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A slice of ice cream cake with Oreos on a floral plate.

Ice Cream Cake

The perfect sweet treat for the summer, this Ice Cream Cake is so easy to make! Enjoy this cake all summer long!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 4 hours
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 10 minutes
Servings 10 slices
Calories 839kcal


  • 846 tip
  • 2 8-inch cake pans



  • Line an 8-inch cake pan with plastic wrap. Use an ice cream scoop to transfer all the ice cream to your lined cake pan. Cover with another layer of plastic, then press down into a flat layer and freeze.
  • Prepare the 8-inch chocolate cake layer. You can use my favorite chocolate cake recipe and freeze the two extra layers or a box mix.
  • Once the ice cream layer is very hard, and the cake is cooled, place the cake on a serving plate or cardboard round. Cover the top with the fudge sauce, then sprinkle the chopped cookies on top. Remove the ice cream layer from the freezer and place it on top. Cover in plastic and place in the freezer while you make the whipped cream.
  • Combine cold whipping cream, sugar, and vanilla in the bowl of your mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, you can use an electric hand mixer if desired, and mix starting on low. Gradually increase speed to high and mix until very soft peaks form. Whisk by hand until the peaks firm up but make sure not to over-whip the cream as it will curdle.
  • Remove cake from freezer and cover with whipped cream. Smooth the top and side, then transfer the remaining whipped cream to a piping bag fitted with a large closed star (846) tip. Pipe a drip of chocolate onto the edge. Use warm fudge or make a simple ganache with 2 parts chocolate to one part cream to pipe a drip onto the top edge, then pipe a scalloped pattern onto the top edge with the reserved whipped cream.
  • Press crumbled cookies onto the bottom edge, and the cake is ready to serve. You can store the cake in the freezer until ready to use. Before serving, remove the cake from the freezer and leave it on the counter for about 15 minutes for easier slicing.



  • It’s best to slightly soften the ice cream before adding it to the cake pan so you can create a uniform layer, making it much easier to layer on top of the cake.
  • Be sure to press out any air pockets in the ice cream when adding it to the cake pan.
  • When lining the cake pan for the ice cream, be sure to leave some extra plastic wrap on the sides to make it easier to lift.
  • Try to have your kitchen as cold as possible to make sure the ice cream cake doesn’t melt as you work with it. If your kitchen is on the warmer side, you’ll have to put your cake back into the freezer in between steps. 
  • To make cutting the cake easier, you can run your knife under hot water before slicing.
What you'll need for the chocolate cake layer:
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup hot water or coffee
  • ⅓ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp kosher salt


Calories: 839kcal | Carbohydrates: 100g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 46g | Saturated Fat: 24g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 15g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 128mg | Sodium: 671mg | Potassium: 584mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 67g | Vitamin A: 1295IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 296mg | Iron: 4mg