Here is the ice cream cake recipe. Note: The best pans to make it with are these really cool ones, I borrowed them from Julie Roundy and just ordered some that will be here soon, if you want to borrow them to make your cake for the 4th of July, I think she would be great with that. You need to start on the cake at least the day before so it can have time to freeze overnight and then add the ice cream, etc. I have the cool pans and she doesn't come home until Saturday, I can text her to make sure it is okay, but the cake seems to turn out awesome with the pans she has.
3 Cups brown sugar 1 cup butter 4 eggs 2 tsp. vanilla 2 2/3 c. flour 3/4 c. cocoa 1 Tbsp. baking soda 1/2 tsp. salt 1 1/3 c. sour cream 1 1/3 c. boiling water
Mixing bowl add brown sugar and butter, cream them together, then add eggs and beat on high until light and fluffy, then add the vanilla.
Add flour, cocoa, baking soda, salt, then add the sour cream and the boiling water, mix on low. It will all blend together and look like a cake mix.
Pour into 3 greased 9 inch pans, bake 350 for 30 minutes. Note: Grease your pans really well or use the baking Pam so the cakes won't stick.
Let the cakes cool for 10 minutes before removing, I put mine individually on wax paper and then let them freeze.
After the cakes are frozen, add the ice cream to the layer, you use 1/2 gallon between the cakes, or when I first made it, I just made two layers and one 1/2 gallon and ate the third cake, lol.
You want to let the ice cream sit and defrost just a little bit before adding it to the cake, it will go between the cakes better if you do this.
After the cakes are frozen and you have added the ice cream, add the frosting.
3 tbsp. butter 3 tbsp. milk 2/3 cup sugar
Stir in 1 cup chocolate chips, then add to the top of the cake right away so it won't harder or settle, it won't frost the whole cake, just the top. Let it freeze and harder again for about 15 minutes or so and you will have yourself a great ice cream cake!
Good luck! Sorry, it is actually really easy to make, but these directions seem really long!