cake, glorious cake


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.

31 comments:

J.G. said...

Nothing says love like a homemade cake. Happy birthday to Veto and happy celebration to all!

Rhonda Roo said...

Well, Happy Birthday Veto..and my Cowboy, whose birthday was Thursday :-)
Crazy Kool cake. (we went with red velvet, as Cowboy is a tad southern.)
xoxoxoxoxox

Coco said...

Now that is awesome and so Sandra Lee Semi-Homemade. Good job.

CuteStuffInside said...

Happy Birthday Veto!

S.W.A.K.

Anonymous said...

August must be the month when great guys are born...celebrating my great guy's b-day in a couple days...I'll have to try Loopy's cake. Happy Birthday, Veto!

Claudia said...

Happy Birthday, Veto! You are going to have a great birthday celebration!

the treat girl said...

Hope your birthday was TERRIFIC Veto!!!! With a cake like that, I'm sure it was fun celebrating!!!

Taiya said...

Happy Happy Happy Birthday, Veto! :) Enjoy that delicious looking cake!

KAGS Herself said...

A Tarrantino "killin show", a date for the show & shine AND that magnificent ice cream cake - the bestest birthday evah! Happy Fryin' Birthday Veto!

Joanne said...

Happy Birthday, Veto! Enjoy the "cake"!!!

oliver rain said...

Happy Birthday Veto!

We have to make this cake too. Yum

Miss Quoted said...

Happy Birthday Veto - hope the day is special, and I am sure it will be!!!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Veto!

Grace said...

Oh My GOD!!!! that is so over the top...lol ok how did you cut and eat it???? please show pictures..

Angela said...

Ahhhh Saucy, all you had to do is say today is Veto's b-day and I would have wished him a happy day...you didn't have to butter me up! ; )

I love the idea of an ice cream cake like this... you are so clever, my dear! One thing that I would love to see, if it's not all gone by now...is how it looks sliced on the plate... I am sure all those layers that you and Loopy so lovingly put together are so pretty when plated up!

Please wish Veto a lovely day for me...I hope enjoys it thoroughly!
Love,
Angela

Kate said...

Happy Birthday Veto! That cake spells luurrrrve!

Amy said...

The cake looks so delicious. Happy Birthday to Veto!

Lisa Wheeler Milton said...

Happy, happy birthday to your sweet man.

(And I love all the creative stuff you come up with. :))

MJ said...

Happy birthday, Veto! That cake looks scrumptious and is so much easier than a Baked Alaska!

karen said...

Happy Birthday - Have a great year Veto!!

The French Bear said...

Happy Birthday to your Veto, I am sure the cake will be a huge hit!!!!!
Cheers,
Margaret B

Wendy said...

Happy Birthday, Veto! Enjoy the day and your fab cake. Ü

SimplyTara said...

Great cake and really fun blog!
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Chelsea said...

HAHA "macaroni combat" I love it.
And that cake looks SO delicious!

Jerri-Lea said...

Hope you had a special one!!

Jill said...

Happy Birthday Veto!
That cake looks like some serious yummy-goodness! Enjoy!

geni said...

I got a giggle from the thought of you picking the head of someone sitting in front of you at the movie!

I know what you meant.
But it's funny :D

Love the cake! Enjoyed the laugh!
geni

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

I love me some QT--he is shamelessly violent and bloody and I don't mind it one bit.
That cake? Oh heaven help me from booking a flight to come celebrate veto's birthday with you.
Many happy returns to your Main Man!

Sue Sparks said...

Looks SO good and SO easy!!! What a great combo!

Rosa said...

Oh baby. Bring it on. I think I just popped my snap on my jeans! SOOOO Good! Happy belated birthday V~!

Jennifer Juniper said...

Dude, I a SO making this! When I saw it cut I thought it was some sort of complicated gourmet confection! WOW!