Dessert Baked Potato

Photo: K. Henriques

When I was growing up there was a restaurant in our town that served “dessert baked potatoes.” It was ice cream rolled in a sweetened cocoa mixture then topped with whipped cream and a few other toppings. We only ate there once or twice, but it had a lasting effect on our family and was a dessert we made at home fairly often. If you’re looking for a quick dessert then you could easily make this dessert using ice cream, Nesquick, a jar of hot fudge sauce, whipped cream (in the can or tub), and whatever toppings you want to add. If you’re up for a little work then you can totally make all of those items from scratch!

First, take a piece of plastic wrap and scoop some vanilla ice cream onto it. This is one item I wouldn’t recommend making yourself only because I don’t think it will be firm enough to roll. Wrap the plastic wrap around the ice cream and then mold it into the shape of a baked potato; then freeze.

If you want to make the pat of butter then make a small batch of vanilla frosting and dye it a light yellow color. Wrap it in plastic wrap and then shape it into a square and put it in the freezer. I used an ice cube tray to help achieve the shape I wanted and froze it for about an hour.

While the ice cream is freeze go ahead and start the hot fudge sauce. Technically this isn’t part of the actual dessert but I like hot fudge and like what it adds to the dessert so skip this if you want. Smitten Kitchen’s Hot Fudge recipe is our go-to so of course that’s who I used for this dessert. It’s easy and very straightforward so you shouldn’t have any issues making it.

Next, I’d recommend making the homemade Nesquick mixture. I found this recipe online and decided to give it a try. It’s literally two ingredients and while it worked I felt like it needed to be a little sweeter and am wondering if using powdered sugar instead of granulated sugar would work better for this specific situation. I’m not sure but if you give it a try let me know what you think.

For your last prepping step, you’ll want to make the whipped cream. This doesn’t take a lot of time and is well worth the effort! I used powdered sugar for this recipe just because that’s what I’ve used in the past. If you’ve got a stand mixer or hand mixer it only takes a few minutes to whip this up.

Your final step is to put everything together! Grab the ice cream out of the freezer and take all of the plastic wrap off. Roll the ice cream into the Nesquick mixture and then cut it in half so it looks like a cut baked potato. Because I want hot fudge I put it on next and then cover it with whipped cream. I topped mine with crushed Oreo’s (my version of bacon bits), but you could also use walnuts or something similar. Then cut the square of butter so it looks like a pat of butter and gently push it into the whipped cream. Voila! I wouldn’t recommend making more than one at a time since the ice cream will melt but it’s a fun dessert to make and tastes delicious as well!

Baking Ease9
Time Spent8

Recipes used:

Hot Fudge Sauce – Smitten Kitchen

Homemade Nesquik – Eating on a Dime

Homemade Whipped Cream – Sally’s Baking Addiction

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