Strawberry-n-Cake Popsicles ~ An Ice Cream Cheat!

Summer is in full swing and it is just too dang hot for baking. In fact, it’s too hot to do just about anything. So we’re keeping it simple today with a little kitchen hack, a minor ice cream cheat, if you please, and we’re folding in one of our favorite summer sweets: strawberries. My boy devours strawberries this time of year. Seriously, he can’t get enough. We go to the farmer’s market twice a week and he never seems to tire of them. These strawberry cake popsicles are for him. The cheat is for me.

Ice Cream Cheat: Strawberry-n-Cake Popsicles

The ingredients list for these strawberry cake popsicles couldn’t be easier: strawberry ice cream, freeze-dried strawberries, and shortcake (or poundcake if you’d like). Could you make your own shortcake? Sure you could. You could even churn your own ice cream and freeze-dry your own strawberries, but today we’re cheating. Let someone else do the work for once.

Ice Cream Cheat: Strawberry-n-Cake Popsicles

To get started, let your ice cream soften for a bit. We love McConnell’s brand ice cream. As strawberry aficionados, we really appreciate its simple goodness. The flavors are bright and tangy. Just perfect.

Ice Cream Cheat: Strawberry-n-Cake Popsicles

Once your ice cream has softened a bit, scoop it into a bowl. Break up your freeze-dried strawberries and crumble that shortcake (or pound cake) into the same bowl, then fold it all together. Don’t over stir it. You just want everything evenly distributed.

For fun, I added some of the strawberries to the popsicle molds while they were still empty.

Ice Cream Cheat: Strawberry-n-Cake Popsicles

Then scoop your ice cream mixture into the molds. You will want to avoid air bubbles (which can mess up your finished popsicle’s sturdiness) so use small scoops and pack it in.

Ice Cream Cheat: Strawberry-n-Cake Popsicles

Serve these easy treats up with fresh strawberries and don’t tell anyone how super easy they were to make. It can be our little secret.

Ice Cream Cheat: Strawberry-n-Cake Popsicles

 

Photos by: Maria Hedrick Photography

Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Popsicles

By TheSweetNerd  

July 26, 2017

Ingredients

1 pint very soft strawberry ice cream

1 pound cake or short cake, crumbled

1/4 cup freeze-dried strawberries, crushed (more for sprinkling each mold)

Ice-pop molds and sticks

Directions

1Fold soft strawberry ice cream, cake, and freeze dried strawberries into a mixing bowl.

2Ice Cream Molds: Sprinkle the bottom of the mold with a bit of freeze dried strawberries (crushed). Next, pour in ice cream among ice-pop molds, insert sticks, and freeze until firm, at least 4 hours.

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Ice Cream Cheat: Strawberry-n-Cake Popsicles

19 Comments

  • How delicious! What a great idea for a popsicle flavor Cindy! Strawberry shortcake is hands down my favorite summer dessert! Can’t wait to try these.

    • Cindy "TheSweetNerd" Rodriguez
      1 year ago

      Thanks Mary Ann – I feel the same, but especially about the combo of strawberries and ice cream. Nothing wrong with a little cake in there, too. 🙂

  • Tessa
    1 year ago

    I love love love strawberries and cake. I think this is easy enough for me! Thanks Cindy!

    • Cindy "TheSweetNerd" Rodriguez
      1 year ago

      You can do it Tessa, I swear. Super easy and your kiddos will love it.

  • Kendall Haun
    1 year ago

    I love the ease of this recipe. I might go to the store and make these with my family in no time! Thanks for the ‘cheat’ love it!

    • Cindy "TheSweetNerd" Rodriguez
      1 year ago

      Kendall – there’s absolutely nothing wrong with a good cheat when it comes to the kitchen. Especially if the whole family is in on the cheat. 😉

  • 1 year ago

    These look amazing! I’m always up for a bit of a treat. Interestingly in the UK shortcake is a type of biscuit. (and it’s certainly not too hot to bake here in the UK)

    • Cindy "TheSweetNerd" Rodriguez
      1 year ago

      Hmm, would a strawberry biscuit work just as well? I think maybe it would! We need to put it on the list. Thanks Lizzie!

  • I’ve never thought to make popsicles from ice cream, much less cake too! These are surely delicious!

    • Cindy "TheSweetNerd" Rodriguez
      1 year ago

      Thanks Katie – a trifecta, right?

  • Those are such a cute idea!!! I love recipes that have shortcuts like this! 🙂

    • Cindy "TheSweetNerd" Rodriguez
      1 year ago

      Thanks Liz!

  • Tina
    1 year ago

    Hey! This is a really clever idea! I love it, and I’m going to be doing it soon. I love strawberry short cake, so it’s the perfect flavor too.

    • Cindy "TheSweetNerd" Rodriguez
      1 year ago

      I love strawberry shortcake too, and I’m always looking to streamline two compatible flavors. 🙂

  • Love this! I never thought of actually putting cake in the pops, but it’s a brilliant idea!! I bet they taste delicious 🙂 !!

    • Cindy "TheSweetNerd" Rodriguez
      1 year ago

      Right – one and done is my motto!

  • Ohhh I love the addition of cake in these!! (obviously) Such a perfect summer treat and I love how easy it is. “Let someone else do the work for once” indeed!!

    • Cindy "TheSweetNerd" Rodriguez
      1 year ago

      You know it, Olivia!

  • These popsicles look so addictive! I love the addition of cake 🙂

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