Looking for the best ice cream cake recipes to help you cool off this summer? Take a look at these 11 crave worthy recipes, perfect for birthday parties and easy summer barbecues.
Let’s face it, summer is HOT.
My kids and I are all about keeping things cool and easy during the blazing hot months, which makes ice cream everyone’s favorite.
But here’s the rub: Four of the five of us have summer birthdays – and I don’t like to make the same thing every year for my kids.
Which means we have to constantly find fun (and super easy) ways to celebrate without heating the house up too much.
Thankfully, there are dozens of simple ways to make festive (and tasty) ice cream cakes, and I’ve got some of the BEST here for you today.
Stock Up before You Get Started
What’s the point in making a cake if it isn’t pretty? Any of these products will make your ice cream cake recipes look like a million bucks, with the least amount of effort possible:
- An offset spatula is hands-down the BEST way to get gorgeous icing. (Tip: Get a long and a short one, you’ll be surprised how useful they are
- Some cakes need a good mixer. I love my Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer so much that we don’t even own a hand mixer!
- I say it all the time: A pretty cake stand is essential for birthday parties!
- Don’t have room for a cake stand in the freezer. Make your cake on a cardboard cake circle so it can be easily stored in the freezer until it’s time to serve!
Now, let’s move on to the good stuff!
11 Crave-Worthy Ice Cream Cake Recipes to Make this Summer
Let’s get started with this super easy Creamsicle Inspired Ice Cream Layer Cake at Syrup and Biscuits. Childhood is seriously calling me back with this one.
Talk about decadent! My kids would be thrilled with this simple Snickers Ice Cream Bar Layer Cake from The Mommy Evolution.
Now, this recipe is going to take a little bit more work, with a springform pan, but this Frozen-Inspired Layered Ice Cream Cake makes an awesome ice cream cake recipe for birthday parties of any theme. Just swap the colors and change the decorations on top.
Craving some chocolate? How about this mint-chocolate chip twist on an old party classic? Baked Caked Alaska at Mama Gourmand is as impressive as it is tasty!
Now, if you want something super duper easy, there’s nothing better than ice cream cake recipes made with ice cream sandwiches. and Organized 31 has you covered with this Easy Ice Cream Sandwich Cake.
Mmmm…it doesn’t get much better than an Oreo cookie crust and a mint chocolate chip filling. If that sounds amazing to you, then you have to check out Copycat Asphalt Pie byCoffee with us 3.
I like to have a few vegan recipes in my recipe bank for our few family members who live that lifestyle. So why not include dessert in that list with Vegan Coconut Matcha Ice Cream Cakes by Elephantastic Vegan.
Ice cream sandwiches do it again! Only this time Tamilee tips has a different spin on this easy summer treat. Take this Chocolate Caramel Ice Cream Cake to your next summer barbecue. Everyone’s going to love it.
Now, you know I love to combine chocolate and pretzels (seriously, they make the best brownies combination ever), so I’m going gaga over Kenarry’s Caramel Fudge Ice Cream Cake with a Pretzel Crust. Yummm.
Now this Blueberry Vanilla Ice Cream Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting byThe Mommy Evolution just looks like a perfectly frosted birthday cake. Plus…it has fresh berries, so it has to be healthy, right?
Ready for more Oreo cookie crust, but with all the fixins? This Easy No Bake Mud Pie Recipe at Anns Entitled Life is guaranteed to make you drool.
Now, It’s Your Turn
See? There are SO many ways to make ice cream cakes! And they’re the perfect way to cool off this summer, whether it’s for a gazillion family birthday parties, or just a fun summer barbecue.
Which of these ice cream cake recipes do you want to make this year?
What’s your favorite way to cool off with the kids during the hot summer months?
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Helen at the Lazy Gastronome says
Bring on summer!! Thanks for sharing at the What’s for Dinner party – have a fabulous week.
Kelly lynns sweets and treats says
Yes please!! These all look delicious! Visiting from What’s for dinner Sunday link up 🙂
These all look delicious and in my family, ice cream and cake are all we need! Lol ?
Maureen | http://www.littlemisscasual.com
They all sound do good I can’t pick a favorite! Thank you for sharing at The Really Crafty Link Party. Pinned.
indah NUria says
What a wonderful way of celebrating summer! Thank you Leslie, I have to admit my kids and I will crave for these! Cheers from NYC
They all look soooo yummy
Sandra L Garth says
Oh my goodness, these are too good to be true! Thank you for sharing with us this week at Celebrate Your Story, have a great week and a Happy Holiday.
Jennifer Wise says
These are so fun!! We have serious ice cream fans at my house, too. 🙂
Mother of 3 says
These sure do look yummy! We made an easy ice cream sandwich cake one year and our own ice cream cake in a 13×9 pan last year. They are wonderful summer treats that always look so impressive when you serve them at a party. Pinned.
moonsparkle (ZM) says
Hi, I found your site through Brilliant Blog posts (Honest Mum). Those cakes look yummy, especially the blueberry one! Saving for future reference,. 🙂
The Girl Next Door says
Oh, my! Every single one of these ice cream cakes looks yummy. I especially love the look and sound of the Frozen-inspired ice cream cake. 🙂
I love ice cream cakes and what a nice selection to choose from. I’m thinking that I won’t be able to choose just 1, so I’ll have to take turns making all of them. Thank you for sharing at Sugar and Spice link party.
These recipes all look yummy! My kids would love the ice cream sandwich one. Thanks for sharing at #HomeMattersParty
Karen, the next best thing to mummy says
I love a cream cake and all of these look super delicious #[email protected]_karendennis
T'onna | Sew Crafty Crochet says
These cakes all look so delicious! I especially love the blueberry vanilla icecream cake with cream cheese frosting! I think my daughter would love the Frozen cake.
Miz Helen says
I love Ice Cream Cakes, this looks amazing! Hope you are having a great weekend and thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday!
Jann Olson says
I love an ice cream cake now and then! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
I am not a big fan of regular cake but ice cream cake that is another story oh so yummy
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Lynda Hardy says
These are some really beautiful cakes! Thanks for sharing with Party in Your PJs!
Colleen - Faith, hope, love, & luck says
I’m not sure which one to start with…they all look so good!!!
Miz Helen says
Your post is featured in our Top Ten this week on Full Plate Thursday. Thanks so much for sharing this awesome recipe with us!