You'll want to learn how to make this icebox cake, Loopy put it together for Veto's birthday... which just happens to be today. I'll tell you what you'll need and how to put it together after I tell you about Inglorious Basterds.
Friends, this may not be the movie for you. I'm warning you up front. Quentin Tarantino is known for a particular genre of movie... how shall I put this... how to describe... violent retro campy gore? That should do it.
That didn't prevent the movie theatre from being sold out on Friday night. We got Veto's birthday weekend off to start at the late show, it was Buddy Budderson's treat. Don't panic, we left Loopy at home.
If you aren't familiar with Kill Bill or Pulp Fiction, know this: Tarantino lurrves his fake blood like Saucy likes her frosting... in abundance. Set in Nazi-occupied France, I expected what Veto calls "a real killin' show" and that is exactly what it was. You know I'm not about spoiling too much in my cupcake reviews for you, I just want to give you the heads-up. It's a little grisly in spots, but completely fascinating, if you can stand the gore. There are some decent laughs, too. Who would have thought?
If I said the phrase, "spaghetti western" to you, it's sort of like that. You know, the old movies about the American wild west that were made in the 1970's, usually in Italy? This is sort of a "macaroni combat" movie...
I'll tell you how I sit through the killing parts in shows like this: focus on a spot on the screen or even pick the back of somebody's head sitting in front of you. When the gore starts, stare only at that spot until you hear the "eeeeewwwws" subside. Don't flinch. You might need to count in your head. That is how I stay calm, cool and collected at guy movies.
You should see this movie if you like "killin' shows" (I highly doubt that is your genre of choice) or at the very least, if you like to see the shows that might be nominated for Academy Awards. Pay particular attention to the performance of Christoph Waltz as SS Captain Landa. His performance was so good, I will give Inglourious Basterds four and a half cupcakes.
Now... the cake. Visit your grocer's freezer section and find 20-24 ice cream sandwiches and a pint of chocolate ice cream. You will also need about six cups of whipped cream, crushed cookies (we used Oreo wafers), some chocolate sauce and parchment paper.
Line a 9x12" baking pan with parchment paper, making sure the edges of the paper extend over the sides of the pan, so that you will be able to pull the cake out of the pan later.
Check out Loopy, placing one layer of ice-cream sandwiches on the base of the pan. Her Jonas water bottle was full in case she got thirsty.
We softened the chocolate ice cream a bit and scooped it onto the bottom layer. It was hard to work quickly enough so we put it in the freezer every once and a while. During our break time, we sampled the melting ice cream.
On top of the ice cream, we spread a layer of crushed cookies.
Feeling artsy, we drizzled that layer with chocolate sauce. No reason. We just really like chocolate.
Next up: a layer of whipped cream...
... all over. This step is important because it will be the "glue" that holds the layers together.
Working quickly: add a second layer of ice cream sandwiches. We had exactly two leftover, imagine that. After they are all patted into place, pop the pan in the freezer again. Leave for at least one hour.
Here, we decided to cut that bad-boy in half. We had an idea to stack it.
I prepared my square serving tray by putting parchment paper on it.
We clumsily stacked the two pieces of frozen "cake" onto the tray and placed it on the cleared shelf in the freezer. We left it overnight at this point.
Finally, we "frosted" our creation with the last of the whipped cream, filling in those crooked spots and pieces that didn't meet. Whipped cream is so forgiving like that! I sprinkled the last of the cookie crumbs on the top and popped it back into the freezer. This cake isn't about being fancy, it is about trying to put as many of Veto's favourite things into one dessert if possible.
Do you think Veto will lurrve it? Do you think I should thaw it slightly before cutting and serving it? Would you use a knife dipped in hot water to cut it?
Perhaps you think it will be a fine birthday treat for Veto: the butter to my bread, the frosting to my cupcake, who is loved more than anything, and all you want to do is leave a birthday greeting for him, right here.