Vanilla-Caramel Ice Cream Cake with Espresso Whipped Cream Frosting

Pound cake is the base for this vanilla-caramel ice cream cake with an espresso whipped cream topping.
  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 5 hr (includes freezing time)
  • Active: 30 min
  • Yield: 8 servings
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Ingredients

Ice Cream Cake:

Unsalted butter, for buttering the pan

One 10.5-ounce pound cake, cut into 1/2-inch slices

1 quart vanilla ice cream, softened

1 quart dulce de leche ice cream, softened

Espresso Whipped Cream Frosting:

2 cups heavy cream

2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar

2 tablespoons brewed espresso, chilled

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Caramel sauce, for drizzling

Directions

  1. For the ice cream cake: Butter a 9-inch springform pan and line it with a parchment paper circle. Cover the bottom of the pan with the pound cake, using any extra pieces to line the sides of the pan if desired.
  2. Scoop the vanilla and dulce de leche ice creams onto the pound cake layer, packing it in tightly and alternating the scoops to create a marbled or checkerboard effect. Spread with an offset spatula to make a smooth top. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze until firm, 2 to 2 1/2 hours.
  3. Unmold the cake by running a knife around the edge of it, then unhinge the springform and remove. Invert the cake onto a sheet of plastic wrap and remove the bottom of the pan and the parchment. Place a plate on the bottom and invert once more.
  4. For the espresso whipped cream frosting: Add the heavy cream, confectioners' sugar, espresso and vanilla to a large bowl and whip with an electric mixer until soft peaks form. This makes enough frosting to cover the top and sides of the cake with additional to pipe decorations if desired.
  5. Frost the top and sides of the cake with the whipped cream frosting. Drizzle with caramel sauce. If the cake begins to get too soft, put it back into the freezer for a few minutes.
  6. Freeze another 1 1/2 to 2 hours or overnight. Before serving, let the cake sit at room temperature for about 20 minutes.

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