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Homemade Ice Cream Cake Recipe

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Are you ready to indulge in a heavenly treat that combines the creamy goodness of ice cream with the decadence of cake?

Say hello to your new favorite dessert: Homemade Ice Cream Cake!

This recipe is perfect for birthdays, special occasions, or any time you’re craving a sweet and satisfying treat.

So, grab your apron and let’s get started!


For the Cake:

  • 1 box of your favorite cake mix (chocolate, vanilla, or any flavor you prefer)
  • Ingredients needed to prepare the cake mix (eggs, oil, water)

For the Ice Cream Layers:

  • 2 pints of your favorite ice cream flavors (chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, etc.)
  • 1 cup of crushed cookies or candy (optional, for added texture and flavor)

For the Toppings (Optional):

  • Whipped cream
  • Chocolate syrup
  • Sprinkles
  • Chopped nuts
  • Maraschino cherries


1. Bake the Cake:

Preheat your oven according to the instructions on the cake mix box.

Prepare the cake mix according to the package instructions, using a round cake pan.

Bake the cake in the oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Allow the cake to cool completely before assembling the ice cream cake.

    2. Prepare the Ice Cream Layers:

    Take the ice cream out of the freezer and let it soften for about 10-15 minutes at room temperature.

    Line a round cake pan with plastic wrap, leaving some overhang on the sides for easy removal.

    Once the ice cream is softened, spread one pint of ice cream evenly into the bottom of the cake pan.

    If desired, sprinkle crushed cookies or candy over the ice cream layer for added flavor and texture.

    Place the cake pan in the freezer and let the ice cream layer freeze until firm, about 1-2 hours.

    Once the first layer is firm, repeat the process with the second pint of ice cream, spreading it evenly over the first layer.

    Cover the cake pan with plastic wrap and return it to the freezer to freeze completely, preferably overnight.

    3. Assemble the Ice Cream Cake:

    Once the ice cream layers are completely frozen, remove the cake pan from the freezer.

    Carefully remove the ice cream cake from the pan by lifting the overhanging plastic wrap.

    Place the bottom layer of the cake onto a serving platter or cake stand.

    Remove the plastic wrap from the top of the ice cream layer.

    Gently place the cooled cake layer on top of the bottom ice cream layer, creating a sandwich effect.

    Press down lightly to secure the layers together.

    If desired, you can frost the sides of the cake with whipped cream for a decorative touch.

    4. Decorate and Serve:

    Before serving, decorate the top of the cake with whipped cream, chocolate syrup, sprinkles, chopped nuts, or maraschino cherries—get creative!

    Once decorated, return the ice cream cake to the freezer to set for about 15-20 minutes before serving.

    When ready to serve, use a sharp knife dipped in hot water to slice the ice cream cake into neat slices.

    Serve immediately and enjoy the creamy, decadent goodness of your homemade ice cream cake!


    • Get creative with your ice cream flavors and mix-ins to customize your ice cream cake to your taste preferences.
    • For easier slicing, let the ice cream cake sit at room temperature for a few minutes before serving.
    • Store any leftovers (if there are any!) in the freezer, tightly wrapped in plastic wrap or aluminum foil, for up to one week.

    Now, sit back, relax, and savor every delicious bite of your homemade ice cream cake masterpiece!

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