Jason requested a cookies and cream ice cream cake for his birthday dessert. He loves Oreos, and ice cream, so I could have guessed this was going to be his suggestion. I said I would see what I could do, but made no promises. Coldstone charges $40 for their, albeit incredibly delicious, version and I wanted to at least try to do a step up from the grocery store options. After a few searches on the ol' Pinterest machine, I found this post and decided I would attempt to create my own.
I baked the chocolate cake a couple of nights before, and kept it fresh in the fridge. Then, the night before the party I assembled my layers; covering the pan in wax paper, adding cake, softened ice cream, then smashed up Oreos, and so on, until I had filled the pan to the brim with yummy goodness. I folded the wax paper over, popped it in the freezer over night, and crossed my fingers it would turn out according to the blog's specifications. Side note: we've all been there, when the thing we try on Pinterest, turns out nothing like the professional pictures we were promised.
As you probably already know, I believe that practice only makes better, not perfect. I do my best to keep things as real as possible, especially when it comes to my craftiness. Because, an honest attempt, is a million times better than any photoshopped version I could create for the internet. Real > perfect.
Back to the cake.
I removed it from its wax paper cocoon during the party, popped it onto a rectangular serving plate, smoothed a little cool whip on top and TA-DA! It actually turned out really great looking! And, thankfully, it tasted just as good.
I think one of the ultimate compliments a DIYer could receive, is when someone asks where you got something, and you get to answer, "Me! I made it!" Two of my guests asked where the cake came from, and I glowingly responded with, "Me! Doesn't it taste store bought? It's really delicious! I'm impressed with how it turned out!" (Because, lets keep it real, it could have ended up on one of the Pinterest Fails websites.)
Oh, and Jason loved it. I guess that's all that matters, right?