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Saturday, August 13, 2011

Mr. Bear's Birthday Cake; A Love Story

 This cake is a test-run for Mr. Bear's groom's cake for our wedding next June. We collaborated on the recipe. He doesn't care much for actual cake, but loves cookies and cream, marshmallows, Oreos, and rice krispie treats. Recently we attended a friend's daughter's birthday, and her family makes an ice cream cake similar to this, but we wanted to tweak it a little.
What we came up with is a thing of beauty.


2 16oz. bags Oreo cookies
10 cups marshmallows
8 Tbs butter
1 12oz. bag white chocolate chips
1 1/2 Tbs oil
4 qts. ice cream
Whipped cream to top

The Base

Oreo marshmallow brownies, based on a recipe from here.

 *Crush one 16oz bag of Oreo cookies.

 Measure out 4 tablespoons of butter and 5 cups of marshmallows.

Add together in a microwavable bowl.

Microwave for 2 minutes. While waiting, pour crushed Oreos into a mixing bowl.

 Add melted marshmallows to Oreos and lightly mix.

 If using an electric mixer, mix for about 2 minutes or until well blended. If mixing by hand, eyeball it. It should have a uniformly dark brown appearance.

 It will be very sticky, but it did not adhere to the sides of my bowl.

 Line a 13"x9" baking pan with parchment paper and spread Oreo marshmallow mixture in an even layer, you should have just enough to make a nice base over half your pan. You may need to microwave the mixture for another 30 seconds before you can spread it easily.*

Repeat from * to * to cover the other half of the 13"x9" pan.

 The White Chocolate Layer

Melt one 12oz bag white chocolate chips with  1 1/2 tablespoons oil over low heat.

The oil will make the white chocolate creamy and pourable without seizing. The chocolate tends to clump if the heat is too high.

 Spread the white chocolate over the Oreo marshmallow base until it is evenly coated. Place the pan in the freezer until the white chocolate has set and is firm, and the pan is no longer warm to the touch. You can leave the ice cream on the counter while you wait for the pan to cool off, this will make it easier to spread later.

The Ice Cream Layer

 Scoop the ice cream into the pan and spread until it covers the base and is about level with the top of the pan. Cover with plastic wrap and place back in freezer for several hours or overnight.

Top with whipped cream, or really any scrumptious topping of choice.
Quick, take a picture of it before it's all eaten up!

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