Cake Mix Brownies…an experiment

  
I’m prepping for Sunday’s dinner party. Menu is set (don’t want to share it all as it’s a surprise for my guests), groceries have been purchased, and I decided to start on the dessert tonight. I want to make ice cream cake because not only is it summer, I probably haven’t made one in about 2 years. Looking back on my own recipe, I swore it was Oreo-bottomed, but turns out it is brownie-bottomed. 

Thinking I had all the ingredients for brownies, I sought out to make it, but alas, I’m out of sugar. Since I don’t feel like bugging any of my neighbors (I don’t really know them), I figured surely I have a mix somewhere in my pantry. I was stoked when I saw a box of No Pudge!, but alas, it was open as I was making a serving at a time.

I saw a box of chocolate cake mix and looked to see if there was a recipe for brownies. Alas, there was not. So I googled….I prefer chewy brownies so I did a search and settled on a recipe that sounded super easy – just an egg, some oil, and water.

I put the mix together and the texture was super thick and gooey – almost like peanut or almond butter. It also tasted a bit off, so I added a tinge more oil, some salt, and some vanilla extract.

  
I had some trouble spreading it in my springform pan. It is baking as I write this….wish me luck! 

Update – it came out looking right, but rose more than regular brownies. I hope it shrinks down a bit because I want a thinner base. Worst case, I’ll saw some off the top.

  

Ice Cream Cake, Part 2

Last night I was having some friends over for a FOS date, plus an excuse to have someone to watch Glee with. Having three guests also gave me the delightful opportunity to make my Ice Cream Cake.

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Ice Cream Cakes

I have been longing for an occasion to create an ice cream cake lately, particularly one with Carvel-style crunchies. In doing some research here on the interwebs, sources say Carvel crunchies can be made with their flying saucer cookies (like chocolate wafer cookies) and magic shell.

Now, I being psycho, did my research and a side-by-side comparison of ingredients in the Flying Saucer cookies, the cookie crumb topping from Blue Bunny Chocolate Lovers Ice Cream Sundae Cone (another favorite of mine in terms of crunch), and Nabisco Famous Chocolate Wafers. All of them had similar ingredients such as enriched flour, cocoa, sugar, and everyone’s favorite heart stopper (literally), partially hydrogenated oil.

Having done my research, I feel pretty good about putting one of these bad boys together, along with some other ice cream novelties I’ve been wanting to create at home but haven’t had a reason beyond this blog to do so. Continue reading