Learn How To Make Homemade Ice Cream Cakes

Experience the joy of learning to make homemade ice cream cake with our easy-to-follow guide. Get ready to indulge in creamy delights straight from your kitchen

Ice cream cakes are yet another way to enjoy ice cream. They’re a delicious way to enjoy frozen treats that combine the best of both worlds: ice cream and cake. They’re perfect for any occasion, from birthdays and celebrations to casual gatherings with friends and family and by making them yourself, you can garnish them in many different ways.

What sets ice cream cakes apart is their deliciously creamy texture, decadent flavours, and endless possibilities for customisation. Whether you’re a fan of classic combinations like chocolate and vanilla or prefer to get creative with unique flavour combinations and toppings, there’s an ice cream cake out there for everyone.

In this article, we’ll explain the concept of Ice Cream Cakes and show you how you can learn to make Homemade Ice Cream Cakes with our step-by-step guide.

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Layers of Deliciousness

Learn How To Make Homemade Ice Cream Cakes image 10 ice cream cake halved showing layers of ice cream and cake topped with chocolate cream and cherries frosted fusionsIce cream cakes typically consist of layers of ice cream sandwiched between layers of cake or cookie crumbs. The possibilities for flavour combinations are endless, ranging from traditional favourites like chocolate and strawberry to more adventurous options like mint chocolate chip or cookies and cream.

Some ice cream cakes also feature layers of fudge, caramel, or fruit compote for added richness and flavour. They can be decorated with whipped cream, chocolate ganache, sprinkles, and other toppings to create a visually stunning dessert that’s as beautiful as it is delicious.

Bringing Your Ice Cream Cake Together

Learn How To Make Homemade Ice Cream Cakes image 9 woman layering an ice cream cake with spatula showing layers and pile of fresh strawberries on top frosted fusionsCreating an ice cream cake is a fun and exciting process that involves preparing and layering different elements to achieve a deliciously textural and indulgent dessert.

Firstly, you’ll need to decide on the flavours and textures you want to incorporate into your cake, from the cake layers to the ice cream filling and any additional toppings or decorations.

It’s a good idea to prepare each element separately, allowing them to chill and set adequately before assembling the final cake. This ensures that each layer maintains its integrity and doesn’t become too soft or runny during assembly.

Once all the components are ready, you’ll carefully layer them together, alternating between cake and ice cream layers, to create a beautiful and delicious dessert masterpiece.

Finally, the assembled cake will need to be frozen again to firm up before serving, allowing all the flavours to meld together perfectly. With a bit of patience and creativity, you’ll soon have a stunning ice cream cake ready to wow your family and friends.

So now we’ve explained the process, let’s get started!

Homemade Ice Cream Cake Recipe

Here’s a recipe and method for creating a classic ice cream cake, taking you through all the processes;


For the Cake Layers:

  • 250g self-raising flour
  • 250g caster sugar
  • 250g unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 medium eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Learn How To Make Homemade Ice Cream Cakes image 11 three scoops of chocolate strawberry and vanilla ice cream with fresh strawberries and chocolate chunks frosted fusionsFor the Ice Cream Layers:

  • 1.5 litres of your favourite ice cream flavours – Click on each link to find easy-to-make recipes for Chocolate, Vanilla and Strawberry Ice Creams or head on over to our Recipes and Methods drop-down menu above to find a large selection of ice cream recipes that you might like to try.
  • Optional: additional mix-ins such as chocolate chips, fruit pieces, or cookie crumbles

For the Topping:

  • 200ml double cream
  • 100g dark chocolate, chopped
  • Sprinkles, chopped nuts
  • Biscuits / Cookies of your choice or other decorations you might decide to try


  • Prepare the Cake Layers:
    • Preheat your oven to 180°C (160°C fan).
    • Grease and line two 20cm round cake tins.
    • In a large mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter and caster sugar until light and fluffy.
    • Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then add the vanilla extract.
    • Sift in the self-raising flour and gently fold until well combined.
    • Divide the cake batter evenly between the prepared cake tins and smooth the tops with a spatula.
    • Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cakes comes out clean.
    • Remove the cakes from the oven and allow them to cool completely on a wire rack.
  • Assemble the Ice Cream Layers:
    • Once the cake layers have cooled, line the same cake tins with cling film, leaving an overhang for easy removal later.
    • Soften the ice cream slightly by letting it sit at room temperature for a few minutes.
    • Spoon one flavour of softened ice cream into each cake tin, spreading it evenly over the base.
    • If desired, sprinkle additional mix-ins (such as chocolate chips or fruit pieces) over the ice cream layer.
    • Place the cake tins in the freezer for at least 1 hour, or until the ice cream is firm.

Learn How To Make Homemade Ice Cream Cakes image 6 homemade ice cream cake showing layers of cake and ice cream and topped with fresh raspberries almonds and chocolate frosted fusions

  • Assemble the Ice Cream Cake:
    • Once the ice cream layers are firm, remove them from the freezer.
    • Carefully lift the cake layers out of their tins using the overhanging cling film.
    • Place one cake layer on a serving plate or cake stand.
    • Remove the cling film from the corresponding ice cream layer and place it on top of the cake layer.
    • Repeat with the second cake and ice cream layers, stacking them on top of each other.
    • Return the assembled ice cream cake to the freezer and let it firm up for at least 2-3 hours, or until completely frozen.
  • Prepare the Topping:
    • Just before serving, make the chocolate ganache topping. Heat the double cream in a small saucepan until just simmering.
    • Place the chopped dark chocolate in a heatproof bowl and pour the hot cream over it.
    • Let it sit for a minute, then stir until the chocolate is melted and the ganache is smooth and glossy.
  • Learn How To Make Homemade Ice Cream Cakes image 1 round ice cream cake with chocolate sauce drizzled over the top finished chocolate shavings frosted fusionsFinish and Serve:
    • Remove the ice cream cake from the freezer and carefully remove any cling film.
    • Pour the warm chocolate ganache over the top of the cake, allowing it to drip down the sides.
    • Decorate the cake with sprinkles, chopped nuts, or any other decorations of your choice.
    • Return the cake to the freezer for a few minutes to set the ganache.
    • Slice and serve the ice cream cake straight from the freezer, enjoying the creamy layers and delicious flavours!

Enjoy your homemade ice cream cake, perfect for any occasion or celebration! Let me know if you need any further assistance or clarification.

Homemade Ice Cream Cake Pops

Learn How To Make Homemade Ice Cream Cakes image 2 ice cream cake pops upright on sticks all differently decorated frosted fusionsIf you want to add a bit of fun to your Homemade Ice Cream Cake, you can try out these Ice Cream Cake Pops.

Fun, bite-sized Ice Cream Cake Pops. Perfect for kid’s parties or perfect for just about any occasion!

Simple to make and always great fun to involve the little ones with making and eating these too.

Follow our step-by-step guide as shown below;

Learn How To Make Homemade Ice Cream Cakes image 3 ice cream cake pop on cake crumbs with red coating cut into showing internal cake and ice cream frosted fusionsIngredients:

  • 1 batch of your favourite cake
  • Scoops of your favourite ice cream, slightly softened
  • 340 grams of chocolate candy coating or melting wafers
  • Lollipop sticks or cake pop sticks
  • Sprinkles or toppings of your choice (optional)


  1. Once your cake is cooked and cooled, crumble it into fine crumbs using your hands or a food processor.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the cake crumbs with the softened ice cream until well combined.
  3. Using a small ice cream scoop or your hands, roll the mixture into small balls and place them on a baking sheet lined with baking parchment.
  4. Insert a lollipop stick into each cake ball and freeze them for at least 1 hour to firm up.
  5. Melt the chocolate candy coating or melting wafers according to the packet instructions.
  6. Learn How To Make Homemade Ice Cream Cakes image 4 ice cream cake pops covered in chocolate in glass jar with one being covered and dripping frosted fusionsDip each cake pop into the melted chocolate, tapping off any excess, and place them back on the baking parchment.
  7. Immediately sprinkle with your desired toppings, if using, before the chocolate sets.
  8. Once all cake pops are coated, return them to the freezer to set completely for about 15-20 minutes.
  9. Serve the ice cream cake pops chilled and enjoy!

Feel free to get creative with different cake and ice cream flavours, as well as various toppings, to customise your ice cream cake pops to your liking.

We hope that you have enjoyed our article taking you through the process of learning to make homemade ice cream cakes and ice cream cake pops. If you have any questions, please feel free to drop us a comment below and of course, we would love to hear from you if you have any ice cream cake favourites.

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  1. I have always wanted to know how they make those amazing ice cream cakes. I am not much of a baker, but I sure have always wanted to try this.

    I am rather impatient so sometimes it is hard for me to wait until things are properly ready to be assembled! Sometimes it is even difficult to wait for the cake to bake! I do sit and read while I wait and that tends to make the time go somewhat faster.

    I had not thought of the cling wrap to separate the layers of ice cream and cake. Once frozen, does the ice cream easily come off? I am a klutz in the kitchen and  can burn water, so I just want to know if there is scraping or anything to get the ice cream layers between the cake layers.

    The instructions are pretty clear. I think I could even make one of these. I want to surprise my granddaughter with one just for fun.

    Thanks for this recipe! I’ll let you know if it worked!


    • Hey Karin,

      Thanks for your comment, glad you appreciated our article.

      I understand what you mean about having the patience to see some baking projects through, some can be quite lengthy,  but I hope that our step-by-step guides for both the ice cream cake and the ice cream cake pops are detailed enough to enable you to give these recipes a go.

      We have a lots of other articles that provide help and guidance on making ice cream that you could also have a look at if you get stuck – How to make Delicious, Indulgent, Homemade Ice Cream – Frosted Fusions – This article gives you lots of hints, tips, and ideas on achieving that perfect homemade ice cream.

      You can burn water? Ha, that made me giggle, that’s pretty good going! You’ll be very pleased to know the cling film pulls off the ice cream very easily once it’s frozen, so no great technical skills required for that.

      Do shout out if there’s anything you are unsure of. 

      Thanks again for dropping by.

      All the best

      Cherie :o)

  2. Thank you for sharing this delectable article filled with tempting recipes!

    I’ve been eager to explore new baking ideas, and this collection of recipes has sparked my interest. It might just become my next passion project for creating delightful treats for my family.

    As I often need to transport cakes to various events, particularly intrigued by the ice cream cake recipe. Do you have any recommendations for a carrier that could help keep these cakes cool until I reach my destination?

    • Hey Heather,

      Thanks for your comment and positive words, really glad you appreciated our article on Homemade Ice Cream Cakes and Ice Cream Cake Pops.

      Once you start with these, there really are no limits to what you can create, so I’m sure you’ll have fun.

      Hmm, I would recommend polystyrene boxes, or food-safe bags – the ones you see food delivery companies using? This is how I transport my ice cream around.

      Our article – What Equipment Do You Need to Make Homemade Ice Cream? – Frosted Fusions – provides some handy links for all the items, and equipment you might need to make ice cream and for transporting all your delicious treats too.

      Thanks again for your comment and question and wishing you all the best with your ice cream cake projects.


      Cherie :o)

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