My sister and I always have a tea for my mother on Mother's day. I wanted to make her something extra special and this ice cream cake was a big hit. Because my mother's is diabetic, and does not do dairy (except for butter), I made the cake grain free. The base of the cake is my lavender infused brownies, where you infuse the butter with herbs and then use that butter to make a chocolatey brownies (no cocoa powder here, all bittersweet chocolate :-) . Topped with strawberry ice cream and then lavender ganache. This cake was a BIG hit!! A little time consuming, but so worth the work!
Lavender Strawberry Ice Cream Cake, grain-free, low-carb
Base, 1 Lavender Infused Butter Brownie Cake baked in a spring-form pan * see notes
1 pint (or so) strawberry ice cream, I made vegan ice cream but feel free to use what ice cream you love.
Dark Chocolate Lavender ganache
Assemble cake; let brownie base cool for 30 minutes after baking. Cover brownie with ice cream (if ice cream is frozen hard let it sit on your counter, or pop in microwave a minute, to soften a bit). Set cake in freezer and make ganache. Pour ganache over the ice cream. Cover pan with heavy foil and set cake in freezer. Freeze until ice cream is solid. Serve and enjoy!
Vegan Strawberries Ice Cream
1 1/2 cup cold coconut cream
1 cup cold coconut milk
1/2 cup sugar, I used coconut sugar
1 1/2 cups ripe strawberries
pinch of sea salt
Blend all ingredients with a blender stick or in a blender until smooth. Run in ice cream maker for 30 minutes and store in freezer until ready to assemble cake. I make the ice cream when I pull out the cake, so the ice cream is ready when the brownie is cool and the ice cream is still soft enough to spread over the brownie.
1/2 cup chopped dark chocolate
1/2 cup cream
1 TBL lavender buds ** see note
Heat the cream, chocolate and lavender over low heat until chocolate is melted. Do NOT let the mixture boil. Set chocolate aside for 15 minutes, then strain out lavender buds through a sieve. Discard lavender.
* Bake your brownie in a spring form pan. It makes it easier to serve the cake. Normally I under cook my brownies but for this recipe make sure the brownies are fully cooked
** You can also use food grade lavender oil, I use Young Living, instead of lavender buds. 3-5 drops depending on your taste.