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Ice Cream Cake

Total Time

Prep: 50 min. + freezing


12 servings

For my kids' birthdays, I like to top this ice cream birthday cake with jimmies. —Becky Herges, Fargo, North Dakota
Ice Cream Cake Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 4 cups birthday cake-flavored ice cream or flavor of your choice, softened if necessary
  • 1 funfetti cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • Sprinkles


  1. Line a 9-in. round pan with plastic wrap. Spread ice cream into pan. Freeze 2 hours or until firm.
  2. Prepare and bake cake mix according to package directions, using two 9-in. round baking pans. Cool in pans 10 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.
  3. Using a serrated knife, trim tops of cakes if domed. Place 1 cake layer on a serving plate. Invert ice cream onto cake layer; remove plastic wrap. Top with remaining cake layer. Spread whipped topping over top and side of cake. Decorate with sprinkles as desired. Freeze 2 hours longer or until firm.

Ice Cream Birthday Cake Tips

What other flavor combinations can you use for this ice cream cake recipe?

There are countless flavor combinations you can use for this ice cream cake recipe. Try it with coffee ice cream and German chocolate cake, or maybe consider a strawberry ice cream with white or yellow cake. Skip the sprinkles or get creative with garnishes. For a few ideas, check out these easy ice cream cake recipes, perfect for sharing.

Can you make your own frozen whipped topping for ice cream cake?

You can make your own whipped topping to serve alongside any ice cream cake. Frozen whipped topping is a different story. What’s the difference between whipped cream and frozen whipped topping? Frozen whipped topping relies on a process of emulsifying water, hydrogenated vegetable oil and high-fructose corn syrup, which could be tough to replicate at home.

Will an ice cream cake melt in the fridge?

Yes! Ice cream cake will melt in the fridge, so return leftovers to the freezer. Check out our other homemade ice cream recipes.
Research contributed by Mark Hagen, Taste of Home Executive Editor

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 374 calories, 19g fat (8g saturated fat), 66mg cholesterol, 315mg sodium, 45g carbohydrate (27g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.

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