The Craft Patch: "Berry" Glad It's Summer Party

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

"Berry" Glad It's Summer Party

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This week is the last week of school for my kids, so I am throwing a party to celebrate. You know I love a good pun, so I went with a strawberry theme and decided to call it a "Berry Glad It's Summer" party. 

The highlight of the party is going to be this amazing three layer chocolate covered strawberry ice cream cake. I mean seriously, look at this deliciousness:


Are you drooling?

Let me show you how to make one. You NEED to try it.




Chocolate Covered Strawberry Three Layer Ice Cream Cake


Ingredients:

- Blue Bunny® Super Fudge Brownie® Ice Cream
- Blue Bunny® Double Strawberry Ice Cream
- Blue Bunny® Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream
- Smucker's Magic Shell Chocolate Fudge Flavored Topping
- Smucker's Strawberry Spoonable Ice Cream Topping
- Fresh Strawberries
- Graham Crackers (two sleeves)

I bought all of my ingredients at Walmart. The ice cream toppings were on a little shelf at the end of the ice cream aisle just in case you don't know where to look for those.


Side note--- I love how Blue Bunny® has clear containers. Not only can I see the yummy flavor swirls inside, but I kind of want to save them to use for a craft project!

Directions: 

Begin by lining a springform pan with wax paper. This makes it easier to get each layer out of the pan.


Place a single layer of graham crackers in the bottom of the pan. You might have to get creative to get the rectangles to fit in the round pan. 


Spread a layer of ice cream over the graham crackers. It helps to let the ice cream sit out of the fridge and soften for a minute before spreading. Just look at those brownie chunks. Yum!


Since I only have one springform pan, I made the first layer, stuck it in the freezer to harden, then popped it out of the pan and put it back in the freezer wrapped in wax paper so I could make the next layer. To save space (my freezer is full of stuff) I stacked the layers on top of each other like this:


When all three of your ice cream layers are in the freezer hardening, prepare your serving plate. I cut a round piece of wax paper to line the top. Then I used tin foil to cover the frilly ruffled edge. I didn't want it to get messy while I was working on the cake topping.


Unwrap the first layer of ice cream cake and place it on the serving dish. Spread 1/3 of the jar of strawberry topping on top. Repeat with all three layers of ice cream.


The next step is the most fun. Pour Magic Shell over the top of the cake and let it drip down the sides.



Just look at that ice cream goodness!


Place the whole cake back in the freezer until serving time. Decorate the top with fresh strawberries right before serving. You don't want to freeze your berries, so it has to be done at the very end.


This ice cream cake is so impressive, but still easy to make. My favorite kind of dessert!


The strawberry balloons are a really fun addition to the party as well, so I thought I'd show you how to make those too.

Start by using a permanent marker to draw "seeds" onto a red or pink balloon.


Cut strips of green crepe paper streamers to look like strawberry leaves.


Use white school glue or a glue stick to attach the streamer leaves to the round top of the balloons. Don't use hot glue... it will pop your balloon!


Display your strawberries by taping paper straws or dowels to the bottom, then placing them in jars or by gluing a string to to top (in the center of the leaves) and hanging them from the ceiling.

Learn how to make the colorful fringe party backdrop HERE.

I'm excited to surprise my kids with this party on the last day of school! Let me tell you, it's been hard keeping that ice cream cake a surprise! Do you do anything special on the last day of school? Tell me about it in the comments!

Look HERE for other fun recipes using Blue Bunny® ice cream.

6 comments:

  1. What a fun summer party! The balloons are such a cute touch!

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  2. Syd thinks we need to throw her a Strawberry Shortcake birthday party. All this will work great. Thanks for the ideas.

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  3. How did you do the background with?

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    1. I wrote a whole post about it here: http://www.thecraftpatchblog.com/2016/06/make-your-own-fringe-party-backdrop.html

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