Ice Cream Cake

Ice Cream Cake

Ice cream cake? Yeah we got that…………..

But this sure ain’t no ordinary Ice Cream Cake!

Drum roll please!

This my friends……………….is a 7- Layer Oreo Cookies and Ice Cream cake!!

Last month I asked my fellow Gretchenators on Facebook to post a picture of their favorite dessert that they would like to see me replicate; and the one that got the most “likes”  Facebook_like_thumb  would be the winner!

The winner was awarded a cake kit of choice and my eBook – the Gretchen’s Bakery Guide to Owning a Bakery! Not bad eh?

7 layer ice cream cake - Bareerah Nana-PatelAnd here you have it- by popular choice ~ posted by Bareerah Nana-Patel!!
Bareerah used some different ice creams and cake for the original pictured here, but I will be putting my little spin on this Ice Cream Cake of course, so you all can feel free to do the same.

If you have a favorite ice cream flavor then by all means please change it up!

That’s the fun of building on recipes is that you can pretty much make it your own!

Just a couple things to consider when making ice cream cakes though, is #1 the Icing and #2 the Cake
That is if you even want icing or cake in your ice cream cake!

But for those of you who do indeed want a couple layers of cake in there with some icing to seal the deal….well we obviously have to FREEZE this cake at all times, so you should consider the cake choice to be one that will do well being served under those circumstances.

And wherever did we learn that? Why, the blog post called What is Cake? Of course!

Angel Food Cake is my favorite cake to use in Ice Cream Cake, since there is NO FAT in the recipe it will not be hard and dry when frozen!

Another good one would be the Chiffon Cake or the Yellow Cake since those are both made with oil, they have a better chance of staying pliable and softer when super cold.

I don’t have any qualms about eating my chocolate cake frozen either…I would eat that cake under ANY circumstance!

Next you will decide on the icing. Again considering that it will be frozen when serving.
As amazing as that buttercream recipe may be; I think that not many people want to eat it when it is frozen!? But hey, then again there are no rules really so you decide!

Whipped Cream is usually my choice when icing Ice Cream Cakes, however if you work fast enough you can always use some semi melted vanilla ice cream as the icing!

This was a trick I learned way back when I worked at Baskin Robbins as a cake decorator! Believe me it’s not easy to use melting ice cream as an icing! But it does really work well for texture, taste and overall effect of an ice cream cake! You just need a super heavy duty freezer to blast that baby frozen once you get it is place!

This time though, I will be using ganache since my cake just happens to be chocolate and oreos overload!

Why not make it even more sinful with a hefty slathering of rich deep chocolate ganache too!

*I will note that I had a tricky time icing it with ganache without a crumb coat, I highly recommend using a very thin layer of either whipped cream or buttercream or even some thickened ganache to make a base layer before pouring warm ganache straight over ice cream! What a melting mess!

So let’s get down to business….this cake ain’t no joke, WE HAVE WORK TO DO!

Yes the prep times says 24 hours! That is not a typo! 🙂

Ice Cream Cake
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It is best to start this project at least 1 day ahead of time and be sure to have sufficient space cleared in your freezer before beginning. We will have to go in and out of the freezer quite often while building this cake, so the colder it is, the better it will be too!
This is a building on recipescake so be sure to have all of your base recipes prepared ahead of time
You will need 4- 7" cake pans to mold your ice cream layers as well
If you do not have 4- 7" cake pans you can absolutely still make this cake, however you will just not have a 7-Layer one like I am making!
Serves: 1 - 7" Cake
  • Ice Cream of choice 2 Gallons (I used Oreo in chocolate & vanilla, vanilla and then Mrs. Fields Brownie Blast in chocolate)
  • ½ Recipe Angel Food Cake baked into 2- 7" layers
  • 1 Package Oreo Cookies (separate 1½ cups for the crust- the rest for garnish and fillings)
  • Butter (salted or unsalted) 4 Tablespoons (56g)
  • ½ Recipe Ganache
  • **Sprinkles, Nuts, Cherries for garnish optional
  • ¼ RecipeButtercreamfor the rosette garnish and if you decide to do a crumb coat this will be enough
  1. Line the cake pans with plastic wrap and press ½ gallon of ice cream into each pan then freeze immediately for at least 4 hours or best overnight.
  2. On day 2, prepare the oreo crust by combining 1½ cups crushed oreo cookies with the melted butter.
  3. Press mixture into the bottom of a greased and parchment paper lined 7" cake pan orring mold as shown in the video
  4. Bake in a preheated 350°F oven (177°c) for approximately 10 - 12 minutes.
  5. Cool completely, meanwhile set up a double ring mold (or spring form pan with out the bottom attached as shown in the video) and place the cooled oreo crust in the bottom of the mold, then begin layering the ice cream on top of the oreo crust alternating with the angel food cake until no ice cream layers or cake layers remain.
  6. Freeze again until solid.
  7. Ice with your choice of icing and then cover with melted ganache and garnish as you wish.

 Ice Cream Cake Gretchens Bakery


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  1. Wow! That ice cream cake looks so cool and yummy, Gretchen! I want an ice cream cake for my birthday next time. Maybe I should try making this one but I’m not sure if I could pull it off.

  2. Great looking cake. It would be nice to see a demo on just a basic ice cream cake using cake and ice cream-you once demonstrated to us long ago. I would love to make one but cant quite remember how to do it…I think you iced it with whip cream too.

  3. DANG!!! That is one expensive cake right there LOL AND HUGE! Looks yummy, as always! But I would NOT want to have to cut into that and serve it, you would have to be flash just to get to to everybody before it melted haha but boy would it be worth it! :))

    Thanks again Gretchen, LOVE your videos!! Oh and cat Hope LOVES ice cream also! Spoiled kids haha

  4. This looks amazing and so impressive! Thank you for sharing your recipes. I always look forward to your emails and seeing what’s new!

  5. I absolutely love the new set and just click and be able to print the recipes!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! Anyways….
    What is the width and depth of the cake rings? Are they 3″ deep each one?

  6. Hi,
    Just want to verify dat layer 1 n 4 is over n layer 2, 3,5 n 7 is icecream n layer 6 is angel cake rite?
    Also read in one of d comments dat u had a video of basic icecream Cake previously .Wat were d layers n how to assemble dem?
    This video is worth trying.thnks again.

  7. Looks delicious and refreshing! And you are a lovely lady (no overflowing jean comments)! Thank you for all your hard work. You were missed.

    1. Hello, I know much of the content that you are used to seeing is gone 🙁
      But I have been forced to start over again from zero and I am working as hard as possible to get the most popular and most requested videos and recipes done first.
      Please be patient but in the meantime if you go to my Gretchens Bakery facebook page there are so many people who have saved the recipes and can share with you right away!
      Just ask on the main page! Thanks!

      1. Gretchen I love your new site please keep posting
        your recipes I have learned so much from your web
        site thank you again .

  8. Okay 2 great work on this recipe as always…. ^_^ And 2…once you cut the cake that you showed “the dripping mess” 😉 i bursted out laughing so hard 😀 definitely missed your videos Gretchen. Keep up the OUTSTANDING work!!!! ^_^ Hahahaha

      1. Hi Gretchen This is a must try. I love Ice Cream Cake. I was just thinking about you yesterday, thinking I haven’t received any emails from you in a while. So glad your back. What are the new or updated recipes (like new buttercream recipe) so I don’t have to go back to all of the recipes I have already copied and go word for word for changes. Thanks for all of the wonderful recipes and video’s.

      2. But i didnt laugh at the mess i bursted out laughing because of the sound affect…im not mean i wouldn’t laugh cause the cake messed up…..! But at least you can learn from your mistakes! ^_^

  9. Hi Gretchen! Thanks for sharing this recipe!
    I finally found an answer to the cake part of an ice cream cake!!! I looked all over the Internet to “how to keep cake in ice cream cake soft” because everytine I make an ice cream cake with cake in it, the cake is always rock hard. Now I can make an ice cream cake with a soft cake!
    Also is there any other way to keep cakes soft in the freezer? Such as some type of syrup?

    1. Also, I forgot to ask, since the angel food cake is so soft, won’t the ice cream smash down the cake? Then it won’t be fluffy anymore. What can I do to prevent that since I will be putting the entire piece of cake at the bottom of my ice cream cake?

  10. Hi Gretchen,
    Excellent recipe and so easy!
    I have one concern – at the end of the video your cat is licking the plate and some of your viewers may not be aware that chocolate can be lethal for dogs and cats. The toxic agent in chocolate is theobromine. Fortunately, cats can’t taste sweetness like dogs and will rarely eat chocolate, however it’s recommended to never allow a cat or dog to eat chocolate.
    Thank you.

    1. Hi Paul! Thanks! I do understnad exactly what you wrote and that many people don’t know this (I only let him lick the vanilla part) but again It can be misleading! Thanks for the concern! The last thing I want is for any animal to be put in harms way!!

  11. Hi gretchen

    your cake looks amazing as do all your cakes you explain very well looking forward to making them do you have a buttercream recipe for the russian tips


  12. Hi Gretchen,
    Can this recipe be done with chocolate cake or will it become hard in the freezer? I am trying to make a mint-chocolate ice cream cake. Thanks!


  13. Hey Gretchen!! I love your recipes, and I swear by them all the time. Thanks to you I have started with my own home bakery. I have an order for an ice cream cake, which is to be delivered after two days. The only thing that worries me is how will i get it delivered? Any suggestions for that. Thank you for all the lovely recipes

    1. awesome thanks! Ice cream cakes are tricky so I suggest getting is as cold as possible, deliver it in a cooler packed with ice and then drive fast with the AC on! LOL
      (commercial ice creamstores have freezers called blast freezers and they freeze alot colder than home freezers)

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