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Everyone knows that some weekends are better than others - but every once in a while, you find yourself having a particularly rough one. That's what this past weekend was like for me.
On Friday, we celebrated my mom's birthday. I know this may seem confusing, because birthday's are usually a happy event (mainly because it includes cake), but when someone is sick, milestone's like this are recalibrated. It's nobody's fault, and being sick does not mean that you should avoid or ignore special occasions, it just means that these events take on a little different meaning.
No one wants to talk about it, but you know everyone is thinking the same thing - Is this going to be the last one? Of course you try to stay in the moment, and enjoy the now - but, that is easier said than done. Your mind just kind of wanders off into this dark place, and once it is there, it is pretty hard to get out.
I did find that eating two large pieces of cake was tremendously helpful though. It forced me to focus on the major stomach ache I was having rather than the unknown "what if"' of the future. So there is that.
Apparently I didn't think i was emotionally exhausted enough, because then I decided it would be a good idea to go see the movie, Me Earl and the Dying Girl. If you can't tell by the title - this movie is sad. It is a very good movie - one of the best I have seen in a while - but by the end of it, I was straight up weeping (in a public theater), and everyone around me knew it.
So, after such an emotionally draining weekend, I thought an Ice Cream Cake was the perfect way to turn things around. Because let's be honest, what is better than the combination of cake and ice cream? That's right, nothing. And with July being National Ice Cream Month and all...it just felt right.
Layers of rich chocolate cake are stacked between some delectable no churn blackberry chocolate chunk ice cream, and then topped off with an impressive chocolate ganache. This cake is a show stopper, and the perfect end to any summer meal. And the best part is - you don't even need an ice cream maker!
for the cake:
for the ice cream:
for the ganache:
*Extra Tip - Before I stack the cakes, I use a serrated knife to cut off the top (or domed part) of each layer. You can see how to do this in the beginning of this video.
*Makes 1 Cake
you wrote "cups" in a recipe. What big of a size cup do you mean?
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I made this cake for a friend's Birthday.... it was nothing short of FABULOUS! I highly recommend trying it.
Made the cake with blackberries and raspberries. This is so GOOD! Definitely will make again with more icing.
That sounds amazing! I'm so glad you liked it!
We just moved to Red Wing, MN and want to have a neighborhood get-to-know you wine party. Going to serve this cake as one of the desserts. Can't wait until Labor Day weekend. Thank you so much for sharing your great recipe.
That sounds amazing! I am so excited you are trying this recipe. It is SO good.
I'm not much of a cook or baker, but this is a piece of art. Fantastically beautiful and delicious looking. I want to try sometime.
Thank you so much! You should definitely try this recipe out - it is so easy!
Prayers to you and your Mom. Continue to live in the moment. Hope she loved the ????!
I came here for the delicious blackberry(they're my favorite fruit) cake, but stayed for the heartfelt blogging. Awesome post.
Yum! This ice cream cake is so perfect for Summer.. I never have made an ice cream cake before but totally am inspired to make this.