For my son’s swimming party he wanted a pool cake.  Yikes!  So this was what he ended up with.  It’s an ice cream cake and all the decorations are edible – a must when serving children (IMHO).

Ice Cream Pool Cake Adapted from FamilyFun Birthday Cakes

3 containers (3 pints each) ice cream

1 jar of fudge, or ganache

whipped topping or whipped cream

blue coloring

O-shaped cookies and gumballs

1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs

4 Tablespoons butter

1/3 cup sugar

1 package of creme wafers

Set ice cream on the counter to soften.

In a medium size microwave-safe bowl, melt the butter.  Stir in the graham cracker crumbs, and the sugar.  Mix together until combined.  Pour into the bottom of a springform pan, with the ring attached.

Place in the oven at 350 for about 10 – 15 minutes.  Set aside to cool.

Scoop the softened ice cream into a very large bowl and stir until smooth, but not completely melted.  Place the cooled springform pan inside of a plastic shopping bag (to catch any leaks from melting ice cream).

Pour half of the ice cream over the cooled crust, then top with the fudge (or ganache).  Pour the remaining ice cream on top, then immediately place the pan in the freezer.  Leave in the freezer for 4 to 6 hours to set completely.

In a mixing bowl, tint the whipped topping (or freshly made whip cream) blue.  Take out the cake and cover the top with the blue cream, then add the cookies and gumballs as “pool toys.”

Place the cake immediately back in the freezer until ready to serve.  Before serving, carefully loosen the sides of the cake by running the sides under the faucet (careful not to get the cake wet!)

Once the cake is loose, push the bottom of the pan so that the ring part has fallen around your arm.  Then place the cake on a cutting board and let the kids help you add the wafer cookies to make the sides of the pool!

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