Neapolitan Ice Cream Cake!
You scream, I scream, we all scream for ice cream! Am I right? I know I do, especially in the warmer months ahead of us. After all, what is a better treat for those dog days of summer than good ole ice cream? No matter what shape or form, it is always a crowd pleaser.
Before I get to my recipe inspiration, I want to know if you are up for a challenge! This SWEET challenge can win TWO of you a GRAND prize of $2,500 USD. That can get you a lot of ice cream, a new TV or a nice chunk of cash to use however you please.
Voortman has been a household name in our family since we can remember. The wafers especially, my parents would always have our house stocked with them. They’re crispy, perfectly sweet, light and make a delicious snack. They’re really versatile and great to use in recipes. Now your childhood snack can be converted into an adult version of delicacy. But, if you want to make a fun creation with your kids–that’s okay too!
Voortman is prizing $2,500 USD to two lucky and creative winners! They want to inspire you to come up with a wafer creation made by using Voortman wafer cookies. The contest is open to Canada and the US and closes on June 16th, 2016 at midnight. You can enter, here.
There are two categories to participate in, either the recipe or structure category.
- A wafer structure is an object or piece of original artwork (that does not violate any copyright laws) made out of wafers.
- Wafers must be visible in the creation, and ideally should make up the majority of your creation.
- A wafer recipe is a wafer-based dish or treat intended for eating.
- Wafers must be visible in the creation, and ideally should make up the majority of your creation. • Wafers must be a primary ingredient or inspiration for the creation.
- You do not need to include a list of ingredients or steps to reproduce the creation in your entry.
Ice Cream Cake, Anyone?
I love to bake and whenever I get a chance to do it, I do. I find it therapeutic and it’s fun to create something with your own two hands. Plus, when you’re finished, you have something sweet and delicious as a reward. During the summer months, having the oven for extended periods of time can make the house feel hot and sticky.
My recipe creation for the Inspired by Voortman contest was to make this beautiful and delicious cake that didn’t require any baking at all! It’s perfect to bring out during a BBQ cookout or for a special occasion. Just make sure to enjoy it right away before it melts! Though my creation is strictly for inspiration, I will not be entering the contest!
The full printable recipe is below, this is a quick walkthrough. The first thing I did was head to the nearest store that carries Voortman’s and purchased my supplies. The things you will need are Voortman wafer cookies in strawberry, chocolate, and vanilla, a large tub of Neapolitan ice cream, store-bought buttercream or ingredients to make your own, unsweetened coconut and milk chocolate.
Once I had everything I needed, I stood the cookies inside a springform cake pan. I ordered them in my favored color sequence until I had a perfect ring. With a mixer, I churned the first flavor of ice cream. I chose chocolate. I churned it until it was softened but still frozen. Using a spatula, I added the first layer to the bottom of the pan. Then into the freezer, it went to harden!
For the filling, I roughly chopped up strawberry Voortman wafers and added them to buttercream frosting. I churned and added my strawberry ice cream layer. I repeated the filling but used chocolate Voortman wafers. Each time placing it in the freezer to harden.
I added two more layers of ice cream in vanilla and chocolate and spread it evenly. Altogether, 4 layers of ice cream and two of filling. I then topped it with shaved unsweetened coconut. I spread that evenly on top and then cut a couple of wafers into triangles as a centerpiece and spread shaved milk chocolate around it. Of course, you can top it with anything you’d like!
Neapolitan Ice Cream Cake
- Voortman 300g Wafers in Strawberry Vanilla and Chocolate
- 4 L tub of Neapolitan ice cream
- 3 cups of Buttercream frosting or ingredients to make your own I used store-bought
- 1/4 cup of Unsweetened Coconut
- 1 chunk of Milk Chocolate from bulk store for chocolate shavings
- 1 mixer to churn ice cream
- 1 spring form pan
- 1 peeler
- 1 spatula
- 1 ice cream scoop
- 2 mixing bowls
- 1 cutting board
- Take your spring form pan and assemble your Voortman wafer cookie ring. Stand wafers up all around the spring form pan in your chosen color sequence until ring is completed.
- Take mixer and churn your first layer of ice cream (I chose vanilla) and churn until softened but still frozen.
- Scoop it into the bottom of the pan and spread evenly, place in freezer to harden and while you work on your fillings.
- On a cutting board, roughly chop about 20 wafers, 10 in chocolate and 10 in strawberry. In two separate bowls, place 1 1/2 cups of buttercream in add each flavor of cookie in each bowl. Stir until completely mixed.
- Add filling on top of the ice cream layer, spread evenly.
- Use the same churning and hardening process to complete every layer in your cake. I had 4 ice cream layers and 2 filling layers to make this cake.
- Evenly sprinkle unsweetened coconut on top.
- Cover with wrap or foil.
- Place in fridge for 4-5 hours or leave overnight.
- On a cutting board, use a knife to chop chocolate or use a peeler to peel chocolate to garnish. Take 3 wafers and cut into triangles to make crown-like design.
- The sky is the limit when it comes to topping your cake, have fun with it.
- Once you remove spring form around the pan, be sure to cut and enjoy immediately!
Ready to Enter?
This cake is super simple to make and the best part is that it does not require any baking! It was a classic twist to the traditional flavors of ice cream. The girls absolutely loved it! Your Voortman recipe creation or structure can be something super simple or elaborate, it’s up to you.
- The Inspired by Voortman Wafer Contest starts on May 2, 2016 at 12:00 PM EDT and runs until June 13, 2016 at 12:00 PM EDT.
- The contest is open to all residents of the United States (excluding AZ, CO, MD, NE, ND, and PR) and Canada (excluding Quebec).
- Entrants are invited to get inspired by Voortman, and make or bake a delicious work of art with wafers, and then submit images of their creation online at InspiredbyVoortman.com.
- Entrants are allowed one entry per day for a chance to win $2,500!
There are plenty of Voortman cookie flavors to choose from vanilla, strawberry, chocolate, lemon, coconut, cookies and cream and peanut butter. You can use anything edible to decorate it too!
You can buy Voortman wafers all over Ontario in Walmart, Sobeys, Fortinos, Loblaws, Real Canadian Superstore, Food Basics, Metro, Longos, Canadian Tire and Giant Tiger. If you want to check exactly where you can use their nifty Store Locator tool.
Remember, that’s TWO winners that can win $2,500 USD!
I can’t wait to see what you all come up with! Check out the Inspired by Voortman gallery and be sure to add yours when it is ready! Follow Voortman on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest for the latest updates!
What would you make using wafers?
Let me know, til then–cheers m’deres!
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Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist and editor of lifestyle blog Whispered Inspirations. A social media junkie, a travel-lover with insatiable wanderlust and an aficionado for fun gadgets, good eats, and entertainment. You can find her on Instagram and everywhere else under @WhispersInspire.