Ice Cream Cake | Life, Love and Sugar

This selfmade ice cream cake is very easy to make with detailed step-by-step directions! Chocolate cake, ice cream, chocolate fudge, and cookie crunchies are layered collectively on this decadent dessert! You may change up the ice cream and cake flavors for various combos – it’s the proper summer time deal with!

Overhead of a slice of ice cream cake on a plate.

The Greatest Ice Cream Cake Recipe

I’m such a fan of ice cream truffles! Wether you’re having fun with a slice on a scorching summer time day or for a birthday any time of yr, it’s the proper deal with. It’s the better of each worlds – cake and ice cream in a single. And this recipe is so versatile, you by no means want one other one!

This recipe is predicated on my LOVED Copycat Dairy Queen Ice Cream Cake. As an alternative of two layers of ice cream separated by a decadent fudge layer and chocolate crunchies, this dessert options one layer of chocolate cake (from my Greatest Chocolate Cake recipe) and one layer of ice cream separated by that very same fudge-y, crunchy filling. It’s the proper mixture of textures and flavors. I can’t wait so that you can attempt it.

Making a selfmade ice cream cake could appear intimidating, however belief me, you are able to do it. This recipes makes use of a easy technique and I’ve a lot of step-by-step pictures beneath (and a video) to assist guarantee your success!

Ingredients for ice cream cake separated into bowls.

What You’ll Want

Here’s a listing of substances wanted to make this selfmade ice cream cake. Don’t overlook to scroll to the recipe card beneath for measurements.

Cake Layer

  • All-purpose flour – Be at liberty to make use of your favourite 1:1 gluten-free flour as an alternative.
  • Sugar
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Baking soda
  • Salt
  • Egg – The egg needs to be at room temperature. It’ll incorporate into the batter extra simply.
  • Milk – Enable the milk to return to room temperature earlier than utilizing. It’ll combine extra simply with the opposite substances.
  • Vegetable oil – It will add moisture to the cake.
  • Vanilla extract
  • Sizzling water – The warmth from the recent water helps the cocoa “bloom” and produces a richer chocolate.

Chocolate Cookie Crunchies

  • Oreo crumbs – I like the unique Oreos however you may use vanilla Oreos or one other cookie of your selecting as an alternative. You may depart the filling within the Oreos and crush them in a meals processor.
  • Butter

Chocolate Fudge

  • Semi-sweet chocolate chips – I like to recommend sticking with semi-sweet for this to get the correct fudge-y consistency.
  • Corn syrup – This retains the fudge layer gentle, even when frozen.
  • Vanilla extract
  • Heavy whipping cream

Ice Cream

  • Ice cream of your alternative – The sky is the restrict right here. Feeling adventurous? Make your personal. My Birthday Cake Ice Cream is to die for.

Whipped Cream Frosting

  • Heavy whipping cream – The heavy whipping cream should be chilly. If it isn’t it won’t whip up and maintain quantity correctly.
  • Powdered sugar – To stabilize the whipped cream.
  • Vanilla extract – For taste.
  • Mini chocolate chips – You possibly can use a distinct garnish equivalent to rainbow sprinkles or cookie crumbles if you want.

Chocolate Ganache Drip

  • Semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Heavy whipping cream
Overhead of ice cream cake with a slice taken out of it.

Recipe Variations

This chocolate ice cream cake is so enjoyable as a result of there may be plenty of room to make it your personal. Listed here are a number of enjoyable variations that can show you how to customise this scrumptious dessert to your style preferences.

  • Play with ice cream flavors. The plain technique to make this dessert your personal is to pick out your favourite ice cream taste. I used cookie dough ice cream right here however be happy to experiment.
  • Attempt a distinct cake layer. I really like the chocolate cake on this recipe, however you may simply use a distinct cake. Simply make certain the recipe is supposed to fill an 8-inch spherical pan. You possibly can lower my Moist Vanilla Layer Cake recipe in half for one 8 inch layer, and even use my Moist Vanilla Cupcakes (additionally lower in half) for one 8 inch cake layer.
  • Attempt a distinct cookie (for the cookie crunchies). As an alternative of authentic Oreos, attempt vanilla Oreos or chocolate chip cookies as an alternative.
  • Use a distinct garnish. Sprinkles, caramel sauce, strawberries – the sky is the restrict. Pull garnish concepts out of your ice cream of alternative or your occasion.
A slice of ice cream cake on a plate with. bite taken out of it.

Find out how to Make Ice Cream Cake

At first look, this recipe might sound intimidating as a result of it’s made up of a number of parts. Every element by itself will not be difficult to make, nevertheless. So take your time, comply with the steps, and also you’ll be in your manner. Right here’s find out how to do it. Be sure to scroll to the recipe card beneath for extra detailed directions.

To make the cake

  • Prep. Preheat the oven to 300°F and line the underside of an 8-inch cake pan with parchment paper and grease the perimeters.
  • Whisk collectively the dry substances.
  • Add the moist substances. Add the egg, milk, and vegetable oil to the dry substances and blend to mix. Add the vanilla extract and scorching water and whisk to mix.
  • Bake. Pour the batter into the ready pan and bake for 35-40 minutes.
Baked chocolate cake layer.
  • Cool the cake for about 5 minutes earlier than transferring to a wire rack to chill utterly.

To make the crunchies and chocolate fudge filling

  • Prep. Preheat oven to 350 levels and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
Cookie crunchies on a sheet pan.
  • Bake. Combine collectively the Oreo crumbs and melted butter, unfold onto the cookie sheet, and bake for 8-10 minutes.
  • Mix the chocolate chips, corn syrup, and vanilla extract.
  • Warmth the heavy whipping cream till it begins to boil, pour it over the chocolate chips, enable to sit down for 2-3 minutes, and whisk till clean.

To construct the cake

For every of meeting, this cake is constructed the other way up.

  • Thaw the ice cream for 15-20 minutes.
  • Prep the pan. Line an 8-inch pan with two items of clear wrap (they need to lengthen past the pan) and press it into the underside and sides of the pan.
  • Stir the ice cream till creamy and clean and
  • Pour the ice cream into the lined pan. Unfold it into an excellent layer.
  • Add the chocolate cookie crunchies to the highest and unfold evenly.
  • Add the chocolate fudge combination to the highest and unfold evenly.
  • Freeze the cake for about 10 minutes.
  • Place the chocolate cake on high of the chocolate fudge layer. Use the surplus clear wrap to wrap up across the high of the cake and freeze for 3-4 hours or till utterly agency.

To complete the cake

  • Flip the cake over onto a serving platter and take away the clear wrap.
  • Make the whipped cream frosting. Whip the heavy whipping cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla on excessive pace till stiff peaks kind.
  • Frost the cake with the whipped cream, press mini chocolate chips into the underside of the cake, and freeze.
  • Make the chocolate ganache. Warmth the heavy whipping cream till it boils advert pour it over the chocolate chips. Enable to sit down for 2-3 minutes and whisk till clean.
  • Drizzle the ganache over the cake. Take a look at my tutorial for two strategies of including the chocolate drip.
  • Enhance. Pipe shells of whipped cream across the high fringe of the cake and garnish with decorations that replicate the ice cream inside.
Ice cream cake on a cake stand near cookie dough and chocolate chips.

What’s The Greatest Means To Assemble An Ice Cream Cake?

Ice cream truffles may be tough in that they collapse simply. It is very important assemble them with care in order to keep away from a large number. Listed here are a few useful ideas that offers you with a mess-free, visually interesting dessert.

  • Use clear wrap. Earlier than spreading the ice cream into the pan, line it with clear wrap. The clear wrap ought to lengthen above the pan sides. You’ll use it to wrap up and over the cake to organize it for the freezer. The clear wrap may also be your means to elevate the dessert out of the pan and not using a mess.
  • Construct it the other way up. Place the bottom of the dessert (the cake part) on high of the ice cream portion earlier than permitting it to set within the freezer. When the cake comes out of the freezer, invert the dessert in order that the cake is on the underside and the ice cream is on the highest. From there you’ll be able to embellish as you see match.
  • Different strategies. You can even layer every thing collectively in a tall 8×3 inch cake pan like I do in my Copycat Dairy Queen Ice Cream Cake.
A slice of ice cream cake on a plate.

Suggestions for Making Do-it-yourself Ice Cream Cake

We already talked about assembling the cake however right here come a number of extra useful ideas and tips that can get you the perfect frozen dessert you’ll be able to think about.

  • Let the ice cream soften for about 20 minutes earlier than. In any other case, it won’t unfold easily into the pan.
  • Don’t over-mix the batter. When making the cake, it will be important to not over-mix the batter as it will trigger the glutens within the flour to overdevelop, supplying you with with a dense, robust cake.
  • Freeze utterly. I counsel 3-4 hours within the freezer earlier than adorning however don’t simply take my phrase for it. Give the cake a number of pokes to ensure it has solidified earlier than taking it out to brighten. The extra strong it’s, the higher for adorning.
  • Enhance rapidly. When frosting and adorning the cake, it is very important accomplish that rapidly in order that the cake doesn’t soften through the course of. For extra recommendations on adorning, try my Ice Cream Cake Adorning Tutorial.

Serving Options

Listed here are a few scrumptious methods to serve this chilly dessert.

Ice cream cake on a cake stand near cookie dough and chocolate chips.

How Lengthy Does Ice Cream Cake Final?

This scrumptious dessert must be saved within the freezer till it is able to be served. It needs to be wrapped in saran wrap or saved in an hermetic container and eaten inside per week’s time.

Extra Ice Cream Cake Recipes:

Fascinated about exploring the world of selfmade ice cream cake additional? Listed here are a handful of different scrumptious recipes so that you can attempt.

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Overhead of a slice of ice cream cake on a plate.