Two years ago, we made Toby an amazing Chocolate Milk Piñata Cake for his birthday. And, since we didn’t tell him it was a Piñata cake, the surprise on his face, when he sliced it open, was priceless!
This year, Toby upped the ante on us by requesting an Ice Cream Piñata Cake. SRSLY, WT*? The closest I came for inspo on this one was a Baskin Robbins Piñata Jack-o-Lantern [I almost just ordered it and scraped the face off!] and an absolutely gorgeous, dinner-party-worthy Neo-Neopolitan Bombe from Bon Appetit – Le Sigh! Or, New Years, anyone?
Next thing I knew, I was pulling this cake out of the hat, or the stand mixer bowl, as the case may be! Using the metal bowl of our stand mixer, lined in plastic, as my mold, I created a traditional ice cream “bombe” like Bon Appetit’s, but with a difference. In stages, I molded a hole in the center of the bombe with a small, plastic-covered metal bowl, [you could easily just scoop the ice cream out, though, after freezing]. Then, I lined the hole with magic-shell, filled it with candy, covered the hole with a magic shell “lid” and packed the bowl with more ice cream! No S*!
Finally, because the ice cream I used was a little on the soft and whippy side, and because our freezer picked this week to take “warm” breaks on us [Summer ’16, what gives?], after plating the bombe, I coated the entire thing with magic shell to keep it in tact in the freezer until the family pizza party!
The result? A birthday ice cream piñata cake that’s truly the Bombe Dot Com!
One thing to note about this DIY, folks, especially if you’re using more of a whippy ice cream [though, based on my experience, I’d suggest you get the hardest, thickest-set store-bought or specialty-shop ice cream possible], this project takes a lot of hands-off time setting up in the freezer. So, get started 2-3 days before your event! And, be sure to clear a shelf in your freezer for your masterpiece! On the flip side, the whole thing is way easier to make than it looks, especially if you use store bought ice cream, candies, and magic shell, and skip the home-made route. That’s right, you can DIY your own magic shell. But, seriously, when you’re building a candy filled, chocolate coated ice cream mountain, why take the risk?
[yumprint-recipe id=’6′] GOOD LUCK!