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Bake Your Ice Cream

Active Time
45 minutes to 1 hour
Total Project Time
45 minutes to 1 hour
Key Concepts
Thermal insulator, Heat
Inside view of baked ice cream cake; layers with cake, ice cream, meringue

Introduction

Did you ever bake your ice cream? An insulated bag or a cooler filled with ice can keep a treat like ice cream cool. Using the same principles, it is even possible to bake ice cream in a hot oven and have it come out frozen! This activity will teach you how.

Credits

Sabine De Brabandere, PhD, Science Buddies
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Materials

  • Two round bowls that can be placed in the freezer, preferably identical
  • Plastic film or plastic wrap
  • Ice cream
  • Spoon
  • Freezer
  • Sponge cake, about one inch larger in diameter than the diameter of the bowls
  • Three egg whites at room temperature
  • One cup of white sugar
  • Half teaspoon cream of tartar
  • Handheld electric mixer
  • Mixing bowl
  • Spatula
  • Two cake pans, one at least the size of the sponge cake
  • Oven
  • Oven mitts
  • Knife to cut the cake
    bake your ice cream materials for activity

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Active Time
45 minutes to 1 hour
Total Project Time
45 minutes to 1 hour
Key Concepts
Thermal insulator, Heat