Sydney's Birthday + Secret Recipe!

(above: Sydney, Sarah, Apollo, Noah and Sascha)
Our good friends' daughter, Sydney turned thirteen this month. We have a tradition of having a dinner (usually on Sunday) and the birthday person gets to pick whatever dessert they want and then yours truly whips it up. One of the tried and true favorites is what Sydney picked for her dessert. It is one of the yummiest desserts you may ever taste. Not fancy looking by any means, but yum-ee. That is, if you like ice cream. I'll reveal the secret ingredients at the end of this post. Mwahahaha!
We decided to fix Hawaiian haystacks. Always a crowd pleaser. Sydney poked the candles in all by herself. Some of them broke since the cake was frozen. I made the card and t-shirt for her (the adorable little piggy-tailed girl is Sydney):
Sydney requested cookies 'n cream for the ice cream:And now for the recipe (by the way, I give full credit to my girlfriend Vicki for introducing me to this amazing dessert. Thanks Vicki!!!):

Rich Chocolate Dessert
Keep eye on any hands and mouths within reaching distance of this dessert. It will surely disappear in an instant!

vanilla wafers or graham crackers crushed, about 1/2 box (I use grahams myself)
2 squares unsweetened chocolate or 6 T. unsweetened cocoa + 2 T. vegetable oil
1 cup butter
2 cups powdered sugar
dash of salt
3 egg yolks
3 egg whites, beaten stiff
1 t. vanilla
1/2 gallon block of favorite ice cream

Crush vanilla wafers or grahams. Sprinkle them on the bottom of a 9x13 cake pan just so the bottom is covered up. Reserve the rest of crumbs for the top. Melt butter & chocolate over low heat. Add powdered sugar, dash of salt and vanilla. Stir well, then add egg yolks and stir well. Cool. Fold in beaten egg whites. Pour chocolate mixture over crushed vanilla wafers. Let cool in refirgerator not less than 20 minutes. Pull out ice cream to soften while chocolate layer is cooling. Cover the chocolate layer with thin slices of ice cream. Smooth out to get a nice, even layer. Sprinkle with the remaining crumbs and freeze.

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