An impressive dessert can be the most talked about part of a meal. Cake and ice cream is a popular dessert combination, and you can wow your dinner guests simply by making sure your flavors complement each other. Let’s take a look at some of the best combinations. From classic cake flavors to nut, spice, and alcohol based cakes, there are endless possibilities.
Classic cake flavors
Matching a classic cake flavor such as vanilla, chocolate, yellow or white with a basic ice cream taste such as chocolate or vanilla will taste acceptable. However, you will have an underwhelming dessert. Instead, choose an ice cream with a more distinct taste to make your dessert more memorable.
For example, pair chocolate cake with a fruit flavor ice cream such as cherry, raspberry, strawberry or even an orange sherbert. This chocolate dessert also goes well with a scoop of ice cream and peanut butter, nuts or almonds. Combinations like chocolate and peppermint, or mint chocolate chip will also satisfy any sweet tooth.
The passiveness of vanilla, yellow, or white cake allows for a stronger, more complex flavored ice cream, possibly including nuts or candies. Rocky road, which includes chocolate, marshmallow, and nut flavors, would compliment any of these classic dessert flavors exceptionally well.
Fruit and vegetable flavored cakes
Fruit and vegetable flavored cakes such as apple, banana, zucchini and carrot, are usually sweet. Many of these types often include a blend of spices like cinnamon, ginger or nutmeg and are usually topped with a cream cheese frosting. A simpler, neutral and creamy ice cream like vanilla bean, sweet cream, or white chocolate will be a nice a counterbalance to the spiced dessert.
Many fruit cakes, especially those that are berry flavored, can pair well with lemon ice cream. Alternately, lemon cake with strawberry or raspberry ice cream will end the meal on a refreshing note. Fruit and nuts are a common combination, so almond, butter pecan, pistachio or walnut ice cream on a fruit flavored cake works too.
Nut, spice, and alcohol based cakes
Almond cake with berry, peach or apricot ice cream flavors can be a delicious end to a summer’s evening. Lemon ice cream would work nicely too, especially if the cake has a more subtle nut taste.
Maple ice cream goes well with both spice and nut flavored types. Pumpkin spice cake with walnuts, and a scoop of smooth, creamy maple ice cream makes the perfect finish to any occasion.
Spice cakes usually contain similar combinations of spices as fruit and vegetable flavored types. Toned-down flavors of ice cream like vanilla bean, or even chocolate offer a complimentary taste. A palette cleansing flavor such as lemon or lime offers a balance to the spice and a pairing with gingerbread cake works perfectly.
Rum, vodka, and chocolate stout alcohol based cakes are especially popular during the holidays. These desserts can even have alcohol based frostings, like Irish cream. All of these types will have a strong flavor and will taste best with a mellowed ice cream. Perfect ice cream choices for an alcohol based cake include vanilla and sweet cream. Other options might be almond, cinnamon, or honey since these are popular notes in flavored alcohol blends such as honey whiskey and nut flavored rums.
The cake and ice cream dessert partnership is always a winner. With so many flavors to choose from, you are sure to find a wonderful combination your guest will love! If you would like more information about KaleidoScoops premium ice cream products, call us today at (877) 426-8488. Get The Scoop on becoming part of the KaleidoScoops cooperative. You can also connect via email by clicking on Contact Us.