This Fancy Ice Cream Sundae is far removed from anything you may have enjoyed in your childhood. When I think Sundae, my mind wanders to the chocolatey delights topped with a cherry, sold at a neighborhood ice cream shop.This dessert, on the other hand, is definitely more for the adult palate.
A base of Angel food cake is layered with some no-churn-vanilla-bean-ice-cream as well as my perfect-lemon-curd and easy-raspberry-sauce. These decadent layers are then topped with some sweetened coconut flakes and slivered almonds for a little tropical flavor. A chocolate dipped strawberry nestled on top adds the perfect finishing touch.
The brief history of a sundae
There is a little confusion as to the exactly when, where and how the ice cream sundae came into being. One thing is for certain, the famous ice cream dessert was created around the late 19th century. As per thoughtco.com there are three versions of the story of the origins of the sundae. Each one has a different location and account of how and why the ice cream and syrup combination came into being. We are just happy it was created! I can't imagine my life without it! When a sundae craving hits I just have to have one!
Fancy Ice Cream Sundae Story
This dessert was created this past valentine's day during Covid. The covid numbers were high and apart from it not being safe to go out and eat, my husband, a front liner, was barely making it home for dinner most evenings. I decided to plan a fun dinner at home for the whole family to lighten the atmosphere. My girls requested chocolate strawberries as valentines day in our house is not complete without them!
The rest of the dessert was born around these chocolate strawberries. I had some raspberries on hand so decided to make the quick and easy sauce along with the no churn vanilla ice cream. Both recipes are so quick and easy, plus they can be made well ahead of time, making them a great dessert option.
Wanting to add some depth to the dessert and being a big fan of lemon curd I decided to make that as well. Lemon and raspberry is an excellent pairing! Plus any leftover raspberry sauce and curd can be used in so many ways that the effort is well worth it!
The chocolate strawberries are simple and easy to make at home. You can buy them readymade at stores around valentines day but I usually make my own. I feel I have more control over the size and quality of the berries that way!
Once everything is ready and in the fridge all you need to do is assemble the sundae the day you want to serve it. I love make ahead desserts as it means less stress the day your planned event is.
Recipe Links for the Sundae layers
Fancy Ice Cream Sundae
- 4 tall sundae or milkshake glasses
- 2 slices angel food cake (SEE NOTES)
- 16 tbsp lemon curd (AS PER RECIPE LINK IN POST ABOVE)
- 8 scoops no churn vanilla bean ice cream (AS PER RECIPE LINK IN POST ABOVE)
- 8 tbsp raspberry sauce (AS PER RECIPE LINK IN POST ABOVE)
- 4 chocolate covered strawberries
- 4 tbsp sweetened shredded coconut
- 4 tbsp slivered almonds
- Line up your sundae/milkshake glasses
- Break up your angel food cake and place ½ a slice at the bottom of each glass
- Put 3 tbsp of the lemon curd on top
- Add 1 scoop of the vanilla ice cream as your next layer
- Next, add 2 tbsp of the raspberry sauce
- Add the second scoop of the vanilla ice cream
- Top with 1 tbsp of the lemon curd
- Sprinkle 1 tbsp of the coconut and 1 tbsp of the almonds and place a chocolate strawberry on top to finish!