Homemade Ice Cream Cake

Lillian Russo Recipe

By Lillian Russo Lilliancooks


I have been wanting to make my own ice cream cake for a long time, but I was a little intimidated by the idea of doing this! I should have done this along time ago because its VERY easy, with a few hints! Homemade ice-cream cake is about 1/3 the cost of ice cream parlor cakes! Plus you are not limited in the choice of cake flavors! The cake in my photo is white cake with strawberry ice cream. Next time I want to make a carrot cake with butter pecan ice cream!


1 box
cake mix, any flavor
1/2 gal
ice cream, any flavor
8 oz. tubs of frozen whipped topping
cake sprinkles - optional

Directions Step-By-Step

Start making the ice cream cake a few days before you need to serve it.
Start by taking the ice cream out of the freezer and letting it sit at room temp til soft enough to spread. This will take about 20 minutes. Also put the 2 tubs of frozen whipped topping in the fridge to thaw.
Line a 9 inch round cake pan with plastic wrap.
When the ice cream is soft, spread it in the lined cake pan. Then cover with more plastic wrap and place in freezer overnight.
While the ice cream part of the cake is freezing, make the cake part in the same size cake pan, following the direction on the cake box. Let the cake cool completely in the fridge til ready to assemble.
When ready to assemble...remove the ice cream part of the cake from the plastic wrap lined cake pan by turning it upside down onto a serving dish. Make sure to remove all of the plastic wrap. Then place the chilled, baked portion of the cake, ontop of the ice cream portion. Working quickly, frost the entire cake with the thawed whipped topping. Then place back into the freezer for at least 4 hours or overnight.
When ready to decorate, remove the cake from the freezer and add sprinkles or anything else you would like, then place back into the freezer til ready to serve.
I covered my cake with a plastic cake dome while it was in the freezer.
This cake was exactly like the cake I would always buy from Baskin Robbins for $29.99 but I made it for only $9.50 including sprinkles and cake gel. I won't be buying my cakes from Baskin Robbins anymore!

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Cindy Eggleston Cindybug56
Aug 13, 2014
You use a whole boxed cake mix but directions call for one 9" cake pan to bake it,,do you just freeze the one you don't use in the ice-cream cake for another use?
Lillian Russo Lilliancooks
Jan 16, 2013
Hi Donna! I hope it worked out for you! =)

Thanks for trying this A Queen! I love the parfait idea!
A Queen AQueen
Oct 21, 2012
I followed the recipe but I bought pints and have made parfaits by cutting up the cake nto smaller pieces and mashing them down (slightly) into parfait cups. This is to appease all our different ice cream flavor preferences. We have mint chip, cookies and cream, chocolate pecan and cookie dough. They look really cute and we all have our own personalized ice cream cakes, plus a few extras! Great recipe and fun to make! Thank you!
Donna Moye AvaLuvsGaGa
Aug 25, 2012
I'm making this now using butter Almond ice cream and carrot cake!! Wish me luck!! It's for my mom's 76th birthday.
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