Homemade Ice Cream Cake

Recipe Rating:
 2 Ratings
Serves: 10-15


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

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Lillian Russo Recipe
Well Seasoned
Long Island, NY
Member Since Jul 2010
Lillian's notes for this recipe:
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!
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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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user Lillian Russo Lilliancooks - Oct 3, 2011
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user Nelda Carnley BamaNama - Oct 3, 2011
This will be a good cake for my grandson's birthday, he loves ice cream. Thanks for sharing.
user Bonnie D. Utahn - Oct 3, 2011
This looks very good, Lillian. I make one a little different with ice cream and candy. There are a million varieties, but they are SO good!
user Lynn Socko lynnsocko - Oct 3, 2011
I've always wanted to do this, now I know how, thanks for sharing!!!! Gonna make one soon!
user Lillian Russo Lilliancooks - Oct 3, 2011
Thank you Nelda! I can't wait to make it again! Please post a pic if you make it! I know you would do a great job! =)

Thank you Bonnie! Yes, I've seen lots of recipes using candy pieces and even crushed cookies instead of cake...but I just LOVE cake with ice cream! Is your recipe posted?

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