Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Father's Day Math

Father’s Day  –  the kids   =   ?
Last Sunday was Father’s Day.  After all these years, I’d gotten used to celebrating Father’s day without my Father (who lives halfway across the country).  For the past 17 years I’ve been planning Father’s Day as a celebration for my kids and THEIR father. What this means is that I do all the planning, shopping, cooking and baking and my kids hand their Dad the card I bought for him from them (but in the spirit of participation, that they DID sign).
This year though, both kids were working.
But that’s no reason why I couldn’t make this equation balance, it’s just more of a challenge, build-up required.  It started on Wednesday when I made some Homemade Hot Fudge for the ice cream cake I’d be making for Father’s Day.  I decided to surprise the boys with a mint chocolate chip hot fudge sundae for lunch (note to those who are health conscious: no bacon in mine so mine’s way healthier than BK’s).  Doesn’t make me a good Mom, but it sure made me a popular one!

Homemade Hot Fudge |

See, no bacon!
Thursday morning when the kids left for summer school, I was in the kitchen whipping the cream for the ice cream cake.  Didn’t say anything, didn’t plan any special lunch, just standing there in my nightgown with my eyes half shut and my pony-tail off kilter whipping the cream.  Not pretty, but a good subtle point was made:  This cake is going to have whipped cream too!
Next came the Ice Cream Cake itself.  Friday morning was for assembly, and setting the hook.  If by some miracle any men out there are reading this, yes, I’m making an analogy between baking (well, really parenting) and fishing.  We are talking about Father’s Day after all.
Now all that was left was to reel them in.  I scheduled dessert for a time when I knew both kids would be home from work on Sunday night.  I knew I had ‘em.  Now the equation is looking something like this:
Ice cream cake  +  whipped cream  +  hot fudge  =  Father’s Day  +  the kids

Ice Cream Sandwich Cake |

Ice Cream Sandwich Cake

I think I deserve an “A”.

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Ice Cream Sandwich Cake

NOTE: Click here for Homemade Hot Fudge recipe: Ode to a Reader

1 1/2 cups heavy cream
3 TBSP confectioner's sugar
12 ice cream sandwiches
Hot fudge sauce, warm to just spreadable (I make my own, but you can buy it)
chopped butterfingers candies
*Line a 8 X 11 inch pan with plastic wrap, allowing the wrap to hang over the sides.
*Beat heavy cream with confectioner's sugar until stiff peaks form.
*Put 6 ice cream sandwiches into bottom of pan, touching each other any way they will fit. You may need to cut some and put them along the sides of the whole sandwiches depending on the size and shape of your pan.
*Spread a thin layer of fudge over the sandwiches, then sprinkle with some of the butterfingers.
*Spread about 1/3 of the whipped cream  over the top.
*Repeat all layers ending with whipped cream/
*Use remainder of whipped cream to frost front, back and sides.
*Drizzle remainder of fudge sauce over the top.
*Freeze until hardened, then gently cover with plastic wrap.
*Keep frozen until serving.


  1. sounds so good...can't wait to try it

  2. Great recipe! Being featured as part of Keep Calm and Cook On!

  3. Wow, sounds decadent. Bet they came home for that. VC I would have!


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