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Homemade Ice Cream Cake

As a youngster I remember my mom asking me every year, “What kind of cake do you want for your birthday?” My answer was always the same, “ICE CREAM CAKE!” Her answer back … “No.” Back then Carvel was the only place to get an ice cream cake. They weren’t sold in grocery stores, and I never had the idea that my mom or I could make one. That longed-for cake stayed just out of reach throughout my childhood. We usually celebrated my birthday at the county fair, and ice cream cakes don’t last long in a hot car. Another issue was the cost. With a family of six, my folks had to stretch every dollar, and dropping $10 on a cake wasn’t in the budget when Mom could make a regular cake from scratch for a few pennies.

After 45 years of waiting I got the idea this year to make my own ice cream cake. It cost $6 to make and was worth every penny! Here’s the recipe in case you have a birthday coming up this summer and you want to really make it a special one.


To-Die-For Ice Cream Cake

1 package (15 to 18 ounces) chocolate (or your favorite flavor) cake mix
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 egg
1 cup milk (I used almond milk)
1/2 gallon ice cream (your favorite flavor, I used peanut butter cup)
1 container frosting (your favorite flavor, I used chocolate)

Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease bottom and very low sides only of 13-by-9-inch pan; set aside.

In large bowl, beat cake mix, oil, egg and milk until well-blended. Spread batter in pan and bake at 350 F for about 25 to 30 minutes.

Check for doneness as you get around the 25-minute mark. You want it set but not hard.

Cool completely for at least 1 hour.

Let ice cream soften for about 15 minutes. Spread on cake. Freeze for a couple of hours. Spread frosting over ice cream. Freeze about 1 hour.

Before you want to eat it, bring it out for about 10 minutes or so to soften up. Enjoy and don’t bother asking about calorie count!

9/3/2014 1:08:57 PM

Great blog, as usual, Erin! I'll have to try making an ice cream cake as they are so good. Dave is right, as I've eaten the DQ ones, but homemade would be much better. Mary from Old Dog - New Tricks!

8/20/2014 12:19:27 PM

Erin, ice cream cakes are the best. The Dairy Queen is where ice cream cakes are made for purchase here and yes they are very expensive. Personally, I've never had one either for a birthday cake. I have a birthday coming in a few days. Maybe I should just go get one for myself. What do you think? Have a great ice cream cake day.