Ice Cream Sundays- The Everything That Could Go Wrong Did Ice Cream Torte Edition

Ice Cream Torte by Cravings of a Lunatic

Yah that was a mouthful I know. But there was just no other name for this thing. I had a seriously bad experience with this torte. It started off great and I was feeling oh so full of myself. Then bad things started to happen. Yet there was no turning back. I am not a quitter. I will not throw in the towel. I will not….oh whatever, I just didn’t want to waste good ice cream. That’s the bottom line.

So this one can be done with NO ICE CREAM MAKER!!! I know some people don’t have them. This is for you folks. Those of you who have not jumped on the ice cream maker bandwagon. You could make your own ice cream for this dessert. But it is totally acceptable to cheat and use store bought. I did this just to show you not everything has to be hard. Bah, maybe that was karma for me. My ice cream maker got jealous and had a single white female moment. It conspired against me and ruined my chances to make a torte without it. Ah, ice cream maker, I still love ya. But sometimes I just gotta see other kitchen appliances. It’s not you, it’s me. Don’t take it personal. We can still be friends.

So this is going to be the anti-recipe. All the things not to do. As I learned all the things NOT to do when making ice cream cake/torte. The first thing you should always do, and this applies to every recipe, is to read the whole recipe all the way through. I am shocked anything of mine ever turns out as I rarely do this. You’d think I’d learn. Second thing to do is give adequate time between the layers. Do not try to rush. It will go horribly wrong if you do. Do not double batch your chocolate sauce, I did and should not have. It’s too heavy and makes the bottom layer pop up. Also it’s just too much. I am a big fan of too much on most occasions but here I’d say pull back a bit. Don’t overdo the middle layer. And here’s the kicker, the best advice I can possibly give you. When you put it in your freezer after half a day of working on this thing, make sure there’s enough clearance so your door doesn’t cut off the tops of all your ladyfingers. This is of utmost importance people, seriously, this thing looked like I took a weed whacker to it in the end. There’s more but I’ll get on with it and pop some tips in along the way. So here it is. I found this in Williams Sonoma Frozen Desserts cookbook. I adapted a bit. Enjoy!

The Everything That Could Go Wrong Did Ice Cream Torte:


48-56 store bought sponge-cake ladyfingers, 7-8 oz(220-250g) total
1 2L vanilla ice cream
1 2L chocolate ice cream
1/3 cup water with 1 tablespoon of vanilla mixed in
2- 3 tablespoons cocoa powder for dusting at the end
1/2 cup chocolate sauce, I made home made, you could purchase it


Prepare a 9 inch spring form pan by lining it with plastic wrap or parchment.

Arrange the ladyfingers around the outside of the pan with rounded side out, then line the bottom. 

Brush the water and vanilla mixture over the ladyfingers. You can use alcohol for this step if you’d prefer.

Stick in the fridge for about 30 minutes.

Soften the chocolate ice cream.

Once it’s soft (you can toss it in the mixer if it needs help) you can pour it into the pan. Smooth it and stick it in the freezer for about 1 to 2 hours. (tip-the ice cream should bring it to half full)

Take out of the freezer and spread the chocolate sauce over top. Pop back in the freezer for 1-2 hours.

Soften your vanilla ice cream for next step.

Take your torte out of the freezer and add your vanilla layer. Smooth it out. Stick back in the freezer for 3 hour minimum and up to 24 hours.

Remove and release from spring form pan and garnish with cocoa or anything else your heart desires.

Cut and serve with a smile.

Recipe for chocolate sauce: 


8 oz semisweet chocolate
1/3 cup corn syrup
1/4 cup light brown sugar
3/4 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla


Chop your chocolate and set inside a heat proof glass bowl. Set aside.

Put your corn syrup and sugar in a saucepan. Place over medium heat and stir until sugar dissolves and mixture is bubbling.

Stir in cream, cook over medium heat while stirring until mixture is smooth and large bubbles form around the edge. The mixture should foam in the center. Once it foams up you can remove from heat.

Pour the mixture over the chocolate, making sure to cover the chocolate with the liquid. Let stand without stirring for about 2 minutes.

Stir in the vanilla. Stir until smooth for about 1-2 minutes.

Can be used or stored.

Ice Cream Torte by Cravings of a Lunatic



Mistake #1- Buy enough ladyfingers. I did not.

Mistake #2- Decide on a way to soak ladyfingers, if you can’t have alcohol, ahead of time. I did not.

Mistake #3- Cut the bottoms of the ladyfingers to make them sit level. It took me a ton of tipping over to figure this out.

Mistake #4- Make sure you let the bottom layer freeze enough. Otherwise when you put the chocolate on it will pop through. I did not do this so I am warning you instead.

Mistake #5- Do not double batch the chocolate, it’s too much chocolate, and too heavy. I double batched mine. *sigh*

Mistake #6- Do not try and hurry and pour warm chocolate sauce over ice cream. It will melt it and ruin your pretty layers. Then the chocolate will melt and leak out into the sides of the pan and ruin your pretty ladyfingers. I cannot stress enough to let the sauce cool. For the love of the ice cream gods, let it cool people.

Mistake #7- Make sure you let the sauce harden in the freezer long enough. Otherwise you ruin pretty layers….again.

Mistake #8- When you put it in the freezer make sure there is enough clearance or you will chop off the tops of your ladyfingers as I stated before. It’s an ugly mess. And you’ll feel bad and your cake won’t be pretty.

Mistake #9- Let the ice cream melt just a teeny bit so your cocoa sticks. You’d think I’d know better after the whole sugar on dry  muffins a la Paula Deen incident. But apparently I am losing it and forgot.

Mistake #10- Okay here’s the biggy, the utmost of importance. You must listen to this advice. It is so important. Make sure your spring form pan is not a crappy piece of old metal that breaks at the most important time of the procedure. If it breaks before you release the cake well good luck getting it out. I know as this did happen to me. I knew they were well used and I had beaten the tar out of them. But seriously after hours of prep and leading up to this special moment and it comes down to this…. and you cannot getting the freaking thing out of the pan as the mechanism breaks. OMG, I was not a happy camper. I had to pry the thing out with butter knives. Yup, sure looked so good by the time I was done.

So there you have it. I am nothing if not helpful. I swear this was like the little ice cream that could. I kept thinking about that children’s book. This torte has some heart. It stuck it out until the end. It was battered, bruised and leaking chocolate ice cream everywhere but it held out for me. So I suppose the honking mess I made was worth it. Or I could have just gone to dairy queen and been done with it. *sigh*

Hope you enjoy this post and it makes you hungry and inspires you to go make some ice cream. It’s so fun to make your own. There’s 2 no ice cream maker recipes here so there’s no excuse to not make your own treats. Hope you make the most of the rest of your weekend.

Toodles and smoochies. xx

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  1. Dzoli says

    You wanna kill me?It is freezing here adn I feel like icecream after reading the post.Actually I am most drawn to the torte;))

  2. Lizzy says

    Oh, gosh, from your photos, you'd never know this didn't all go perfectly!!! I usually have a fiasco or two with every project, so I'm glad I'm in good company! Your torte looks DELISH!

  3. Pretend Chef says

    I think this turned out so beautiful despite all of the don't dos. Looks so delicious. I would love this right now for breakfast. Haha! Yummy!

  4. onceuponarecipe says

    Wow Kim, this ice cream torte looks nothing short of amazing! I do own an ice cream maker, but I am ashamed to say that I have never used it! I made a promise to myself that I would break it in this summer, and time is running out! Perhaps this is a good excuse to get on it?

  5. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. says

    Kim, you may have had difficulty this with this torte, but it looks AWESOME! I really need something chocolatey right now and this would be perfect with that amazing chocolate sauce!

  6. Kels says

    Your ice cream cake looks delicious! I can safely say that I have the same problem when it comes to not reading recipes all the way through… oops! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Anne@frommysweetheart says

    Kim…the funny thing is….if you hadn't told us all the things that went wrong…I'd never know anything went wrong! That's a beautiful ice cream torte! And the bottom line….I bet it was delicious! But thanks for posting your tips! It's really helpful in more recipes than this. I still have to learn the 'less is more' rule! Sigh! : )

  8. Jeff Rasmussen says

    I love the step by step photos of you making the cake! What a great addition! As for the cake itself, it looks beautiful!

  9. Ann says

    First off – it looks amazing! I would enjoy this even if you scooped the mess off the floor and stuck it in a bowl.

    Secondly – I'm sorry you went thru those mistakes, but thank you for sharing them – it will make it easier for us to make…

    And Third – Thanks for making this….you ROCK!

  10. Kim Bee says

    @Dzoli- lol, I apologize. Just trying to make you jealous, not kill ya. rofl

    @Lizzy- Thanks. This one was a challenge, luckily the taste was not affected.

    @Pretend Chef- Thanks. Just had a slice, it tastes incredible.

    @Claudia- Thank you. xx

    @Ali- Thanks. Happy sunday to you too!

    @onceuponarecipe- Thanks. You must dust it off and test it out. So worth it!

    @Stephanie- Thanks. Still some left if you want to bring a spoon.

    @Lindsey- Thanks. It was a great learning experience.

    @Erin- This was definitely my biggest challenge to date. I was not having a good day. lol

    @Kels- Thanks. Glad I am not the only one.

    @Anne- Thank you. I swore I'd share my oops as much as my woah's so this is for those who think all recipes go smoothly. It so does not. LOL!

    @Jeff- Thanks. I love the shots with me pouring it. I had the camera in one hand and the bowl in the other. So hilarious. All in my front window where the neighbours could watch it all. lol

    @Ann- Lol, thanks. I think it hitting the floor was the only thing that didn't happen. I hate that the cookbook says to let sit for 15-30 minutes. There's no way that's enough time, unless they had a flash freezer. So wanted to make sure people took their time. And thanks, I like to …ROCK! lol

  11. Tori @ The Shiksa in the Kitchen says

    Okay, the title of this blog is my favorite ever, I think! I love the mistake list. Doesn't look like any mistakes were made to me, though, honestly… it looks absolutely delicious!

  12. Terri @ that's some good cookin' says

    Just have one thing to say: hahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!

    Okay, more than one thing. Thank heavens I am not alone on the fiasco merry-go-round. Most often words heard in my kitchen? "Oh crap. I can't believe I just did that" and "Are you KIDDING me????". However, your catastrophe still looks delicious. You saved it in the end.

  13. Manu says

    I LOVE this post: it is so helpful! I think your torte still looks great and what's more important I am sure it tasted a million bucks! I just wish I could have a slice… look at all that chocolate sauce… OMG! I don't care if it is heavy!!! LOL

  14. says

    Glad to know I'm not the only one who screws things up and still rolls with it (you're right- why waste the ingredients). Yesterday was one of those days for me. :(
    Thanks for the ice cream links. I have been on an ice cream kick this summer, so I see a few of these being made in my near future. :)

  15. Val says

    I'm just like you, I don't like to give up, particularly if lots of ingredients have been used. Sometimes we learn the hard way but at least you are able to give us all some fantastic tips for this recipe. I don't know what it is this summer but things seem to be constantly going wrong for me in my kitchen. I think the key is not to rush any baking recipe.

    BTW – the cake looks great in the photos – I'm absolutely craving a slice!

  16. Nami | Just One Cookbook says

    Okay, from the non-baker's point of view… this is fantastic! And thank you for such a honest feedback so that we can all learn from mistakes. :-)

  17. Carolyn says

    I am very guilty of not reading a recipe the whole way through before I start. But hey, your torte still looks great and I am sure it was delicious!

  18. Peggy says

    Your ice cream torte looks pretty good to me! It may not have looked absolutely perfect (but does anything ever turn out as planned? Not in my kitchen!) It tasted good right? That's what it really boils down to!

  19. Sandra says

    I think your cake look fantastic..really really delicious! However I must thank you for the written mistakes you takes courage to write and admit "hey I did that and this"..I admiring your honesty!!!Now sent me piece of leftovers, I don't cake it is just a spoonful:))

  20. Charlie says


    You have made my day!

    Hi! I'm Charlie. I'm female.

    I'm definitely a fan!

    This looks so good. Sometimes the messiest tastes the best.
    As my late husband would say "It's going to looks worse in the stomach" Love that man!

    I had an epiphany as I was scrolling down your recipes.
    This would be wonderful tweaked to go with your " Red Berry Messy Kitchen Sorbet.

    I will be returning and returning.

    Thanks for sharing.

  21. Cheryl and Adam @ says

    As much trouble as it was to make it looks delicious and that chocolate layer is just beggin
    to be ladled into our hungry mouths! Yes, red the recipe.. at least three times is the rule of thumb around here…

  22. Heather says

    I can soooo relate to this. Thanks for sharing this and making me feel human. And, I'm sure your torte tasted as wonderful as it was supposed to. There is no such thing as too much chocolate in my boo.

  23. savoryandsavage says

    Great post! I loved that it was an anti-recipe.

    The ice cream torte looked pretty good to me.

    Very funny post and I definitely needed a laugh today. Thanks for sharing the ice cream torte mishap.

  24. Asian-spice mix says

    Kim,,,congrats on top 9,you make me laugh,funny,is happen to me sometime, the ice cream torte look good to me :)

  25. Apron Appeal says

    hmmmm it looks like blog world appreciates it when people share their mistakes. Nice work w/ top 9 (AGAIN!) you are on FIRE!

  26. Liren says

    Loved your tips, I needed a chuckle this morning. The bright side of making too much chocolate sauce is more for there next dessert!

  27. Kim Bee says

    @Christina- Lol, that made me giggle. Thanks so much.

    @Tori- Thanks so much my dear. Was interesting to make. Luckily the mishaps did not affect the taste. Lol!

    @Terri- Thank you. I just really need to get out of lazy summer mode and read my recipes. And apparently replace my pans when they get old and creaky. Glad I made you laugh.

    @Manu- Thanks. It is so good. You would love it then as the chocolate sauce layer is thicker than the ice cream layers.Lol!

    @Joy- Me too. I shall continue the ice cream posts right up to fall I think. Love doing these. They take some time and effort but so worth it.

    @bakerunlive- So glad you stopped by. I love ice cream. I am doing great about not eating the whole bowl these days. Something about knowing you can whip up more any time you want calms me. I think we all have days like this one so it makes us giggle and feel connected. I don't even think Martha is perfect every day. We need to cut ourselves slack some days. I wish cooking shows would include outtakes, make it more real.

    @Val- Thank you so much. I think for me it's summer. I want to be outside or at the barn so I hurry. Some recipes cannot be rushed. Cooler weather will help.

    @Nami- Thanks my dear. I had fun. I really enjoy being honest. My recipes rarely go smoothly. It's anarchy here most days. Too many distractions. lol

    @Carolyn- Thanks. I always laugh when I realize I messed up. The first time I made my brownies I did it totally wrong. Luckily they are forgiving. Some are, some aren't. There's 20 pizza places in town so I never sweat it too

    @Juanita- Thanks my dear. I am going to have to get on this thing. I think you're the third to tag me. I am a total slacker. Lol! Thanks for thinking of me. Will heads up ya when I do it.

    @Peggy- So true and thank you. It was delish.

    @Sandra- I loved this one, so tasty. Come over with a big old spoon. I think there's still some left.

    @Charlie- So glad you came by and like it. I think part of the joy of cooking is making mistakes and having a laugh. And your hubs was right. Lol! The red berry would rock in this. The color is so outstanding. Would be good with a pure white ice cream. Hope you come back, love to provide people with daily giggles.

    @Cheryl and Adam- See therein lies my problem, I'm a rebel so rules are meant to be broken. Rofl. I was dying to take a pic of me underneath the ladle but thought it might be too much. The picture, not the doing. That's just good old fun.

    @Heather- I am happy to make anyone feel human, I make mistakes often. I laughed at the end of your sentence. I assume it means book but my fave saying to annoy my daughter is a line from a tv show where she says alright boo. I cannot say it like Jessica Alba but we fall down laughing every time I try.

    @savoryandsavage- Happy to provide a giggle. I think most of mine tend to be anti recipes. Nothing goes according to plan here.

    @Ridwan- Glad I made you chuckle. This was one yummy dessert. And thanks, I was thrilled to make the cut.

    @kitchenarian- Thanks so much.

    @Gwenevere- Thanks my dear. I was kind of shocked this got picked. I made so many flubs. I think they have me confused with someone else or something. Enjoying it but feels a bit surreal.

    @Becka- Thanks. I bought some of those fairy eggplants but didn't know they were called that until I read your blog. lol

    @Liren- Thanks and glad I made you chuckle. The sauce is the bomb. Really good.

    @Lulu- Thank you so much!

  28. foodblogandthedog says

    Thanks so much for mentioning my ice cream, I really appreciate it! I totally respect you for carrying on with this torte after everything going wrong, I would have given up!! It sure looks worth all the effort though! And congrats on Top 9 too! 😀

  29. Kate@Diethood says

    That torte looks amazing! I would eat it up in a heartbeat. I loooove me all things ice cream. :)

    Congrats on top 9!!

  30. Steve @ the black peppercorn says

    Awesome post. You described your struggle so well. I must say though, it looks amazing! I have never tried to make my own ice cream.

  31. Reeni says

    Your torte is positively delectable looking despite your problems! I'm craving a big, honking slice right now! Thanks for all the tips and the yummy ice cream links.

  32. Dee at Deelicious Sweets says

    Geez girl! I could hear you cussing all the way over here in the States! LOL! I"ll bet it tasted good though. That's all that counts right? :)

  33. Kim Bee says

    @foodblogandthedog-I wasn't quite sure whether to use the blog headline or the name. I know you as foodblogandthedog. lol. You are welcome. Love sharing the love. I am one stubborn mama, I just dug my heels in and hoped.


    @Kate- Me too, ice cream rules. Thanks, was surprised and delighted about top 9.

    @Steve-Thanks so much. You should try now. Like right now. Like stop reading and go do it now. So worth it. lol

    @Reeni-Thanks so much. And you are so welcome. I love doing this every week. So much fun.

    @Dee-I do get a potty mouth when I am frustrated so no doubt you probably heard it. It was so good. I will make this one again for sure.

  34. Kristy says

    Although it gave you hell, I couldn't tell. It looked great and super delicious. I'm a new follower. Please check out my blog.

  35. Michelle Benoit (Chocolate Central) says

    Sorry you had such a hard time with this one. It looks to die for. I had a similar ice cream cake at a friend's house recently and have been meaning to ask her for the recipe. Now, thanks to you, I don't have to.

  36. Patty H. says

    I loved this post! I mean, I'm sorry you had so much trouble with the recipe…been there…but it made me chuckle, and I was happy that in the end you didn't give up! I do read my recipes all the way through before starting,but it never fails, something always surprises me! Anyway, this recipe looks awesome, and I can't wait to try it!


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