Sunday, March 3, 2013

#Dairyfree {Ariel} Ice "Cream" Cake for #SundaySupper

Are you ready for another fantastic #SundaySupper? I certainly am - and who could not with a theme as decadent as today's. Cheese, Cake, and Cheesecake amazing, right? Today's event is hosted by Angie a.k.a. as Big Bears Wife - be sure to stop by her fantastic Blog BigBearsWife and say "hello" to her :)

I was originally going to sit out this event; but then - thank's to a suggestion from one of my #SundaySupper friends - changed my mind because it was after all Mia Rosies' Birthday not too long ago....She celebrated her Birthday at the Oaks Park Roller Rink {an old Roller Rink with Wurlitzer and all} with some of her girl friends.  There is our big girl -> 

Now, I know, I know you want to hear about the cake...okay first a little more background.  When we are out shopping, the girls always admire all the different cakes available at the bakery of the grocery stores.  You what I mean, right? Ariel, Cinderalla, Tinkerbell...I totally understand the kids, they look beautiful and certainly also taste fine. However, I always have to tell my girls that the cakes are not "safe" - some maybe available in a "gluten free" version, but certainly not "dairy free".  So, I always get a big sad face and then we move on; truth be said that it also makes me a little sad but this year I decided to make for Mia Rosie her very own beautiful Ariel themed cake.  If you know me, you know that I am not a very crafty person...and I was a little nervous.

I started the adventure by visiting the Decorette Shop to get advice, and the decorating supplies {I am lucky - as the store is right around the corner from our house :)}...I got some clear piping gel, a jar of sky blue dye, sanding sugar, an Ariel, sea shells {edible}, crabs {edible}, and starfish...

Here is the result, I present to you the Ariel Ice "Cream" Cake....
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dairyfree cake ice "cream" sorbetI have one picture after it was cut - not a very good picture at all, but it gives you an idea what it looks like...

Are you ready to hear how I made it - and especially what flavors they are? Wait no was Vanilla - Raspberry and just delicious :) - I made the cake over a period of 48 hours, just to give me enough time with the decoration, so if you are looking for a quick ice "cream" cake this is not it....

#Dairyfree {Ariel} Ice "Cream" Cake
  • 1 box yellow cake mix - prepared according to instructions {of course minus the dairy}; swap either oil or Earth Balance for the "butter", and use your favorite milk substitute {I used Pacific brand Oat Milk which is our new favorite}
  • 2 half pints of Sorbet (app. 500 ml each) - I used Raspberry from Trader Joe's
  • 1 pint of Vanilla Soy, Rice, Almond, Hemp, or Coconut ice "cream" (app. 1 l) - I used Vanilla Soy from Trader Joe's
  • Clear Piping Gel
  • Blue food coloring (for the ocean)
  • Plastic food grade Ariel
  • Sanding Sugar 
  • Edible dolphin, sea shells, fish, crabs, star fish, etc.
  1. Remove one 1/2 pint of Sorbet from the freezer 
  2. Bake the cake in a round springform cake pan, cool thoroughly
  3. When the 1/2 pint of sorbet is soft,  smooth it over the cooled cake. Cover with aluminium foil and put the entire cake in the freezer.
  4. When the first layer is firm enough {be sure that it is frozen} smooth softened half of the Vanilla ice "cream" over the sorbet. {I took the ice "cream" out about an hour before using} Smooth it carefully over the sorbet layer. Cover with foil and return to the freezer
  5. When ice "cream" is firm repeat step 3, and 4.
  6. When the last layer is firm remove the "ring" from the cake pan. Then, mix the piping gel with the blue food color.  Smooth the mixture onto the cake to resemble the Ocean; pour Sanding Sugar onto the rest of the cake to resemble the beach.  Carefully place a couple of dolphins into the ocean {next to where Ariel will be}, and place the sea shells onto the sand. Cover and return to freezer.
  7. After an hour or so put piping gel onto the back of the starfish, and crabs. Place them on the sides of the cake...
P.S.:  It sounds a lot harder than it actually turned out to be.  Really, trust me - remember I am not crafty
         at all....

Are you ready to see what everyone else is bringing to the event is amazing....

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