I promised that I would be back today with a perfect summer dessert and I am a girl who keeps her word.  S’mores Ice Cream Cake is the perfect dessert to bring to any backyard barbecue or 4th of July party you will be attending this summer!

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I don’t think I will ever grow out of loving the taste of a perfectly toasted marshmallow that is just hot enough to melt the milk chocolate onto my graham crackers creating the perfect s’more.  Any dessert that I see that has a s’mores theme, I am instantly drawn to.  This S’mores Ice Cream Cake was made at the request of my husband who claims any ice cream cake as one of his favorite desserts.

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The base for the cake is the only part of the recipe that needs to be baked and even that only requires a mere 8 minutes in the oven for the graham cracker crust to be perfectly golden brown.  This is no ordinary graham cracker crust though.  Just before you put the crust into the oven to bake, you sprinkle it with miniature chocolate chips so that the chocolate (aka best part of a s’more?) is not missed in any component of the S’mores Ice Cream Cake.

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Two different flavors of ice cream are used for the layers of the cake.  Now you could just use vanilla as one of the two layers, but I wanted to make sure that my favorite flavor of a s’more (didn’t I just say my favorite part is the chocolate??), the toasted marshmallow, shined through, so I toasted a bag of mini marshmallows to golden brown perfection and blended them up with a tub of softened vanilla ice cream to create “homemade” toasted marshmallow ice cream.

As if the graham cracker crust wasn’t enough, the layers of toasted marshmallow and chocolate ice cream are separated and topped with broken pieces of chocolate dipped graham crackers.  The crackers stayed delightfully crispy which was such a nice texture contrast to the creamy dreamy ice cream.  I had a little extra chocolate coating that I used to dip the graham crackers so I drizzled it over the top of the S’mores Ice Cream Cake so that it looked as fun to eat as it was!

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S’mores Ice Cream Cake

Prep Time: 1 hour

Cook Time: 5 hours

Total Time: 6 hours

Yield: 12 pieces

S'mores Ice Cream Cake: Graham cracker crust is topped with toasted marshmallow and chocolate ice creams with chocolate-dipped graham crackers layered throughout the cake

Ingredients

    For the crust!
  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 5 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup miniature chocolate chips
  • For the chocolate coated graham crackers!
  • 2 cups milk chocolate, chopped (or you can use milk chocolate chips)
  • 1 Tbsp canola oil
  • 6 whole graham crackers (sheets), broken in half
  • For the ice cream!
  • 1 quart vanilla ice cream (I used Edy's Slow-Churned)
  • 1 quart chocolate ice cream (I used Edy's Slow-Churned)
  • 1 bag miniature marshmallows

Instructions

  1. Prepare a 9-inch springform pan by lining the bottom with parchment paper.
  2. Allow the 2 quarts of ice cream to sit out on the counter while you prepare the crust so that it softens and then it will be easier to use.
  3. For the crust!
  4. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  5. In a bowl, mix together the graham cracker crumbs and sugar. Stir in the melted butter and mix to combine.
  6. Pour graham cracker mixture into prepared pan and pat it down firmly and evenly with your fingers.
  7. Sprinkle the top of the crust with the miniature chocolate chips and bake until golden brown, 8 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven and set aside to cool completely.
  9. For the chocolate coated graham crackers!
  10. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  11. Place the chocolate and oil into a microwave-safe bowl and microwave in 30 second increments until the chocolate is melted. Stir in between microwaving and stop heating once chocolate is smooth.
  12. Pick up one of the graham cracker squares by a corner and dip it into the melted chocolate to coat each side. Shake gently to remove excess chocolate.
  13. Place the dipped graham cracker onto the parchment-lined baking sheet.
  14. Repeat with remaining graham crackers.
  15. Place the dipped crackers into the refrigerator to cool completely.
  16. Save any extra chocolate coating for the top of the cake.
  17. Once cooled and set, break the graham crackers into irregular pieces or cut with a knife into triangles.
  18. For the toasted marshmallow ice cream!
  19. Line another baking sheet with parchment paper and lightly grease the paper with nonstick cooking spray.
  20. Turn oven to broil.
  21. Pour miniature marshmallows in a single layer over the prepared parchment paper.
  22. Place under broiler AND WATCH VERY CLOSELY! The marshmallows will only take a matter of seconds to turn golden brown. Remove them IMMEDIATELY when they turn golden brown.
  23. Use a spatula to scrape the toasted marshmallows off of the baking sheet and place them into a blender.
  24. Place the vanilla ice cream into the blender with the marshmallows and blend until combined and smooth. It's ok if there are a few whole marshmallows that don't get blended, they will look cute!
  25. To assemble the ice cream cake!
  26. Scoop softened chocolate ice cream onto cooled graham cracker crust and spread it into an even layer with a spatula.
  27. Top the chocolate layer with a single layer of the chocolate coated graham crackers.
  28. Top the graham crackers with the toasted marshmallow ice cream (it should be almost pourable after being blended).
  29. Place the cake into the freezer for one hour.
  30. Top cake with any remaining chocolate coating and with remaining chocolate coated graham crackers.
  31. Freeze for at least another 4 hours before removing from the pan, cutting and serving.
  32. *Note, if you do not have a springform pan, you can use a 9-inch square pan and simply line the pan with parchment paper so that it overhangs the edges. You will be able to use the overhanging edges to lift the cake out of the pan.
  33. *Marshmallows can go from barely browned to black and scorched in a matter of seconds, so never leave them unattended under the broiler.

Notes

The 6 hours includes making each of the layers, assembly and freezing.

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Recipe adapted from Lunds and Byerly’s Real Food

line pan with parchment paper

S'mores Ice Cream Cake {satisfymysweettooth.com}

mix together ingredients for graham cracker crust and press evenly into pan

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S'mores Ice Cream Cake {satisfymysweettooth.com}

sprinkle the crust with miniature chocolate chips

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bake and cool

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prepare chocolate coating and dip graham crackers

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toast marshmallows under broiler

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blend marshmallows with the vanilla ice cream

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spread softened chocolate ice cream over cooled crust

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top with broken chocolate coated graham crackers

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top with toasted marshmallow ice cream

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freeze then top with any remaining chocolate coating and rest of chocolate coated graham crackers

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freezer at least 4 hours before serving

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6 Comments ( Reply )

  1. emily (a nutritionist eats)
    Jun 03, 2014 @ 10:52 am

    OH MY GOSH!!!!! I’ve been waiting for this recipe. I’m going to request to bring dessert to the next party we go to! It looks perfect. :)

    Reply

  2. Jessica I A Kitchen Addiction
    Jun 05, 2014 @ 8:08 am

    I can’t turn down a s’mores dessert! This ice cream cake looks fantastic!

    Reply

  3. Mimi @ Culinary Couture
    Jun 05, 2014 @ 1:26 pm

    This.is.PERFECT.

    Reply

  4. Ami@NaiveCookCooks
    Jun 05, 2014 @ 3:32 pm

    This cake looks so so good and love that you have given step by step instructions!!

    Reply

    • Mercedes
      Jun 07, 2014 @ 10:14 am

      Thanks Ami! I’m glad the step-by-step instructions are helpful!

      Reply

  5. dina
    Jun 08, 2014 @ 10:57 am

    it looks yummy!

    Reply

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