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Very Berry Ice Cream Cake

This summer dessert is so impressive that no one will guess how easy it is to make—especially if you use pound cake purchased at your favorite bakery or grocer. If you prefer, however, you can make your own cake from scratch (see related recipe at left).

Ingredients:

  • 1 8-by-4-inch (20-by-10-cm) pound cake
  • 1 pint (14 oz./440 g) strawberry ice cream, softened
  • 1 pint (14 oz./440 g) strawberry or raspberry sorbet, softened
  • 1 cup (8 fl. oz./250 ml) heavy cream
  • 2 Tbs. confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 cups (8 oz./250 g) mixed berries, such as raspberries,
      blueberries, blackberries and quartered strawberries

Directions:

Line the bottom and sides of an 8-by-4-inch (20-by-10-cm) loaf pan with plastic wrap or parchment paper, allowing it to overhang the edges by 2 inches (5 cm).

Using a serrated knife and starting from the bottom of the cake, cut the pound cake horizontally into two layers, each 1 1/2 inches (4 cm) thick. Set aside the extra layer for snacking or another use.

Scoop the ice cream and sorbet into a large, wide bowl, alternating scoops of the ice cream and the sorbet to make them easier to combine. Using a rubber spatula, gently fold and swirl the ice cream and sorbet together until they are mostly combined but some swirls are still visible.

To assemble the cake, spoon half of the swirled ice cream into the prepared loaf pan and, using an offset spatula, smooth it in an even layer. Top the ice cream with the bottom layer of pound cake. Spoon the remaining ice cream into the pan and spread it evenly over the cake layer. Top the ice cream with the second cake layer. Cover the pan with plastic wrap and freeze until firm, at least 4 hours and up to 2 days.

When ready to serve, remove the ice cream cake from the freezer and, using the overhanging plastic wrap to help remove the cake from the pan, invert the cake onto a serving platter. Remove the plastic wrap and let sit at room temperature for 5 to 10 minutes.

While the cake is resting, in a large bowl combine the cream, confectioners’ sugar and vanilla. Using a whisk, whip until stiff peaks form, 1 to 2 minutes. Using an offset spatula, spread the whipped cream over the top of cake, then scatter the berries on top of the whipped cream. Slice and serve immediately. Serves 10 to 12.

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