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30 Christmas Ice Cream Cakes (+ Easy Recipes)

These Christmas Ice Cream cakes will add festive fun to your holiday celebrations.

They’re especially perfect if you’re celebrating Christmas in a warm climate. 

But heck! I don’t know anyone who would turn down ice cream, even if it’s cold outside.

I think ice cream cakes allow you to better appreciate the warm coziness inside.

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There are so many exciting ways to make ice cream cake!

Some are layered with multiple kinds of ice cream and some feature actual cake. And they come in a variety of flavors. 

However, each one of these 30 Christmas ice cream cakes is utterly divine. 

1. Pink Peppermint Ice Cream Cake

This pretty pink ice cream cake packs a flavorful punch of peppermint!

And it’s seriously easy to make.

Simply gather pink peppermint ice cream, ice cream sandwich bars, and a bunch of Oreos.

You’ll also need chocolate, coconut oil, and peppermints.

This lasagna-like cake features layers of Oreo cookies, peppermint ice cream, and ice cream sandwiches.

When you’re ready to serve it, drizzle it with melted chocolate. 

Finally, top it with crushed peppermints. If you’re feeling a bit extra, feel free to add whipped cream on top. 

2. Gluten-Free Peppermint Brownie Ice Cream Cake

Sadly, lots of holiday foods tend to be not-so-friendly to those with food sensitivities.

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This is especially true for those with gluten and dairy allergies. 

That is NOT the case with this recipe. So, welcome all my food-sensitive friends!

This recipe will satisfy all your Christmas dessert needs, sans gluten and dairy.  

It’s rich and chocolatey, and it’s full of peppermint goodness. 

But the best part is that it’s simple. You only need a gluten-free brownie mix and dairy-free, vanilla ice cream.

Peppermint extract gives the brownies a minty finish. 

Then top it with a drizzle of vegan chocolate and crushed peppermints. 

3. Triple-Layer Ice Cream Pudding

This pudding-cake-ice-cream-creation is so full of yummy treats, every bite is like a surprise.

Each layer features its own delicious goodies folded into ice cream. 

There’s a vanilla layer, loaded with honeycomb candy and white chocolate.

There’s a strawberry layer filled with colorful chocolate-coated candies and sprinkles. 

And there’s a chocolate layer, bursting with Whoppers and chocolate biscuits. It’s a sugar lover’s dream!

The only downside is that it takes a while to assemble. It’s worth it, though.

NOTE: the original recipe comes from Australia and some things may not be available elsewhere. You can sub the chocolate biscuit for Oreos.

You can make the other candies, leave them out altogether, or order them online. Or find a substitute you like. 

4. Christmas Ice Cream Cake with Oreo Crust

There’s no baking required for this delicious cake!

Instead, it features a no-bake Oreo crust and peppermint ice cream spread across it. Top it with Cool Whip and drizzle with chocolate. 

Finish it off with crushed peppermints.

5. Gingerbread Ice Cream Cake

Holy Moly! This is one INDULGENT and delectable ice cream cake.

It’s loaded with sugar and happiness. 

It features layers of triple chocolate ice cream and spiced ice cream, with gingerbread chunks.

(Six layers of that to be exact.) Oh, but it’s not done. 

Top the cake with caramel corn, a chocolate drizzle, and caramel sauce. *Insert intense drooling.*

6. Panettone Bombe (Christmas Ice Cream Cake)

This boozy treat is for adults only, and it is delicious!

Panettone is a sweet, cake-like bread filled with dried fruit.

This bread serves as the crust for the ice cream bombe. And it’s filled with a creamy semifreddo. 

Think of it like a giant cream puff! And it’s topped with Magic Shell for a hint of chocolatey deliciousness. 

7. Cookies and Cream Ice Cream Cake

Nothing is better than chocolate sponge cake, cookies and cream ice cream, and thick whipped cream.

Oh, except it has extra chunks of Oreo inside! It’s amazing. 

8. Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream Cake

Chocolate lovers can get their fix with this take on the cake a la mode. It features chocolate cake and chocolate ice cream. 

But the ice cream is inside the cake and not on the side! 

Everything is topped with chocolate whipped cream, just in case there isn’t enough chocolate.   

9. Mint Christmas Ice Cream Cake

This cake is made with layers of chocolate, mint, and vanilla ice cream.

Each layer has surprise treats inside that add fun, texture, and flavor to every bite. 

10. Chocolate and Pistachio Ice Cream Cake Roll

Cake rolls are always so fun and festive!

The bright green of pistachio mixed with the rich darkness of chocolate just screams Christmas. Plus, it tastes really good, too. 

This cake is made with chocolate sponge cake, pistachio ice cream, and chocolate ganache.

Top it with extra pistachios for additional flavor, texture, and beauty.  

11. Espresso Chocolate Semifreddo

A semifreddo is essentially a no-churn ice cream. It features a custard base, mixed with whipped cream.

That deliciously creamy mixture goes into the freezer for a few hours. 

You can add flavorings, nuts, fruits, candy, or whatever you like. 

So this fabulous recipe features two types of semifreddo in one tin.

One layer is made with robust espresso and one layer is made with rich chocolate. 

The result will wake up all your senses, but especially your sense of taste. 

12. Raspberry Chocolate Semifreddo

This amazing cake stars a vanilla semifreddo, with swirly ribbons of chocolate. But that’s not all.

Whole raspberries are studded throughout, adding bright pops of flavor. 

13. Homemade Caramel Pecan Ice Cream Cake

If your favorite celebrity was a cake, they’d be this one. Because it’s fabulous.

It’s the kind of dessert you make when you need to treat yourself. 

It features a pecan cookie crumble base and a thick layer of homemade caramel sauce.

Then, you add the ice cream. This recipe calls for a toffee caramel pecan flavor.

And you should totally go with the recommendation.

The ice cream gets topped with more cookie crumble and more caramel. There’s nothing minimalist about this cake. 

14. Bailey’s Double Chocolate Ice Cream Cake

The level of indulgence you experience with this cake is just WOW.

Words cannot describe how good it is, but I’ll try. 

You start with an Oreo cookie crust. It’s buttery, chocolatey, and delicious. And now for the filling.

It’s made with chocolate fudge brownie ice cream, Bailey’s, and whipped cream. 

There are also little bits of toffee sprinkled throughout.

Then, you drizzle it with chocolate and add more toffee bits. It’s the epitome of the word yum. 

15. Honeycomb and Chocolate Ice Cream Cake

Think back to the ice cream pudding (recipe number 3). Well, this delicious cake is very similar. Only, there’s no strawberry layer. 

Instead, you have one delicious layer of chocolate and Oreos.

Then, there’s another delicious layer of vanilla and chocolate-covered honeycomb candy. 

16. Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream Cake

Name a more iconic duo than chocolate and peanut butter. I’ll wait.

And that duo is featured beautifully in this cake. 

It has a peanut butter crust, a layer of hot fudge, Moose Tracks ice cream, and whipped cream frosting.

It’s topped with a hot fudge drizzle and Reese’s Peanut Butter cups. 

17. Waffle Cone Sundae Ice Cream Cake

It’s a classic ice cream sundae in cake form. With extra waffle cones for a delicious crunch! 

It’s made with a crushed waffle cone crust, on both the top and bottom layers.

In between, there are two layers of vanilla ice cream, hot fudge, and peanuts. 

Serve it with whipped cream and a cherry! 

18. Baked Alaska

Baked Alaska is probably the most iconic ice cream cake.

That’s because it’s about as awe-inspiring as the natural beauty of Alaska, which is really darn amazing. 

Baked Alaska features a layer of cake as the base.

It’s topped with ice cream, then everything is covered in a thick layer of glossy meringue. 

And then you set it on fire. (You can bake it, too. But that’s not nearly as fun.) 

This particular recipe features vanilla pound cake with chocolate and mint chocolate chip ice creams.

But you can use whatever flavors of cake and ice cream you like best. 

19. Chocolate Cherry Ice Cream Cake

If you love black forest cake, this is basically the ice cream version.

It has a fudgy cherry brownie bottom and a thick layer of vanilla ice cream. 

It’s topped with cherry coulis. 

It’s sweet and chocolatey and full of bright cherry flavor.

Of course, you can use chocolate ice cream if you want even more chocolatey goodness. 

20. Strawberry Ice Cream Cake

With layers of vanilla and strawberry ice creams, plus strawberry sauce, this cake is dreamy.

Oh, and the vanilla cookie crust adds the perfect buttery crunch. 

21. Strawberry Crunch Ice Cream Cake

If you love Dairy Queen cakes and really like strawberries, this is for you.

This cake features both strawberry and vanilla ice creams, with a delicious strawberry crunch between them.

It’s literally the homemade, strawberry version of a DQ cake!

22. Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Cake

Everyone loves strawberry shortcakes. And I think this chilly twist on the classic will be just as loved. Maybe even more so. 

It has layers of shortbread cookie crust, strawberry shortcake ice cream, and fresh strawberry sauce.

It’s super light and buttery and cold and just plain delicious. 

23. Traditional Spumoni Ice Cream Cake

This traditional Italian treat features fabulous flavors that you will love!

It’s made with cherry, chocolate, and pistachio ice creams. This version also has a chocolate waffle cone crust. 

It’s fruity, floral, nutty, and rich. Every bite is heavenly.

24. Ice Cream Poke Cake

This cake is more cake than ice cream, but it is definitely tasty! Poke cakes are made with cake and then they’re filled with liquid.

They’re served cold, so they’re super gooey. 

They’re wonderful. In this recipe, instead of your traditional milk or Jell-O, you use ice cream! 

25. Christmas Pudding Ice Cream Bombe

If you love fruitcake, then you’ll love this ice cream bombe. It’s literally bursting with holiday flavors. 

It has a homemade spiced ice cream, stuffed with raisins, cranberries, and toasted nuts.

There’s a hint of citrus from lemon and orange zests and some orange liqueur. 

26. Snickers Ice Cream Cake

If you can’t find any Snickers, it’s because they’ve all disappeared into this cake.

And it is probably a child’s dream. Ice cream and candy together? What could be better?!

You make this cake by assembling layers of ice cream sandwiches and whipped cream.

Between the layers, you’ll add hot fudge, caramel sauce, and Snickers. 

Finally, you will top everything with more whipped cream, fudge, caramel, peanuts, and chopped Snickers. 

27. Fried Ice Cream Cake

Fried ice cream is one of the best parts of going to Mexican restaurants.

I mean, aside from all the other scrumptious food. But the ice cream is special. 

Fried ice cream is this beautiful juxtaposition of crunchy and creamy, hot and cold.

And this recipe makes a much easier version, ready for your freezer! 

It features a vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, and cinnamon mixture.

Then, you add a buttery, crispy, sugary cornflake topping. Every bite tastes exactly like fried ice cream!

28. Tiramisu Ice Cream Cake

Tiramisu is one of my all-time favorite desserts. If it’s on the restaurant menu, there’s a good chance I’ll order it. But this ice cream cake?

It might just top the real thing, but only barely. 

Like a classic tiramisu, this cake stars ladyfinger cookies and espresso!

But instead of layers of whipped mascarpone cream, you use vanilla bean ice cream.

And instead of a dusting of cocoa powder, this cake features a drizzle of chocolate espresso ganache.

Everything about this dessert is rich and indulgent. 

29. Homemade Neapolitan Ice Cream Cake

You can’t beat classic Neapolitan ice cream. It has a flavor for everyone to enjoy!

You can enjoy each layer separately for sure, but together, the flavors are magic. 

So, of course, it makes a fabulous ice cream cake! 

You need three pints of ice cream and Oreos to make this chilly beauty.

Plus, your weight in whipped cream (not really, a pint will do). 

It features an Oreo cookie crust, followed by three layers of ice cream.

First, there’s chocolate, followed by strawberry, and vanilla goes on top. 

Then, the whole thing is smothered in whipped cream.

30. Ice Cream Sundae Cake

This might be the ultimate birthday treat, but it’s also great for Christmas!

Honestly, this cake is perfect for any busy holiday because it’s so easy to make. 

Some assembly is required, but that’s it. You won’t have to bake, make, or whip a darn thing! 

Gather your favorite ice cream sandwich brand, the rectangular kind.

If you live in the States, Walmart has all sorts of fun flavors. Neapolitan is my favorite. 

Gather the sandwiches, whipped topping, chopped peanuts, caramel sauce, and chocolate sauce.

Layer everything- first, sandwiches, then everything else. 

Don’t forget the cherry on top! 

30 Christmas Ice Cream Cakes (+ Easy Recipes)

These Christmas ice cream cakes are the ultimate holiday treat! From peppermint to gingerbread to espresso, you’ll adore these festive desserts.


  • Pink Peppermint Ice Cream Cake

  • Gluten-Free Peppermint Brownie Ice Cream Cake

  • Triple-Layer Ice Cream Pudding

  • Christmas Ice Cream Cake with Oreo Crust

  • Gingerbread Ice Cream Cake

  • Panettone Bombe (Christmas Ice Cream Cake)

  • Cookies and Cream Ice Cream Cake

  • Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream Cake

  • Mint Christmas Ice Cream Cake

  • Chocolate and Pistachio Ice Cream Cake Roll

  • Espresso Chocolate Semifreddo

  • Raspberry Chocolate Semifreddo

  • Homemade Caramel Pecan Ice Cream Cake

  • Bailey’s Double Chocolate Ice Cream Cake

  • Honeycomb and Chocolate Ice Cream Cake

  • Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream Cake

  • Waffle Cone Sundae Ice Cream Cake

  • Baked Alaska

  • Chocolate Cherry Ice Cream Cake

  • Strawberry Ice Cream Cake

  • Strawberry Crunch Ice Cream Cake

  • Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Cake

  • Traditional Spumoni Ice Cream Cake

  • Ice Cream Poke Cake

  • Christmas Pudding Ice Cream Bombe

  • Snickers Ice Cream Cake

  • Fried Ice Cream Cake

  • Tiramisu Ice Cream Cake

  • Homemade Neapolitan Ice Cream Cake

  • Ice Cream Sundae Cake


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Haley van der Ploeg
Haley van der Ploeg is a food writer and content creator for Insanely Good Recipes, where she authors blog posts, creates recipes, and crafts tantalizing photos.

Haley is passionate about food and its ability to gather people across cultures, languages, and generations. She believes everyone can learn to cook.

Most days, you can find Haley reading, baking elaborate cakes, and hosting get-togethers for friends and family. If Haley isn't home, she’s probably on a plane jetting off to exciting adventures and new cuisines.

She lives with her husband in the Netherlands and has taught him that vegetables *can* taste good.

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