Beautiful (and Delicious) Ice Cream Cake

Kris hates cake.  It kind of kills me since I LOVE cake.  I could eat yellow cake with chocoalte frosting every day and never get tired of it, but I can barely coerce him into a bite.  For years, I’d make him a cake for his birthday, and he’d pretend to be wowed by it, and push it around on his plate, and ultimately go get a bowl of ice cream.  This past year, I skipped the cake, and bought 4 different kinds of ice cream to make him an enormous banana split.  While he was happy as a clam, it wasn’t the same… for me… birthdays need cake damn it!
My new solution?  
This cake.  This ICE CREAM cake that doesn’t conjure up tacky images of Baskin-Robins’ confections covered in power rangers, or ninja turtles, or whatever superhero show the kids are watching these days.

Not only would it look beautiful on a cake tray with candles to blow out (it’s not a birthday if you’re not blowing out candles) but it’s 90% ice cream… so it’s a win win!

I have been craving a yummy dessert lately, and maybe this is just the thing to try out this weekend!

Here’s the recipe (a la Bon Appetite):

   Nonstick vegetable oil spray
   1 cup cake flour
   1 teaspoon baking powder
   1/4 teaspoon salt
   1/2 cup sugar
   1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
   1 large egg
   1 teaspoon vanilla extract
   1/3 cup whole milk
Ice cream
   11 large egg yolks
   3/4 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
   3/4 cup malted milk powder
   6 tablespoons bourbon
   1 1/2 tablespoons vanilla extract
   2 1/4 cups whipping cream
   2 1/4 cups whole milk
   1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
   1/2 cup water
   6 tablespoons sugar
   4 1/2-pint containers blackberries, divided
Preheat oven to 375°F. Spray 9-inch-diameter springform pan with nonstick spray. Sift flour, baking powder, and salt 3 times into medium bowl. Using electric mixer, beat sugar and butter in another medium bowl until blended. Add egg and vanilla; beat until thick, about 3 minutes. Beat in dry ingredients in 3 additions alternately with milk. Spread batter in pan (layer will be thin).
Bake cake until tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 15 minutes. Cool cake in pan on rack. Remove pan sides. Cut enough off top of cake to make 1/2-inch-thick layer. Reattach pan sides, leaving cake layer in pan.
ice cream
Whisk first 5 ingredients in large bowl to blend. Stir cream, milk, and 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar in heavy large saucepan over medium heat until mixture comes to simmer. Gradually whisk hot cream mixture into yolk mixture. Return to pan and cook over medium heat until custard thickens enough to coat spoon, stirring constantly, about 3 minutes (do not boil).
Strain custard into large bowl; set over pot of ice and water. Cool 1 hour, stirring often, then chill 1 hour. Process custard in ice cream maker according to manufacturer’s instructions. Spread ice cream over cake in pan.
(or for those of us without an ice cream maker, get reallllyyyyy good ice cream, let it soften, and then spread over the cake…)
Cover and freeze until firm, at least 4 hours and up to 2 days.
Stir 1/2 cup water and sugar in heavy large saucepan. Add half of berries and bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer until syrup thickens, mashing berries with back of fork, about 12 minutes. Pour into medium bowl; gently stir in remaining berries. 
Cover and chill until cold, at least 3 hours and up to 1 day.

Using hot knife, cut around pan sides to loosen ice cream cake. Remove pan sides. Transfer cake to platter. Spoon half of berry topping onto center of cake. Cut cake into wedges and serve, passing remaining topping separately.

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