spoon, scoop out your first flavor sherbet and spread into springform pan, about half the height of your cookie crust.

Then nestle the frozen polka dots into, and on top of, the first layer of sherbet (or ice cream).

Now add the 2nd flavor sherbet (or ice cream) on top. The second layer will cover the polka dots. Fill until you reach the top of the cookie crust.

Step 4. Freezer

Place into freezer for 4 - 6 hours, or until frozen.

Step 5. Add a pretty topping!  

Remove the ice cream cake from the springform pan, and place on a pretty plate.  

I chose to make a fresh whipped cream topping for this sherbet ice cream cake, and then sprinkled the top with pastel heart confetti. 


Ta Da!

Ice cream cakes are simple and fun to make! 

After this tutorial, I hope you don't wait for a special occasion to give one a try!

bon appetit!

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  1. So cute and looks like it would be fun to eat. Nice post and surprise when it's cut. Nice photos also Andi thewednesdaybaker

  2. This is such an awesome cake...I LOVE IT!!!! on my to do list for sure! hugs and TFS...your package should be with you today : )

  3. Oh my yumminess... your cake is adorable thanks so much for sharing at Super Saturday Show & Tell... You've been FEATURED!! Come grab a featured button and I'd love to have you share again!! xoxo~ Ruthie

    1. Hi Ruthie!
      Thanks so much for stopping by!
      I am so excited you featured my Polka Dot Ice Cream Cake on your site!
      Have a beautiful week,

  4. WOW! I bet your daughter thought it was the best cake ever! I love it and your tutorial makes it look like something I could do. New follower and will be back often. Pinned
    I would love for you to visit me at
    I have a link party on Tuesday, hope to see you there.
    Wanda Ann @ Memories by the Mile

    1. Hi Wanda!
      Thank you so much!
      Yes, the polka dot ice cream cake is that easy to make!
      I hope you give it a try!
      I would love to stop by your link party on Tuesday. See you then!
      Have a beautiful week,

  5. Pinned! My oldest son loves sherbet, and has a Summer birthday, I think this will be his cake this year!

    1. Hi Mindie!
      Thanks so much for coming by!
      This cake is so easy and fun! Your son will love it :0)
      Have a great week,

  6. Anonymous8:12 AM

    I love it, hope to try it soon. pinned it right away!

    1. Hi Shamene!
      So happy you stopped by!
      It's such a fun cake to make (and serve)!
      Have a great week,

  7. Oh my goodness, this is so cute and clever! I love how you use sherbet to create the polkas. Totally drool (and pin) worthy :)

    1. Thanks, Amy Lee!
      Have a great week,

  8. Sounds and looks amazing! What a cool idea.

  9. Anonymous4:40 PM

    I am absolutely in love with cakes with neat surprises inside. Sherbet is so delightful! Mmm This looks so yummy and fun! Great job!

  10. I have never made an ice cream cake. I do not like the cake mixed with the ice cream. But your version eliminated that. I am going to try this. My kids would love it and it looks so pretty. What a confidence boost this cake is!


  11. Love this!

    - The Tablescaper

  12. This looks sooooo delicious, and would be perfect for a summer birthday!

  13. I bet my son would love this. He turns 2 in a couple weeks and I haven't started thinking about the details.

  14. This cake looks amazing, checking it out from moonlight and mason jars!

  15. That is a beautiful cake!

  16. This is the cutest cake ever! I love it! Thanks so much for linking up at The Makers. :)

  17. This is so great! I love it! Visiting from the Moonlight & Mason Jar Link Party. Excited to follow along with you!


  18. I make ice cream cakes all the I will save your recipe and USE IT Thanks for sharing on our Thursday Blog HOP!!

  19. Wow--this looks awesome! My kids would love this! Thanks for sharing this at Frugal Crafty Home Blog hop!

  20. So cute and it sounds so refreshing. The polka dots are just darling! Thanks for sharing with SYC.


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