This Ice Cream Cake with Circus Animal Crust is super easy, and made on the lighter side, with a crust that will bring you back to your child hood. It’s great for kids and adults alike!
We are partyin’ AGAIN guys.
Who doesn’t love animal crackers? We all grew up eating them, pretending they were our pets and making pretend Zoos out of them.
The last 2 points may have been just me though. Moving on.
I decided I couldn’t pass up the chance to celebrate, and make an ice cream cake that has been on my “to-do” list for all the evers.
How-ev-er, it didn’t go quite as planned. Grab your coffee’s peeps because I have a saga to share with ya’ll.
Everything started off fabbity-fab. I had this great idea to make a crust out of Circus Animal Cookies (My secret guilty pleasure) instead of a typical graham crust. I got it all crushed up and mixed it with some coconut oil, and popped it into the freezer. Things were just rollin’ along. I was p-u-m-p-e-d.
I filled it with ice cream and then made the filling with white chocolate, more Circus Animals (because why not?) and some more oil and some cream (again, why not? Go big or go home I always say) and poured it on. After another layer of ice-cream, back into the freezer it went. To say I was psyched is an understatement. How could this much yum go wrong?
The psyched-osity (is that a word?) grew when I took the cake from it’s pan and it looked ah-may-zing. My brain almost exploded from adorable-osity.
I took pictures. I fell in love. I dreamed of running through field of flowers, hand in hand with this Circus Animal Ice Cream Cake, singing love songs and then sipping wine under a big oak tree.
And then…I cut into it.
Fun fact that I didn’t know: Coconut oil is the secret ingredient in “Magic Shell” that makes it freeze directly on contact with ice cream.
Yep. My chocolate/coconut oil layer and the Circus Animal crust was harder than the hardest rock you could ever imagine. That might be an exaggeration. But, it was HARD.
The crust and the middle layer didn’t cut pretty…at all. They cracked and made weird looking pieces with chunks sticking out all over the place. It reminded my of my hair when I wake up in the morning guys.
I might have cried a little. I lied. It might have been a lot.
Picking myself up from my puddle of tears (I also may be a little over dramatic) I decided to take pictures of the sticky-outy cracked pieces anyway. So, that is what you see here.
After much consideration, and talking to other bloggy friends, I decided to still post the pictures. I’m being totally honest that it didn’t work and I have fails. And, you know what, I am ok with that.
The most important reason I decided to share this cake with you though? HOLY FLYING MONKEYS, THIS IS THE BEST THING I HAVE EVER EATEN. I am seriously not exaggerating. For once.
The bits that had coconut oil were hard to eat….but every bite was worth it. Mr. FFF and I face planted right into this.
Our stomachs don’t have eyes. They don’t care about weird sticky-outty bits.
Having told you this saga, I still wanted to give you a recipe that worked. However, making a whole other ice-cream cake just for 2 people is a little crazy. Once you eat one whole ice cream cake between 2 people…you don’t really want another one ya know?
So, I redid parts of this recipe for ya’ll so that it actually works and cuts beautifully once you make it into a full cake. The recipe you see here is the actual, working recipe and it tastes FAN-FREAKING-TASTIC. But, I decided to keep these pictures to show ya that I am a real person and I make mistakes. A lot.
So, let’s celebrate the birth of the cutest crackers known to man.
Even if you didn’t make pretend zoos with them.
P.s It’s Good Friday. One of the most important days of the Christian Faith. Enjoy it and remember it’s reason! xoxo
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