Cake and ice cream go together like peas and carrots. Combine them together into one dessert—ice cream cake—and you may have a nominee for king of sweets. But there’s no need to buy a sad, grocery store ice cream cake or shell out the big bucks for a fancy parlor-crafted ice cream cake when you can make one yourself. Don’t think you know how to make an ice cream cake? Never fear: these easy ice cream cake recipes make frozen desserts well, easy as pie. (Oh, and if you want an ice cream pie, we have several of those as well.) Put your best parlor-perfect foot forward and make the tastiest darn ice cream cake you’ve ever had. Chilling out is simple with these easy ice cream cake and pie recipes.
Homemade Ice Cream Cake
This classic celebration cake has all the layers of fudgy, chocolatey goodness you remember from childhood. Freeze between each step to preserve the layers, and go from there. You can use our recommended ingredients or get creative with your favorite ice cream and cookie flavors.
Lemon Meringue Ice-Cream Pie
Homemade lemon curd delivers a burst of bright citrus flavor to this simple-to-fix pie, and it can be made up to two weeks ahead. You’ll have about ½ cup lemon curd left after making the pie. Serve it alongside the pie, drizzle over fresh fruit, or try it as a spread on hot biscuits.
Mint Chocolate Chip Ice-Cream Cake
This decadent ice-cream cake is truly a mint chocolate lover’s dream! Top layers of mint chocolate chip ice cream and Devil’s Food Cake batter with a rich Chocolate Ganache and chopped crème de menthe chocolate mints. Make the whole cake ahead and freeze until ready to serve.
Blueberry-Cheesecake Ice-Cream Pie
When the mercury begins to rise, this company-worthy blueberry ice-cream pie will soon become your favorite sweet treat. The blueberry-cheesecake ice cream hides a sweet surprise underneath: layers of scrumptious blueberry preserves. Then it gets topped with fresh-picked berries to savor in every bite.
Key Lime Ice-Cream Pie
Start with our base recipe of Avocado-Key Lime Pie Ice Cream and layer on the flavor to create this dreamy frozen pie. Instead of plain old whipped cream, add a touch of coconut extract for true tropical flavor.
Ice-Cream Sandwich Cake
This genius recipe makes use of store-bought ice cream sandwiches, which are wrapped in a fluffy layer of homemade whipped cream (if you prefer, you can also pick that up at the grocery store to save time). We recommend lining the loaf pan with plastic wrap or parchment paper before you begin, so your cake will look flawless when you remove it.
No-Bake Peanut Butter-Fudge Ice-Cream Pie
We have the peanut lovers covered with this pie. You’ll find nuts in the crust, ice-cream filling, and atop a dreamy pillow of whipped cream. Freeze it ahead of time and then add the cream, fudge, and chopped peanuts when it’s time to serve.
Red Velvet Ice Cream Cake
Looking for a Fourth of July treat that will keep everybody cool? This cake delivers on the red, white, and blue you’ve been looking for. We used a simple trick—gelatin in the icing—to help it stay picture-perfect at your picnic.
Strawberry Crunch Ice Cream Cake
Our simplest ice cream cake involves no baking, chopping, or crushing: Crisp rice cereal and freeze-dried strawberries provide the crunchy, cookie-like layer. With just five ingredients and three steps, you’ve got a delightful ice cream dessert.