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Panettone Bombe – Christmas Ice Cream Cake

December 19, 2019 by Emily

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Impress your guests with this showstopping Panettone Bombe. It’s a Christmas Ice Cream Cake made with an outer chocolate shell, layers of panettone on the outside and a light and creamy semifreddo middle. You won’t believe that it’s low prep, fuss-free and super easy to make!

A side shot of a panettone bombe Christmas ice cream cake with sparklers

When it comes to showstopping desserts I’m all about all of the WOW factor and none of the effort.

Take our Pandoro Christmas Tree Cake for example, it’s festive and super impressive but takes no more than 15 minutes to make!

I mean, everyone loves dessert at the end of a meal especially during the festive season but cooking for a whole group of friends or family is hard, right?

That’s why I want to make dessert as low prep as possible without compromising on flavour or elegance.

This Panettone Bombe is not only easy it ticks all of the boxes for pleasing everyone.

I mean, chocolate, ice cream and candied fruit studded Panettone. How could anyone say no?

Top Tip: You can totally substitute traditional panettone for a chocolate chip one if you don’t like candied fruit.

Ingredients You Need

  • Panettone – I use a regular sized traditional panettone cake with candied fruit. You can use whatever kind of panettone you like although make sure not to buy one with a cream filling as you need to cut it into slices.
  • Heavy cream (double cream) – used to make a creamy smooth semifreddo
  • Condensed milk – I use this ingredient instead of eggs, it makes the process much quicker and easier.
  • Sugar 
  • Cointreau liqueur – you can use this or whatever liqueur you like. If you prefer you can omit the liqueur altogether if you’re concerned about the alcohol.
  • Vanilla – Use extract and not essence

How to Make Panettone Bombe ( Christmas Ice Cream Cake ) – Step by Step

Remove the paper wrapper from the panettone including the very bottom then cut it into 1/2 inch thick slices (photo 1 & 2).

Line a bowl with plastic wrap (cling film) making sure to leave enough overlap for wrapping the cake. Place one piece of panettone on the very bottom of the bowl and press it lightly (photo 3).

Continue placing slices of panettone around the sides of the bowl making sure to overlap them so there are no spaces, press the cake down slightly then set aside (photo 4).

Step by step photos for making a christmas ice cream cake

Next, add all of the semifreddo ingredients to a stand mixer and beat to soft peaks. Make sure not to overbeat the mixture (photos 5 & 6).

Pour the ice cream or semifreddo mixture to the panettone lined bowl and carefully tuck in any overhanging panettone (it doesn’t have to be perfect) (photo 7).

Finally, add another slice (or more if needed) to cover the top of the ice cream mixture (photo 8).

Fold over the overlapping plastic wrap to cover the top of the cake completely and freeze (photo 9).

When you’re ready to serve the Christmas ice cream cake, melt dark chocolate in a bowl over simmering water (photos 10 & 11).

Step by step photos for melting chocolate and pouring over an ice cream cake

Place the panettone bombe (plastic wrap removed) on a wire rack over a baking tray and pour the melted chocolate all over the top followed by a sprinkling of festive sprinkles (photos 12 & 13).

The chocolate will set within a minute or two and it’s ready to serve.

How Long Should I Freeze it For?

Ideally, the panettone bombe should be frozen overnight. It’s a great make-ahead dessert with only 15 minutes of prep work involved.

If you’re short on time and making it the same day then freezing for 6 hours will be enough time.

A close up of a panettone bomb Christmas ice cream cake with a slice cut out

Top Tips for Making this Christmas Ice Cream Cake

  • The panettone bombe should be soft enough to cut after 5-10 minutes sitting out of the freezer.
  • I love dark chocolate because the panettone and ice cream are quite sweet but feel free to use milk or even white chocolate instead.
  • Feel free to switch the Cointreau for your favourite liqueur or omit it altogether.
  • Make sure the bowl you use and the plastic wrap (cling film) are freezer proof.
  • You can use any kind of sprinkles you like for this, edible glitter is always fun too!

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Panettone Bombe - Christmas Ice Cream Cake

Impress your guests with this showstopping Panettone Bombe. It's a Christmas Ice Cream Cake made with an outer chocolate shell, layers of panettone on the outside and a light and creamy semifreddo middle. You won't believe that it's low prep, fuss-free and super easy to make!
Course Dessert
Cuisine Modern Italian
Prep Time 15 minutes
freezing time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 15 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Calories 521kcal
Author Emily Kemp

Ingredients

  • 1 Panettone (26 oz/750g)

Semifreddo ingredients

  • 1 cup heavy cream double cream (250ml)
  • 1 cup condensed milk (394g)
  • ¼ cup sugar (50g)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 fl oz Cointreau (30ml/1 part)

Topping

  • 1 cup dark chocolate (200g)
  • sprinkles , for decoration

Instructions

  • Remove the paper wrapper from the panettone including the very bottom then cut it into 1/2 inch thick slices.
  • Line a bowl with plastic wrap (cling film) making sure to leave enough overlap for wrapping the cake. Place one piece of panettone on the very bottom of the bowl and press it lightly.
  • Continue placing slices of panettone around the sides of the bowl making sure to overlap them so there are no spaces, press the cake down slightly then set aside.
  • Next, add all of the semifreddo ingredients to a stand mixer and beat to soft peaks. Make sure not to overbeat the mixture.
  • Pour the ice cream or semifreddo mixture to the panettone lined bowl and carefully tuck in any overhanging panettone (it doesn't have to be perfect).
  • Finally, add another slice (or more if needed) to cover the top of the ice cream mixture.
  • Fold over the overlapping plastic wrap to cover the top of the cake completely and freeze.
  • When you're ready to serve the Christmas ice cream cake, melt dark chocolate in a bowl over simmering water.
  • Place the panettone bombe on a wire rack over a baking tray and pour the melted chocolate all over the top followed by a sprinkling of festive sprinkles.
  • The chocolate will set within a minute or two and it's ready to serve.

Notes

  • The panettone bombe should be soft enough to cut after 5-10 minutes sitting out of the freezer.
  • I love dark chocolate because the panettone and ice cream are quite sweet but feel free to use milk or even white chocolate instead.
  • Feel free to switch the Cointreau for your favourite liqueur or omit it altogether.
  • Make sure the bowl you use and the plastic wrap (cling film) are freezer proof.
  • You can use any kind of sprinkles you like for this, edible glitter is always fun too!

Nutrition

Calories: 521kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 44mg | Sodium: 52mg | Potassium: 274mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 439IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 117mg | Iron: 2mg
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8 Comments

  • Reply
    Anjali
    December 19, 2019 at 10:26 pm

    Thanks for a great holiday recipe idea!5 stars

  • Reply
    Anita
    December 19, 2019 at 10:03 pm

    This Panettone cake looks so pretty and festive. And Panettone cake for Christmas is just super perfect.5 stars

  • Reply
    stephanie
    December 19, 2019 at 9:46 pm

    OMG this looks mouth watering delicious!! I am definitely making this for Christmas this year!5 stars

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    Bintu | Recipes From A Pantry
    December 19, 2019 at 9:35 pm

    This is a real showstopper, a perfect dessert for this time of year! Seems almost a shame to eat it.5 stars

  • Reply
    Romina
    December 19, 2019 at 8:58 pm

    Oh wow! Bookmarking this so I can make it for my family! It looks amazing.5 stars

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