Family Traditions: The Ice Cream Cake



By Liz Stanley of Say YES! to Hoboken

This is a family birthday tradition that has a funny back story. Growing up my parents were extremely thrifty and also very healthy. We never had sweets around and even bribery candy for good table manners were sugar free suckers. When I was around 10 years old I was invited to a birthday party where they served a Carvel ice cream cake. STOP EVERYTHING. It was the most amazing thing I’d ever tasted! For my next birthday I eagerly requested an ice cream cake. My mother agreed. When my birthday celebration came around she presented to my siblings and me the ice cream cake: a block of ice cream (no-frills brand of course) removed from its cardboard and placed on a plate with big ol’ candle on it.

Family Traditions: the ice cream cake

An ice cream cake!! We were thrilled! It became a birthday tradition.

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Parenting is all about managing expectations, right? My mom knew us well enough to know we’d appreciate her budget ice cream cake even if it wasn’t from Carvel. And she was right. From then we had ice cream cakes for nearly every birthday that I can remember growing up. Sometimes they were a little more elaborate decorated with oreos or candy, but more often than not it was simply a block of our favorite flavor of ice cream with a candle on top. Most of my siblings don’t have children yet, but I hope we can all carry on the tradition of the ice cream cake as our families grow.

Liz Stanley writes daily about raising her son and beautiful things at her personal blog Say YES! to Hoboken. I think you should check it out.

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7 Responses to “Family Traditions: The Ice Cream Cake”

  1. Spencer Nov 16 at 8:07 pm Reply Reply

    This is one family tradition that must be passed on…

  2. katie Nov 16 at 11:52 pm Reply Reply

    that’s a funny story.

  3. Heidi Nov 17 at 6:16 am Reply Reply

    Such a great idea! 

  4. Robin Nov 17 at 9:12 am Reply Reply

    Carvel cakes are a religion in my house too! I’m on a very strict low fat diet. My only planned cheat is on everyone’s birthday, I have a small slice of Carvel ice cream cake.

  5. mel Nov 17 at 2:11 pm Reply Reply

    that is just the sweetest thing ever.  I love it.  I can’t wait to do this, especially with some crushed oreos. mmmmmmm

  6. Emily Nov 18 at 8:34 am Reply Reply

    I love it. What a great way to make an ice cream cake!

  7. Erica Dec 02 at 9:16 am Reply Reply

    I love this family tradition. I love the story behind it as well.

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