The class of frickin’ 2015! I feel very accomplished and while I don’t plan on going to the actual graduation commencement (I just hate the all-day process of it) I’m so proud of myself and everyone else who’s graduating. It’s really an emotional thing and you also think “I just spend and borrowed a shit load of money, I better get my monies worth!” And guess what? I did and then some!
So yeah everybody! I’m graduating college! Holy (insert word here)! I make the constant joke that my university must not be a very good university since they gave me a degree, but I must pat myself on the back and be proud that I earned my degree and acknowledged the fact that I couldn’t have done it without the support of my family and friends. If anyone’s been to college, is in college, or contemplating college you know that college is tough, especially since there are so many other aspects to your life than just class, you have work, studying, errands, the older you get you eventually move out, you have bills and you start to have adult responsibilities. It can get a little tiring, but I have to give my family their due because whenever I felt that little devil on my back telling me to quit they never let me.
So I made this ice cream cake, which was divine and childish and adult at the same time, for my graduation celebration with my roommates, some friends, and for another friend who’s now a college graduate whose birthday was around this time too! So it served many purposes!
Now, I will rant and talk about how I finally graduated because I don’t share too much of myself as this is a food blog not a “me” blog, but I started by going to community college since it was a more financially suitable option. It also gave me time to save, learn how to grow up, I’m the second youngest of a family and always sick as a kid so you know I was babied a lot, but the crazy thing is it took me four years to graduate with my Associates! I worked, went to China for 5 months to teach English abroad to children and received five, yes FIVE associate degrees. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do in life and ended up with a degree in Economics, Computer Science, Business, History, and Public Relations.
Behind the Scenes (BTS): well this cake served as multiple purposes: a get together with friends for me graduating college and for a friend of mine who also graduated college and it was her birthday as well. It worked out great because it was fun to act like a kid again, especially at a time like this, and make a mess with ice cream cake.
I was 21 almost 22 when I graduated and on my next step to getting my bachelors, I decided to stay in state because once again it’s a financially savvy decision. It was also only 2 hours max, 1 hour when I’m driving, away from home and I was moving there with my best friend. Ironically enough it only took me 2 years to finish up my bachelors and now I’m here. I enjoyed going to college and growing up and now I’m looking forward to graduate school where I’ll receive my MBA in Market Research and Social Media Analytics. EXCITING! I also plan on finally getting a real job and not simply an internship. I enjoyed my internships but I’m ready to move on to bigger things.
Adjustments: this cake makes a good amount for the people it was for; it fed about 8 total. As a reminder this was a graduation get together amongst friends, not my family. So it was the perfect size. If you need this ice cream cake to serve more I would suggest doubling the recipe but upgrading to an 8 inch cake pan instead. Also if you’re not keen on the hot fudge aspect, a whipped cream frosting freezes perfect for an ice cream cake and hides any little imperfection you may want to cover up. A rum or bourbon whipped cream frosting would pair great with the cherries and chocolate as well. 2 cups of heavy whipping cream plus 1/4 cup of confectioners’ sugar and 2 tablespoons of rum or bourbon (optional) mix with a hand mixer until a whipped cream forms; or you can use store bought cool whip.
Also, if soft serve isn’t your thing then you can use a more stable and tougher ice cream base instead, you can start by decreasing your milk and heavy cream by about 25% or 1/4 of what the recipe calls for. And in case you don’t want to make ice cream at all, which I understand, you can use store bough cherry ice cream and fill it into the cake pans the same way.
Okay so enough about me and onto this cake. It was meant to celebrate and my wonderful roommate and friend, younger sister to my best friend, but we’re all really best friends made me these 2015 cake pokers! I love them so much! And she was so nice to do it! I decided on an ice cream cake because I wanted to have something nostalgic and fun and what says that other than an ice cream cake. I used to love them when I was a kid and I was excited to make a mess and just chill out with my misfit crew of 20 somethings’ getting their shit together in life. If you’ve read the previous post, you’ll know that this was the next post it was in conjunction with. I opted for a chocolate cake with this homemade soft serve cherry and white chocolate ice cream and the combination was perfect! The cake was cold and the ice cream would melt and make a mess, I loved it and so did everyone else.
Alterations: roasted strawberries, blackberries or raspberries are a great alteration instead of cherries and adding bourbon instead of rum can add another dimension of flavor as well. If dark chocolate cake isn’t your thing then using milk chocolate is fine, just know that your cake will be sweeter.
Helpful Hints & Suggestions: this ice cream is soft serve which I love because the melting of the ice cream that softens up the cake and makes a bit of a mess which is my favorite part, but if you need more help dealing with soft serve ice cream cake the main piece of advice I can give you is to keep it frozen the majority of the time. You can also make the assembly of the cake easier by putting the cake on top of the ice cream while the ice cream molds to the cake pan form. The entire assembly is basically done and the work is cut in half.
In terms of work, it took me three days to make this cake because I’m lazy and opted to take my time, but it can easily be done within a day. If you want to take your time like me that’s perfect, if you want to get it done within 15 hours, more power to you and if you want to cut corners and buy the ice cream I don’t blame you one bit!
Ta-Ta-For-Now: well that’s all from me today. I really can’t believe I’m yet another step closer to becoming a real adult. I’m excited about graduate school and what my future holds. I remember being 12 and thinking 23 was old, but as a 23 almost 24 year old I still sometimes feel like a baby; but then things like graduating college, applying to graduate school and deciding next steps in life remind me that it’s perfectly fine to have an ice cream party and make a mess and not worry about the little things in life. ENJOY your day!