Peppermind

This merry confection showcases one of the bright flavors of the season…peppermint! This ice cream cake is very easy and the best part is that most of it can be made in advance. The ice cream cake has a layer of peppermint ice cream sandwiched between two chocolate cake layers and finished with snowy white whipped topping! Before serving it’s great to finish off with a sprinkle of crushed peppermint for an extra festive touch!

ingredients:
cooking spray
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
3/4 cup boiling water
6 tablespoons butter, melted
1 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup egg substitute
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups peppermint ice cream
3 cups frozen whipped topping, thawed
1/8 teaspoon peppermint extract
8 peppermint candies, crushed

directions:

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Coat 2 (8-inch) round cake pans with cooking spray. Line bottom of each pan with wax paper.

Combine cocoa, water, and butter, stirring with a whisk until blended. Cool. Combine sugars in a large bowl, stirring well until blended. Add egg substitute; beat 2 minutes or until light and creamy. Add cocoa mixture, and beat for 1 minute.

Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups, level with a knife. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Gradually add flour mixture to bowl; beat for 1 minute or until blended. Stir in vanilla. Pour batter into prepared pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 28 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes on a wire rack. Remove from pans. Wrap in plastic wrap and freeze for 2 hours or until slightly frozen.

Spread ice cream in an 8-inch round cake pan lined with plastic wrap. Cover and freeze 4 hours or until firm.

To assemble cake, place one cake layer, bottom side up, on a cake pedestal. Remove ice cream layer from freezer; remove plastic wrap. Place ice cream layer, bottom side up, on top of cake layer. Top with remaining cake layer.

Combine whipped topping and peppermint extract, and stir until blended. Spread frosting over top and sides of cake. Sprinkle with crushed peppermints. Freeze until ready to serve. Let cake stand at room temperature 10 minutes before slicing. Yields 16 servings.