Picnic Blanket Ice Cream Cake (with Ants!)

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Guest Post by Fancy Flours Employee Lindsey G.

I have a tendency to go overboard for parties. It’s a habit all the women in my family share. Everything just has to have a special touch. Tell me to bring rolls to an event and I’ll butter them up, top them with cheese and herbs and display them on a nice plate. Oh cupcakes? Sure let me just find matching liners and picks for the theme of the evening. With summer coming up, I’m already thinking of fun ideas for our outdoor gatherings – beach, cabin, Fourth of July and, of course, your ordinary barbeque.

The only hitch with Montana summers is the temperature. Hundred degree days don’t make for happy baking. So when trying to think of a unique cake for a picnic or barbeque that wouldn’t require an oven, I immediately thought of ice cream cake! What could be simpler? You can either buy one from the store or make the quick and easy recipe illustrated below with any flavor you desire.

Ok, now you’re wondering, “What’s so unique about an ice cream cake?” Well, not much until you add a cute chocolate picnic blanket and ants on top! A couple bars of white chocolate, a Red Gingham Chocolate Transfer Sheet, decorative ants, a touch of frosting and half an hour are all it takes to make your cake something for the books. Even the kids can help stir, mash and spread so the whole family can create something fun and delicious.

Let’s get started!

Ice Cream Cake

Ingredients

  • 1 half gallon ice cream of your choice (I chose mint for the refreshing taste)
  • 1 small container of fudge or caramel topping
  • 25 Oreos
  • 5 TBSP unsalted butter

Tools

  • 8” square cake pan
  • Medium bowl, microwave safe
  • Potato masher
  • Spoon, knife and fork
  • Ice cream scoop

Directions

  1. Melt butter in one of your bowls.
  2. Add Oreo cookies to bowl. You can break them apart now for quicker mashing or leave them whole. You do not need to remove the frosting in the middle.Oreos-in-Bowl
  3. Mash Oreos and butter together with potato masher until it’s a mass of small crumbs.Oreo-Texture
  4. Dump Oreo mixture into your cake pan and press into the bottom with a fork to form the crust. Chill if not using immediately.Oreo-Crust-Finished
  5. Scoop and press ice cream into your cake pan until it is half full.Ice-Cream-Squishing-Layer-1
  6. Spoon fudge or caramel topping over pressed ice cream. The back of the spoon is handy for spreading.Fudge-Spreading
  7. Scoop and press ice cream into your cake pan until it reaches the top.
  8. Freeze until you’re ready to top!

 

Picnic Blanket Topper

Ingredients

  • 2 Large bars white baking chocolate
  • Red Gingham Chocolate Transfer Sheet (find it here)
  • Decorative ants (find them here)
  • Frosting (green)

Tools

  • Medium bowl, microwave safe
  • Wax paper or parchment paper
  • Spoon
  • Spatula or spreading knife
  • Black marker
  • Long knife (non-serrated)
  • Grass piping tip (I used Julia Usher’s)

Directions

  1. Place transfer sheet slippery side up on wax or parchment paper. Measure and draw lines with your marker for an 8” by 8” square section.Measuring-TransferMeasured-Transfer
  2. Flip transfer sheet over so chocolate side is up. Leave on flat surface or in a cookie sheet for easy transport.
  3. Melt chocolate in microwave in 30 second intervals until completely melted and about 115 degrees Fahrenheit. This will usually be less than 2 minutes.
  4. Pour melted chocolate into the measured section of the transfer sheet and lightly spread into a thin layer. It is ok to go over the lines.Spreading-Chocolate
  5. Cool melted chocolate and sheet in the refrigerator until solid – 10 to 15 minutes.
  6. Remove sheet from fridge and place on flat surface (or leave in cookie sheet). Use the knife to cut along your marked edges to square up the edges. Warming the knife under hot water will help create clean lines.Cutting-Chocolate
  7. Peel off the transfer sheet.
  8. Place your “blanket” on top of your ice cream cake and use frosting or dots of melted chocolate to attach your ants.
  9. Pipe an edge of “grass” and you’re done!Finished-Full

Tips

  • Make your ice cream cake while the melted chocolate cools over your transfer sheet to save 15 minutes.
  • In a big rush? Buy a pre-made ice cream cake and cut your transfer sheet to size. This could work for round cakes too!
  • Save some hassle by buying a pre-made Oreo cookie crust in the baking section of your grocery store.
  • Oops! If you crack the chocolate when cutting, leave the chocolate transfer sheet-side down and rub a warmed spoon over the crack until it melts together. Re-chill to solidify before placing on your cake.
  • You can store the cake safely in the freezer (ants and all)!

Bake up some special treats for Mom

Orchid Cupcake DecorationsBake up some extra special treats for Mom this Mother’s Day (May 8th – don’t forget). A batch of bite-size brownies look super sophisticated and will make your mom smile topped with mini fondant orchids (featured above). Or create colorful Happy Flower cupcakes using Happy Flower Cupcake Wrappers and Spring Flower Picks for Mother’s Day brunch. Whatever you decide – we’ve got a full pantry for you to create mouth-watering and beautiful treats for mom just like she made for you all those years. View all the unique items we’ve picked out for Mom HERE.

Spring Sale going on today through Saturday!

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Take advantage of our Spring Sale at Fancy Flours

Just a few more days are left in our Spring Sale! Use coupon code: spring25  to take advantage of 25% off select spring and Easter products. Please remember to use the coupon at checkout! The sale is going on now through Saturday. Stock up on cookie cutters, cupcake liners and boxes, mixes, royal icing decorations, chocolate transfer sheets and so much more – over 150 items on sale! Click HERE to browse all of our special Spring and Easter sale items. Discount is only reflected after entering coupon at checkout.

Whoopie for Whoopie Pies

We couldn’t be more excited to share these scrumptious little Whoopie Pies with you! Aren’t they cute? We have three new mixes in stock: chocolate, ginger spice and red velvet – perfect for any celebration or just because. These nostalgic New England favorites are boxed up in a handy-dandy mix made with the finest ingredients available including Nielsen-Massey vanilla and Callebaut cocoa. One bite and you’ll hollar whoopie! A filling recipe is included, but we love the idea of mixing it up and trying flavored fillings – pumpkin, lemon, berry – the sky is the limit! Of course, you need fancy packaging – we like using glassine envelopes (just trim the edge with craft scissors for an extra special touch – see photo above) and tying them with retro striped twine from our new line, Divine Twine. Brown Sugar is featured above – but nine other delightful colors are available. Or, have you seen our new and perfectly spring-y berry baskets? Check them out below. These 1 pint baskets are made from wood and feature a contrasting trim in an array of colors. A fresh way to present a little gift for a wedding, baby shower favor, or to welcome your guests to an event – and for filling up with Whoopie Pies!

Red Velvet Whoopie Pies featured above with Red Wooden Berry Basket with handle and Red and White Check Wax Paper.

Ginger Spice Whoopie Pies look lovely piled high on a cake stand.

Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit Cupcake and Party Decor

Our new Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit cupcake and party decorations are now in stock at fancyflours.com. We love the way they take us down memory lane with their vintage illustrations of this favorite character and his pals. This adorable centerpiece measures 16″ x 12″ and coordinates with matching Beatrix Potter Peter Rabbit Cupcake Kit, Picks, Decorative Garland, Cookie Cutter, Cake Stand and more! Check out our entire collection of Peter Rabbit Items from one of our favorite vendors, Meri Meri.

Charming Peter Rabbit Cupcake Holder featured above.

Stamped with Love

February 1st! Goodness…Valentine’s Day is a mere 14 days away and we couldn’t be more excited to share some unique chocolate treats with you ! These premium dark chocolate heart stamps are a perfect little adornment to a postcard cookie. Simply use a rectangular cookie cutter to cut-out shapes from a batch of our yummy No Fail Sugar Cookie Dough. Then use royal icing to decorate the cookies as you wish (a love letter, perhaps?) and affix the stamp with a dab of icing, just as you would a traditional postcard!

Also new to fancyflours.com are these lovely dark chocolate hearts with red and white scroll patterns. These little treats are so beautiful and could be served in a small dish on their own or could be used to jazz up some store bought (or handmade, of course) cupcakes. The hearts are about 1 3/4″ x 1 1/2″ so they are the perfect match for mini or regular sized cupcakes. The scroll is made from cocoa butter based chocolate transfer sheets, which is another trick you could try on your own. View our chocolate transfer instructions for details on working with these inspiring sheets – just another tool to add to your baking repertoire.