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Jul 18, 2013

Peanut Butter Ice Cream Cake

It has been quite a long time since I have shared one of my ice cream cakes, but I've still been making them! This peanut butter ice cream cake was made partly because I love ice cream and mostly because this is the summer intern at work's last week.

peanut butter ice cream cake

Ice cream cakes are always a crowd pleaser and making them at home is super easy, you just need to plan ahead for the baking and freezing time. Here is my recipe for this peanut butter ice cream cake:

Peanut Butter Ice Cream Cake
Wilton's Pound Cake from a Cake Mix
   White cake mix (calls for 18oz, mine was 15oz)
   Strawberry instant pudding mix (4 serving box)
   4 eggs
   1 cup water
   1/3 cup vegetable oil
Peanut Butter
Vanilla Ice Cream (1.75 quart or desired)
Chocolate Chips

  1. Make the cake base. Note: This recipe makes more cake than is needed for the ice cream cake base. I made a loaf cake too.
    1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a springform pan (for your ice cream cake) and another pan (for the extra cake).
    2. Combine dry cake mix and pudding mix then add eggs, water, and vegetable oil. Mix.
    3. Pour a portion of the cake batter into your springform pan (not more than 1" deep) and the remaining batter into your other pan.
    4. Bake! The cake in the springform pan will take approximately 15-20 minutes and the other cake will take up to 40 minutes depending on its thickness.
    5. Let cake cool completely; freeze cake in springform pan and eat the other cake!
  2. Once the cake base is frozen spread a thin layer of peanut butter over the top. Note: Freezing the cake keeps the peanut butter from tearing apart your cake.
  3. Pack a layer of softened ice cream on top of the peanut butter.
  4. Decorate the cake.
    1. Heat a hefty spoonful or two (1/4 -1/3 cup) of peanut butter in a glass measuring cup using the microwave (15 seconds at a time).
    2. Drizzle peanut butter over the cake in your desired pattern.
    3. Sprinkle chocolate chips over the top.
  5. Freeze.
  6. When serving, remove the sides of the springform pan. It may be easier to cut the cake if it sits out for a few minutes to soften.

When planning this cake I wanted to use the cake mix I already had in my pantry, but thought the base of the ice cream cake needed a bit more substance, like a pound cake. With a quick internet search I found Wilton had a recipe for making a pound cake from a cake mix. I am so glad the internet exists, it makes things so easy. Have you seen any other easy/make do recipes like this?

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