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Frozen Cardamom Bombe with Watermelon-Cantaloupe Center

Yield 12 servings (serving size: 1 wedge)
A bombe is simply molded ice cream and cake. You can use a special 4- or 6-cup bombe mold, or a Pyrex bowl as we did. Combining commercial low-fat ice cream with the spices makes this an easy recipe.


  • Ice cream:
  • 3 cups low-fat vanilla ice cream, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • Cake:
  • Cooking spray
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup 2% reduced-fat milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter or stick margarine, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup apricot all-fruit spread (such as St. Dalfour)
  • 3 cups Watermelon-Cantaloupe Sorbet

Nutrition Information

  • calories 173
  • caloriesfromfat 17 %
  • fat 3.2 g
  • satfat 1.7 g
  • monofat 0.9 g
  • polyfat 0.3 g
  • protein 2.8 g
  • carbohydrate 32.8 g
  • fiber 0.4 g
  • cholesterol 26 mg
  • iron 0.5 mg
  • sodium 125 mg
  • calcium 61 mg

How to Make It

  1. To prepare ice cream, combine first 4 ingredients in a bowl; freeze until firm.

  2. Preheat oven to 350°.

  3. To prepare cake, coat bottom of an 8-inch round cake pan with cooking spray; line bottom with wax paper. Coat wax paper with cooking spray. Combine the sugar and egg in a medium bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed for 1 minute or until well-blended. Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine flour, soda, and salt; stir well with a whisk. Add flour mixture to sugar mixture; stir well. Stir in milk, butter, and vanilla. Pour into prepared pan. Bake at 350° for 15 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan for 10 minutes on a wire rack, and remove from pan. Cool cake completely on wire rack. Spread the apricot spread over bottom of cake layer, and set aside.

  4. Line a 6-cup glass bowl with heavy-duty plastic wrap, allowing wrap to extend over edge of bowl; place in freezer 10 minutes. Press ice cream into bottom and up sides of bowl; freeze for 30 minutes or until firm. Spoon Watermelon-Cantaloupe Sorbet into center of bowl, pressing firmly. Press cake layer firmly onto top of ice cream, apricot spread side down. Cover and freeze until firm.

  5. Dip bowl into hot water for a few seconds. Place a plate upside down on top of bowl; invert bombe onto plate. Remove plastic wrap, and cut into wedges.