The following “Ask Ernie” wisdom was posted a few years ago here on the Ice Cream Journal, but it’s good insight, so we’ve decided to repost it. If you have any questions of your own for Ernie, feel free to ask by using the “Ask Ernie” link in the right hand sidebar!
CINDY K. OF BUTLER, PA WRITES: My husband and I disagree on a lot of things, including which flavor of ice cream goes best with chocolate cake. I say chocolate cake is best with vanilla ice cream. He says chocolate cake is good with chocolate ice cream. What do you think?
Good question, Cindy. First, I’d like to say that I’m happy you’ve got ANY ice cream to go with the cake. I’ve been to too many birthday parties where the host thought it was acceptable to serve cake without ice cream. Let me tell you something: It’s not!
To answer your question, I really think it’s a matter of personal preference, but if you want my opinion, I agree with you – vanilla ice cream goes best with chocolate cake (and vice versa). I guess I just like the way the chocolate in the cake balances and contrasts with the flavor of the vanilla in the ice cream. Just like my wife and me, both treats seem to bring out the best in each other.
That said, I also understand the chocolate-with-chocolate argument. If you’re a fan of chocolate, it makes perfect sense. My solution for you? Buy a container of Neapolitan ice cream with your next cake. That way, you’ll both get what you want, plus you’ll have some strawberry ice cream left over for later!