Monday, March 2, 2015

I Scream Cake's "I Scream Sammys": Artisan Ice Cream Between Vincent Van Doughnut Treats

Posted By on Mon, Mar 2, 2015 at 10:00 AM

Welcome to Sugar High, a series devoted solely to spotlighting the best ways to sate a sweet tooth in St. Louis. We'll sample the best the city has to offer at restaurants, bakeries and holes-in-the-wall, and provide some insight on how these confections are made along the way.

I Scream Cakes' blueberry-cheesecake ice cream paired with Vincent Van Doughnut's blueberry-cheesecake doughnut. | Photos by Mabel Suen
  • I Scream Cakes' blueberry-cheesecake ice cream paired with Vincent Van Doughnut's blueberry-cheesecake doughnut. | Photos by Mabel Suen

Since opening in 2011, I Scream Cakes (2641 Cherokee Street; 314-932-5758) has offered picture-perfect ice cream cakes using its own from-scratch, all-natural ice cream. Chef and owner Kerry Soraci, who moonlights as a tattoo artist at Iron Age Tattoo, makes one-of-a-kind, award-winning treats including everything from intricate, fully edible sculptures to gluten-free drumsticks, garlic ice cream, beer floats and even frozen treats for pups.

Her latest novelty creation features a collaboration with artisan pastry makers Vincent Van Doughnut: the "I Scream Sammy." Every Saturday morning starting at 11 a.m., you can create your own ice-cream sandwich by pairing a doughnut with a scoop of your choice.

See also: I Scream Cakes Gets a Second Wind

Owner Kerry Soraci will happily cut your sammich in half.
  • Owner Kerry Soraci will happily cut your sammich in half.

Soraci's ice cream eschews the standard premade base and instead takes a hands-on approach, ensuring that only natural ingredients -- free of chemicals, stabilizers, emulsifiers and artificial flavors -- are used. Organic dairy, eggs and sugar make up the foundation for her small-batch products, which rotate often and include everything from blueberry-cheesecake and pistachio-caramel flavors to fruity sorbets and beer-infused concoctions -- the "Figasus" made with 4 Hands Brewing Company's smoked-maple porter, for instance.

Additional doughnut options can include maple pecan and maple flavors.
  • Additional doughnut options can include maple pecan and maple flavors.

The selection of pastries to pair with I Scream's frozen treats will vary weekly and can include options such as blueberry-cheesecake and maple-pecan. Typically, only a dozen doughnuts are on hand, so get them before they're gone. A full "I Scream Sammy" costs $6, while a half-size portion costs $4. Sump Coffee is also available to complete the ice-cream-for-breakfast experience.

For more from I Scream Cakes, be on the lookout for its eye-catching "trucklet" at the Schlafly Farmers' Market, local bar tastings, specials events and more.

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