Easy Picture-Perfect Ice Cream Sandwiches

by moderndomestic on August 1, 2011

Ginger sponge and goat cheese ice cream sandwiches.

I don’t write about the stuff I bake for Spilled Milk all that often, because it’s usually the same things over and over again. I mean, how many times do you really want to hear I made 175 mini cupcakes?

But last week we had a media tasting for a bunch of DC food writers and bloggers (check out the scrumptious pics), and I decided to challenge myself and do something different. Everything on the menu was something I had never made before – which sounded like a great idea when I proposed the menu, but was a little stressful when it came to execution.

One of the items I was determined to make was mini ice cream sandwiches. Ever since my ice cream sandwich fail from last year (they tasted good, they just weren’t pretty) I was determined to do it again right. Not that messy ice cream sandwiches don’t have their own charm – but I want the desserts I make for our clients to be as pretty as they are tasty.

My mistake last year was the sandwich type. I did a chipwich style sandwich – I took a cookie, scooped on some ice cream, and pressed a second cookie on top. This resulted in very messy sandwiches – the ice cream started melted and squishing out the sides and getting all over the cookies. It also didn’t squish evenly – the bottom of the mound of ice cream was much larger than the top, so they were poorly balanced. And the cookie sizes varied slightly, so all the sandwiches were different sizes. Tasty, yes, but servable to the food media, no.

This time I decided to use a different approach. Instead of cookies, I made two half sheets of sponge cake (specifically a roulade sponge, which is normally rolled up with a filling) and sandwiched a layer of ice cream in between. Then I let the whole thing freeze for 24 hours and punched out the sandwiches with a fluted circular cutter. All of the sandwiches looked awesome – the ice cream was in a perfect layer between the cake and all the sandwiches were the exact same size. Instead of looking like a messy craft project, I actually looked like I knew what I was doing.

Eventually I’d like to perfect the chipwich style ice cream sandwich, but if you’re looking for an easier and prettier method then the stamping method is the way to go. Sponge cake is perfect because it’s flexible and the high egg white content makes it sturdier than butter cake. I used this ginger sponge cake recipe and made my own goat cheese ice cream to sandwich between, but it would be lovely (and beautiful!) with a variety of cakes and ice creams.


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Victoria (District Chocoholic) August 1, 2011 at 5:33 pm

I love the approach of the two sheetcakes – genius – and of course, the results are beautiful. But might be even more tasty. Goat cheese ice cream? Very nice.


moderndomestic August 1, 2011 at 5:37 pm

It’s funny – some people loved them and some people didn’t. I definitely got the most feedback about them – more than any other dessert I did for the event.

And goat cheese ice cream is easy – just fold goat cheese into a vanilla ice cream base until it’s reached the level of “goatiness” you want, and then freeze.


Bryan October 21, 2011 at 9:01 am

Extremely clever punching idea to make uniform sizes! Brave flavors to pick too – I’d have been a positive feedback. This creative display is delightfully way out of the box!


The Bare Naked Critic November 22, 2011 at 10:54 am

These look amazing !! (I just came across your site.)

I’m the food editor for the Georgetowner paper and would LOVE to come to your next event to sample, purchase or highlight.

In the meantime, I’m looking for the best Christmas cookies in the city for a private event. Send me an email if this is YOU.



Amy @ Tasty Top November 27, 2011 at 4:31 pm

These tiny delicious morsels were a hit on friday for my guests. I baked these with my daughter and i’d like to say thanks for making the reicpe available.


Liz November 28, 2011 at 3:29 pm

These look amazing! I am going to make them for a dinner party, but I was wondering how you sandwiched the ice cream. Did you spread freshly churned ice cream onto the cake before it was solid? Or did you carefully spread it on after it was completely frozen?


moderndomestic November 28, 2011 at 4:03 pm

I let the ice cream completely freeze. Then, I beat it up in my mixer until it was soft and pliable – almost like icing. Then I spread it on with an offset spatula. You can make them this way with store-bought ice cream too – just beat it up in your mixer until it’s soft and spreadable. You don’t want to try to spread on hard ice cream – it will tear your cake up and make a big mess.


Samantha February 1, 2012 at 6:52 pm

I have a new mixer that I have been wanting to use and this would be perfect to serve to my guests this weekend. Happy I came across your post. Sad you’re not posting more recently. Thanks!~


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