Homemade Ice Cream Cake

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April 5, 2023
Carole JonesJump to Recipe

Do you need the perfect dessert recipe for a birthday celebration or summer party? This Homemade Ice Cream Cake is exactly what you are looking for and you won’t believe how easy it is to make at home! All you need are four simple ingredients and some time for the ice cream cake to firm up in the freezer. Homemade Ice Cream Cake with brownie crunchies and chocolate syrup! This cake is what my kids request every year for their birthdays….all six of them 🙂 It is so simple to make and we love it even more than the classic Dairy Queen ice cream cake that costs a fortune!

homemade ice cream cake

Why I Love This Recipe

This is a recipe that I grew up eating for so many special occasions. Well, this ice cream cake as well as my Mom’s famous Ho-Ho Cake! If it was someone’s birthday, you could guarantee we were having one of these two cakes for our special day. And, since there were 7 of us crazy kids, we had these cakes often and counted down the days until the next celebration.

Now that I’m a Mom to my own crazy crew, I understand why my Mom loved this Homemade Ice Cream Cake recipe so much! It is crazy easy to make and is always a massive hit. In fact, back in my catering years, this ice cream cake was one of my most requested dessert recipes, along with my Pumpkin Roll recipe. When I finally published the recipe for the ice cream cake, my clients were blown away by how simple it was but they still begged me to make it for them 🙂

This is the exact recipe my mom made for our family when I was a kid and I am just as addicted to it now as an adult.  My son likes it best made with chocolate ice cream, but the rest of us like it best with vanilla because with all those amazing brownie crunchies in there, you need a bit of vanilla to cut through it all.

Homemade Ice Cream Cake Ingredients & Tools

  • Box of brownie mix
  • Salted butter
  • Quality ice cream, vanilla or chocolate
  • Chocolate syrup
  • 9×13″ pan
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Large rimmed baking sheet
homemade ice cream cake

How to Make Homemade Ice Cream Cake

Homemade ice cream cake may seem like a really difficult recipe to attempt on your own, but I promise you that this one is extremely easy to make.  The longest part is waiting for it to firm up again so you can destroy it by devouring it!

Time needed: 15 minutes

How to Make Ice Cream Cake

  1. Select quality ice cream to use in the cake

    If you want an amazing homemade ice cream cake, you need to start with quality products. That means spending the extra few dollars for quality ice cream. I use Tillamook ice cream but there are many ice cream makers that use premium ingredients so pick your favorite.

  2. Prepare the chocolate crunch

    The chocolate crunchy parts of homemade ice cream cake are what make this recipe different from others. It is simply a streusel topping made from a boxed brownie mix and melted butter. Bake it in the oven until it turns crunchy. Be sure to let the crumble cool completely before moving on to the next step or your ice cream will melt.

  3. Assemble the ice cream cake

    Once the chocolate crumble has cooled, let the ice cream sit out for about 20-30 minutes to soften a bit. This allows the ice cream to easily mix in with the crunchy toppings. Be sure to save some of the crumble for the top of the finished cake then add the drizzle of chocolate syrup.

  4. Freeze for 4 hours until firm

    You can certainly eat the cake as soon as it is finished being assembled, but it will be very soft and won’t be able to be cut into pieces. You’ll need to serve it with a spoon. You can freeze it for longer but 4 hours is a good estimate until it is firm enough to cut.

Recipe FAQs

How long does ice cream cake last?

Your homemade ice cream cake will last for about 30 days in your freezer. Be sure to cover it well with plastic wrap to keep ice crystals from forming on the surface. Otherwise, it will get freezer burn. Simply press the plastic wrap onto the surface of the cake for a tight seal.

What are the little crunchy things in ice cream cake?

Those little crunchy things are a simple chocolate streusel that is made specifically to stay crunchy once they are mixed into the ice cream. This homemade ice cream cake recipe uses a dry brownie mix and melted butter that is baked together to create that crunch. Other recipes have different ingredients but the baking principle is the same as a chocolate streusel.

Can I make a chocolate homemade ice cream cake?

Yes, you can make this ice cream cake recipe using either vanilla or chocolate ice cream. Just know that with the brownie crunch and the chocolate syrup, using chocolate ice cream would be a chocolate bomb. But, I know my son loves it made with chocolate ice cream so I must not be a true chocoholic!

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Homemade Ice Cream Cake

Homemade Ice Cream Cake

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An easy ice cream cake that has a delicious brownie crunch inside! You can make it with either vanilla or chocolate ice cream.

  • Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes
  • Yield: 12 pieces 1x

Ingredients

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1/2 gallon french vanilla (or chocolate) ice cream

18 oz box of brownie mix

5 1/2 Tb butter, melted

Hershey’s chocolate syrup

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  In a medium bowl, mix together the brownie mix and the melted butter together.  It will create a dry crumbly mixture but be sure to break up any big clumps before baking.
  2. Place the brownie mixture on a large rimmed cookie sheet, spread out evenly, then bake for 8 minutes. Remove from the oven and use a flat spatula to stir the mixture around really well.  Return to the oven for another 8 minutes, then repeat the mixing and baking process one more time for a total of three 8 minute baking periods in the oven with mixing in between each period.  Allow the brownie crumble to cool completely.
  3. As your brownie crumble cools, remove the ice cream from the freezer so it can soften but not melt.  Once it has softened, place it in a large mixing bowl along with 3/4 of the cooled brownie crumble.  Mix well to combine then place it in a 9×13 cake pan.  Sprinkle the remaining 1/4 brownie crumble over the top and swirl it around just a bit, then drizzle some Hershey’s syrup over the top before covering and putting in the freezer. Freeze until firm, about 4 hours.
  4. To serve, remove from the freezer about 10 minutes before serving so it can soften just a bit, which is when it is the best!
  • Author: Carole Jones
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 hours
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Frozen
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/14th
  • Calories: 383
  • Sugar: 23g
  • Sodium: 259mg
  • Fat: 15g
  • Saturated Fat: 7g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 4g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 60g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 7g
  • Cholesterol: 113mg

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Carole Jones

Carole Jones is an Arizona-based cookbook author & food blogger. She's authored The 30 Minute Cooking From Frozen Cookbook and the self-published Take 5: Chicken e-cookbook. For the past 15 years, Carole has shared her culinary adventures cooking and baking for her six brutally honest children here on My Kitchen Escapades. Hot, crusty bread is Carole's love language, but her two adorable grandchildren are a close second. Yes, second. Don't judge.

2 comments

Julie
1 year ago

Hey! I used to love when you made this for us. It is so DANG amazing.

pitter jackson
2 months ago

What a nice delicious recipe!!

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