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Learn how to properly cut an ice cream cake

Tips for Properly Cutting and Serving an Ice Cream Cake

Ice cream cake is the perfect combination of two of the most popular desserts around: cake and ice cream. But serving one up can be a bit tricky! You can’t slice into it as easily as a typical cake, but you don’t want to try scooping it up like ice cream either. As the self-proclaimed experts on ice cream cakes, we thought we’d provide a few tips on cutting an ice cream cake so you can avoid a melty (but still delicious) mess. Even if you’ve enjoyed several ice cream cakes in the past, these tips can make serving it up a breeze for you.

If you’ve never had the joy of digging into an ice cream cake, let us clue you in on what you’ve been missing and break down some tricks on how to cut an ice cream cake. Check out these techniques for cutting, serving, and storing ice cream cake like a pro.

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Thawing Ice Cream Cake

Ice cream cake are frozen confections, so they must be stored in the freezer. However, they can be quite hard when they first come out, so we recommend removing them from the freezer and allowing them to thaw for ten to twenty minutes. This allows the cake to soften and ensures no knives or egos are damaged in the process.

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Cutting Ice Cream Cake

Once the ice cream cake has thawed, it’s slicing time. Knife choice is important. We recommend a long, serrated knife with a pointed tip. For the smoothest cut, it also helps to place your knife in warm water for a few moments before you begin. You may even want to rewarm your knife every few slices. Round cakes can be cut into triangle-shaped wedges, while square or rectangular cakes are best cut into squares.

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Serving Ice Cream Cake

In case you need to be reminded, don’t forget the ice cream cake will melt! So, it’s important to serve promptly after cutting unless your guests are craving soup. On that note, avoid leaving your ice cream cake near sources of heat like windows, stoves, or energetic kids. Whether you choose to serve on plates or bowls is up to you, but you might consider using bowls for those who are more likely to make a mess (children and wine enthusiasts).

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Storing Ice Cream Cake

If you don’t finish the cake in one sitting, wrap it up and place it back in the freezer. Seal your cake in an airtight container to prevent it from getting frost bitten. If your ice cream cake is frozen and sealed tight, it will keep for several months as long as it’s well hidden.

Now that you are learned in the great art of ice cream cake, go forth and spread the love. If you need help finding an ice cream cake, our product locator makes it easy to track them down to a grocery store near you.

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