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Wednesday, June 30, 2010


The sparks will fly...
this 4th of July!
When you make a
Fire Cracker Ice Cream Cake

for a red, white and ooh...yeah, finish on a spectacular night!
Here's the starring cast of characters, frozen yogurt, ice cream, ice cream sandwiches, cool whip, star shaped cookies, and raspberry sorbet...AND VANILLA WAFERS! This is the first time I have used Neapolitan ice cream sandwiches. I have used Fatboys even...your choice. This time my man made all the choices!
Begin by crushing vanilla wafers and blending in milk just until mixture holds together.
Spray a 9" spring-form pan with non-stick spray. Now work really quickly. Cutting 4 ice cream sandwiches in quarters; cut in half length wise and across. Quickly line the sides of your pan, packing them snugly together, and then do the same with the remaining sandwiches.
Spoon the crushed wafers into the middle of your pan. Press firmly over the bottom of the pan. Now cover well and freeze for 1 hour.
During your free hour, make your fire crackers! You'll need vanilla melts, marshmallows, red and blue sugar, and wooden skewers.
Melt the vanilla melts in your microwave stirring every 15 seconds till it's smooth.
Dip in vanilla melts coating the end of the marshmallow and a little up the sides.
Carefully dip into the red or blue sugar.
I dipped both ends...you can swirl and twirl...be creative!

After 45 minutes soften your yogurt, ice cream, or sorbet for 15 minutes....
So your cake's been in the freezer for 1 hour, add the softened yogurt...or your choice...I've used everything and it turns out great!
Then add the second layer...
again...the third layer...
Cover with thawed whipped topping....
Fire crackers...
and star cookies...
After my Fire Cracker Cake spent a frigid night in my big freezer, I discovered the freezer had mysteriously been turned down. Our life was so much easier when we had 5 kids at home to blame this kinda stuff on... anyway, after a few gooey, melty pictures, it's tucked back in for another night. However, even soft my man inhaled the missing piece and said it was a sizzling success! It's easy to make and always turns out fantastic.
Hooray! Here she is fully-frozen and easy to slice, showing off her red, white and whoo!

Fire Cracker Ice Cream Cake
  • 20 Vanilla Wafer cookies
  • 2 Tbsp. milk
  • 8 to 10 ice cream sandwiches, depending on size
  • 1 pint blueberry ice cream or sorbet
  • 1 pint vanilla ice cream
  • 1 pint raspberry sorbet
  • 1 (8 oz.) container frozen whipped topping
  • sprinkles (optional)
  • red and blue star shaped sugar cookies (optional)
Coat sides and bottom of a 9-inch round springform pan with non-stick cooking spray. Line side with wax paper, using spray to help adhere to pan. Finely crush the vanilla wafers in a food processor (or blender). Add milk; pulse just until mixture holds together. Set aside. (Now, another pair of hands helps for this next part if you can get them...I have done it by myself though) Unwrap 4 ice cream sandwiches. Working quickly, cut each into quarters, in half long wise and then across. Stack strips of sandwiches to form a stand up edge. Repeat with remaining sandwiches to form a stand-up edge. Spoon cookie crumbs into the center of the pan; press firmly over bottom. Freeze 1 hour. * Remove all 3 flavors of ice cream, frozen yogurt or sorbet from the freezer and let soften at room temperature for 15 minutes. When softened, (not completely) add food color if you'd like. Remove pan from the freezer. Spread 1st layer of ice cream on the bottom, top with the next one, and then the last one. Top with thawed whipped topping, swirling top decoratively. Top with sprinkles and star cookies. Cover well and return to freezer. Freeze overnight. To serve, remove the sides of pan, then waxed paper. Add fire cracker decorations. Cut into wedges.

To make decorative fire crackers: In a mug, melt white, vanilla melts in the microwave, at 15 second intervals. Using a wooden skewer, poke a marshmallow and dip it in the coating and then into red or blue sugar. Let it dry on a parchment lined jelly-roll pan. Repeat, dipping the other end. Dip 12 marshmallows to make 3 fire crackers. Refrigerate till set. Next, thread the marshmallows unto a long wood skewer. Cut the top and bottom off of a party straw (Target, of course), with red and blue streamers. Push the pointed end of the streamer into the ice-cream cake. Insert the straw over the top of the skewer and push it into the top marshmallow to secure.

Get ready for the sparks to fly...
enjoy and happy 4th all!
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  1. Thanks for sharing! I'll be trying this recipe this weekend. Happy 4th of July!

  2. Looks like a cute idea! I know what you mean about not being able to blame it on the kids anymore, the cashier only has me to look at as she rings up the opened bag of potato chips... Happy 4th!

  3. Could this possibly be any cuter? No, it couldn't. I think the firecrackers are my favorite part.

    I'm such a sucker for a creative dessert, especially around the holidays.

  4. okay. oh my gosh! you had me at the pan lined with ice cream sandwiches. i can hear my mom, who is a diabetic, saying now "why do we need this?" umm because it looks pretty?! hello. sometimes she doesn't understand having stuff for the fun of it. i need some kids!!! can't wait to make this one day! i thought your first pic was a trick too, i was searching and searching, going where are the vanilla wafers?, wonder how it would be with graham crackers?

  5. What a cute cake! And it look so yummy with those ice cream sandwiches. Mmmm...

  6. That looks and sounds like it would be a crowd pleaser too! Fabulous 4th.of July dessert, thank you so much for sharing this with us! Debbie @ Cottage Hann~Me~Downs

  7. Now that's what I call a celebration!
    Following from New Friend Fridays. :)

  8. What!! Are you kidding me, that looks soooo yummy! Visiting from Friday Favorites

  9. Holy guacamole! What a fun post and what a funtastic (and yes I do mean FUNtastic) cake! Have a spectacular Fourth!

  10. Looks great~very festive! I love ice cream sandwiches:)

  11. LOVE your cake, very festive! Have a safe and Happy 4th of July.

  12. That looks delish!! I think I just licked the screen :P happy 4th! NFF

  13. I am coming to your house;)! Save me a piece!


  14. The cake is adorable and it looks so good! Happy 4th!

  15. What a fun dessert and perfect for a holiday weekend. Love the ice cream sandwiches and the festive marshmallows. Can't wait to try it.

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  17. Wow. That is very creative, visually interesting, and unique. Thanks for sharing!

  18. That looks so yummy!! You always have such awesome recipes and great pics!!


  19. This post has been selected as one of my great posts of the week. Here is the link to my post.

  20. I love the marshmallow "fire crackers"!

  21. What a crowd pleaser. I wish I lived closer to my little nieces. They would love these. Happy 4th of July.

  22. Such a fun cake!! I'm saving this to try next year (if I can wait that long!!!)

  23. Wow! Do I ever need to follow your blog!! This stuff looks amazing! I've always wanted to cook like this. I just need the ideas and inspiration. Awesome work!

  24. This looks amazingly delish! And so pretty too! Just letting ya know I'm visiting from Anything Related

  25. Wow!---Wow! What a wonderful treat! This looks fantastic! And so festive!

    Thanks for linking up with me!

  26. Oh wow!! HOw fun and I would imagine totally yummy!

  27. That is AWESOMSE! Thanks for sharing your recipe and linking to Tempt My Tummy Tuesday.

  28. oh my goodness, how spectacular!!!!!!!!!!! thanks!

  29. Congrats on being featured at Under the Table and Dreaming, I was also featured. I have to copy this recipe, my kids would love it.

    Cheri from Its So Very Cheri.com

  30. This looks amazing! I love the ice cream sandwiches! So creative and looks yummy! I'll be featuring this today. Stop by and grab a featured button if you like. Thanks again for joining the Sunday Showcase. Hope you have a fabulous week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

  31. No way! Love it to the max! I'm gonna serve this at a party and be all, "Yes, I MADE that!"

  32. Gnee, how fun is that cake! I KNOW my family would love that! Joni

  33. Beautiful cake! Happy Belated Fourth of July!!

  34. How fun is that! (Im hungry now!) Thanks for joining us for Anything Related #14! ~Bridgette

  35. now that is just too cute !

  36. It is always so much fun to see what you come up with, Gnee! Thanks for joining Tuesday Tastes, People's Choice Award polls open at noon. Come vote for your favorite recipe!

    Happy Day,
    Jasey @ Crazy Daisy

  37. Holy Smokes!!! What an amazing cake! - do I have to wait until next 4th of July to make it????....maybe I can sneak it in for Labor Day....yah I like that idea! :-)

  38. wow... I wish my country's national holliday were that much fun... =)


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