Chocolate Stout Ice Cream Cake with Mustard Pretzel Crust & Mustard Butterscotch Sauce


A girl can dream.  When I signed up for Saucy Mama’s Sliced challenge, I told myself if I made it to the dessert round there would be ice cream involved.  I wasn’t sure if I was going to make mustard ice cream or not but I would be making ice cream. 

Well folks, I made it. 25 competitors to start, 10 left and we are here bringing you desserts with mustard.  It might sound crazy, perhaps a little off-putting.  Even I was shaking in my boots a bit when I brought that spoonful of mustard butterscotch sauce up to my lips to taste – however I am here to tell you that mustard kind of works in dessert! 

It was also a gift from Saucy Mama for putting up with beans in the entree round because our secret ingredient this time was BOOZE.  Can we say happy Susan?  

Chocolate Stout Ice Cream Cake with Mustard Pretzel Crust & Mustard Butterscotch Sauce

You know I like to bake with booze, I know I like to bake with booze, therefore it was a no brainer that a chocolate stout ice cream was going to happened.  In my mind the the first combination that occurred was this – beer – pretzels – mustard.  It’s summertime and it makes me feel like I’m at a baseball game on a beautiful afternoon. 

This dessert takes a little bit of work and might go against the whole “it’s summer, I should be relaxing” theme but I promise the work is worth it.  You will absolutely taste the beer in this ice cream and the mustard in the butterscotch plays off beautifully on the chocolate.  

Chocolate Stout Ice Cream Cake with Mustard Pretzel Crust & Mustard Butterscotch Sauce

This dessert is a mouthful to say, a mouthful to make but I urge to get in the kitchen and experiment! Go make some Chocolate Stout Ice Cream Cake with Mustard Pretzel Crust & Mustard Butterscotch Sauce and take a big mouthful because isn’t that what cooking is all about? 

Chocolate Stout Ice Cream Cake with Mustard Pretzel Crust & Mustard Butterscotch Sauce
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    For the ice cream:
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 3/4 cup pure cane sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean, seeds removed, pod reserved
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate
  • 6 large egg yolks
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 12 ounces stout beer (such as Guinness)
  • For the crust:
  • 1 cup finely crusted salted pretzels
  • 2 tablespoon almond butter
  • 1 tablespoon Saucy Mama Hatch Chili Mustard
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • For the topping:
  • 3/4 cup cold heavy cream
  • 1 heaping tablespoon cane sugar
  • For the butterscotch:
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon Saucy Mama Creamy Garlic Mustard


  1. In a saucepan over medium heat mix together the milk, sugar, vanilla bean and pod until dissolved.
  2. Remove from heat and whisk in the cocoa powder and bittersweet chocolate until completely melted and smooth.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk the egg yolks and ladle a small amount of the chocolate milk in to temper the yolks.
  4. Bring the temperature back up to medium and in a thin, slow, steady stream drizzle the tempered egg yolks into chocolate milk while constantly stirring and scraping the bottom of the pan. Once all the egg yolks have been added, stir for an additional 30 seconds to one minute. The custard should thicken right away and you can test by stirring with a wooden spoon and wiping your finger across the back. If a line stays put you are good to go.
  5. Set up an ice bath with a medium bowl inside a larger one. Stir together the heavy cream and stout in the medium bowl and place a sieve on top. Strain the thickened custard into the cream and cool completely. This can be done up to a day ahead of time.
  6. Churn the ice cream according to your ice cream makers directions. Reserve 3 cups of softened ice cream for the cake.
  7. Prepping the cake:
  8. Heat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  9. In a small bowl, mix together the crushed pretzels, almond butter, mustard and melted butter so it resembles wet sand.
  10. Grease a 7 inch springform pan and press the crust into the bottom and sides.
  11. Bake for 10 minutes and let cool slightly.
  12. Spread the reserved 3 cups of softened ice cream over the crust and freeze for up to 4 hours or until set.
  13. In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment add 3/4 cup heavy cream and a heaping tablespoon of cane sugar. Whip on high until stiff peaks form - be careful not to over whip the heavy cream.
  14. Spread the whipped cream over the top of the ice cream cake.
  15. Butterscotch sauce:
  16. In a small saute pan over medium heat melt the butter, brown sugar and mustard.
  17. Whisk in the heavy cream and continue to stir until it comes to a simmer. Continue to cook for an additional minute or two until the sauce is thickened. It will continue to thicken as it cools.
  18. Un-mold the cake from the springform pan and drizzle the sauce over the top and serve along side.
Recipe Type: Dessert, Ice Cream, Cake

Chocolate Stout Ice Cream Cake with Mustard Pretzel Crust & Mustard Butterscotch Sauce Also a friendly reminder that my Saucy Mama mustard giveaway is still going strong!

You can find all the information by clicking here. Per the entry guidelines, this post is now eligible for sharing as well as the original one and my entree entry – Spinach Falafel with Hatch Chili Mustard Tahini Sauce

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7 thoughts on “Chocolate Stout Ice Cream Cake with Mustard Pretzel Crust & Mustard Butterscotch Sauce

  1. Nancy @ gottagetbaked

    You’re brilliant for coming up with the ball part foodie combo analogy, Susan. It may sound a bit cray-cray but I just know that all these flavours work together. Beer + chocolate = deliciousness, obviously, but that mustard pretzel crust looks ‘n sounds pretty amazeballs too! Your ice cream cake is gorgeous. Good luck, woman! Boo- now I’m rooting for two of my #SS friends – I just read Jen’s post with her peach galette. You’re both rock stars in my book!

  2. Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons

    You know, I must admit – this sounds a little (or a lot) crazy, but it also sounds really good. There’s a Michael Symon restaurant here in Detroit that serves a “beer and pretzels” dessert, which is stout ice cream with pretzels studded in it. It’s amazing. And this reminds me so much of that, mustard and all!

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