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Scaredy-Cat Ice Cream Cake

Scaredy-Cat Ice Cream CakeEveryone will be clawing their way to this grinning cat cake. Not only is it cute, this cat pairs two classic favorites—brownies and ice cream—into one dessert. A round brownie-based cake is the starting point for the face of a black cat. A little imagination and some decorative touches create a tasty Halloween dessert.

Recipe Ingredients:

1 (15-ounce) package brownie mix
1/2 gallon chocolate ice cream, softened
1/3 cup chocolate cookie crumbs
2 blue corn tortilla chips
Tropical-flavored rolled fruit leather
2 large white gum balls
1 large orange gum ball
3 pieces green apple-flavored twist candy, halved lengthwise
Purchased fondant
Yellow paste food coloring
Orange paste food coloring

Cooking Directions:

  1. Line a 13x9x2-inch baking pan with foil, allowing foil to extend over edges of pan; set aside.
  2. Prepare brownie mix according to package directions using the prepared baking pan. Cool brownie in pan completely.
  3. Use foil to lift brownie from pan onto a cutting board. Remove foil. Using the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan as a guide, cut a circle from brownie. Place the brownie circle in a 9-inch springform pan (eat remaining brownie scraps or save for another use).
  4. Spoon softened ice cream over brownie in pan, spreading evenly. Cover and freeze for 2 hours. Sprinkle with cookie crumbs over top of ice cream.
  5. For ears, press in blue tortilla chips.
  6. For cat eyes, press a small cutout piece of fruit leather onto each white gum ball; press into cake.
  7. Add an orange gum ball for the nose. For whiskers, add green twists, trimming as necessary.
  8. For mouth, color about 1/3 cup fondant yellow and another 1/3 cup fondant orange.
  9. Alternate 2x1/2-inch pieces of the colored fondant on a piece of waxed paper, placing the pieces close together. Roll out fondant to about 1/4-inch thickness. Cut out a "smile" shape; place on cake. Cover and freeze cake until firm, at least 4 hours or up to 24 hours.
  10. To serve, remove sides and bottom of pan and place on a platter.

Makes 12 servings.

Recipe and photograph provided by Better Homes and Gardens - BHG.com a member of the Home and Family Network for the best of cooking, gardening, decorating and more. © Meredith Corporation. All Rights Reserved.