Mermaid Ice Cream

I scream, you scream, we all scream for… you get it. :) Nothing says celebration quite like a bowl of creamy ice cream! Today’s inspiration comes from our 10-inch crystal-draped round metal cake stand in teal. How fun is this finish? This style comes in a variety of different colors. The teal is a versatile finish because it’s such a popular trend for wedding colors these days. The hand-strung glass crystal detail adds a splash (pun intended) of chic design to this pedestal dessert stand. It's also whimsical enough for a themed mermaid birthday party for your little someone. Cake smash photo shoot, anyone?! Or a playful theme for an upcoming bridal shower. The possibilities are endless with this piece.

 10-inch cake stand

To add a little texture to this dessert, it seemed chocolate bark was an appropriate addition. Using the same colors and sprinkles, this adds a nice balance of crunch to go along with the creamy texture of the ice cream. It also gives the dessert a little height and more visual appeal. Completely optional, but I also added adorable mermaid tail decorations I found in the baking section of Michaels. This dessert was as fun to make as it was to eat.

 teal cake stand

Mermaid Ice Cream

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Set Time: 5 hours
Serves 8-10

Mermaid Ice Cream

  • 3 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 14oz. can sweetened condensed milk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • Blue, turquoise and purple gel food coloring
  • Sprinkles
 Mermaid Chocolate Bark
  • 6 oz. white chocolate almond bark
  • Blue, turquoise and purple gel food coloring
  • Sprinkles

Mermaid tail decorations, optional

Directions

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, beat whipping cream for 5-10 minutes until whipping cream is light and fluffy with medium peaks. Fold in condensed milk, vanilla and almond extract until completely combined.
  2. Separate whipped cream evenly into 4 bowls (or however many colors you plan to make). I used a sky blue, turquoise and purple gel food coloring. For the 4thcolor, I left plain white. Add the smallest amount of gel food coloring to each bowl. You can always add more to reach the desired color. Mix until colors are completely incorporated and even.
  3. Line a 9x5 loaf pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Alternating each color, spoon a dollop of each color until all the mixture has been added to the loaf pan. Using a butter knife, swirl the colors about 4-5 times. Top with theme-appropriate sprinkles and place in the freezer for at least 5 hours.
  4. Meanwhile, make the mermaid bark. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt white chocolate in 30 second increments until just melted. Separate melted chocolate into the appropriate number of bowls and add the gel food coloring to each bowl and stir until colors are evenly incorporated.
  5. On a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, alternate spoonfuls of the colored melted chocolate. Swirl colors with a butter knife and top with theme-appropriate sprinkles. Allow to harden in the refrigerator; about 10-15 minutes.
  6. Once ready to serve, remove ice cream from freezer and allow to sit at room temperature for 5-10 minutes. Take the chocolate bark and break into different size pieces. For the mermaid inspired theme I broke pieces off into the shape of fins. Scoop ice cream into bowls and top with chocolate bark pieces. I also inserted mermaid tail decorations I got at Michaels. Completely optional but it adds to the whimsical theme.

Enjoy!

Jessica