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Chocolate-berry ice cream cake

I have come to realize that some of the same issues that plague me as a human being also plague my 4-year-old. I have always struggled greatly with patience. Or, more accurately, impatience. And I didn't really see this as a problem until I experienced the frustrations surrounding the impatience of my oldest child. So now I figure, if I'm constantly telling Elijah to "Please be patient!" then I had better exercise some patience myself. Like, when it is practically May and snow is in the forecast, I remind myself to CONTINUE BEING PATIENT WITH THIS TERRIBLE WINTER. Spring will come eventually. It will stop snowing, blowing and raining and the sun will shine again. Won't it?

So even though spring hasn't truly arrived here in our little part of the world, that doesn't mean I can't prepare food that makes me think of it! I made this ice cream cake for Easter dessert on Sunday, when the weather was actually delightful. We indulged in ice cream while the sun shone, even if for a short while.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.

Lightly coat an 8-inch springform pan with cooking spray.

In a large bowl, whisk together:

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 cup flour

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon coarse salt

Whisk in:

1 large egg yolk

1/4 cup buttermilk

1/4 cup warm water

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Pour the batter into the greased pan.

Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 15 minutes. Allow the cake to cool completely.

Place 1 cup of fresh blackberries in a medium bowl and mash gently with a fork.

Stir in 1 pint of softened vanilla ice cream.

Spread the ice cream-blackberry mixture in an even layer over the cooled cake. Freeze until the ice cream is very firm, at least 2 hours.

Spread 1 pint of softened raspberry sorbet in an even layer over the top of the ice cream and freeze for 1 additional hour.

Top with fresh blackberries, if desired. I adore the sweet-tartness of fresh blackberries!

And go ahead and pretend it is spring! Or maybe it actually is spring where you live??

Click here for a printable recipe!

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Reader Comments (18)

My lord that looks incredibly. Seriously salivating. Well done.

04.26.2011 | Unregistered CommenterParsley Sage

Genius! Love the sorbet layer!

This is totally perfect for spring, and totally great for people who don't really care to bake but who want a show-stopping dessert. I personally LOVE baking, but I know people who don't, and I would enjoy eating this at their house... or mine... or wherever!

04.26.2011 | Unregistered CommenterThe Food Hound

amen sister! patience is a virtue and something I have to work on as well. I live in VT and the winter has been horrible here too. But that ridiculously beautiful ice cream cake makes it all better : j

04.27.2011 | Unregistered Commenteroureyeseatfist

I love it. Chocolate and berry is my favorite combo!

Delicious and beautiful cake! I love the way it looks and sounds! Thanks for sharing!!!

04.27.2011 | Unregistered CommenterSandra

This is beautiful Ebby! Your posts never disappoint!! :)

04.27.2011 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

Oh my!!! This cake looks beyond awesome :) love it! I'm with you, I so need to be more patient with this never ending winter we are having here LOL it has been raining for nearly 30 days :(

04.27.2011 | Unregistered CommenterFirefly

Oh wow this looks amazing! I will definitely have to be trying this in the near future!

04.27.2011 | Unregistered CommenterKneady Sweetie

Congrats on the Top 9 today! Your cake is the perfect slice of summer that we need around here. Gorgeous layers.

04.28.2011 | Unregistered CommenterBecky higgins

that sounds ammmmmmmmazing! So deserving of today's top 9!! Beautiful job, as always.

04.28.2011 | Unregistered CommenterKate @ Diethood

This looks absolutely amazing. Beautiful colors!

Looks very spring like. We have too much spring here, never ending rain which is coming into our house.

What a yummy looking dessert!! Perfect for spring and pretty as a picture!

04.28.2011 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

Just gorgeous and delightful...sorry your Spring is coming slow, but it will come :)

04.28.2011 | Unregistered CommenterMagic of Spice

Spring is here where I live, but it still isn't warm yet. Can't wait for a nice hot day to sit by the pool, this would make a wonderful dessert to have while I'm sitting there.

04.29.2011 | Unregistered Commenterspcookiequeen

Beautiful cake! I wish I could grab a slice from the screen. And the photos are absolutely amazing!

05.1.2011 | Unregistered Commentercooking rookie

This is such a pretty dessert!

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