Step 1: Gather Ingredients
- A cake
- A tub of ice cream
- A recipe of meringue (basically just egg whites)
Try to find a cake that is roughly the same shape as your ice cream. Usually the supermarkets do a nice 8"x8" sponge, but I found this round one on special and thought I'd give it a go. Trimming is allowed, just so long as the ice cream fits entirely on the cake.
The ice cream can be anything you want, I suggest a chocolate based ice cream your first time, it's easier to distinguish from the egg whites when you're frosting it.
The meringue is pretty striaghtforward, I actually use my mother in law's famous pavlova recipe, it works a treat. Use about 5-6 eggs depending on their size if you're going with a 2L ice cream. I also find that organic eggs make the easiest meringue.
Step 2: Some Assembly Required
Plonk your ice cream down on top of the cake and lift off the container.
Next, trim the sides if necessary, and slip the whole thing into the freezer while you prepare the meringue. If you're just using a sponge cake, it may pay to let it freeze for a few hours to harden up. But you can use brownies or something harder as well, and in that case keep the freezing time under an hour, otherwise nobody will be able to bite through the brownie ice block.
Step 3: Whip It
When you've got some good stiff, glossy peaks going, get the lot out of the freezer and slather it. The egg whites act as insulation between the hot of the oven and the cold of the ice cream.
If you're feeling fancy, flash it up a little with some cake decorations, or just dust it with some powdered sugar. Now store it in the freezer until about 10 minutes before it's meant to be served.
Step 4: Get Baked
Another way you can go is with creme brule style with a blowtorch. I like to supplement the baking with this, since it's mostly just the top that gets baked anyway.
For those out there with a flare for the dramatic, you can also flambe it. You'll need something at least 80-100 proof, and make sure you turn out the lights, it looks way cooler that way.