Hit or Miss – Red, White & Blue Ice Cream Cake

by Alli

Since the 4th of July is right around the corner, I wanted to try something patriotic for this week’s hit or miss segment.  While I was searching high and low, the July edition of Southern Living arrived.  I really should get something out of promoting that mag, don’t you think?

At the very end of the magazine (page 124) I hit pay dirt!  I found the perfect Hit or Miss – Red, White & Blue Ice Cream Cake.

This dessert is beautiful and does take time.  But it’s very easy to put together – there’s absolutely no cooking involved!  Everything except the homemade whipped cream (easy peasy) and the raspberry sauce can be made a day (or two) ahead of time.

The dessert consists of a layer of Sara Lee pound cake, a layer of blueberry ice cream (vanilla ice cream and blueberry preserves) and a layer of raspberry sorbet with raspberry preserves mixed in.  I couldn’t find raspberry sorbet so I substituted raspberry sherbet.

It just so happened that my daughter (#2) and son-in-law was at my house during the photo session. If you are a blogger, you understand the phrase, “photo session.”  As soon as it was over, the taste testing began.

Red, White & Blue Ice Cream Cake

Note:  I believe raspberries are another one of those foods that you either love or hate.  They are not my favorite berries, but hate is a very strong word.  My daughter strongly dislikes raspberries and my son-in-law likes them OK.

Was the red, white and blue ice cream cake a hit or miss?

We all thought the raspberry sauce was a little bitter (honey is the sweetener used in the sauce).  I added a little powdered sugar and it was better.

Daughter #2 did not like the raspberry ice cream layer at all, so she just ate the blueberry layer and the pound cake layer.

My son-in-law (a picky eater, just like his wife) actually really liked it.  And I ate a small piece and loved it!

So, it was a big hit with my son-in-law and me!  It was a semi-hit with daughter #2.  Tonight I’ll serve it to daughter #3 and husband #1.  Then I’ll add their opinion.

Added later:  Daughter #3 said this dessert was one of the best she’s ever had.  She kept saying, “Awesome,” so I assume she liked it.  The hubs loved it, too.  It’s a winner!

Red, White & Blue Ice Cream Cake

Helpful Hint:  I wouldn’t serve this outside, because you’ll have a hot mess once it starts melting.  It’s definitely a dessert to serve in the comfort of air conditioning.

Oops, I forgot to address the pink elephant in the room!  Did you notice that the raspberry layer is more pink than red?  I’m thinking it’s because I couldn’t find the raspberry sorbet and had to use sherbet.  I even added a few drops of red food coloring.  Nope, still a little pink.  But the red raspberries and the blueberries make up for the slightly pink layer.

Red, White & Blue Ice Cream Cake

You can find the recipe by clicking here!

What’s your favorite summer dessert?