Sunday, August 16, 2009

Ice Cream Cake

For my dear friend's birthday, she requested an ice cream cake. I was up to the challenge, and I think I may have found my new favorite birthday cake :)

Clearly, she liked it too!

Do not be intimidated by this cake - it's easy to put together, it just takes a little time to freeze and set up, so you should think about making it the day before you intend to eat it.

Ice Cream Cake - Modified from Lynn at Lynn's Kitchen Adventures

{Print Recipe}

1 C wheat flour
1/4 C Hershey's special dark chocolate cocoa
2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 C sugar
1 egg
1/3 C applesauce
3/4 C warm water
1 T vanilla

Ice Cream
1/2 gallon of your choosing -- I used homemade Cake Batter

1 1/2 C whipping cream
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 C sugar (powdered is fine)

Your choice... sprinkles, cookies, chocolate chips, fruit, mints, etc.

First, we'll make the cake:

In a large bowl, mix together flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt.

Then, whisk in the sugar.

In another bowl, combine the water, egg, vanilla and applesauce/oil. I fill the measuring cup almost full with applesauce and then top it off with oil.

Combine the wet and dry ingredients until just moist.

Pour into a greased 9x13 baking pan, and bake at 325 for about 20 minutes.

Remove pan from the oven and set on a cooling wrack to cool completely. Mine took about an hour to be completely cooled.

Next, remove the ice cream from the freezer about 15 minutes before you plan to use it, so it softens a bit. I made ours fresh, and started it after the cake had been out of the oven for about 45 minutes. The fresh-made ice cream is more soft-serve in consistency, so it was easy to work with. (Click here to make your own cake-batter ice cream).

Spread the ice cream over the cake.

Try to get it as smooth as possible. Then, cover with foil or plastic wrap and freeze to harden for 4+ hours. I frozen mine overnight.

The next day, combine whipping cream, vanilla and powdered sugar. Whip with an electric mixer until stiff.

Spread the whipped cream over the frozen ice cream.

Top with toppings of your choosing.

Cover and freeze until ready to serve (make sure it has at least 2 hours in the freezer).

Remove the cake from the freezer about 15 minutes prior to serving to allow it to soften enough to serve.

Slice and enjoy!

Freeze any leftovers.

If there are any ... :)

This post is linked to:
Tempt My Tummy Tuesday
Tasty Tuesday
Mouthwatering Mondays
Chocolate Friday
Ingredient Spotlight


  1. This looks really tasty! I'll have to keep this in mind for the next family member who wants a ice cream cake for their birthday. I'm sure it's so much cheaper to make this than buy them at the store!

  2. My birthday is coming up in a few weeks. When should I put my order in?

  3. This looks delicious, all my family loves ice cream cakes! I will definately be trying this one!

  4. This looks delicious! I have to try it!
    Thabks for sharing!

  5. I saw your ice cream cake on Tasty Tuesday & had to stop by. I love all things ice cream!

    Your friend must have felt so special knowing that you put so much love into her cake. Isn't adding to the lives of others the real reward?

    Amy Green
    Simply Sugar & Gluten-Free

  6. Wow, I've never made an ice cream cake. I've always purchased them. How fun and easy to make.

  7. That looks really good, and easier than most ice cream cakes.

  8. The cake looks like a winner and so does the spread of food on the table!

  9. this was the type of cake my best friend loved

  10. Thanks for this wonderful recipe! My son turns 21 in October and he loves ice cream cake so I know what cake I will be making for his birthday! :)

  11. I am so making this. It looks so easy. Found you through Friday Feasts I think. I am following you now. I hope you can stop by MK and visit my site as well.

  12. How easy and fun to make! Thanks for sharing. Now I have to go check out the ice cream recipe. My hubby just made homemade coffee ice cream that was wonderful... that would be lovely on the cake too!

  13. Ice cream cake is so yummy! That one looks fabulous!

  14. There wouldn't be any leftovers at my house! Thanks for sharing your recipe.

  15. This looks delicious! I'll have to try it...I've never tried an ice cream cake before but it seems doable.

  16. This is brilliant! I'm really bummed that I don't have any birthdays to celebrate in the near future, but I'll bookmark this to remember for next time. YUM!

  17. Just made a variation of this--a dark chocolate ice cream cake with whipped cream frosting for my parent's 40th wedding anniversary for when they visit tonight!! :-) I can't wait to try it! I wrote "Happy 40 Years!" in homemade hot fudge on the cake too! Thanks for sharing your recipes and allowing me to be a taste tester!


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