These easy ice cream cake recipes are the perfect way to cool off this summer.
Be it a birthday bash or Fourth of July feast, these sweet treats are the bombe.
As a kid, there was no better birthday surprise than a Dairy Queen ice cream cake. And as an adult, I still love them because they’re simply amazing.
There’s just SO many choices with endless flavor combinations. You can add sponge cake, curds, ganache, cookies, and more!
So say goodbye to the line at the DQ because I have 20 fantastic ice cream cake recipes for you to try.
1. Baked Alaska
Baked Alaska is one of the most recognized ice cream cakes around. But it’s also one that intimidated new bakers.
You’ll just have to trust me on this – you can handle it!
With several variations like the boozy Bombe Alaska, it’s always delicious, and it’s always a showstopper.
Featuring cake, ice cream, and meringue, it can be made up in any number of flavors.
This recipe calls for vanilla pound cake with chocolate and mint chocolate chip ice cream. Oh, and we can’t forget the toasted marshmallowy meringue!
It’s chocolatey, refreshing, and delicious.
2. Salted Caramel and Chocolate Ice Cream Bombe
This salted caramel and chocolate ice cream bombe will blow you away. It’s textural, delicious, and effortless to prepare.
It has layers of vanilla ice cream, hazelnuts, Whoppers candy, caramel, and maraschino cherries. Then that’s all topped with a milk chocolate sauce.
It’s creamy, crunchy, and full of flavor!
3. Nonnie’s Six-Ingredient Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream Cake
What goes better together than peanut butter and chocolate? How about peanut butter, chocolate, and ice cream?
It’s like the love child of cheesecake, ice cream cake, and Reeses.
You’ll love the chocolate cookie crust and creamy chocolate and peanut butter filling.
4. Black Forest Ice Cream Cake
Next time you make a cake, skip the buttercream and use ice cream instead. Then, you’ll get something along the lines of this sweet treat.
Like traditional Black Forest cake, this baby is dark and decadent as heck. It layers rich chocolate cake, cherry pie filling, and vanilla ice cream.
Not only is it sweet, creamy, and delicious, but it’s also visually stunning.
5. Tiramisu Ice Cream Cake
I have a hard time choosing between desserts because I love all of the desserts.
That’s why recipes like this tiramisu ice cream cake are perfect. You get two desserts in one!
It’s ice cream, but it looks and tastes exactly like tiramisu.
This cake features boozy ladyfinger cookies, espresso, and mascarpone ice cream. It’s simply sublime.
6. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream Cake
If cookie dough is your favorite treat, then you’ll fall head over heels for this cake!
With layers of chocolate chip sponge and chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream, it’s double the cookie dough and double the deliciousness.
Topped with a simple whipped cream frosting, you’ll want seconds, for sure.
7. Oreo Ice Cream Cake
Got a craving for milk and cookies? How about this dreamy Oreo ice cream cake instead?
It’s got Oreos in the crust, Oreos in the ice cream, and more Oreos on top.
As a bonus, there’s a layer of homemade fudge and whipped cream to boot.
The whole cake tastes like a milk-soaked Oreo. Yum!
8. Hot Fudge Sundae Cake
Boy, oh boy, this cakey twist on the classic hot fudge sundae is sinful.
Now, it’s not an ice cream cake in the truest sense of the term. BUT it is best served with ice cream.
So, I think it has earned its place on this list.
It features a rich, dark, lava-like chocolate cake that tastes exactly like hot fudge.
The cake is topped with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, and a signature cherry on top.
9. Chocolate Ice Cream Cake
This might just be the perfect party cake.
It’s definitely chocolatey, but not too chocolatey. Plus, I think everyone will love it, kids and adults alike.
You start with a chocolate cake base, which seems to be pretty standard with these ice cream cakes!
Then, you slather on luscious hot fudge and crumbled Oreos.
Finally, you’ll top it with cookies and cream ice cream, whipped cream, and more fudge. Delish!
10. Brownie Ice Cream Cake
This cake takes ‘brownies a la mode’ and shoots it to superstardom.
It’s like taking Steve Rogers and turning him into Captain America – one may be good, but the other is super!
It all starts with fudgy brownies. They’re slathered in hot fudge and a tub full of ice cream.
Top with whipped cream, and you’re good to go!
11. Salted Chocolate + Caramel Ice Cream Cake
If decadence is what you’re after, this cake is what you need.
It’s rich and sinfully delicious. And the flavors are perfectly balanced, thanks to the flaky sea salt.
It features a chocolate cookie crust, salted ganache, salted caramel, and vanilla ice cream. That’s topped with more ganache, and a cookie crumble.
The vanilla ice cream mellows out the richness just a bit. However, if you can use any ice cream. I like caramel!
12. Lotus Biscoff Ice Cream Cake
This fantastic ice cream cake is like tiramisu with a twist!
You’ll find layers of coffee-dipped cookies and a cheese-based cream. And like tiramisu, it’s delicious.
The difference here is the Biscoff cookies and Biscoff cookie butter. It’s utterly loaded with that distinctive Biscoff flavor.
The homemade cream cheese ice cream complements everything perfectly.
13. Cookie Butter Ice Cream Cake
Crunchy, creamy, and completely delicious, this cookie butter ice cream cake is a showstopper!
It looks impressive and tastes even better.
There’s cookie butter ice cream, cookie butter Rice Krispie treats, and vanilla ice cream.
Topped with cookie butter sauce and a caramel drizzle, this cake is drool-worthy!
14. Red Velvet Ice Cream Cake
This recipe takes red velvet cake and gives it a little more pizzaz.
It still has layers of deliciously tender cocoa-vanilla sponge cake. And it still has tangy cream cheese frosting too.
The only difference is that this cream cheese frosting happens to be made of ice cream!
Frost the outside with a little whipped cream, and you’re in business.
15. 5-Layer Ice Cream Cake
Do you think variety is the spice of life? Then, you’ll love this ice cream cake because it has a little bit of everything.
In every bite, you get Oreos, two kinds of ice cream, hot fudge, and whipped cream.
Use whatever ice cream flavors you love and enjoy!
16. Strawberry Crunch Ice Cream Cake
Take a bite out of summer with this strawberry crunch ice cream cake. It’s light, refreshing, and bursting with summery flavors.
If you like Dairy Queen cakes, you’ll love this homemade strawberry version.
There’s creamy strawberry and vanilla ice cream and plenty of crunchy goodness in between.
What makes this cake extra special are the homemade strawberry crunchies. They’re absolutely delicious!
17. Coffee and Fudge Ice Cream Cake
If you need to liven up a party, this is the cake for you!
It’s loaded with sugar and caffeine, so it’s sure to keep things going for a little while. It’s also absolutely delectable.
There are three layers of insanely good ice cream: one coffee, one vanilla, and one chocolate.
That’s already fantastic! But it gets better.
Graham Crackers and homemade fudge sauce separate the ice cream layers. That makes this a lot like a grown-up s’mores treat.
In fact, why not add a layer of fluff to the top? You won’t regret it!
18. Mocha Brownie Ice Cream Cake
If your go-to Starbucks drink is a mocha frappe, you need this ooey-gooey cake.
Coffee ice cream, fudgy brownies, Oreo chunks, and hot fudge… need I say more?
If that’s not enough to tempt you, it’s also covered in coffee whipped cream. Wow!
19. Chocolate Ice Cream Cake Roll
Little Debbie Swiss Rolls ain’t got nothing on these chocolate ice cream cake rolls.
This cake may look like a Swiss Roll, but it’s WAY better.
That’s probably because it’s made with ice cream instead of frosting. There’s also chocolate sponge cake and vanilla ice cream with chocolate ganache.
Of course, you can easily change this. I enjoy salted caramel ice cream or even raspberry ripple.
20. Ice Cream Sandwich Cake
Ice cream cake has never been easier! This deliciously fun treat only requires five ingredients and no special equipment.
You’ll need ice cream sandwiches, Cool Whip, ice cream syrup, and tasty extras.
What kind of extras? Well, that’s up to you! I like to chop up candy bars and boost the chocolate factor.
But if you go for fruity flavors, sprinkles and white chocolate chips are always a good choice.
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