Nutella Ice Cream Cake

People often say “You can’t choose your family, but you can choose your friends.” Its often offered as a constellation prize or form of reassurance to those who aren’t so fond of the family they’ve been given. Luckily, I’ve never been one of those people. I’m happy to say my family has always been close, and family get togethers were something we looked forward to, rather than dreaded. But what really makes me feel blessed, is that I was given not one family, but two. That second “family of friends” that we get to choose , was pretty much chosen for me, but I don’t mind a bit. My second family moved in across the street from us when I was three years old. I vaguely remember the day the Trains moved in, because when my mom explained to me that two little girls that were my age were going to live across the street I knew I had hit the jackpot. Two built in best friends would be available to play dress-up and Barbies 24/7. Lauren, Marybeth and I were pretty inseparable growing up and I’m pretty sure I spent just as much of my childhood at their house as I did at mine. And as we made our way into highschool I remained the Kimmy Gibler of the Train house, walking over unannounced, several times a day. Most parents would probably have gotten tired of the annoying neighbor who has let herself in the back door nearly every day for 20 years, but Mr. and Mrs. Train never seemed to mind. I often bring over baked goods, so perhaps that is the reason the door remains unlocked for me. It works well for everyone, seeing as I get feedback on my latest baking creations…and they get a pretty steady supply of desserts. Last weekend my family and the Trains had dinner together which resulted in hours of laughter, walks down memory lane & Nutella Ice Cream Cake. This cake was inspired by an ice cream cake recipe from a cooking class my mom and I attended at Simply Good Kitchen in Birmingham, Michigan. I added hazelnuts & Nutella ganache to the recipe and it seemed to be a success. Its a great dessert for a party or a casual family dinner. Or in my case, it was a great dessert for a dinner with both of my favorite families.

Ingredients: Serves 12

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup pecans
  • 1 cup hazelnuts
  • zest from 1 whole lemon
  • juice from 1 whole lemon
  • 9 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1 pint chocolate ice cream
  • 1 pint vanilla ice cream

Nutella Ganache:

  • 3/4 cup Nutella
  • 1/2 cup half & half


  1. Prepare two 8 x 12 rectangular baking pans by lining with parchment paper. Make sure to leave 2 inches of parchment paper hanging over sides of pan. Preheat oven to 375
  2. In a food processor, place butter, sugar and eggs and blend until well combined
  3. Add pecans & hazelnuts into food processor and blend until nuts are finely chopped (about 2 minutes)
  4. Add lemon zest, juice & flour to food processor and blend well
  5. Pour batter in prepared baking pans, pouring about 1 to 2 inches of batter into each pan (cake layers are very thin)
  6. Bake cake at 375 for 25 minutes
  7. Let cake cool completely in pans
  8. Spread the entire pint of chocolate ice cream over one layer of cake
  9. Top layer of chocolate ice cream with second layer of cake (use of parchment paper should make the cake very easy to remove from the pan)
  10. Spread second layer of cake with entire pint of vanilla ice cream
  11. Place cake in freezer for at least 8 hours or overnight
  12. To make Nutella ganache, place half & half in a saucepan over medium high heat and let sit until it starts to boil
  13. Pour boiling half & half over nutella and whisk until smooth
  14. Let ganache cool completely, stirring occasionally
  15. Spread ganache over ice cream cake and place back in freezer for 1 hour
  16. Let cake thaw for 20 minutes before serving


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