A not-so "Hot Dog" ice cream treat that's the perfect summertime snack.
Cool off this summer with some not-so "Hot Dogs". These treats may look like a typical hot dog, but one bite and you'll realize that the dog part is actually ice cream, the buns are pound cake, and the ketchup and mustard are icing!
Just like regular hot dogs, these ice cream sandwiches are portable, which makes them a great summertime treat. Wrap them up and pass them out at your next backyard barbecue, or serve them as a plated dessert with a side of toasted pound cake French fries. Each recipe makes 12 pound cake buns and a side of fries using one oval snack-cake pan. If you have two pans, you can skip the toasted cake fries, and make 18 pound cake buns instead.
The buns are so simple to make. Just whip up a Betty Crocker Pound Cake Mix.
Fill the cavities in an oval snack-cake pan two thirds full with the batter. Pour the rest of the batter either in two small loaf pans to make French fries or in another snack-cake pan.
While the cakes are baking, make your ice cream hot dogs. Making these is quite simple, but it's kind of messy too. You're gonna be licking your fingers a lot as you cut the ice cream into hot dog size rectangles. The ice cream in the carton is a bit longer than you'll need, so you'll have little ice cream scraps that you can eat as you work. Once you wash your sticky fingers, cut pieces of plastic wrap, set the ice cream rectangles on them, wrap them up, and twist the ends. Roll the ice cream until it becomes hot dog shaped, then pop them in the freezer for at least two hours.
When the cakes are done baking, allow them to cool for 10 minutes before removing them from the pan. You may need to run a plastic spatula around the edge of each cake to loosen them.
If you chose to make French fries, cut the two loaf cakes into French fry-size strips using a knife or a crinkle cutter.
Toss them in melted butter and bake them until golden brown.
Before you serve the ice cream sandwiches, cut slits in the cakes so they look like hot dog buns.
Unwrap an ice cream hot dog and set it in a bun, then add some icing ketchup and mustard.
These ice cream sandwiches taste great with a nice soft cake, but are also good with frozen cake. So, you can assemble them and wrap them in plastic wrap and keep them in the freezer until you want a snack!
Beth happily spends her days creating fun food and handmade chocolate and enjoys sharing step-by-step tutorials with her readers on her blog, Hungry Happenings. Be sure to check out her profile to see all the other festive foods she's made for Tablespoon.com.