Ice Cream Cake Recipes

Old Fashioned Ice Cream CakeOld Fashioned Ice Cream Cake with Decoration Icing
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Old fashioned ice cream cake recipes were prized in the Victorian Era. Some say this luscious 5-layer cake's name came about because its soft sponge texture and thick, creamy filling made it taste similar to ice cream.

Others say it earned its name because it became popular to serve with ice cream. Whatever the case, this rich, homemade cake makes a wonderful treat for any occasion. In truth, it makes the occasion! These moist Victoria-style sponge cakes taste every bit as good as they look.

Old Fashioned Ice Cream Cake Recipes

Buckeye Cookery and Practical Housekeeping (1877)

Rich and Creamy Cakes

Two cups sugar, one of butter, three and a fourth cups flour, one-fourth cup sweet milk (some take two cups flour, one cup cornstarch, and one of sweet milk), two teaspoons baking powder, whites of eight eggs, flavor and bake in jelly tins.

Boiled Icing Recipe: Boil two and a half cups powdered sugar in a half teacup water, stirring constantly; when thick and clear, pour boiling hot over the well-whipped whites of three eggs, beat till nearly cold, flavor and spread on cakes. —Mrs. Dr. D. H. Moore, Wesleyan College, Cincinnati

Almond Queen Cake

Make good sponge cake (as above), bake half an inch thick in jelly pans, and let them get perfectly cold; take a pint of the thickest sweet cream, beat until it looks like ice cream, make very sweet, and flavor with vanilla; blanch and chop a pound of almonds, stir into cream, and put very thickly between each layer. This is the "Queen of All Cakes." —Miss Mattie Fullington

Old Fashioned Ice Cream Cake Recipe

Aunt Babette's Cook Book (1889)

Old Time Ice Cream Cake

Aunt Babette was famous for the high quality of her dessert recipes. Just imagine serving this vintage five-layer sponge cake to your appreciative guests at a party.

Take one cup of butter and two cups of pulverized sugar rubbed to a cream. Then add gradually one cup of milk and three cups of sifted flour, with two teaspoonfuls of baking powder sifted into the flour and last the stiff-beaten whites of eight eggs. Bake in thin layers.

Use the following cake filling:

Four cups of powdered sugar, one small cup of boiling water. Boil until clear and thick like syrup and then pour on the beaten whites of four eggs, beating as you pour in the syrup, and stir until cold. Then add one teaspoonful of citric acid (pulverized, of course).

Flavor with vanilla and spread between layers and on top. This quantity will make about five layers.

Vintage Ice Cream Cake

My Pet Recipes Tried and True (1900)

Ice Cream Cake

One cup butter rubbed with two cups white sugar to a cream, one cup sweet milk, three and one-half cups flour, three level teaspoons baking powder, and whites of eight eggs. Bake in jelly tins, and put together with boiled icing flavored with orange. —Mrs. C. H.

Old Fashioned Ice Cream Cake Recipe

Ice Creams, Water Ices, Frozen Puddings (1913)

Ice Cream Cake

Ingredients: 1-1/2 cupfuls of sugar, 2-1/2 cupfuls of flour, 1/4 cupful of butter, 1 cupful of water, 2 rounding teaspoonfuls of baking powder, whites of five eggs.

Method: Cream the butter, adding slowly the sugar. Sift the flour with the baking powder. Add the water and flour alternately to the sugar mixture, and beat well. Fold in the well-beaten whites, and bake in three layers.

Put together with a soft icing made from the whites of two eggs. (Or use the special cake frosting recipe below.)

Ice Cream Cake Frosting Recipe

The White House Cook Book (1913)

Icing & Filling for Ice Cream Cakes

Now, you can make a delicious, old fashioned ice cream cake from almost any white cake recipe with the help of this special boiled frosting recipe once favored by chefs in the White House kitchen.

Three cups of sugar, one of water; boil to a thick, clear syrup, or until it begins to be brittle; pour this, boiling hot, over the well-beaten whites of three eggs; stir the mixture very briskly, and pour the sugar in slowly; beat it, when all in, until cool. Flavor with lemon or vanilla extract.

This, spread between any white cake layers, answers for a simple Ice Cream Cake.

About the Old Fashioned Ice Cream Cake Recipes

Old Fashioned Ice Cream Cake LayersOld Fashioned Ice Cream Cake Showing Its Layers
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Traditional ice cream cakes are known for their thin, light layers thickly spread with creamy white icing, though there were variations. They contained NO ice cream.

To make them, simply follow the old fashioned ice cream cake recipe and bake the thin layers in jelly roll pans or in regular cake pans that are only partially filled with about 1 inch of batter.

These moist dessert cakes are simple to make, but they are finicky regarding cooking time and oven temperature, so keep a close eye on them while they bake. Do NOT over bake them.

And, since the cake's lightness comes from the air trapped within the batter, do NOT skimp on the time spent in beating.

Also, the luscious, creamy filling and the multi layers of moist white cake are what really set this cake apart, so do NOT skimp on the filling. Double the filling recipe should you need to.

One cookbook author goes so far as to call it the "Queen of All Cakes!" You'll want to try this classic dessert. It's extra special!

This old time dessert cake is perfect serving at birthdays and parties, as it always proves popular with cake lovers.

Whether you want to make a special  cake for a friend, or a lavishly decorated five-layer classic for a party, these white, old fashioned Victoria sponge cakes will serve you well.

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