Improv for Father’s Day: Chocolate Peanut Ice Cream Cake

Chocolate Peanut Ice Cream CakeI needed a special dessert for Father’s Day, so I did a little improvisational work using three different recipes and came up with a winner!

I started with a box cake mix and a vague idea. It ended with layers of cake, some chocolate sauce, chopped peanuts and vanilla ice cream.

Chocolate Peanut Ice Cream Cake

Mix 1 box of Chocolate Cake Mix substituting 1/2 cup of peanut butter for 1/2 cup of the butter.

Bake in 9 x 13 cake pan that has been greased and lined with waxed paper.

Remove from pan and let cool.

Meanwhile make the chocolate sauce by mixing together: 2 cups powdered sugar, 1 1/2 cups evaporated milk, 2/3 cups chocolate chips, and 1/2 cup butter.

Bring to a boil and boil 8 minutes. Remove from heat and add 1 tsp. vanilla. Let cool.

Carefully cut the cake in half horizontally. Place one half on a serving platter. (If it falls apart like mine did, just place the pieces together the best that you can, no one call tell when the dish is finished.)

Sprinkle a layer of crushed peanuts on the cake. Then carefully spoon a layer of softened vanilla ice cream on top of the peanuts (about 1/2 gallon, or as much as you like!)

Pour half of the chocolate over the ice cream. Place the second layer of the cake on top of the ice cream , piecing it to fit. Pour remaining chocolate sauce over the top and sprinkle with peanuts.

Freeze for at two hours before serving.

I assembled mine in my 9 x 13 Tupperware cake keeper which worked very well.

I’m sure it would work to change the cake or the ice cream flavors, such as white cake and mint chip ice cream.

You’re only limited by your own imagination when you practice improv in the kitchen!

Happy Father’s Day!

Grandpa fishingHappy Father’s Day!

How are you honoring the dad(s) in your life today?

As I watch the TV and hear the commercials it seems that the only way to truly honor Dad is to buy him something (recliners, big screen TV’s, golf clubs, etc..)

But I disagree. I don’t think Dad’s really need more stuff. What they really need is more honor.

They need their wives hanging on their arms admiring their muscles, telling them how much they appreciate them. They need big bear hugs from their children and wet sloppy kisses with lots of “I Iove you Daddy!”

Dad’s need their favorite dessert served with love and a round of applause for all they do. They need phone calls from children or a visit. A fancy card isn’t as important as a handwritten note of thanks.

Father’s Day isn’t about money spent. It’s about taking time to honor and appreciate the dad in your life.

Make it a good one!