Let me tell you how this Simnel Cake Leftover Ice Cream was developed. If you avidly follow my website and my recipes, then first of all thank you, your support is very much appreciated. Secondly, you’ve probably seen my recent revamp of my popular Delicious Easter Simnel Slices made Gluten Free. The original post back in 2017 inspired this Simnel Ice Cream recipe.
Actually, the idea for this leftover cake recipe actually came to me at 2am as I sat in bed contemplating whether I should just give up trying to sleep and go downstairs. I was thinking about my Simnel bake from the day before, wondering what I could do with the shavings and leftover slices – I hate waste.
Once the idea had popped into my head and I’d mentally working out the possibilities, I was able to settle down to sleep, it’s a funny world isn’t it?
How to use up Leftover Rich Fruit Cake
There are three ways you can approach this recipe;
- Option 1: simply turn your left over Christmas Cake, Rich Fruit Cake or Simnel Cake into this leftover Ice Cream. Crumble it up and cut bits into bite size chunks to fold through at the end of the ice cream making process.
- Option 2: you can follow my Delicious Easter Simnel Slices made Gluten Free recipe in preparation for Easter and use the left over cake trimmings and marzipan to make this decedent ice cream. Therefore giving you two delicious Easter treats.
- Option 3: you can buy a free from fruit cake, a packet of marzipan and crumble those into the ice cream.
Either way, I’m sure the results will be equally as delicious…but there’s something to be said about being able to gloat when you’ve made one thing and ended up with two delicious treats.
How to make vegan condensed milk
Dairy Free and Vegan Condensed Milk Recipe
Empty a 400ml tin of coconut milk into a medium saucepan, add 150g caster sugar and stir to combine. Place on a high heat and stir until bubbling. Turn heat down to a gentle rolling boil and leave for 15 minutes. Don’t leave unattended and stir occasionally, the condensed milk will halve in volume and go a wallpaper paste colour! Remove from the heat, pour into a glass heatproof jug and cool to room temperature, this will take about an hour.
For the full recipe, method and top tips head to my Easy Dairy Free Condensed Milk recipe.
How to make this ice cream with a machine
I am fortunate to have an ice cream maker brought for the family as a gift. It was from my mother-in-law, back when Bethany was diagnosed with Secondary Lactose Intolerance. It’s been a God send ever since. Even more so when I discovered I was dairy intolerant.
The maker we use is not cheap but it works really well. You do need room in your freezer for the ice bucket though, so bear that in mind if you think of getting one. I’m lucky and I have room so I leave the ice bucket in the freezer all the time should ice cream take my fancy!
To make this recipe using the ice cream maker, simply add the wet ingredients then turn on to churn for 30 minutes
250ml homemade condensed milk – see method above and in recipe card.
250ml dairy free free milk – I use soya normally but almond is lovely and compliments this recipe.
100g caster sugar – doesn’t have to be golden, this adds a caramel flavour to it.
30g dairy free melted butter – this has to be a solid fat butter, not a spreadable margarine
1tsp vanilla extract
Once the mix has churned for 30 minutes, fold in half the marzipan and fruit cake pieces and pour into a suitable container. I use Igluu glass containers, they hold 840ml so just enough space for this loaded ice cream. Before popping in the fridge, decorate with chunks of cake, marzipan and anything else delicious that takes your fancy.
How to make this ice cream without a machine
Making this ice cream without a machine is also very simple, in fact, when I reshot these photos I’d not got enough room in the freezer for the makers ice bucket so you’re looking at the hand mixed version now!
Follow the instruction to make your vegan condensed milk and allow this to cool.
In a mixing bowl whisk together the cooled condensed milk, dairy free milk, melted ‘butter’ and vanilla extract until the creamy mixture turns to a thick double cream consistency.
fold in half the marzipan and fruit cake chunks. Hold back the prettier bits for decoration. Pour into your freezable container. NO NOT ADD THE DECORATION YET. Unlike the machine churned version this ice cream will still be very liquid and any decoration you add now will sink, never to be seen again!
freeze the ice cream for at least 45mins before removing and adding your decoration. Return to freezer and continue to freeze for a further 45mins before serving.
Can I make this Simnel Ice Cream with dairy?
Yes you can make this with dairy products. To do so, simply use the same amount of normal condensed milk (250ml) and a full fat milk. There should be no need for the melted butter, this is added to increase fat content in the dairy free ice cream to add to its structure.
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Dairy Free Simnel Cake Leftover Ice Cream Recipe
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Dairy Free Simnel Cake Leftover Ice Cream
- 400 ml tin coconut milk needs to be 60% or over in coconut extract 60%+ coconut milk
- 150 g golden caster sugar or caster sugar
- 250 ml almond milk or your favourite DF alternative
- 100 g Simnel Cake cut into chunks
- 100 g marzipan rolled into balls
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
To make the vegan condensed milk
- Add the coconut milk and sugar to a saucepan and heat, stir until all hte coconut milk fat and liquified.
- Rapid boil the milk and sugar liquid for 20 minutes until it turns a thicker consistency and looks a creamy translucent colour.
- Remove from the heat and allow to cool completely.
Method for ice cream maker version
- Add the cooled condensed milk, almond milk and extract to your ice cream maker.
- Mix for at least 30 mins
- removing mixing paddle and fold in half the cake chunks and marzipan balls.
- Tip into a freezable container and gently smooth to edges.
- Decorate with the remaining cake chunks and marzipan and anything else that you fancy using.
Method for hand made version
- Aa above, add all the wet ingredients to a mixing bowl and whip to a thick cream consistency.
- Fold in half the fruit cake and marzipan and pour into a container.
- Pop this in the freezer for 45 mins then remove and stir, if hardening, add your toppings and return to the freezer for at least another 45 mins before serving.
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