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Make a bird-day cake! | A recipe for a bird-themed ice cream cake

Do you have a birder in your life with a birthday or special occasion coming up? Surprise them with a bird-themed, homemade ice cream cake! Complete with happy, sugary birds that won't fly away the moment you try to take a photo.

Bird-themed Birthday Ice Cream Cake with 'Goldfinches'
Bird-themed Birthday Ice Cream Cake with 'Goldfinches'

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Keep in mind that this cake does take a bit of time to make, so plan ahead if you are making this for a birthday or other event. It's super easy to make though, the hardest part is waiting for it to freeze!

You will need a springform pan (I used a 9" pan) to make this cake. If you don't have a springform pan and enjoy baking, I highly recommend purchasing one because they are very useful for other recipes!

Making the Bird-themed Cake

Supplies for the bird-themed cake:

Ingredients for the bird-themed cake:

  • Two 1.5 qt containers of ice cream (Chocolate and vanilla is the classic combo)

  • 1 package of Oreo cookies

  • 1 jar of fudge sauce

Recipe for a bird-themed Cake:

  1. Lightly butter or use an oil spray in the springform pan.

  2. Let the first ice cream flavor (that will be on the bottom) sit out and soften. Once softened, spread ice cream into the pan to the halfway point. Even out until flat.

  3. Freeze for 30 minutes to 1 hour.

  4. Spread an even layer of fudge over the first ice cream layer.

  5. Chop up about 15 Oreos into small chunks and sprinkle evenly onto fudge. Lightly press into fudge.

  6. Freeze for 30 minutes. Set out the next ice cream flavor to soften.

  7. Spread the second layer of ice cream into the pan. Flatten out as evenly as possible.

  8. Freeze for at least 8 hours, or overnight.

  9. To serve, take the cake out of the freezer 30 minutes before serving. Carefully run a knife around the edge of the cake to loosen. After 15 minutes carefully unlatch the pan and let the cake sit until soft enough to cut and serve.

Bird-day Cake Decoration Ideas

There are endless ways you can decorate this cake, for any theme or occasion. Here are two easy, bird-themed ideas for you to start with.

American Goldfinch Nest Cake

American Goldfinch bird-themed cake
Use American Goldfinch bird-themed cake for your favorite bird person!

Ingredients and supplies for American Goldfinch bird-themed cake:

  • Chocolate frosting

  • White frosting (buttercream, vanilla, etc.)