While there's nothing quite as nostalgia-inducing as a store-bought ice cream cake, complete with stale cake and too-sugary frosting, we can't help but imagine that homemade ones will just be better. Then along comes Häagen-Dazs, with their fancy, designed ice cream cakes that make us want to host a party (and deal with the cleanup).
London design duo Doshi Levien was asked by the ice cream brand to create new, updated ice cream cakes, and the resulting desserts are showstoppingly gorgeous. The two cakes created are shaped like moons, complete with moon craters, and filled with layers of ice cream and cake.
"Nipa and I have a particular love for materials and processes, so the idea of working with moulded ice cream was irresistible. We love the ephemeral nature of ice cream and design to be eaten. It's something that appeals to the senses," designer Jonathan Levien said in a Facebook post.
The moon shape, however, was not inspired by any of the recent space explorations, but from historical cultural references. "We imagined the shape and texture of an ice cream scoop being like the moon as in a famous childhood Bollywood song. We were reminded of the stop frame movie Le Voyage dans la Lune by Georges Méliès. We were inspired by Armenian surrealist Léon Tutundjian's relief work of 1929. We found some early examples of the 'Bombes' ice cream that are near spherical," Levien said.
Check out the gorgeous creations below; the white moon houses a pistachio biscuit base with macadamia nut ice cream, meringue, and raspberry ice cream. The orange moon has crunchy chocolate, nutty ice cream, salted caramel, and vanilla ice cream.
Massimo Pessina Photography