Preschooler Makes: Strawberry Ice-cream Cake (No-bake)

My exams are finally over!!  It has been too long since I sat for 2 papers in a day and writing till I had blisters on my fingers!  After having been so high-strung after 2 weeks of intense studying, after it’s over, you know you just get that deflated feeling.  It wasn’t ecstasy or supreme joy; it was just… deflated.  Like it’s all over.  That’s nice.  It’s now time to get back to a ssslowwerrr pace of life.  That explains why I haven’t been posting much or writing anything!  But I was working on a new project which I will unveil real soon!

Anyway, wanted to share an activity I did with K and Z 2 weeks back in the June holidays.  It was part of our homeschool thing before the exams took over my life and I’m finally blogging about it.  K loves watching “I Can Cook” on CBeeBies and she watches the same episodes again and again (because I only recorded those few).  There’s a recipe she said she wanted to try – Strawberry Meringue Ice-Cream.  Looking it up, I figured it wasn’t too hard so we gave it a go!

I did some modification to the recipe because I balked after I researched how to do a Meringue nest.  WUT!?!?  No way was I going to go through so much effort.  Who cares about the meringue, just substitute with ice-cream!  Can’t go wrong there!  I wanted to do a cakey kind of base (inspired by google search results which yielded “Strawberry Meringue Ice Cream Cake).  But baking was too hard.. So my no-bake method was to just get a pound cake!!  Mwahahahah…. so clever… *smirk*  When you have butter pound cake, ice-cream and strawberry, it pretty much can’t go wrong.  In fact, it was scrummy yummy!  Tasted a bit like…. Swensen’s ice-cream cake.  Best thing?  Only 3 ingredients!!!  No cooking/baking involved!!!

Ingredients
6 large strawberries (or 10, or 12, or 42, depending on how much you like them)
Half a Pound Cake (I used the cheaper NTUC brand but Sara Lee is good too)
Ice Cream (just pour the whole pint in)

Steps
1. Clean the strawberries beforehand.  You can get your child involved.  Show her how to scrub the strawberries.

2. Using a fork, hold the stem with your non-dominant hand and press down and mash the strawberries with dominant hand.  This activity is good for strengthening little fingers.

Mashing strawberries with a fork.  Trains strength and dexterity in fingers.

Mashing strawberries with a fork. Trains strength and dexterity in fingers.

3. With clean hands, mash up half a pound cake.
4. Mix the pound cake and strawberry puree.  Lay them in a container.
5. Pour ice-cream on top.
6. Serve and enjoy!!  Or freeze and enjoy later!

strawberry ice cream cake

Almost finished! Just add ice-cream and serve!

And what was Z doing??  Was he screaming away?  Nope, he was quietly sucking on a strawberry!!  He was a happy boy… for 5 minutes.  I mashed up some strawberry so he could explore, taste and smell it too.

Z tasting, smelling, touching, squishing strawberries.

Z tasting, smelling, touching, squishing strawberries.

And he also got a taste of ice-cream!  That wasn’t part of his sensorial education but apparently, his sister thought it would be a crime if he didn’t know what ice-cream was.

K feeding Z ice cream

K feeding Z ice cream

There we go!  Will you try this out with your kiddies?  Let us know how it went! 🙂

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