Why go out and buy an ice cream cake when you can make one? The peppermint ice cream makes this cake unique, and the crushed peppermints on top make for a pretty presentation. Surprise a friend on their birthday or bring this festive cake to a Christmas party.
Coat 2 (8-inch) round cake pans with cooking spray. Line bottom of each pan with wax paper.
Combine cocoa, water, and butter, stirring with a whisk until blended. Cool.
Combine sugars in a large bowl, stirring well until blended. Add egg substitute; beat 2 minutes or until light and creamy. Add cocoa mixture, and beat for 1 minute.
Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Gradually add flour mixture to bowl; beat for 1 minute or until blended. Stir in vanilla. Pour batter into prepared pans. Bake at 350° for 28 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes on a wire rack. Remove from pans. Wrap in plastic wrap, and freeze for 2 hours or until slightly frozen.
Spread ice cream in an 8-inch round cake pan lined with plastic wrap. Cover and freeze 4 hours or until firm.
To assemble cake, place one cake layer, bottom side up, on a cake pedestal. Remove ice cream layer from freezer; remove plastic wrap. Place ice cream layer, bottom side up, on top of cake layer. Top with remaining cake layer.
Combine whipped topping and peppermint extract, and stir until blended. Spread frosting over top and sides of cake. Sprinkle with crushed peppermints. Freeze until ready to serve. Let cake stand at room temperature 10 minutes before slicing.
I made this one year and now my family has claimed it as a "tradition". I have had to make every year for awhile now. I had trouble finding the right size circular pans so I used to use 9 inch ones. You just have to increase the recipe slightly and it assembles nicely. When i finally got the 8inch, I found I had to cook the cakes a bit longer. It is important to slightly undercook the cake because when you freeze it, I found it doesn't stay super moist.
Very well received when served. Made this for friends and family at Christmas and preficed it by saying I would not make again because it was a bit labor intensive and very difficult to transport without screwing up the frosting. But they loved it! They asked me to reconsider and the cake went fast. Everyone was taking pictures of it! Even had one person who said she does NOT like chocolate and peppermint but considered this one of the better cakes she has ever had. Sadly, this will be added to my standard recipe collection after all. It was delicious :) Made recipe exactly as indicated.
I thought this cake was pretty good- I wasn't crazy about the peppermint whipped topping so I added a mixture of 2 tbs smart balance, 1/4 cup powdered sugar, and a small handful of semi-sweet ghirardelli chocolate chips (just less than 1/4 cup), melted- I whisked that into the whipped topping and it lessened the intensity of the pepperminty flavor and made it taste more like frosting. Also- for those who were having trouble cutting the cake, don't let it thaw for any amount of time before cutting- run your knife under very hot water until knife is hot, dry knife and start cutting- you may have to repeat a couple of times but it works.
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