RECIPE: Ice Cream Cake

RECIPE:  Ice Cream Cake

My daughter’s birthday is this month and, as she did last year, she requested another ice cream cake!  This time I had a better plan!

Let’s make an Ice Cream Cake! 😀

cake round

First step – bake a cake.  My daughter chose Chocolate.  Good girl!

level cake round

Cut the rounded top off to level the cake.

cut out cake circle

Get a bowl smaller than the cake layer and cut out a circle like you would a biscuit.  Yes, you’re going to have extra cake.  I’m sure you can find something to do with it.  Like, EAT IT!  Haha!

small cake round

Cute little Chocolate cake layer!

cake pans

Place long-ish pieces of plastic wrap over each cake pan for each layer you want to have.  The extra plastic wrap will cover the top while freezing.

cake round in cake pan

Place cake in the cake pan.  You know the cake is thinking, “Hey, I was already in here!”

Dreyer's Mint Chocolate Chip and Vanilla Ice Cream

Get out your ice cream.  Dreyer’s and Tillamook are about the only brands we buy since it’s some of the best and we rarely have ice cream in the house.  Splurge! 😀

Place ice cream around cake round

Place scoops of ice cream around the cake layer.

Place ice cream around cake round

With clean hands (duh!), firmly press the ice cream into the bottom of the cake pan as well as around the cake layer.

Place ice cream around cake round and smooth


This is where my daughter said, “My hands hurt, they’re so cold!”

I told her, “It’s your cake kiddo, and you wanted to make it!”


Cover and freeze

Cover with extra plastic wrap and freeze over night.  I say overnight because ice cream surprisingly takes a long time to freeze.

Who knew?

Place ice cream in cake pan

Completely fill the next cake pan with your ice cream flavor.  My daughter chose my childhood favorite – Mint Chocolate Chip!

Again, good girl! 😀

Press and smooth ice cream

Press firmly into the cake pan.

More smoothing and leveling

Smooth and freeze overnight.  For the third layer we used a pie dish since I only have two cake pans.

ice cream cake pieces

Time to assemble the ice cream cake! YAY!

unfold first ice cream layer

OK as to be expected, you have to move quickly here.  Even though the ice cream was frozen overnight, it still melts quickly, especially in the summer in an un-air-conditioned house.  Like mine!

Place ice cream layer on cake

Quickly and carefully unwrap each layer, flip over and place on a serving plate.

Add ice cream cake layer

Next layer!

Remove plastic wrap

Looking good so far!

Unfrosted ice cream cake

The last layer!  Ignore the plastic wrap wrinkles since nobody’s going to see them.  And if somebody does and they say something, no cake for them!  Hahahahaha! Oh, and my layers weren’t perfectly even on the sides when I assembled it, so I took a butter knife and quickly (again, quickly!) cut off (and ate!) the hangovers.

Looks good in my opinion!

Re-freeze ice cream cake

Refreeze for a couple of hours or until set up again. This one started to melt again even in the short time I assembled it, hence the refreezing.

Frosted and sprinkled ice cream cake

Time for the frosting and sprinkles.  I can’t stress this enough, but you have to work very quickly for this step too.  It’s not perfect in appearance, but it tasted SO dang good. It was a MEGA sugar overload for sure!

RECIPE:  Ice Cream Cake


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8 Responses to “RECIPE: Ice Cream Cake”

  1. Stefani — August 10, 2011 @ 10:56 PM (#

    Now that looks yummy! I have always wanted to make my own ice cream cake. I am bookmarking your recipe.


  2. Kelly — August 11, 2011 @ 9:46 AM (#

    That looks like the best cake EVER!


  3. Crystal @ Simply Being Mommy — August 11, 2011 @ 10:33 AM (#

    Ooooh, now that looks yummy!


  4. Nichol — August 11, 2011 @ 11:23 AM (#

    Yum Yum drool. That is quite easy actually, I may have to attempt one:)


  5. trina @ best salad recipes — August 12, 2011 @ 7:27 AM (#

    Stunning photos!! This ice cream cake looks mouth watering! Great post and recipe…


  6. Beth — August 12, 2011 @ 12:23 PM (#

    Love the step by step instructions!


  7. Joanna — August 12, 2011 @ 12:35 PM (#

    It’s a thing of beauty! I am definitely making this for my husband’s birthday in October. He lives for ice cream cake!


  8. Stefanie — September 14, 2011 @ 4:41 PM (#

    I think it needs more cake! I bet the second layer could be entirely chocolate cake?


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