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Who knew everyone's favorite split would grow up to be such a looker? Beneath a drizzle of chocolate lie stripes of vanilla, chocolate, and pistachio ice cream, all atop a surprise core of banana cake. Just try telling your inner child to wait for dessert.

Source: Martha Stewart Living, July 2008


For the Bombe

For the Hard Chocolate Topping


Cook's Notes

We used a KitchenAid 5-quart bowl for this bombe, but any 5-quart heatproof bowl will work. A metal bowl helps the ice cream set more quickly.

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  • MS12303707
    6 MAY, 2017
    These Bombe cakes always look great but why can't we get a video of one being put together? There are often videos for the simplest cakes and ice cream cakes but never one showing the various steps involved here. I'm always hesitant to try one because I'm not sure of how easy it might be for a novice. Any possibility in the future? Thanks
  • MS11461094
    6 MAY, 2014
    It's a bit hard, and you have to make in advance, (I made it a week before, so It only took about half an hour every day-I made homemade ice cream). Also, instead of Pistachio ice cream, I used Dulce de Leche, and it came out amazing!!!!!! Everyone loved it!!!
  • audhobbs
    17 MAR, 2011
    just finished making this dessert-I used homemade strawberry ice cream instead of pistachio, true banana spit combo. I made the cake in a 9" cake pan and also used the 5 qt kitchenaid mixer bowl, but found I needed to trim the cake to about 8" for it to fit inside the vanilla and ganache layers, so that it would be hidden inside the ice cream. Next time I will bake cake in an 8" pan. Otherwise it would be ice cream on top of the cake, with the cake exposed. Looking forward to the taste test!
  • Monaaa
    24 NOV, 2010
    again and for the second time i try a recipe from my favourite site and it succeeds marvelously. the recipe is very easy and the result is wonderfull. i made it in my daughter's birthday and everyone liked it very much and it was a distinguished kind on among other cakes. thank you very much
  • libbyandandy
    5 JUL, 2010
    The recipe is very easy to be successful with and turns out lovely. Make sure you allow the bombe to become VERY firm after you unmold it and allow the chocolate to cool considerably before pouring it on the bombe. Otherwise, the chocolate melts the ice cream slightly and starts to fall off the sides of the bombe. It tastes fine, but you do not get the "WOW" presentation you're looking for.
  • marthaismyidol
    15 AUG, 2008
    Amazing presentation and worth the time and effort. Add a small amount of green food coloring to the pistachio ice cream as it will enhance the "wow" factor. The banana and chocolate layer was inspired and tasted amazing. Not crazy about the cake texture. Make sure cake layer is even with the vanilla ice cream "crust" or when you invert the cake will peek out the bottom. Overall, one of the best desserts I have ever made.

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