Ice Cream with a Cherry on Top
(This Week in Blackness) – Thanks again to ice cream cake guru and comedic storyteller Robin Gelfenbein for gracing This Tastes Funny with her enjoyable presence. Want to learn more about Robin, her live show, and try your hand at an ice cream cake creation? Then read on… – EEW
My name is Robin, and I am an ice cream-aholic. My story is not typical, though. It started long before I was born. That’s right, when I was in the womb.
See, my mother had a hiatal hernia when she was pregnant with me and was told not to eat anything heavy at night. So what did she turn to? Ice cream. And thus began her nightly habit of eating ice cream while watching the 11:00 news.
I’m sure over the course of those nine months some of that Breyer’s ice cream seeped into my bloodstream and can be attributed to my insatiable sweet tooth.
It’s something I share with my entire immediate family. We’re of Jewish and Italian descent, so this isn’t entirely surprising. We’re not known for being booze hounds.
Yet now when my Mom tries to ease up on the ice cream to no avail, she blames me for getting her hooked on the creamy crack in the first place. She seems to forget that I merely had a heartbeat, I couldn’t speak, and for a while I was equivalent to the size of a grain of rice.
I know she doesn’t mean anything by it, but she probably also had no idea back in the day that she was creating a monster. Because today not only am I always on the lookout for the best ice cream wherever I am, I have started making my own ice cream and my very own ice cream cakes (another fine Gelfenbien tradition).
So if you’re pregnant, be careful what you eat, say, and blame your kid for because it could come back to bite you in the ass, thighs, stomach, love handles, back fat…just pick your problem area.
“Cherry on Top” Ice Cream Cake
For a quick and easy President Day (George Washington chopping down the cherry tree), Valentine’s Day, or anytime ice cream cake, try this decadent, sweet treat.
9” Springform pan
Large metal spoon
2 pints Ben & Jerry’s Cherry Garcia ice cream
2 pints Haagen-Dazs dark chocolate ice cream
2 cups of crushed Oreos
Let the ice cream sit out for 5-10 minutes to get soft.
Place the dark chocolate ice cream in the pan.
Sprinkle the crushed Oreos on top.
Let freeze overnight.
Add the Cherry Garcia ice cream to the top.
Let freeze overnight.
Garnish with chocolate sprinkles or chocolate curls made with a vegetable peeler.
For the homemade version of this recipe with homemade ice cream, come to the show on Wednesday, February 20!
Robin Gelfenbien is the creator and host of the NYC-based storytelling series, Yum’s the Word, that features her homemade ice cream cakes. Her next show is Wednesday, February 20, at 7:00 p.m. at The Gallery at le poisson rouge at 158 Bleecker Street. For $10 tickets and to watch the trailer, visit www.yumsthewordshow.com and follow the show @yumsthewordshow.
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