Let’s Just Eat All of Parm’s Ice-Cream Cakes Today

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This is exactly what a day like this calls for.
This is exactly what a day like this calls for. Photo: Melissa Hom

These are the dog days. Summer — real summer — is here in New York. The concrete and brick radiate hateful levels of heat. Those who can afford something like a beach house have wisely abandoned this urban hellscape until at least Labor Day. Any air conditioner is a temporary refuge until the world forces you back out into the unrelenting, 92 degree day, air so thick you can practically swim in it. It is demoralizing — enough to break anyone. This city needs relief, something that can provide some sort of joy in an otherwise inhospitable world.

What this weather calls for is ice-cream cake.

And, what luck, Parm — the ever-growing empire of casual Italian spots from the Major Food Group — now sells a dozen different varieties. The main inspiration behind all the new flavors appears to be: “If a dessert exists, and it sounds good, let’s turn it into an ice-cream cake.” And so, in addition to the justifiably famous Classic variety, everyone can now enjoy ice-cream cakes in flavors like Strawberry Shortcake, Peach Melba, and Piña Colada. Parm has, of course, dabbled in the past with special one-offs, but all 12 of these are now in regular rotation, available for you to purchase as you see fit (order the day before by 3 p.m., pick the cake up at the Parm of your choice the next day — each $58 cake can serve around a dozen people).

To aid in your selection, here are shots of every single flavor now available:

Of course there's tiramisu.
Of course there's tiramisu. Photo: Melissa Hom
The tiramisu layers: mascarpone, coffee zabaglione, and chocolate.
The tiramisu layers: mascarpone, coffee zabaglione, and chocolate. Photo: Melissa Hom

Turtle.
Turtle. Photo: Melissa Hom
And a slice of the turtle, which features pecan praline, caramel, and chocolate.
And a slice of the turtle, which features pecan praline, caramel, and chocolate. Photo: Melissa Hom

Strawberry shortcake.
Strawberry shortcake. Photo: Melissa Hom
The layers within: strawberry, yellow cake, and vanilla bean.
The layers within: strawberry, yellow cake, and vanilla bean. Photo: Melissa Hom

S'mores.
S'mores. Photo: Melissa Hom
Toasted marshmallow, chocolate, graham cracker.
Toasted marshmallow, chocolate, graham cracker. Photo: Melissa Hom

Piña colada.
Piña colada. Photo: Melissa Hom
Pineapple, coconut, vanilla wafer.
Pineapple, coconut, vanilla wafer. Photo: Melissa Hom

Peach melba.
Peach melba. Photo: Melissa Hom
Peach, raspberry, and vanilla bean.
Peach, raspberry, and vanilla bean. Photo: Melissa Hom

Grasshopper.
Grasshopper. Photo: Melissa Hom
Mint chocolate chip, marshmallow, chocolate. And an Oreo garnish, of course.
Mint chocolate chip, marshmallow, chocolate. And an Oreo garnish, of course. Photo: Melissa Hom

The firecracker. God bless America.
The firecracker. God bless America. Photo: Melissa Hom
Inside: cherry, lemon, and blue raspberry.
Inside: cherry, lemon, and blue raspberry. Photo: Melissa Hom

Almond Joy.
Almond Joy. Photo: Melissa Hom
In addition to the candy, the Almond Joy includes coconut, chocolate, and toasted-almond layers.
In addition to the candy, the Almond Joy includes coconut, chocolate, and toasted-almond layers. Photo: Melissa Hom

Yes, there is an Elvis and yes, it involves bacon.
Yes, there is an Elvis and yes, it involves bacon. Photo: Melissa Hom
Inside the Elvis: peanut butter, raspberry, banana.
Inside the Elvis: peanut butter, raspberry, banana. Photo: Melissa Hom

The aptly named Banana Bread.
The aptly named Banana Bread. Photo: Melissa Hom
Banana Bread layers: candied walnut, banana, chocolate.
Banana Bread layers: candied walnut, banana, chocolate. Photo: Melissa Hom

And, as always, the Classic.
And, as always, the Classic. Photo: Melissa Hom
Pistachio, strawberry, and chocolate — as good as ever.
Pistachio, strawberry, and chocolate — as good as ever. Photo: Melissa Hom
Let’s Just Eat All of Parm’s Ice-Cream Cakes Today