We’ve all eaten a store-bought ice cream cake that wasn’t all that satisfying, but it’s easy to assume that making your own would be too much work. The truth is, all you need is a good recipe and some time to create a delicious, gourmet-looking (and tasting) ice cream cake.
From fresh summer berries to ooey-gooey chocolate and caramel, these recipes are sure to become instant favorites on your table. Store-bought ice cream cakes are so out and making your own custom version is in!
Table of Contents
- Fudgy Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream Pretzel Cake
- Triple Berry Chocolate Vegan Ice Cream Cake
- Neapolitan Brownie Ice Cream Cake
- Triple Layer Roasted Berry Pinata Ice Cream Cake
- Chocolate Covered Strawberry Ice Cream Cake
- Blueberry Ice Cream Pie
- Tiramisu Ice Cream Cake
- Chocolate Gluten-Free Ice Cream Cake with Caramel
It doesn’t get much better than this decadent summer treat! It pulls together some of the best flavor combinations ever. Half pie and half cake, this dessert starts with a salty, crunchy crust made from peanuts and pretzels.
It’s then filled with swirled chocolate-peanut butter ice cream, homemade fudge sauce, vanilla ice cream, and finished off with a chocolate shell topping and pretzels.
Get the Recipe: Half-Baked Harvest
With this recipe, we’re combining two iconic ice cream cake flavors into one delicious (and vegan) recipe. Start with a moist cake with a deep, rich chocolate flavor, add vegan vanilla ice cream, and layer with fresh berries.
Top it off with a smooth ganache made from vegan chocolate and coconut milk for a glossy, expert-looking finish.
Get the Recipe: Butternut Bakery
Enjoy the classic summery flavors of Neapolitan ice cream, now in ice cream cake form! Rich, gooey brownies (instead of lighter sponge cake layers) alternate with strawberry and vanilla ice cream layers for the iconic three-flavor combination.
It’s all topped with a pouring of chocolate ganache, swirls of vanilla whipped cream, and fresh sliced strawberries.
Get the Recipe: Tutti Dolci
It’s called a “piñata” cake for a good reason. When you cut into this cake, it reveals the “surprise” of a cascading pile of sweet, delicious fresh fruit in the center.
A simple vanilla layer cake gets an extra-fancy treatment with the addition of a layer of sweet ice cream and plenty of berries. A classic cream and berries exterior hides the berry surprise in the center.
Get the Recipe: Half-Baked Harvest
When you just want something that’s not too elaborate, go for this cake! It’s simple and classic in the best way. A moist chocolate layer cake sandwiches a layer of creamy, no-egg strawberry ice cream.
The whole thing is then robed in a layer of rich chocolate ganache to make it feel fancy without too much work or over-the-top decoration.
Get the Recipe: Handle the Heat
This clever and unique recipe puts a major twist on the classic ice cream cake. Instead of being encased by a layer cake, the ice cream in this dessert sits inside a real pie crust!
The filling itself is everything a berry lover could ask for. A creamy combination of blueberry compote with sweet, homemade vanilla ice cream is enclosed in a flaky, buttery pie crust that’s sturdy enough to stand up to the surprise filling.
Get the Recipe: Two Cups Flour
With coffee and Kahlua bringing major flavor, think of this as an ice cream cake for grownups (although you can definitely make a family-friendly version with espresso instead of Kahlua).
Layers of simple vanilla pound cake are soaked with Kahlua, then layered with chocolate and coffee ice creams, and finished with whipped mascarpone and a dusting of cocoa.
Get the Recipe: The View from Great Island
You’ll definitely love this birthday-ready classic with a gluten-free twist! Start with the gluten-free chocolate cake that’s every bit as moist and tender as any recipe you’ve used.
Then, layer with vanilla ice cream swirled with caramel, and finish with a fresh whipped cream coating and more ooey-gooey caramel sauce.
Get the Recipe: Snixy Kitchen
Now that you know how to make your own ice cream cake, you’ll never be stuck buying the mediocre stuff at the store again. Plus, you can tell everyone at the party it was all you. If you’d rather skip the cake and just have the ice cream, we’ve got you covered there, too!