Let’s cut to the chase, ice cream cakes are one of life’s absolute LUXURIES. You’ve got a layer of frozen cake, which is significantly better than room temperature cake and yes, you can fight us on that, then you’ve got a layer of ice cream, which compliments cake perfectly, duh, and as for the rest of the cake, you can kinda just put whatever you want on it to make it as fancy or simple as you want. Ice cream cakes can be purchased at most major grocery stores, but they can be a little pricey. With just a few kitchen tools, ingredients, and imagination, however, you can create your own ice cream cake masterpiece at home. We’ve put together a list of our favorite ice cream cake recipes to get you started.
First things first, you’re probably wondering what you’ll need to create your cake. This is what we recommend:
- Two layers of baked cake, any flavor you like or what the recipe calls for
- (3) cups of ice cream at room temperature
- A little something crunchy such as crushed candy or cookies
- Toppings such as more crushed candy or cookies, meringue, whipped cream, fudge sauce, etc.
- A sheet pan lined with plastic wrap that has been sitting in the freezer for roughly (15) minutes
- Large Spoon
Keep in mind that every recipe is different so the tools required may vary, just make sure to read your recipe first!
Now for the good stuff, our favorite recipes.
Triple Layer Chocolate Fudge Ice Cream Cake
This recipe is brought to you by Half Baked Harvest, so you know it’s good. This recipe is a fun, at-home take on those classic DQ and Baskin Robbins ice cream cakes we know and love. But the best part is you get to do with it what you will. For instance, opt for peanut butter cup ice cream instead of vanilla, or top your cake off with scoops of vanilla, loads of colorful sprinkles, and upside-down waffle cones. Get the full recipe here.
Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Cake
Strawberries? Whipped cream? Cookie crumble? Yeah, count us in on that. This strawberry shortcake ice cream cake is not only easy to make but beyond delicious! While it’s great at any time during the year, we think this is the perfect spring or summer treat when the berries are in season. Get the full recipe here.
Reese’s Peanut Butter Brownie Ice Cream Cake
This cake sounds like a lot, a lot of deliciousness and a lot of ingredients, but it’s actually really simple! No, seriously. You’re just a boxed brownie mix, tub of Cool Whip, (12) Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, and a few pantry staples away from this rich, gooey work of art. And believe us when we say you’ll only want a little sliver (to start). Get the full recipe here.