Happy Birthday to Me!!
Well, it’s not until Saturday but I’ve been calling this my birthday week so just go with it.
Since my birthday is the weekend before Valentine’s Day, it’s impossible to get everyone together. Therefore, I just thought we’d turn Super Bowl Sunday into my birthday celebration, too. I decorated the kitchen in birthday decorations, while I kept the living room decked out in Falcons colors (yes, I know it was a tough loss and no, I don’t want to talk about it). I decided to leave those birthday decorations up all week so it has become my birthday week. Hooray!
Another set of items that was leftover from the Super Bowl party was a collection of cupcakes that no one touched. Poor cupcakes. This has forced me to eat a cupcake every morning for breakfast. #birthdayweek
To keep the celebrations going this week, I wanted to share what I love to enjoy the most on my birthday: ice cream cake! Or should I say…ice cream pie.
Today’s recipe is for the ultimate brownie ice cream pie. I’m not a huge fan of ice cream cakes because, for me, it seems like the cake is just getting in the way of more ice cream. Am I right or am I right???
Ice cream pie, on the other hand, is ALL ice cream.
The first time I tried ice cream pie was for a family birthday celebration years and years ago. I think it was my older sister’s birthday…My aunt was in charge of buying the cake. She comes in with this little ice cream pie from an ice cream shop. We all burst into laughter for three reasons:
- How the heck is this tiny pie going to feed all 10 of us?
- What on Earth is an ice cream pie?
- And, of course my aunt would be the one to go rogue with the birthday cake
After eating my designated sliver of pie, I was shocked by how much I loved it. I instantly fell head-over-heels in love. Oreo cookie crust, layered with ice cream, caramel, fudge, cookies crumbs, and more caramel sauce on top. I think maybe there were pecans in there, too? But one thing was for certain; no cake whatsoever. It was more amazing than I could have imagined. So gooey, but also crunchy, and creamy. Every bite was pure heaven.
That’s when I knew that ice cream pie was even better than ice cream cake. Frozen cake taste dry and boring to me, especially when it’s in the same bite as ice cream. So let’s just completely take out the cake and serve just ice cream, layered with cookie crumbs and fudge sauce. Pure genius!
Okay, now that you know my history of ice cream pie, it’s time for you to be introduced to my version: the ultimate brownie sundae pie.
I decided to add a little bit of chew to my version of ice cream pie. So I made the “crust” of the pie a delicious, chewy brownie. It doesn’t turn icy when frozen like cake does and I loooove a chewy brownie so this was a must. I added quartered Oreos on top of the warm brownie so they would meld together and form an Oreo-topped brownie crust. Oreos are my second weakness so this was also a must.
Then I topped it with my favorite ice cream, peanut butter cup. If you recall from past posts, I am OBSESSED with chocolate and peanut butter. If you don’t believe me, just look at this hot chocolate or these cookies. And these cookies! But you can use any ice cream that you love. It wouldn’t be a sundae if you couldn’t pick the ice cream flavor!
Now for the toppings. There are very few things better than hot fudge sauce. So this was a no-brainer. I made my own, via this recipe from Pioneer woman and had it sitting in my fridge already. If you don’t want to do this extra step, you can most-certainly use store-bought hot fudge. Or even caramel sauce, if you like that better!
Finally, I topped the pie with fresh whipped cream and sprinkled with peanuts. And, of course, finished with a cherry.
In case you need some more tips on how to make this amazing ultimate brownie sundae pie, here’s what you need to know:
- Super fudgy brownies don’t freeze as well as the cakey brownies. They become somewhat hard to cut through. So I recommend using the recipe I included below. If you must use boxed brownies, make sure to add the extra egg to make them cakier.
- As I mention above, any of the ingredients in each layer can be switched to suit you. If you don’t want to top with peanuts, you can use sprinkles or cookie crumbs. If you don’t like fudge, you can switch for caramel sauce or even strawberry sauce. The possibilities are endless!
- When adding the sauce, make sure to pour all over the cake instead of trying to spread it on. Once the sauce hits the cold ice cream, it starts to harden so it gets impossible to spread.
- Before serving, make sure that you’ve thawed the cake for about 30 minutes so that you can cut slices easily. You can try to cut it sooner, but the slice probably won’t come out clean. You’ve been warned.
Alright guys, that’s all I’ve got for this recipe. I hope you’ve enjoyed learning about this amazing new take on an ice cream cake. It’s my absolute favorite and I know it will become yours too!
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