I LOVE ice cream. It’s truly my favorite dessert item…especially really good vanilla bean ice cream. One of my other favorite desserts is pound cake. Now I’ve tried to make pound cake from scratch, but (don’t laugh) I feel like the folks over at Sara Lee have the pound cake thing down to a yummy science.
So, here's an end of the summer dessert that's sure to please. Vanilla bean ice cream and pound cake? Heaven….just add your favorite berries and work FAST!
Here’s what I did for a ‘hood BBQ a few weeks ago. It was a hit and a simple dish to pass that you can whip up in no time. Just make sure your hosts have room in the freezer!
Ice Cream Layered Pound Cake
- 1 family sized Sara Lee Pound cake
- 1.5 quarts vanilla bean ice cream, slightly softened (I used Edy’s Slow Churned…SO good!)
- 1 to 2 cups fresh sliced strawberries
- 2 teaspoons sugar
In a bowl, sprinkle sugar over strawberries. Stir until coated and set aside. Cut pound cake (right out of the freezer) into horizontal thirds.
Lay bottom layer on serving dish. Spread a layer of ice cream on pound cake and top with a single layer of strawberries.
Place middle layer on top. Repeat the layer of ice cream and strawberries. Place the top layer of pound cake on top.
Place entire serving dish and remaining ice cream into the freezer for an hour. Use remaining ice cream to “icing” the entire outside of the layered cake. Work quickly!
Place in the freezer again. After ice cream has hardened, wrap in plastic wrap. Must be frozen for at least 4 hours. Place ice cream cake at room temperature for 20 minutes before slicing and serving.
The only thing I might change when I make this recipe again is the strawberries. Since they were fresh strawberries, they froze up and the texture was slightly off. I was kind of in a hard situation…wait until the berries soften a little or will the ice cream melt by then? It worked out and no one complained. In the future, I might try mashing the berries and mixing them with some strawberry jam. Not sure. Have any of you ever tried something like this? Berry issues? I’d love to hear from you.