Easter Ice cream Cake (with Chocolate Nest)
A fun ice cream project with the kids for Easter! A triple layered ice cream cake with a cookie crumble base, decorated with a chocolate nest and chocolate Easter eggs. There is no cooking or baking involved; use store bought ice cream flavours of your preference to create this cake. Lots of finger licking guaranteed… This ice cream cake can be customized according to your taste preferences using any flavour of ice cream you wish to. It’s all about assembly with this cake with plenty of freezing time in between so it would be ideal to start preparation a day or two before the celebration.
For the ice cream layers:
  • 180g chocolate chip cookies
  • 200g Magnum Matcha and white chocolate ice cream
  • 200g Baileys Irish ice cream
  • 200g Bulla strawberries and cream
  • For the buttercream frosting:
  • 300ml thick creamsuitable for whipping
  • 30g caster sugar
  • 1tsp gelatin
  • 1tbsp water
  • Light blue food colour
For the chocolate nest:
  • 20g vermicelli noodles
  • 60g dark chocolate
To decorate:
  • Coloured chocolate mini Easter eggs
  • Sprinkles
To prepare the ice cream layers:
  1. Line the bottom of a springform baking tin (10cm) with baking paper to enable the cake to slide out easily.
  2. Crumble the cookies in a food processor to a coarse mixture and line the base of the tin. Press down with a ladle to even out and get a flat surface. Freeze for 30 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, allow the first ice cream flavour (Matcha) to melt lightly at room temperature. Transfer the measured quantities to a bowl and whisk lightly to loosen up; this makes it easy to add to the baking tin. Pour over the cookie crumble base, cover with cling film and freeze for 3-4 hours before adding the next layer.
  4. Repeat the same process for all the layers, freezing well in between.
To prepare the chocolate nest:
  1. Break the vermicelli noodles and place in the bowl. Microwave the dark chocolate in short bursts till completely melted. Pour over the noodle and mix lightly to cover the noodle strands well.
  2. Line another bowl with cling film and place the chocolate noodle strands inside to form a nest. Press down with another bowl and refrigerate until serving time.
To prepare the buttercream icing:
  1. Place the mixer bowl and whisk in the freezer for at least 30 minutes before whipping the cream. In a microwave safe bowl, add 1 tbsp cold water and sprinkle the gelatin powder on top. Allow to sit for 10 minutes and then microwave for 20 seconds; stir to combine.
  2. Add the cream and sugar to the mixer bowl and whip on medium speed for 30 seconds.
  3. Then add the gelatin mixture in one go, increase the speed to medium high and whip till it forms medium stiff peaks (take care not to over whip).
  4. Add 1-2 drops of the food colour, mix lightly and keep aside.
To assemble:
  1. Remove the ice cream cake from the pan and place on a stand.
  2. Cover well with the buttercream icing, coat the sides of the cake with sprinkles. Freeze the cake until it’s time to serve.
  3. Just before cutting the cake, remove the chocolate nest from the bowl and place on top of the cake.
  4. Add the mini Easter eggs to the nest.