I recently discovered that ice cream cake is a surprisingly divisive topic. When I asked friends and readers whether actual cake belonged in ice cream cake, the responses were severely split. Of course! said some. Absolutely not, insisted others. It turns out, you see, that many, many people were raised on the Dairy Queen and Carvel ice cream cakes, which are nothing but pure and cold ice cream, with chocolate cookie bits in the middle, and a luscious layer of whipped frosting over it all.
So today, dear readers, for those of you who dream of nothing more than recreating this childhood memory at home, perhaps with your own homemade ice cream, here is a step-by-step recipe to let you do just that. How to make an ice cream cake — it can be even better than DQ’s, if you can imagine that.