When I was a little girl growing up in rural East Coast Canada (a tiny village in Cape Breton Island, to be slightly more specific) we lived a 45 minute drive away from the nearest supermarket.
This meant that we did our big shopping trip once a month. It was an all day event. Our mother would take my younger brother and I through the mall stopping off at the craft section in Walmart, the pet store, and my favourite – the book store. Oh how I loved browsing through those books and, if I had saved up enough pennies, I’d buy myself a hard back Nancy Drew Mystery novel. Remember them, with their bright yellow covers?
Before all of this we’d stop off at the local Dairy Queen restaurant for our lunch. If my mother taught me anything it was that you never do a supermarket shop when you’re hungry, and even worse is bringing along your small children if they are hungry. Want to hear children nagging for everything in sight? Go ahead and take hungry kids into a supermarket.
At Dairy Queen we’d have a burger with fries for our lunch. Back then you were given, with your children’s meal, a small plastic grey Dairy Queen token you could exchange (then or at a later date) for a small ice cream sundae.
The exhilaration of walking up to the counter yourself as a small child and asking the server for your favourite flavour of ice cream and your chosen topping was something I remember with great fondness.
I also remember the giant freezers filled with ice cream cakes.
Those ice cream cakes were made with layers of flavoured ice cream and there was always a black crumbled biscuit layer which added texture to the cake. The tops of the cakes were decorated with piped icing, as a regular cake was, and oh my goodness gracious me they tasted fantastic.
I know this because I got to try one. Once.
Dairy Queen ice cream cakes were, in my financially constrained childhood, reserved with families with money. We had very little money, so we never had an ice cream cake. My best friend did once, and I got to taste hers.
The memory of that sweet cold ice cream cake with its crunchy black biscuit layer lingers with me in my adult years, 3000 miles away from the nearest Dairy Queen, and I’ve been longing to make one at home.
Inspiration struck recently, and so I created this – the one and only Cadbury Creme Egg recipe you will ever find on my blog – for your viewing (and tasting!) pleasure.
I bring you the Cadbury Creme Egg Ice Cream Cake! A google search yields zero results for such a creation, so I think I might be on to something new!
My recipe starts with a traditional Oreo cookie cheesecake crust – smashed up Oreo cookies mixed with melted butter and pressed into a cake tin. I used a silicone cake tin eight inches in diameter and three inches deep so the frozen cake would be the right shape and could be removed easily.
A quick and easy no churn condensed milk ice cream is divided into three and flavoured with chocolate, orange food colouring and Madagascar bourbon vanilla bean paste (my new favourite baking ingredient).
These layers, meant to resemble the layers of a Cadbury creme egg, are topped with a melted milk chocolate drizzle and some halved mini Cadbury creme eggs, and one regular sized egg.
It’s rather fantastic, wouldn’t you agree? Wait until you taste it…!
You’re welcome. x
Click here to view the nutritional information for this recipe (base and ice cream cake layers only)
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