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This Rainbow Ice Cream Cake Recipe Boasts Beautiful Colors and Tastes Delicious!

by Todd Briscoe
Todd is a LittleThings editor. He grew up in Texas and has lived in New York since 2003. He doesn't own a Boston terrier, but he will one day soon.

I love making birthday cakes for my friends. I enjoy finding fun, new ways to surprise my loved ones with delicious cake recipes they’ll never forget.

Rainbow cakes have never failed to impress. Whether the rainbow cakes are in a checkerboard pattern or in a gorgeous teacup, they taste delicious and look beautiful.

When I saw a recipe for rainbow ice cream cakes, my jaw practically hit the floor. I’ll admit that these are a little time consuming as you have to let the ice cream set, but I promise that the finished product is delicious.

Here’s what you need:

Tools:

  • 2×8-inch cake pans (important that they are 2 inches high)
  • Aluminum foil
  • Hand mixer
  • A few bowls
  • Spatula

For The Cake:

  • 2×1.5-quart containers of vanilla ice cream
  • 4 packets of Kool-Aid (whatever flavors/colors you want)
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • Food coloring as desired to increase the saturation of the colors

For The White Cholocate Ganache:

  • 16 oz. white chocolate chips
  • 1 cup whipping cream

The recipe I found posted by user jessyratfink on Instructables also includes a recipe for homemade frosting, but when I made mine, I just used store-bought frosting to save a little time. If you’d like to make your own, visit the Instructables website for directions.

Let us know what you think about this recipe in the comments. Will you plan to try making it? I think this is the best ice cream cake recipe I have ever seen.

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If mixing Kool-Aid with vanilla ice cream sounds strange, I can assure you it's delicious. It's a little tart, but still sweet. Think of a sorbet or even "Sweet Tarts" candies. It actually makes the ice cream feel a little lighter.

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First, line your cake pan with aluminum foil. You'll be building the cake in two halves, so this is why you need two pans.

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Pick out your first two colors. Mix the Kool-Aid packets with 2 Tbsp. of heavy cream.

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Cut your first container of ice cream in half and put each in its own bowl.

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Mix the coloring in with the ice cream. Stir them well to combine. If it doesn't mix initially, let the ice cream melt a little more.

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Don't be surprised if you have to add more coloring to the lighter colors like yellow.

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Spread the ice cream into the bottom of your pans and get them to lay as flat as possible using a spatula. Pop them into the freezer and let them chill.

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Now you will make your white chocolate ganache. Here's what it will look like.

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Heat the whipping cream in a microwave until it's boiling. Pour it over a bowl of the white chocolate chips. Mix them together until they're totally combined.

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Pop this into the freezer for an hour for about half an hour. Once it's cooled, beat it with hand mixer for 3–5 minutes until it's fluffy. Divide the ganache into three even parts.

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If your first layers have fully set, spread the ganache as flat as possible on top of the layers.

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Place the pans back in the freezer to continue to chill. Make sure you also store your ganache in the fridge until you need it again.

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Now combine your other two colors with 2 Tbsp. of heavy cream.

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Repeat the steps from earlier with these two colors.

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Spread these new ice cream mixes over your layers of ganache and chill them again for about half an hour.

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Make sure the ganache is at a temperature and consistency where you can easily mix it, then pull the two pans out of the freezer.

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Pull the ice cream out of the pan using the aluminum foil. Apply the white ganache to the top of the bottom layer before adding the other half of the cake.

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Place the other half of the cake on top of the other layer of ganache. You can fill in any gaps with the excess ganache.

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At this point, you can either chill the cake while you make your own frosting or you can move onto frosting it with your store-bought frosting.

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You need to do this step quickly. You don't want the ice cream melting.

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Once it is completely frosted, pop it back in the freezer for about half an hour before serving.

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Now comes the best part: Cut it, serve it, and enjoy!

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Run your knife under hot water to get a nice, clean cut. Then watch as everyone is amazed by your delicious ice cream cake.

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